Uffington topple leaders

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Uffington stormed to a superb seven wicket victory at the home of division three leaders 
Castor in the Rutland League on Sunday.

Castor’s perfect unbeaten run came crashing to earth as Uffington secured their win with 10 balls to spare, moving up to third in the process.

Uffington’s bowling attack ripped through Castor’s opening batsmen and then limited their hosts to 164 for 6. Simon Larter then hit an unbeaten 64 as Uffington cruised past their target.

Castor skipper Luke Broekman won the toss and chose to bat first but it wasn’t long before Felix Cunningham made the breakthrough, having Robin Vitas well caught behind by Jon Tyrrell in his second over.

Cunningham exerted such control over the spell-bound batsmen that he bowled his 12 overs straight through for the richly-deserved figures of 2-29.

Meanwhile Ben Jennings and Larter alternated from the other end, and helped Cunningham restrict Castor to the extent that not one boundary was hit before the drinks break at 22 overs.

As wickets fell regularly a total of 130 was on the cards until Ross Porter, Reece Smith and Jason Dunn hit out effectively at the end to take the total to a more defendable 164.

On a hot afternoon with a big outfield Uffington fielded brilliantly as a team to keep the total down, with Matt Tarrant and Dean Cornish in particular sealing off the point and gully region.

In the chase John Burton played a series of beautifully timed clips off his legs to reach a stylish 22 before being caught behind. Damien Herrick and Cornish then dug in to lay the foundations for the charge which came when they were both out in quick succession.

Larter (64 not out) continued his astonishing form with the bat this season and launched some monstrous sixes straight down the ground.

With skipper Steve Moody (30 not out) batting well at the other end the comfortable seven-wicket victory was ultimately secured in the 44th over.

Larter’s batting average this season now stands at 266, having only been dismissed once.

Uffington’s next match is at home to Ketton on July 14.