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Uppingham Town Cricket Club claim three victories in the Leicestershire League

Uppingham Town were toasting a treble-winning weekend after all three of their sides secured Leicestershire League victories on Saturday.

The first team defeated Electricity Sports at Castle Hill where the thirds were also victorious in their home clash with Leicester Stars while the seconds sealed an away win at Leicester University Staff.

Jamie Dumford's first team had seen their winning streak in Division One stopped last weekend after an away defeat at Kibworth 2nds.

Mark Cox took two wickets and hit 18 runs for Uppingham on Saturday. (15088570)
Mark Cox took two wickets and hit 18 runs for Uppingham on Saturday. (15088570)

But they made an instant return to winning ways on Saturday with a two-wicket win which keeps them in third spot in the league table.

After putting their visitors into bat, Electricity Sports started strongly with a half-century partnership for the first wicket between Kishan Patel and Luke Clark.

However, a change of bowlers in the Town attack reaped its rewards with Nathan Hall and Mark Cox soon among the wickets.

Hall had Clark caught by Jamie Richardson for 28 with Cox then claiming the wicket of Patel just a run later for 22.

Hall struck again shortly after, courtesy of a Ben Farnsworth catch, to oust Andy Deacon for two and leave Sports on 55-3.

That quickly became 57-4 when Cox bowled Jamie Bolton for one to take the spark out of Sports' bright start.

Bharat Chandra and Pranav Dave steadied the Sports ship with a 34-run partnership for the fifth wicket until the return of opening bowlers Alex Ashwin and Danny Dumford put Town back in control of the contest.

Dumford dismissed Chandra for 26, following a Hall catch, while Ashwin accounted for Dave (17) with Sam Hodson this time showing a safe pair of hands.

Cameron Hardwick also chipped in with the wicket of Hardik Waghela as Town tightened their grip on proceedings despite a late flurry from Tim Phillips.

Phillips thumped two sixes and a four in his 30 before being caught and bowled by Ashwin as Sports ended their 45 overs on 150-8.

Cox claimed 2-23 from his nine overs with Hall taking 2-29 and Ashwin returning 2-45 from similar spells.

Town found runs hard to come by in the early stages of their reply as Farnsworth fell for six while Hodson was run out second ball.

Skipper Dumford had made 17 when he was the third wicket fall which left Town on 25-3.

Richardson and Cox then led the Uppingham fightback with a 36-run stand for the fourth wicket until the former was trapped leg before for 20.

Cox fell three runs later for 18 as Town tumbled to 64-5, but the bottom half of the Uppingham order then rose to the occasion.

Lee Middleton (11) and James Cross put on 25 runs for the sixth wicket with the latter then taking over the run-making mantle in a 31-run stand with Danny Dumford.

Cross cracked 25, which included three fours and a six, before the duo departed in quick succession to leave Town on 121-8.

However, Ashwin and Hall ensured that any hopes Sports had of claiming victory were ended with a unbroken ninth-wicket partnership of 31.

Ashwin hit an unbeaten 17 and Hall was 12 not out as Town moved past their target midway through the 42nd over.

Alex Ashwin followed up his two-wicket haul by steering Town to victory with an unbeaten 17 not out. (15088568)
Alex Ashwin followed up his two-wicket haul by steering Town to victory with an unbeaten 17 not out. (15088568)

Dan Snaith and Charles Richardson were the star performers as Town 2nds claimed a 42-run win against Leicester University Staff in Division Seven East.

Snaith struck 90 runs - which included 10 fours and a six - as Town posted 169-7 from their 40 overs with Colan Bartram blasting an unbeaten 35 not out.

Will Joyce (16) and Kashif Munir (13) also aided the Town cause as they went in search of their third league victory of the season.

Despite Usman Vaka (31) and Corey Evans (20) putting on a half-century opening partnership, the University Staff were skittled out for 127.

Scott Green grabbed three top order wickets to return 3-29 from 10 overs before Richardson took centre stage.

He produced a devastating 8.3-over spell which returned 6-25 as three home batsmen were clean bowled by the on-song Town bowler.

Uppingham 3rds were also toasting their third success of the season after bowling out Leicester Stars for 123 in their Division Nine East clash at Castle Hill.

Philip Nicholls took 3-9 from four overs with Minhaj Patel top-scoring for the nine-man visitors with 58.

Openers Alan Brown and Darry Sweary then led the Town charge to victory with a strong start to their reply.

Brown made 26 before run out with Sweary then joining forces with Ali Hall to guide Town home.

Sweary struck an unbeaten 62 with Hall 20 not out at the close to cap a maximum Saturday haul of 75 points for Town's three teams.

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