Stamford Cricket Club will go into their match against South Lincolnshire league leaders Bourne with a spring in their step tomorrow.
Bourne’s 2nd XI brushed aside Woodhall Spa 2nd XI with a 153 run victory last weekend. But fourth-placed Stamford Town are just three points behind and enjoyed a big win themselves on Saturday.
Stamford crushed Sleaford 2nd XI with a nine wicket victory at Uffington Road, skittling the visitors out for a lowly 84. They then knocked off the required runs in just 15 overs.
Bill Hall continued his fine early season form with a splendid 12 over spell, finishing with four for 16, all of them top-five batsmen. The remaining wickets were shared between Alex Birch (2 for 27), Steve Armstrong (2 for 15) and Suneel Appan (2 for 6).
David Piggott dominated Town’s reply, scoring an unbeaten 42 that included 8 fours as Town cruised to 87 for the loss of just one wicket.
Stamford’s seconds put in a disappointing performance at Friskney,losing by 103 runs.
After conceding 232 for 6, with the home side despatching too many maximums on a small ground. Stamford’s reply began in disastrous fashion with both openers out without scoring.
It was left to the youngsters to show the more senior players the way with Ben Peck, who made his highest senior score, just falling short of a deserved half-century, with 46.
Both of Stamford’s Rutland League teams lost again, however there were some bright spots along the way, with several promising individual performances, in both reverses.
The 1st XI went down to leaders Oundle by 60 runs, with Tom Gadsby and Alex Birch both taking two wickets. But the difference proved to be Petrus Jeftha, who smashed a speedy 96 not out.
Stamford had several batsmen make a start, with Andrew Hulme and Clive Simmons scoring 36 apiece, and James Ferrow flaying an unbeaten 34, but other wickets fell cheaply as Town were dismissed for 71.
Stamford seconds were made to pay for dropping Ketton’s Christian Durrant off the first ball of the match in Division Three.
Durrant went on to make an unbeaten 125 as Ketton posted 259 for 4.
Town skipper Chris Bore took 4 for 63 from his 12 overs and then dominated Stamford’s reply with 59 but Town ultimately came up short with 170 all out despite 27 from Zak Chappell and 22no from Neil Cornish.