Uppingham Town missed out on securing a league double on Sunday when they lost to Peterborough Town in the final game of the season.
Having won the Leicestershire League Division Three earlier in the month ahead of local rivals Oakham, Uppingham went into the final weekend of competition in the Rutland League Division One with a slender eight point lead over second placed Peterborough.
As a result, Sunday’s match at Bretton Gate, against a club on a high having won their third successive Northants Premier title the previous weekend, was a winner takes all showdown.
Batting first, Uppingham struggled to score runs against Peterborough`s strong bowling attack.
At 20 overs, Uppingham had scored just 53 runs for the loss of three wickets. Max Collins (58), batting at number five, held the Uppingham Town innings together and, with Danny Dumford (24), took the score on to 133 for the seventh wicket, and a final score of 151 runs all out.
Peterborough showed sharpness across the board and produced some game-changing moments in the field.
Jamie Smith took three catches, including an excellent one to remove Sam Hodson for just one run and another to dismiss Lewis Bruce, following a superb direct hit on the stumps to run out Ben Collins for four runs.
Danyaal Mohammed with 4-21 runs and Kieron Jones with 3-25 runs were the pick of the six Peterborough bowlers.
In reply, Peterborough lost the early wicket of Alex Mitchell (13) to opening bowler Danny Dumford (2-42).
Lewis Bruce (61) and Marcus Howard (48 not out) took the Peterborough score on to 126 runs for the third wicket when Bruce was caught lbw by Mark Cox.
However, that was as good as it got for Uppingham who failed to take any more wickets as Peterborough cruised to victory in the 33rd over to win by an impressive seven wickets.
Uppingham used six bowlers but Danny Dumford and Mark Cox 1-18 were the only wicket-takers.
At the end of the day, Peterborough were worthy winners but Uppingham celebrated a brilliant first season back in the first division with a young side .