A TOUGH season lies ahead for Uppingham Town Cricket Club who have celebrated the first ball in competitive cricket at the club’s new Castle Hill ground on Sunday.
Uppingham 2nd XI were promoted to the Rutland League’s third division last season and opened this summer’s campaign – and the new ground – with a defeat against Newborough on Sunday.
Meanwhile Martin Bennett’s young 1st XI, who returned to the league’s top flight this year, struggled against one of the league’s favourites, Barnack.
At Uppingham’s new ground, just off Leicester Road, Town’s 2nds won the toss and elected to bat on a wicket that looked full of runs.
But after a good start, reaching 65 for 1, they lost cheap wickets, finishing on 150 for 9 – a target that their opponents, rattled off with three wickets and 11 overs to spare.
A crowd of around 80 watched the game and Uppingham’s Adi Salt said: “There was great support from people from the town who came for the first game. It was great afternoon.
“All the efforts were well worth it. We had good, positive comments on the wicket, which I think will be a good batting track.”
Uppingham had done well to reach 150 after slumping to 109 for 9. Alan Landers and captain Jamie Wild putting on 41 runs to reach the 150.
In reply, Newborough lost opener Bamber for 8 before adding 72 for their second wicket with Uppingham dropping four catches.
Wild and Stuart Lambie took two wickets each with Howe and young George Scott both supporting well.
Over at Barnack, Uppingham’s 1st XI found Barnack too hot to handle, where they made just 76 in response to their hosts’ 163.
Barnack won the toss and chose to bat first but, after Uppingham claimed the wicket of Butt with the score at 23, Steve Best set Barnack up for victory, top-scoring with 59 to hold the innings together as the hosts finished all out for 163.
Uppingham had fielded well with excellent catches from Ben Harford, Tom Hubbard, skipper Martin Bennett and Will Cropper. The pick of the bowlers was Danny Dumford with four wickets for 17 runs from eight overs.
Uppingham’s reply started well, with openers Jamie Dumford (20) and Ben Harford (9) getting off to a good start but with only three batsmen reaching double figures Uppingham’s innings collapsed.
The final five wickets falling for just 15 runs with Uppingham all out for just 76 runs in 32 overs.
Khan bowled superbly for Barnack with four wickets for 27 while man-of-the-match Best took three wickets for 21
l UPPINGHAM’s 1st XI play again on May 1, with Barnack visiting the Castle Hill ground in the return fixture. Uppingham’s 2nds host Whittlesey on Sunday.
J Dumford c A Scotcher b Khan 20
B Harford c&b Khan 9
M Cox c Sadiq b Best 14
M Bennett c&b Khan 1
C Bartram c Sadiq b Khan 3
T Hubbard b Best 7
W Cropper c Butt b Shaid 4
D Dumford lbw Best 3
J Binley not out 10
A Ashwin b Shaid 0
S Green b Scotcher 0
Uppingham Bowling: J Binley 7-1-26-1, C Bartram 9-0-46-2, A Ashwin 7-1-19-0, S Green 9-2-31-1, D Dumford 8-1-17-4, M Cox 3.2-0-21-2.
Uppingham Town 2nd XI
Adrian Salt LBW Lawton 20
Callum O’berg c&b Jones 10
Dave Fish b Lawton 20
Michael Beaver c Jones b Lawton 0
Henry King c Clingo b Fisher 17
Chris Howe c McCracken b Compton 13
Ed Scott b Fisher 0
George Scott b Compton 7
Stu Lambie b Lawton 1
Alan Landers not out 35
Jamie Wild not out 7
Total 150 for 9
Newborough 154 for 7
Uppingham 2nd bowling: C Howe 10-1-43-3; Alan Landers 6-0-29-0; Stuart Lambie 5-0-29-1; J Wild 7-1-27-1; G Scott 6-0-23-2.
Match Sponsor: Pete Marlow