Uppingam Town secure a winning draw to get back on track

Action from Uppinham Town v Stamford Town in the Rutland League Division One. Photo: Geott Atton EMN-150526-123206001
Action from Uppinham Town v Stamford Town in the Rutland League Division One. Photo: Geott Atton EMN-150526-123206001

It was a highly successful weekend for Uppingham Town Cricket Club across the board with three of the club’s senior sides recording victories and the Saturday 1sts finishing with a comprehensive winning draw.

The winning draw on Saturday over Narborough and Littlethorpe ended a run of two defeats in the Leicestershire League Division Two.

Uppingham lost the toss and were told to bat and it looked like the hosts’ decision to take the ball had been a wise one early doors as skipper Jamie Dumford was caught by Lee Wolloff from Jack Burchball’s bowling for just two runs.

However Uppingham recovered, largely thanks to the impressive performances of Don Butchart and Tom Scott. Butchart finished the day just six runs short of his century, finally getting caught and bowled by the busy Wolloff who finished with 5-63.

Scott hit 56 to help race up Town’s total. At 255-7 Dumford declared to give his bowlers four extra overs to try and secure the victory - it turned out they could have done with a few more.

Uppingham were agonisingly close to the victory but a stubborn 50 from Narborough wicketkeeper J Collins meant they got something from the match. He top scored for the home side but more importantly hung around for 130 balls. But around him wickets were falling quickly and Alex Ashwin (4-8) ripped through the tail, taking the last three in the order for 0 runs bringing in the last Narborough batsman Jack Burchnall, who managed to fend off 12 balls to secure a losing draw and six points. Uppingham bagged 21 points. Town are now fifth in the league.

Dumford finished with 2-29 and Patrick Latham, Butchart and Scott Green all took a wicket each.

In Division Six East Uppingham 2nds beat Cosby 2nds by 66 runs to record a maximum 30 point victory.

It was Uppingham Town 2nds’ fourth victory in a row.

However despite their brilliant recent run they sit in fifth place in the league.

Batting first Uppingham got of to a decent start with 47 on the board before James Cross was bowled for 29. Sam Cowling went first ball which bought the promoted Joe Bennett to the crease to join David Lambert. The pair put on 68 for the third wicket with Lambert scoring 61 and Joe Bennett recording his first senior half century as he hit a well constructed 52. Colan Bartram (11) was the only other batsman to reach double figures and Uppingham posted a total of 172.

Cosby didn’t attempt to chase down the Town score and it was just a matter of whether they could hold out for the draw. Uppingham had a strong bowling attack however and wickets fell at regular intervals. Tom Roberts 12-4-26-2, Colan Bartram 12-6-10-2 and Sam Rees 6-1-22-3 were the pick of the Uppingham bowlers who stuck to their task well and took the final wicket in the 43rd over to record a 30 point victory.