Uppingham win third successive Twenty/20 crown

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Uppingham Town claimed their third Rutland Twenty/20 title in three years last night with a win over title favourites Ketton Lions.

Uppingham and Ketton replayed Steamin Billy T/20 final at Oakham at the match was abandoned because of rain with the game finally balanced last week.

Uppingham batted first and were soon in trouble losing Jamie Dumford for 7 runs and Will Cropper for a duck to bowler D Cotton in the second over with the score just 9 runs.

When skipper Martin Bennett (13 runs) and George Scott (O) quickly followed to bowler Ajaz Akhtar (2-40) things were looking bad for Uppingham who are having a season to remember.

Mark Cox (64 not out) steadied the innings with Danny Dumford (25)taking the score on to 82 runs for the fifth wicket,

Dumford was bowled lbw by Zac Treeweek.

Ben Collins (18 runs) and Cox pushed Uppingham’s score on to 130 runs and Alex Ashwin (14 not out) finished the innings to post a final total of 158 runs for 6 wickets.

Ketton used five bowlers with Cotton’s 2-12 runs the pick of the bowlers used.

In reply Ketton started well with Jacob Miller (38) and Josh Gallimore (21) getting the new power in Rutland cricket off to a strong start. The Lions lost Gallimore in the fifth over with the Ketton score on 41 runs. This brought D Cotton (41 not out) to the crease and with Miller he took the Ketton score on to 72 runs before Miller lost his wicket, bowled by Ben Collins.

Ajaz Akhtar (18) helped the score onto 105 runs in the 15th over before getting stumped off a wide ball. Jordan Ryan (14 s) kept the pressure on Uppingham before losing his wicket, bowled by Mark Cox with Ketton’s score at 136 runs with 14 balls to be bowled and 23 runs needed to win.

Guy Cunningham (2) was run out, quickly followed by Robin Vitas (3) who was also run out as the Lions chased runs. Ketton’s innings closed on 147 runs, putting up a strong fight to the ended but falling 12 runs short.

At the end of the match Uppingham were worthy winners in an excellent game of cricket.

Mark Cox was named man of the match after scoring 64 runs not out and taking 1-28 runs with the ball.

Uppingham used six bowlers with Ben Collins with 2-20 runs the best of the rotation.