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Ashwin's awesome final over secures nail-biting victory for Uppingham

Uppingham Town ended Bourne's reign as Stamford Charity Cup holders after a nail-biting semi-final success in Monday's meeting at the Abbey Lawn.

Town successfully defended their 112 total with a rousing finale to clinch a three-run win after a tense final over.

Bourne had needed just five runs from the last six balls to secure a second successive final spot, but Alex Ashwin dismissed the dangerous Sam Evison before bowling Tom Bentley off the final ball to secure their cup final place against Market Deeping who beat Barnack by six wickets.

Alex Ashwin (12541868)
Alex Ashwin (12541868)

Town had made a tentative start after winning the toss and electing to bat first with Sam Hodson falling early on to a Rob Bentley catch off Ben Woodward.

Tom Bentley then produced a tremendous direct hit to run out Alex Ashwin for 10 as Bourne seized control of proceedings.

However, Jamie Richardson and Kashif Munir steadily brought Town back into the contest before accelerating as the innings wore on.

Richardson launched a succession of big hits in his 42 before being caught on the boundary by the safe hands of Sam Harby.

Harby repeated the feat to snare Munir for 31 off Jack Berry before completing his hat-trick of catches as Tom Scott found the fielder in the same spot.

Berry went on to take 4-10 off his three overs while stand-in wicket-keeper Dan Bandaranaike claimed two stumpings as Bourne blitzed Uppingham's lower order to dismiss their visitors for 112.

Jamie Richardson top-scored with 42 for Uppingham. (12541757)
Jamie Richardson top-scored with 42 for Uppingham. (12541757)

Jordan Temple and Harby then put Bourne in a commanding position in their reply with a half-century opening partnership.

Temple, after being dropped twice early on, was the first wicket to fall for 35 after being bowled by Cameron Hardwick.

Bourne still looked in control though as they reached the 10-over halfway stage at 61-1, but the introduction of Danny Dumford to join Hardwick in the Town attack stopped the home side's surge.

Dumford delivered his five overs for 3-14, which included the crucial wickets of Berry and Bandaranaike, while Hardwick helped himself to 3-32 as Bourne began to wobble.

With Evison still at the crease though, they looked the favourites when the home batsman launched the final ball of the penultimate over for six.

Bourne now needed just five runs off Ashwin's final over but, after taking a two, Evison was then caught by a superb catch on the boundary from Richardson for 17.

Ashwin then bowled a further two dot balls, meaning Bourne needed a boundary off his final delivery, but Tom Bentley was dismissed off the last ball of the game to keep Town on course for a Stamford Cups double.

They continue their defence of the Stamford KO Shield on Monday night in a quarter-final clash at Ufford Park.

An unbeaten half-century from Kieran Judd helped Market Deeping ensure their place in the final against Uppingham after beating Barnack by six wickets.

They had restricted the reigning Division One champions to 130-9 from their 20 overs with James Hook, Josh Smith and Tom Anderson all taking two wickets apiece.

Judd then made 58 not out in the Deeping reply with Nick Green contributing 32 to ease Deeping to victory.

Morgen Turner claimed his maiden five-wicket haul to help Ufford Park 2nds to victory in one of the few Rutland League games to beat the wet weather on Sunday.

Turner took 5-18 from his seven over stint as Ufford were five-wicket winners in their Division Four East clash at Wisbech 2nds.

Turner's terrific spell helped dismiss Wisbech for 61 as Ufford took full advantage of winning the toss and asking their hosts to bat.

Alex Mears also claimed 3-31 from nine overs while Damian Willatt weighed in with 2-8 from 2.5 overs as Ufford made the most of the bowler-friendly conditions.

Turner was then unbeaten on 12 not out at the close as Ufford claimed victory inside 22 overs. Mian Khurram was their top scorer with 15 not out.

Joss Boyle also took five wickets as Laxton Park ran out 15-run winners in their Division Four West clash at Kimbolton.

Boyle bagged 5-23 from 10 overs as Kimbolton were bowled out for 135 in pursuit of Laxton’s 150 all out.

Andy Dykes (32), Will Murphy (33), Boyle (20), Will Horrell (22) and Kevin Dobbs (21) were Laxton’s leading run-makers.

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