Uffington beat Stamford to win promotion

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UFFINGTON secured promotion to Rutland Division Three with three matches to spare following a resounding eight wicket win over neighbours Stamford Town on Sunday.

Winning the toss on a drying wicket, Uffington skipper Steve Moody had no hesitation in unleashing his potent bowling attack on the home side.

Even with strike bowler Ben Jennings rested, Moody could call on four bowlers with league averages of 13 or less, and they proved too much of a handful for Stamford Tonw 2nd’s line-up.

Prolific Chris Bore offered some resistance at the top of the order, striking a quick 26 before Moody lulled him into a leading edge with a leg cutter, but runs for the rest of the batsmen proved almost impossible to come by, as Uffington tightened their grip on the game.

Simon Larter ploughed his usual lively off stump furrow to take 4-26, Will Felgate bowled fast and straight to pick up a couple more scalps and the metronomic Will Fry’s (2-15) lack of pace proved hard to score off.

Stamford managed to sneak past 100 thanks to James Ferrow’s swashbuckling late order 21 but the total of 109 all out in 40 overs never looked enough.

And so it proved to be: Jack Garner got Uffington’s momentum going early with a quickfire 23 while at the other end Damien Herrick looked utterly unruffled against his old club, patiently knocking the ball around for an unbeaten 32.

The firepower came from Guy Cunningham though, who strode to the crease and proceeded to smash the bowling in all directions for a fluent and entertaining 47, getting bowled as he eyed a 50 and victory with the same shot, in only the 25th over.

The win gives Uffington an unassailable 60 point lead over third placed St Ives, and puts them one point behind Ketton, but with a game in hand.