Stamford Town CC beat Burghley Park CC in new derby
Stamford Town recorded a seven wicket win in the new inter-town derby match with Burghley Park on Saturday.
The Hunts League Division One clash at Uffington Road was the first occasion the sides have met in the league in living memory.
Burghley won the toss and chose to bat, but it was Stamford who got the better of the early exchanges thanks to good bowling from Tim Juggins(1-29) and skipper Sunny Appan(2-27).
Stamford continued the flow of regular wickets through first-changers Brett Bennett(3-33) and Alex Birch(4-35), with only Gareth Hook(36) able to bat for a length of time until late resistance from experienced Nick Cowley(45) saw Burghley up to 130 all out.
Tom Wallis started the Stamford reply confidently, driving through the covers for four, but Andrew Hulme was out lbw to Ben Slack, who was finding dangerous movement with the new ball. David Piggott arrived at number three in the order, but after the makings of a long partnership appeared to be in place, two wickets in two balls saw Wallis(20) and Tom Williams depart at the other end.
With Stamford looking to restore some stability, Piggott and Simon Lem got stuck in against the accurate Nick Cowley as visiting captain Michael Jones looked to tighten the flow of runs with his slow bowling options. There was to be no denying the resolute Town though, as Piggott(62*) and Lem(34*) grafted towards the total and made sure of victory.