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Stamford Town defeat Cambridge 2nds in their Cambridgeshire League Division One opener

Newly-promoted Stamford Town toasted a terrific start to life in Division One of the Cambs League after an emphatic eight-wicket home win over Cambridge 2nds on Saturday.

They restricted their visitors to 163-9 off the allotted 50 overs before securing their success with a quarter of their innings still remaining.

Skipper Tom Williams had pinpointed his side's form at Uffington Road as a major factor in Town competing at this level following their Division Two title triumph in 2019.

Andrew Hulme hit an unbeaten 76 not out for Stamford. (46640866)
Andrew Hulme hit an unbeaten 76 not out for Stamford. (46640866)

And, after winning the toss and putting the visitors into bat, Stamford enjoyed early success as newcomer Vamshi Parvathaneni had opener Sacha James Abbasi caught by Ben Peck with the Cambridge score on 18.

Rajan Singh joined Edward Wilson and they took Cambridge past the half-centiry mark before Brett Bennett picked up the first of his four wickets.

While Singh looked strong at one end, the wickets continued to fall at the other as bennett bagged two more with Alex Birch also chipping in to leave Cambridge reeling on 79-5.

Praveen Ramachandraswamy joined Singh to take Cambridge past the century mark until he was caught by Williams off the bowling of Bennett.

Birch then bowled Hamza Rashid which brought Navid Ahmed to the crease to join Singh who was 33 not out by this stage.

They put on 55 runs for the eighth wicket until Singh was caught by wicket-keeper Andrew Hulme off Peck for 52.

Sam Barrett then claimed another Cambridge wicket with a run out as Cambridge closed on 163-9 with Ahmed unbeaten on 24.

Bennett took 4-31 from his 10 overs for Town while Birch returned a miserly 2-15 from a similar stint.

Town lost opener Liam Dave with their reply on 20 but Dave Stratton and Hulme put on an excellent second wicket stand of 95 to put Stamford in control of the contest.

Stratton fell for 35 but Birch joined Hulme to take Town past the winning post with an unbroken 49-run partnership.

Hulme hit 10 boundaries in his 76 not out while Birch was undefeated on 21 at the close to ensure a fine opening day win for Stamford.

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