Uppingham Town make a winning start to their Leicestershire League Division One campaign
Uppingham Town swept aside hosts Loughborough Carillon to cruise to a 107-run victory to open their Leicestershire League Division One campaign on Saturday.
There was an element of déjà vu about the victory from last week's game as the early loss of openers Jamie Dumford and Ben Farnsworth couldn't derail the Town innings.
The in-form Sam Hodson crashed his way to a 28-ball half-century before falling for 61 after a 99-run stand with Jack Vickerman who then added a further 75 for the fourth wicket with Mark Cox.
The loss of Cox (24) and Vickerman for an untroubled 86 sparked a middle order collapse which saw Town lose four wickets in 16 balls for the addition of just 16 runs.
From 210-7, Danny Dumford and Kash Munir stemmed the flow of wickets before accelerating the scoring and adding a match-winning 101 for the eighth wicket.
Munir reached his half-century with a six off just 39 balls before being dismissed off the final ball of the innings.
The Uppingham innings closed on 311-8 with Nitant Desai's 2-33 from nine overs the stand-out figures for Loughborough.
Needing a good start if they were to have a chance of challenging such a total, Sam Clarke was soon heading back to the pavilion as Danny Dumford rearranged his stumps with the fourth ball of the innings.
From there, the Carillon innings stumbled on to 110-7 with only Maz Keshwala (84no) offering stern resistance.
He would find able partners in Andrew Capel (24) and James Neal (18no) as Loughborough managed to bat through their 45 overs but the outcome was never in doubt.
The eight wickets were split between five bowlers as Munir completed a fine all-round performance with 2-24 while Dumford and Toby Rees also chipped in with two wickets.
Town now turn their attentions to Saturday's home bow when Ashby Hastings, who also opened their campaign with a win, are the visitors to Castle Hill.
Uppingham's second team started their Division Seven East campaign with a 29-run home defeat against Birstall Village 2nds.
Birstall made 231-4 after being put into bat by Town whose run chase just fell short as they closed their 40 overs on 202-9.
Joe Bennett, Colan Bartram, Harry Wade and Kevin Webster all picked up a wicket apiece for Town with opener Dan Snaith then top-scoring with 86 in their reply before he was run out.
Will Joyce added 24 for Uppingham with George Morley making 25 and Wade adding 18 until he was also run out.
Ketton Sports were sent tumbling to a nine-wicket home reversal in their Division Three East opener against Medbourne at Pit Lane.
The hosts saw out their 45 overs despite finding runs in short supply with Adam Renton top-scoring with 24 and skipper Mat Bird making 20 in a final total of 111-9.
Medbourne took just 17 overs to reach the required target for the loss of just one wicket which went to Will Bird who had George Clarke caught by Nathan Adams for 36.
Brian Makwana was in fine form with the bat to ensure Market Overton started their Division Five East season with a victory after a six-wicket home success over Thorpe Arnold.
Makwana thumped 18 boundaries in an unbeaten 98 not out as Marko successfully chased down their visitors' total of 166 all out.
Tom Stevens also struck 34 for the hosts who had shared out the wickets to bowl out Thorpe Arnold inside 40 overs.
Makwana, Tom Moxon and Mark Hudson all bagged braces with Mikey Roberts and Alex Laybourne taking one apiece with skipper Sammy Linford chipping in with two run outs.