Stamford Town Cricket Cllub are Cambs League derby winners over Ufford Park
A superb century from Andrew Hulme helped Stamford Town to a Cambs League Division Two derby triumph over Ufford Park on Saturday.
Hulme hit an unbeaten 109 not out to steer Stamford to a five-wicket win which cemented their grip on second spot in the standings.
Ufford had batted first in the derby duel which was the first meeting of the season between the two near neighbours after the earlier fixture had been washed out by the wet weather.
Despite losing Amir Munir early on - following a Tom Williams run out with the Ufford total on just nine - Ross Keymer and Hamish Bell put a superb second-wicket stand on 133.
Keymer cracked four fours and a six in his 45 while Bell blasted eight fours and three sixes in his 86 which came off just 102 deliveries.
Sam Barrett eventually broke up the partnership after trapping Keymer leg before and then repeated the feat to account for Tanvier Hussain.
Barrett then had Bell caught by Williams to continue an Ufford collapse which saw them eventually lose eight wickets for only 53 runs.
None of the eight batsmen after the departures of Keymer and Bell made double figures as Town turned up the pressure.
Barrett bagged 3-13 from a tremendous 10-over spell before Ben Peck and Brett Bennett took over the wicket-taking duties.
Peck returned 2-42 from 6.5 overs while Bennett blitzed 3-29 from nine overs as Ufford were bowled out for 195.
Hulme then led the Stamford charge to victory as Ufford continued to pick up wickets around the Town opener.
Ibrahim Javed took 3-36 from a 10-over spell which included the wickets of Dave Stratton, Tom Williams and Neil Williams.
Wahid Javed also accounted for Alex Birch after he had made 14 in a 44-run stand for the second wicket with Hulme.
Hulme and Tom Williams also added 58 runs for the fourth wicket as Town moved closer to their victory target.
Scott Chamberlain then joined Hulme to help Stamford to success inside 47 overs with an unbeaten 20 not out.
Hulme's 152-ball innings included 14 fours and one six and helped ensure Stamford, who have a game in hand, stay within 28 points of table-topping St Ives & Warboys.
With just two league matches remaining, Town can overhaul the long-time leaders with a maximum points haul at bottom-of-the-table Castor this weekend.
They then face St Ives and Warboys in a potential final day title decider at Uffington Road on Saturday, August 31.
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