Uppingham Town are pushing for promotion in Division One of the Leicestershire League
Uppingham Town are facing a potential promotion showdown in their penultimate match of the Leicestershire League season on Saturday.
Third-placed Town travel to Ashby Hastings - who currently occupy second spot in Division One - in a crunch clash with just one point separating the two sides.
Table-topping Lutterworth are already assured of the league crown but just two points separates the three teams in the chasing pack with Ashby Hastings currently narrowly ahead of Uppingham and fourth-placed Kibworth 2nds.
Ashby were beaten by eight wickets at Leicester Ivanhoe on Saturday while Kibworth lost to Barkby United which allowed Town to close the gap after a four-wicket win at Electricity Sports.
Batting first, home skipper Andy Deacon proved once again to be a thorn in the Town side.
His fine 98 included 11 fours and two sixes as he provided the lion’s share of a score of 184-6.
Danny Dumford made an early breakthrough before Toby Rees chipped in with two wickets, all three falling to catches by Jamie Dumford.
With Deacon holding the fort at one end, the Uppingham bowlers chipped away at the other with five bowlers sharing the six wickets.
The Uppingham reply didn’t get off to the best of starts with Liam Geddis and Mark Cox both falling early to the left-arm seam of Mukund Mukesh.
From then on however, Jamie Dumford and Kash Munir put together the key match-winning partnership, adding 104 for the third wicket.
Dumford reached a half century for the fourth game running while Munir registered his highest score of the campaign, reaching his 50 with a flurry of sixes.
Having seen the side to within sight of the winning post, Munir was undone by the return of Mukesh with his 65 featuring six fours and four sixes.
Lee Middleton then provided Mukesh with his fourth wicket before Danny Dumford joined his brother Jamie at the crease.
The pair then moved the score to 179 before Jamie fell leg before for 73 with six runs required for victory.
He was swiftly followed by Ed Scott, however, the game was up for Sports and Colan Bartram smashed a friendly full toss to the boundary for the winning runs.