Uppingham Town cruised to a first round victory in the John Wilcox Cup at Yaxley yesterday afternoon.
Town, one of the favourites for promotion from division two of the Rutland League this year, gave the third division’s bottom side little respite with bat or ball.
The Rutlanders opened their innings with captain Jamie Dumford (36 runs) and Martin Bennett (61) setting the away side up with an excellent start with first wicket partnership of 99 in 23 overs.
Dumford was bowled Dan Young who finished with 5 for 42 runs but Uppingham continued to add runs.
Jamie Richardson (42) and Max Collins (26) pushed Uppingham’s score on to 195 before the third wicket fell as Uppingham were aided by some wayward bowling which conceded 46 extras in wides.
Uppingham’s middle order all scored runs as Town pushed on to a final score of 283 from their 50 overs.
Luke Rose, the Yaxley skipper, was the only other bowler to take wickets with 2 for 40 from his six overs.
Yaxley’s innings struggled against Uppingham’s opening bowlers with the accurate Chris Howe (3 for 20) taking the first three wickets for just 40 runs in 11 overs.
Middle order batsmen Dan Young (25), Andy Weston (47) and Luke Rose (22no) pushed the score on to 137 but spin bowlers Ben Collins (4 for 20 runs) and Scott Green (3 for 3 runs) coupled with excellent fielding from the young Town team, brought the game to a quick conclusion as Yaxley were bowled out for just 147 runs in 44 overs.
J Dumford d Young 36
M Bennett c Cowley b Young 61
J Richardson lbw Rose 42
M Collins c Stratton b Rose 26
J Salt b Young 23
A Ashwin b Young 13
J Dodworth c Stratton b Young 10
B Collins not out 1
C Howe not out 4
Yaxley bowling: N Cowley 10-4-15-0, S Elderkin 10-0-67-0, R Clarke 10-0-56-0, D Young 9-0-42-5, R Reed 1-0-16-0, L Rose 6-0-40-2, A Weston 4-0-29-0.
S Elderkin lbw B Collins 10
D Stratton b Howe 4
N Cowley b Howe 0
D Young c Salt b Howe 25
A Weston b B Collins 47
L Rose not out 22
J Weaver lbw B Collins 14
R Clarke c Salt b B Collins 0
A Mear b Green 0
R Reed c Richardson b Green 0
M Reed b Green 0
Total 147 all out
Uppingham bowling: C Howe 10-3-20-3, M Collins 6-1-24-0, A Ashwin 7-2-25-0, B Collins 10-4-24-4, S Lambie 7-0-46-0, S Green 3.1-1-3-3.