Rutland League Division One title chasers Uppingham Town continued their unbeaten start to the season with a thumping nine wicket victory over Stamford Town.
Batting first Stamford struggled badly against opening bowlers Danny Dumford (4-17 runs) and Alex Ashwin (3-15 runs). Stamford’s Liam Dave (10) and Andrew Hulme (11) with a partnership of 23 runs steadied the innings but both lost their wickets in the 17th over with the Stamford score on 24 runs, and then just Tim Juggins (15) reached double figures as Stamford collapsed all out for just 56 runs in 28.5 overs.
Uppingham used just four bowlers with James Keywood (2-16 runs) and Ben Collins (1-5) the other bowlers used.
In reply Uppingham lost the early wicket of Martin Bennett for just 2 runs, but opening batsman Jamie Dumford (42*) batted with great aggression and Mark Cox (8*) eased Uppingham to a very quick win in the ninth over.
Stamford used four bowlers with just Tim Juggins (1-19 runs) causing any problems as Uppingham took the maximum 20 points from the game at Castle Hill.
Rather unsurprisingly Uppingham top the league and have opened up a 36 point lead over second place Barnack.
In another low scoring match, this time away at Newborough 2nds in Division Six, Uppingham Seconds recorded a five wicket victory.
Uppingham were unable to bowl Newborough out but some tight bowling meant the hosts were unable to score at an average of more than two runs an over which is rarely going to win you cricket matches. Newborough finished on 96-9. Bowling performance of the afternoon game from Charlie Morley who took six wickets for 43 wickets.
In contrast Town wasted little time in reaching the target they had been set. There weren’t any big scores but on this occasion they were not required. Opening batsman Andrew Ashwin hit 25 before losing his wicket to Joe Mills, who did his best to make the match competitive with four of the five wickets Newborough managed to take.
Phillip Nichols added 33 for Uppingham before being caught and bowled by Duncan Rowland. The Lammies lost both their wickets for 0 with victory in sight but James Cross (7*) and Charlie Morley (6*) got them over the line.