Uppingham Town Cricket Club are promoted back to the Premier Division of the Leicestershire League
Uppingham Town are back in the top flight of the Leicestershire League.
Jamie Dumford's side clinched promotion by securing the runners-up spot in Division One with a 21-run victory over Loughborough Carillon at Castle Hill on Saturday.
In a must-win match where Town needed to triumph to pip Ashby Hastings to second spot, Uppingham won the toss and chose to bat.
Their final total of 188 was built around scores of 45 from Ben Farnsworth and 38 from Danny Dumford.
In the early exchanges, Uppingham held the upper hand as Farnsworth shared stands of 36 with Jamie Dumford for the first wicket and 50 with Mark Cox for the second.
But, when Cox was dismissed at 105-3, the middle order imploded as Town slumped to 141-8 and the promotion party was potentially on hold.
Scott Green joined Dumford at this stage and together they put together a crucial 46-run stand for the ninth wicket which was pivotal in the final analysis.
Dumford finished on what could be described as a match-winning 38.
For the visitors, Myles Botfield (3-32) and Hugh McMullen-Kerr (3-55) led the way with Andrew Capel (2-31) and Arjith Ravi (2-22) the other successful bowlers.
As is usual, Danny Dumford and Toby Rees strangled the reply from the off, leaving Carillon in a hole at 31-3 – but this brought Mark Trimingham to the crease and Loughborough would rally around him.
For starters he put on 31 with Aakif Imthiyaz (40) for the fourth wicket and then 40 with Karthik Ananthanarayan for the fifth and the Castle Hill faithful were getting nervous.
As the crowd began to build up, the return of Rees to the attack proved critical as he had Ananthanarayan caught by Gatin Wadhwa.
Time was now against Loughborough and, with Cox and Green weaving their spell, run scoring was never easy.
Trimingham launched a late attack but it was too little, too late as they ran out of overs at 167-8.
All the Town bowlers took wickets, Dumford (2-22), Rees (2-24) Cox (2-47) Green (1-23) with Wadhwa claiming 1-40 - thanks to a fantastic diving grab from Farnsworth - to go with three catches.
So, the curtain has come down on what can only be described as an excellent season, as three batsmen - skipper Jamie Dumford, Jack Vickerman and Mark Cox - passed 500 runs.
All five of the frontline bowlers claimed at least 20 scalps with three of the quintet - Danny Dumford, Scott Green and Cox - passing 30 scalps so this has been a team effort.
The Premier League awaits in 2022 when Uppingham can look forward to challenging themselves with the best once again and meetings with local rivals Oakham.
Uppingham 2nds were unable to make it a promotion double for the Castle Hill club after losing their final game of the Division Seven East season at Birstall Village.
Dan Snaith struck 62 for Uppingham who were bowled out for 120 after being put into bat.
Will Armstrong then took 3-26 in the Birstall reply but the hosts secured the win in the 23rd over to leapfrog Town and finish in second spot behind title winners Aryans.