Uppingham do it in style
Oakham I 149-8
Uppingham Town I 151-3
Uppingham romped to victory over local rivals Oakham at Castle Hill on Saturday, with home grown talents Danny Dumford, Martin Bennett and Mark Cox starring in the win.
Oakham found themselves without the services of top order stalwarts Chris Larsen, Calvin Flowers and Will Stuart-Jones, and this certainly contributed to their demise.
Uppingham took control almost from the start as Nakir, Cameron Flowers and Shukla were powerless against the ruthless swing and pace of Danny Dumford.
Both openers found edges to wicket keeper Jamie Dumford, before Shukla was clean bowled as Danny Dumford claimed 3-38 from his 12 overs.
At the other end, Patrick Latham bowled an immaculate line that would yield seven maidens from his 12 overs, and a single wicket - a spectacular one-handed caught and bowled - to remove his good friend, and Oakham captain Richard Martin.
That devastating spell from the Uppingham quicks reduced the Oakham top order to 26-4 before Shyam Lakhani produced a gem of an innings.
Taking 16 balls before scoring a run, such was his need to steady the ship, he went on to hit eight fours, and two huge sixes in a brilliantly constructed 65 from 96 balls.
However, there was little support from the other end as the Uppingham ground fielding was relentless.
Rory Brown fell foul of this when he thought about clearing the ropes, only to pick out the hands of Donald Butchart on the boundary, who made a spectacular diving catch to become Mark Cox’s first victim.
When Cox (2-45) also had Lakhani stumped, Oakham looked likely to fall short of 150. Despite the efforts of Ashish Patel, who contributed a useful 16 not out, Oakham ended their 45 overs on 149-8.
Chasing low scores in derby matches can be tricky, so Uppingham were grateful to see their openers get off to a solid start before Jamie Dumford nicked a Charlie Baker outswinger to the safe gloves of Martin for 13 with the score on 26.
However, that brought Cox to the crease, and he picked up where he left off having hit an unbeaten ton in the corresponding fixture last year.
Cox and Bennett did much to blunt the best efforts of the Oakham attack, putting on 77 in 91 balls, before Bennett fell lbw to Oakley (2-29) for 46.
Despite a very brief wobble that saw Uppingham at 104-3, Sam Hodson steadied the innings and provided support for Cox, who once again showed to be a class apart, bringing up an unbeaten 51 including 10 fours from 64 balls.
Having seen Cox reach his personal milestone, Hodson (20 not out) finished the match in the grandest of manners, dispatching a huge six to see Uppingham over the line in just 28 overs.
The 25 point win lifts Uppingham into third in the league, and for now at least, local bragging rights.