Stamford Town bowler Tim Juggins takes six wickets, including a hat-trick haul, against Waresley while Ufford Park defeat Cambs League table-toppers St Ives and Warboys
A terrific spell of bowling from Tim Juggins helped maintain Stamford's push for promotion in Division Two of the Cambs League on Saturday.
After being bowled out for 84 by visiting Waresley at Uffington Road, Juggins took 6-35 from 10 overs, including a superb hat-trick haul, as Town claimed a 13-run victory.
A win against their fifth-placed visitors had looked unlikely for Town who had elected to bat first after winning the toss.
They crashed to 15-4 as Dave Stratton and Juggins both failed to trouble the scorers in an opening onslaught led by Jamie Baker.
Baker bagged 4-9 from seven overs as Stamford slumped to 23-5 following the departure of skipper Tom Williams for 12.
Nigel Buckingham-Jones was then brought into the Waresley attack and he soon dismissed Scott Chamberlain as Town tumbled to 31-7.
It needed a 26-run partnership from Simon Prentice and Ben Peck to help Stamford get past the half-century mark before Buckingham-Jones struck for a second time to bowl Peck for five.
Prentice and James Ferrow continued the late rally by adding another 20 runs for the ninth wicket until Prentice was dismissed for Town's top score of 27 which included two fours and a six.
Ferrow was the final Town batsman to fall for 14 with the score on 84 as Buckingham-Jones finished with 4-12 off 6.4 overs.
Waresley had 15 runs on the board in their reply when Stamford made their first breakthrough as Prentice had Simon Donald caught by Peck.
Prentice then picked up two more wickets, courtesy of catches from Juggins and wicket-keeper Andrew Hulme, to leave Waresley wobbling on 27-3 and finish with 3-13 off 10 overs.
Juggins then got in on the wicket-taking act to catch Ben Evans off his own bowling before Hulme stumped top-scoring Waresley opener Angus Flint for 18 to leave the visitors on 41-5.
That soon became 42-8 as Juggins' terrific treble took out Tim Mulholland, Steve Warman and Terry Hayden, the latter being bowled after the previous two were trapped leg before.
Stamford were now in a commanding position and Juggins sealed another hat-trick, this time of leg befores, to oust Robert Lowin with the Waresley total of 54.
Alex Birch then wrapped up the victory by bowling Buckingham-Jones as he conceded just three runs off his 6.1 overs.
The victory leaves second-placed Stamford 33 points adrift of table-topping St Ives and Warboys with a game in hand.
The table-toppers suffered a surprise defeat at Ufford Park on Saturday as their nine-match winning run came to an end in a rain-affected match.
They had piled up 249-9 from their 50 overs with Nick Kumpukkal cracking the visitors' top score of 96.
Hugo Bell was the pick of the Ufford bowlers with 3-47 from 10 overs while Tanvier Hussain returned 2-33 from a similar spell.
Ufford were set a rain revised target of 210 in 42 overs and openers Andy Larkin (31) and skipper Ross Keymer (33) got them off to a solid start.
That was continued by Hamish Bell (74) and Tom Cooper (34) until St Ives and Warboys hit back through fine spells from Kumpukkal and Matthew Milner.
Kumpukkal claimed 4-32 from nine overs and Milner took 3-31 from a similar stint as the Ufford wickets started to tumble.
However, Hussain hit an unbeaten 12 and, along with last man Mark Stephenson, steered Ufford to victory off the penultimate ball of the match.
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