Uffington bounce back with victory

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UFFINGTON recorded a convincing home win over Rothwell in Rutland League Four.

Skipper Steve Moody won the toss and elected to bat on what looked to be a good track.

He and fellow opener John Burton laid some good foundations by seeing off the new ball and a fine spell from Dean Spreadbury. After they had both fallen to mistimed pulls Damien Herrick and Guy Cunningham first consolidated and then accelerated to a 100 run partnership. Herrick went on to an impressive 68, with a couple of big sixes, before being dismissed by a superb catch running back by Spreadbury.

Useful runs were added in the last five overs by Simon Larter, Jon Clarke and Colin Miles to take the total to 221.

In reply Rothwell were solid for the first few overs against tight bowling from Larter and Miles, the sultan. But the pressure eventually told and stand-in keeper Tim Pratt claimed a confident catch off Miles to make the breakthrough.

Adam Ogley came to the wicket with some purpose and played some aggressive shots, but fell to a good catch by Dean Cornish at mid-off, off the bowling of Will Hetherington.

Moody’s fizzing leg breaks soon started to take their toll. Herrick held on to a sharp catch at first slip and after that only Ryan Spreadbury put up much resistance, showing a calm head and a tight technique. However he was eventually outwitted by Moody with one that turned the other way.

This exposed a long tail and Hetherington chipped in with two more wickets at the other end, one to a stunning catch by Miles. Moody quickly wrapped up the innings for 80, as the lower order failed to deal with his variations and his eventual figures were 6-17.

This comprehensive win was a welcome result for Uffington after a very disappointing defeat in a tight game against St Ives the previous week.

Leicestershire League

OAKHAM fielded a much weakened side at Soughton and Thurnby on Saturday, especially in the bowling department and they struggled to contain Stoughton in batsman-friendly conditions.

However, Oakham’s bowlers stuck to their task well especially Rory Brown who bowled 18 overs and was unlucky not to get a wicket as was Ryan Thwaites.

Jo Stafford and Jack Roach took 2 wickets each as Stoughton finished on 250 for 5.

Having conceded a large total it was important that Oakham did not crumble and they held out to finish on 202- 7 with Paul Haynes scoring 85.

Oakham held out for a draw and scored 70 runs in the last 10 overs to achieve maximum batting points.