Bowlers win opening game for Stamford

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After last week’s disappointment in the opening fixture of the Rutland Division Two season, the Stamford Sunday 1st XI bounced back with a hard fought victory over S&L Corby.

Stamford won the toss and batted first and posted a good score of 209-9, putting behind the failure of last week, with great contributions from Andrew Hulme (52), Clive Simmons (50) and Simon Lem (41).

In reply, S&L made big strides early on thanks to Waduge (71), Ali (32) and Robinson (38) taking the score to 150-2 after 30 overs. However a great bowling spell from David Piggott (4-14) ripped out the S&L middle order and saw the last eight wickets fall for just 20 runs resulting in S&L being dismissed for 170.

Huge credit should also be given to tight spells of bowling from Richard Field (2-38) and Matt Piggott (1-11) who helped restrict the visitors in the middle overs.

It was a great result for Stamford who won by 39 runs and next head to Market Deeping hoping to beat the early leaders of Rutland Division 2.

Stamford Town’s Saturday 1st XI recorded their first win in their new league, Hunts Division 2, with Suneel Appan making his captaincy debut for the club.

Orton Park won the toss, elected to bat and lost early wickets but Fahim Akbar (51) showed aggression with a series of fours and sixes.

The Stamford bowlers, Tom Williams (3 for 22) and Appan (3 for 12), got the key wickets and performed well to restrict their total to 139 all out.

After a significant tea break the Stamford batsman took charge and delivered a convincing performance to reach the required 140 inside 32 overs.

Liam Davé (31) worked hard for his runs whilst Dave Piggott (41*) and Simon Lem (25*) continued their fine early season form.

Tony ‘stone-dead’ Wright officiated very well in his first league game with compliments from both sides.

Roll on next week’s match away against Houghton & Wyton after a solid victory to start the season.