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Uppingham Town Cricket Club maintain their push for promotion from Division One of the Leicestershire League

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Skipper Jamie Dumford led from the front as Uppingham Town kept up their Leicestershire League promotion push with a six-wicket win at Barkby on Saturday.

Barkby batted first after losing the toss in the Division One clash and the hosts innings got off to a bright start with Ben Hollis and Jamie Drake adding 56 before the introduction of Mark Cox into the attack saw him remove Drake (17) and then the-in form Matt Yuill for a duck in consecutive overs.

Steve Flowers joined Hollis and, just as they had in the earlier meeting at Castle Hill, this pair took a liking to the Town bowling and the ball started flying to all parts of the ground.

Uppingham captain Jamie Dumford.
Uppingham captain Jamie Dumford.

Scott Green bowled Hollis for 62 (eight fours) triggering a flurry of wickets as Barkby slipped from 120-2 to 134-6.

Flowers continued to punish any wayward bowling as he reached 70 from 69 balls (four fours, six sixes) before he was the eighth man out.

A late blast from Callum Smith lifted the Barkby total to 195-9 at the end of their 45 overs.

Three was the magic number for Uppingham's bowlers as Green took 3-28, Cox 3-40 and Gatin Wadhwa 3-61 the wicket takers with wicket-keeper Jamie Dumford claiming three catches to go with a stumping.

A break for rain early in Uppingham's reply didn't affect the target and it took a great one-handed catch from Yuill behind the stumps to break the opening stand as Ben Farnsworth departed for 12 with the score at 28.

Jack Vickerman and Sam Hodson then both chipped in with 11 while at the other end Jamie Dumford was starting to pepper the boundary – smacking the first four balls of one Smith over for four as his 50 arrived from just 45 balls.

As often seems to happen, the drinks break brought a wicket as Alex Smithard came into the attack and saw Dumford hit his first two deliveries for boundaries.

However, his third ball reared up, took the edge and Yuill pulled off a juggling catch to dismiss Dumford for 79 from 73 balls which included 12 fours and three sixes.

Two balls later and Liam Geddis was also on his way back to the pavilion – were Town wobbling again?

But Kash Munir joined Cox at the crease and quashed any fears as they added 46 for the sixth wicket, taking Uppingham to within nine runs of victory, the target being achieved without further incident as Munir pulled Smithard for his sixth boundary.

The victory keeps Uppingham in the hunt for promotion ahead of Saturday's crunch clash with second-placed Kibworth 2nds where a win for Town will see them leapfrog their visitors.

Uppingham Town 2nds remain in the hunt for promotion from Division Seven East after an eight-wicket home win over Sileby Town 4ths.

They dismissed their visitors for 112 as Dan Snaith struck three times with Kester Sainsbury, Joe Bennett and Harvey Stafford all taking two wickets apiece.

Bennett bowled his five overs for just four runs while also claiming two maidens before Town's batsmen led them home inside 21 overs.

Tom Scott struck an unbeaten half-century with Ben Harford hitting 34 not out in a match-winning stand of 79.

Uppingham 3rds were beaten by eight wickets in their Division Nine East clash with Barkby United 3rds.

Opener Clive Thomas had carried his bat throughout the 40 overs to make 60 not out while Ali Hall hit an unbeaten 62 as Town totalled 170-3 after batting first.

Hall and Franz Muller both claimed a wicket each in Barkby's reply but they couldn't break a strong third wicket partnership which secured the win with more than five overs to spare.

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