Hulme hits a double century and then praises the opposition

Andrew Hulme scored 213 not out for Stamford.
Andrew Hulme scored 213 not out for Stamford.
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There were a handful of eye-catching individual highlights on the local cricket scene at the weekend but none better than that achieved by Andrew Hulme.

The Stamford batsman has got Hunts League officials busy ploughing through their record books after striking a magnificent double century in a Division One game against Nassington seconds.

Hulme smashed an unbeaten 213 as Stamford piled up a massive 429-1 off their 45 overs.

Hulme’s big hit, which came off 152 deliveries and included 33 fours and three sixes, was certainly a Stamford Town record as he became the first player to score a double hundred for the club. The previous best club score was 162.

And Hulme also just missed out on another club record. When fellow opener Chris Bore fell for 159 the pair had put on 301 - two short of the club’s 303 record partnership.

Bore’s 108-ball knock included 21 fours and two sixes. In reply, Nassington were all out for 74 giving Town a massive 355-run winning margin.

And despite an incredible afternoon with the bat Hulme made a point of offering words of encouragement to his opponents

He said: “Hopefully they will stick together as they have some decent young lads. If they get relegated and the youngsters have more experience next year they will get there.”

Another batsman with plenty to celebrate at the weekend was Bretton’s Gulraiz Khan.

He hit a lightning 140 not out as Bretton beat Brampton by nine wickets in Division 5B of the Hunts League on Saturday.

Chasing a victory target of 228, Bretton got home in just 23 overs thanks to Khan’s big blast and 69 not out from Andrew Bennett.

Then on Sunday Khan was leading the way for Bretton again in a Rutland League encounter at Thrapston. In that one he made 84 out of Bretton’s 304-9 as they won by 125 runs.