Stamford proud of a great season

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STAMFORD Town Saturday 2nd XI missed out on winning the South Lincolnshire and Border League Division Two title at the weekend.

They needed two wins from their final two matches and began with a victory at home to Boston 3rd XI on Saturday. But Sleaford away, the following day, proved a bridge too far for Jason MacBeath’s team, handing the spoils to Skegness 2nd XI.

Stamford defeated Boston by 34 runs. Town were bowled out for 162 with Menno Besseling top-scoring with 45 after a good stand with Gary Peck, who made 38, Jon Morley (19) and Sunny Appan (27).

Stamford then worked their way through the visitors’ batting, eventually picking up full bowling points, with Alex Birch (3 for 28), completing an excellent first season’s bowling with 49 victims, and Phil Holland (3 for 18) the main wicket-takers.

Despite a superb 64 from Jon Morley, Sunday’s 152 all out at Sleaford was well short of a challenging total. Sleaford eased to their target for the loss of just two wickets, depite a rare wicket from Morley.

Unfortunately, it was one game to far for Macbeath and his team. However, there is no doubt that 2011 has been another wonderful year at Uffington Road.

Following the promotion of all four senior teams there was some concern as to how they would adapt to higher competition. In hindsight this was misplaced with second place finishes in South Lincs Leagues Division 1 and 2 for both teams, with Bill Hall’s 1st XI narrowly missing out on the Division 1 title to a very competitive Billingborough outfit.

The Rutland League teams also had a excellent season in their new leagues, both teams finishing comfortably in mid table, and well set to progress further next year.

At the club’s presentation night on Saturday, club captain Andrew Hulme said: “The club has continued to ensure that the cricket we play is a team game, rather than dominated by three or four players.”

Stamford’s junior section has also had an excellent summer, especially the U15 team who were narrowly beaten by a strong Uppingham side in the Cup Final at Ketton. The U9s and U13s also had excellent seasons.

Club chairman Paul Fox said: “It is confirmation of our continued commitment to junior cricket in Stamford that over half of our cricketers in our senior teams have all come through our junior set up.

“In particular our Rutland League 1st XI which is virtually all cricketers who have been with Stamford Town from a young age.”

The Chairman’s Award was presented to Sunday 2nd XI Captain Chris Bore for marshalling his team of veterans and promising youngsters to fourth place in Rutland League Division 4.

The Midweek League XI also had a successful season, narrowly missing out on the Borough League title to Barkby United.

l SEE next week’s Stamford Mercury for full details of prizewinners at the club’s awards evening.