Skipper's sublime stumping secures Shield success
Uppingham Town triumphed in the Stamford KO Shield on Monday night after a dramatic victory over Castor at Stamford Town.
The two sides were tied at the end of 20 overs, but Uppingham grabbed glory by virtue of losing fewer wickets after Town skipper Jamie Dumford executed a sublime stumping off the penultimate ball of the match.
Martin Bennett had earlier blasted 35 and Kashif Munir made 32 as Uppingham posted 125-7 from their 20 overs.
Two wickets apiece from Scott Green and man-of-the-match Danny Dumford had Castor in trouble at 52-6 just past the halfway stage of their reply.
However, Aiden Steels (30) and Stuart Dockerill (29) brought Castor back into the contest and they went into the last over just needing seven runs for victory.
Tom Hynes' opening delivery was judged a no ball, but a dot and leg bye then left Castor needing four runs from four balls.
Another leg bye and single followed to leave Dockerill on strike, but wicket-keeper Dumford stood up to the pace of Hynes which allowed him to make the crucial stumping that put Town ahead on wickets lost and left Castor needing two runs off the final ball.
Hynes' final delivery went for a leg bye to tie the scores, but Town were triumphant by virtue of losing fewer wickets as they lifted the shield for the first time since 2004.
Full report in this week's Rutland Times and Mercury.