Uppingham win the league for the first time in 28 years

Cricket action Uppingham v Bretton - Alex Ashwin bowls'Photo: MSMP080913-129js ENGEMN00220130809162642
Cricket action Uppingham v Bretton - Alex Ashwin bowls'Photo: MSMP080913-129js ENGEMN00220130809162642

Uppingham Town are champions of the Rutland League Division One and they did it without even having to bat on Sunday.

On a day when the entire league was devastated by the weather, with not a single game running to conclusion, Uppingham earned enough points at home to Nassington to ensure the division one title was theirs for the first time since 1987.

Batting first with unpredictable weather forecast Nassington started their innings on time but rain was already falling lightly, and Nassington lost the early wickets of Dan Robinson for three runs and Alex Laud for four runs, quickly followed by danger man, and one of the summer’s outstanding performers Conor Craig for a duck.

Dan Bandaranaike was then out for 13 runs meaning the Nassington were struggling on 4-50 runs.

Danny Dumford 2-26 and Alex Ashwin 2-31 took the wickets for Uppingham with the later taking the two key wickets of Craig and Bandaranaike, with Jamie Richardson holding a catch for the first and then Mark Cox slinging on for the second.

But Tom Norman (31 not out) and Garry Scotcher (5 not out) looked in good touch as the rain closed in and the game was finally abandoned at 4pm with the Nassington score at 64-4.

Uppingham gained seven points from the game and news came through that the Peterborough and Wisbech game had also been abandoned which meant that Uppingham were no longer catchable at the top of the league.