Stamford Town lift the Cambs League Division Two title after final day victory over St Ives and Warboys
Stamford Town have been crowned Cambs League Division Two champions.
They defeated St Ives and Warboys by 52 runs in Saturday's winner-takes-all showdown at Uffington Road.
The two sides had gone into the must-win contest knowing that whoever was victorious would leapfrog leaders Cambridge St Giles who had finished their campaign the previous weekend.
Town had been put into bat after losing the toss and the visitors soon asserted their authority on proceedings.
They had Stamford on 24-2 with Chris Whitfield claiming the wickets of openers Andrew Hulme and Dave Stratton for 13 and six respectively.
Simon Lem and Liam Dave added another 20 runs for the third wicket before the former was dismissed for five.
Alex Birch made just four before becoming Matthew Wells' second victim, but his dismissal sparked a rousing recovery from the hosts who had slumpedto 49-4.
Despite losing Dave for 13 with the Town total on 77, a series of strong partnerships boosted the home side.
Skipper Tom Williams and Scott Chamberlain made a crucial 58-run partnership for the sixth wicket.
Chamberlain had cracked five fours in 31 when he was bowled by Wells, but Ben Peck immediately picked up the mantle.
He and Williams put on 53 runs for the seventh wicket until the Stamford skipper was out for his side's top score of 58 which included six boundaries.
Peck did follow soon after for 20, but Brett Bennett blasted a six and a four in his 11 not out off just three deliveries to take Town to the 200-run mark at the end of their 50 overs.
Simon Prentice then made an early breakthrough in the St Ives and Warboys reply when he bowled opener Jack Haycock with the score on just three.
Michael Speed and Bernard Ruaro added 49 runs for the second wicket, but they quickly fell behind the run-rate against the tidy Town attack.
Sam Barrett conceded just 11 runs off six overs while Prentice only went for 19 from a similar spell.
Dave produced a vital run out to break up the Speed and Ruaro partnership by dismissing the latter for 15.
Bennett then bagged the crucial wicket of Speed for 46 before the introduction of Peck and Chamberlain into the Stamford attack cranked up the pressure.
Chamberlain claimed 2-28 from 10 overs while Peck picked up 3-36 from 8.2 as St Ives and Warboys lost their last six wickets for 48 runs.
Richard Greiller (17) and Mark Askew (13) had taken them to the century mark before they fell to Peck and Chamberlain.
Williams ran out Liam Gaynor two runs later and, despite a brief flurry from Whitifield (12)and Matthew Milner (16), Town were always in control.
Birch chipped in with the wicket of Sam Buck to finish with 1-21 off eight before Peck claimed the final batsmen, courtesy of a Hulme stumping, as Town ended their title-winning campaign in style.
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