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 Superb Town clinch promotion to Premier League


With the season drawing to a close, Uppingham Town’s trip to Langton's to take on the division leaders had the potential to make, or break the Rutlanders season.

 

On a wet, rain affected afternoon, almost as much attention was focused on events at Oakham (hosting Newtown Linford) and Hinckley to see what impact those games were having on the divisional positions.

 

Having surprisingly chosen to bat first, Langtons were already one down when the players were forced off for the first time. Only 5 overs had been played and as the rain fell, tea was taken and news came through that Hinckley’s game had been abandoned, removing them from the promotion race. 

 

With the game now reduced to 25 overs, Langtons wickets fell regularly as Alex Ashwin (2-18) and Danny Dumford (3-25) filleted the top order superbly putting Town in a strong position. The introduction of Scott Green to the attack offered no respite and as the rain returned he had snared 2-5 and Langtons were in disarray at 62-7.

 

Happily for Town, the stoppage was short and only a further 4 overs were lost and with the knowledge that the match at Oakham had also now been abandoned, Uppingham now knew that a win would seal promotion to the top tier on the league for the first time in their history.

 

What followed in the next 4 overs threatened to turn the game on it’s head. Zakir Patel and Mubarak Patel launched a ferocious assault on Scott Green and Mark Cox to such an extent that Langtons scored 66 runs from those final 24 balls. Zakir’s 40 runs coming from just 17 deliveries and included 4 sixes, one straight into the scorebox. In amongst the carnage their was one of the more unusual methods of dismissal as Mubarak was adjudged out “Obstructed the field”!  62-7 had become 128-9 and Uppingham knew they had a chase on their hands. 

 

As has been their trademark this season, Town set about their task in a positive manner from the start. Skipper Jamie Dumford top scoring with 36 (2x6, 4x4) and Ben Farnsworth (16) had raised the opening partnership to 45 in just 5 overs meaning that Town were well above the rate. However, when they both fell in successive overs, Martin Bennett and Mark Cox found runs harder to come by as Zakir and Zuber applied the breaks.

 

Both would fall to Zakir, bowled and it was the arrival of Alex Ashwin to the crease that keyed the final push – Ashwin was dropped off his first TWO balls faced, however he would make them pay as he would close unbeaten on 35 (2x6, 2x4). At the other end it was Jamie Richardson who applied the coup de grace, first effortlessly flicking Zuber over midwicket for 6 to bring Town to within 1, before cutting the same bowler for the final 2 runs.

 

Credit must go to the Umpires and the Langtons club/players for getting the game on. It now means that Uppingham now sit just 4 points behind Langtons with one game left.

 

It is a fabulous achievement for the Rutland club, as just 5 years after joining the league they have now secured their 4th promotion to the top flight for first time in the clubs history. Many of the players on the field on Saturday have come through the junior set up and have been there for the whole journey from the depths of the Northants league to where they now sit, ready to take their place at the “Top Table” of cricket in Leicestershire and Rutland.


Published: 12/09/2017





 
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