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 Saturday firsts suffer but Sunday firsts exorcise demons


Stamford 1st XI suffered a big setback on Saturday in their quest for Hunts Division One silverware, as bad weather meant their fixture against bottom club Wareseley was a complete washout.

All other fixtures in the league were played to completion, Newborough's victory over Orton Park meaning they leapfrogged Stamford into first place in the table. The two sides meet at Uffington Road next week in a game which could well decide the fate of the title this season.

 

On Sunday, the 1st exorcised some demons from earlier in the season, beating Oundle by 6 wickets. In the reverse fixture, Stamford had been skittled for just 37, so even though Oundle only posted 168 - largely thanks to Hanno Kotze (60) - they would still have fancied their chances of defending it. This time around the Stamford top order had other ideas, Andrew Hulme (63), Ben Peck (22) and Mark Andrew (32) laid a solid base which allowed Abubakar Farooq (22*) and Simon Lem (18*) to finish the game for the hosts. 

 

Captain Scott Chamberlain had earlier taken 4-18, headlining a fine all round bowling performance which saw Joe Harrington and Richard Field both return 2-29. Chamberlain's men will still need to gather some momentum from this win if they are going to have any chance of avoiding the drop to division 2.

 

The 2nd XI travelled to Cossington where they faced high flying British Shoe and sadly fell to a heavy defeat against a strong side. Batting first they managed only 96, which the hosts chased down for the loss of just three wickets - 1-a-piece for Matt Green, James Tyers and Steven Bore.


Published: 10/08/2017





 
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