After failing to land a significant trophy for seven years, Nassington have now won two cup finals in the space of five days.
The all-conquering Twenty/20 outfit lifted the Stamford Charity Cup last night (June 29) after a terrific contest against Uppingham that wasn’t settled until the fourth ball of the final over. This trophy will sit alongside the Jaidka Cup won so thrillingly against Market Deeping last week (June 24).
Nassington won by five wickets thanks chiefly to a third-wicket stand of 95 between captain Dan Robinson and Kiwi import Ryan Duffy. Duffy, who missed the Jaidka Final, struck 58 from just 45 balls to get Nassington to within touching distance of Uppingham’s 133-7. Robinson finished unbeaten on 42.
Uppingham batted well in the second-half of their innings, recovering from 44-5 with Jack Salt producing some clean hitting on his way to 36. Nassington bowled well at the start and again at the death with Adam Scotcher taking two wickets in the final over of the innings.
Kasim Ikhlaq also claimed two Uppingham wickets and hit a towering six off the first ball of the 19th over which helped bring the scores level with six balls to go.
Nassington still have their eyes on two more major prizes. They host King’s Keys in a semi-final of the Stamford KO Shield next Monday, July 6 and they travel to Oundle for a semi-final in the Rutland League’s John Wilcox Trophy on July 28.
Uppingham 133-7 (J. Salt 36, K. Ikhlaq 2-21, A. Scotcher 2-23).
Nassington 134-5 (R. Duffy 58, D. Robinson 42no).