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Ufford suffer mid-order batting collapse in away defeat

Stamford continued their strong start to the new Cambs League Division Two campaign after recording a third successive victory on Saturday.

They ran out three-wicket winners from their away trip to Huntingdon to head into this weekend's derby duel at Ufford Park in fine form.

They had dismissed their hosts for 217 despite Huntington's opening partnership of Nomi Khan and Sheraz Ali getting their side off a sterling start.

Andrew Hulme hit 74 for Stamford on Saturday. (11643355)
Andrew Hulme hit 74 for Stamford on Saturday. (11643355)

They put on 125 runs for the first wicket with Khan leading the charge after cracking 14 fours and a six.

Alex Birch finally found a way of breaking up the promising partnership when he ran out Ali for 34.

The introduction of Simon Lem into the Stamford attack then saw the visitors take control of proceedings as he produced a superb spell of 4-19 from six overs.

Lem had top scorer Khan stumped by wicket-keeper Andrew Hulme for 91 and then proceeded to dismiss Andrew Critchley, Craig Leigh and Oman Khan courtesy of a hat-trick of catches from Simon Prentice.

Scott Chamberlain also chipped in with the wicket of Jahanzib Khan to leave Huntington reeling on 162-6 as they lost six batsmen for 37 runs.

However, Navid Ahmed (43) and Ben Rowbotham (19) rallied the hosts with a 51-run partnership for the seventh wicket.

Prentice eventually broke up that partnership, courtesy of a Chamberlain catch, before Ben Peck had Waqas Mahmud caught second ball by Tom Williams.

Williams then ran out Alec Yardley without the batsmen facing a ball before Peck bowled Rowbotham off the final delivery of the innings to dismiss Huntingdon for 217 and finish with 2-15 off his three overs.

Hulme and Dave Stratton put on 41 runs for the opening wicket of Stamford's reply until the latter fell for 10.

Lem and Hulme added a similar amount for the second wicket before the former was also dismissed after reaching double figures.

This saw Williams join Hulme at the crease and they proceeded to hit match-winning scores for the visitors.

Hulme hit 11 fours in his 74 while Williams found the boundary seven times in his 62 to steer Stamford closer to their victory target.

Despite Birch and Tim Juggins falling cheaply, Chamberlain cracked 22 as Stamford secured victory with four overs to spare.

Ufford Park suffered a mid-order batting collapse as they went down to a 24-run defeat at Waresley in the same division.

They lost six wickets for 35 runs to slump from 75-2 to 110-8 in pursuit of Waresley's 187-8 off 50 overs.

The hosts were indebted to opener Angus Flint who was their final batsmen to be dismissed after making a century off 147 balls which included 10 fours.

Joe Corder (2-45), Wahid Javed (2-28) and Amir Munir (2-18) had picked up wickets at regular intervals throughout the Waresley innings.

However, Flint's ton, combined with the efforts of Ashwin Reddy (20) and Tom Johnson (47), helped Waresley bat out their full allocation of overs.

Harrington (19) and Ross Keymer (43) put on 41 runs for the first wicket, but Nigel Buckingham-Jones and Gary Cole then ripped through the Ufford order.

Buckingham-Jones bagged 4-23 from 10 overs while Cole claimed 3-31 from a similar spell to put the hosts in control.

Javed gave Ufford hope with a rapid half-century to finish unbeaten on 51 after blasting four fours and three sixes in his 38-ball innings.

However, opening bowler Tim Mulholland returned to the Waresley attack to sweep through the tail end and finish with 3-38 as Ufford fell 24 runs short of their target.

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