RESULT: Stamford Town show great bouncebackability to win a thriller, Jaidka Cup semi-final at Cricketfield Lane

Stamford Town showed great bouncebackability to reach the Stamford Charity Cup Final last night (June 12).

Wednesday, 13th June 2018, 8:54 am
Updated Tuesday, 19th June 2018, 4:42 pm
Stamford Town all-rounder Alex Birch played strongly at Ketton Sports.

Just 24 hours after they were crushed by over 100 runs in a T20 quarter-final, Town beat Ketton Sports by four wickets in a keenly-contested semi-final at Pit Lane.

Matt Green was the ultimate hero cracking successive fours with ramp shots when eight runs were needed from the final four balls to pass Ketton’s 124-8. Alex Birch had opened up with 35 for Stamford and Simon Prentice finished 21 not out. In-form off-spinner Zeeshan Manzoor took 4-18 for the home side.

Ketton’s innings fell away tamely after a strong start from openers Clive Wilson (58) and Shakaar Mahmood (27). Birch and Richard Field claimed two wickets apiece for Stamford.

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Stamford will play either Uppingham or Bourne in the final. They play their semi-final on Monday (June 18).

SCORES

Ketton Sports 124-8 (C. Wilson 58, S, Mahmood 27, A. Birch 2-17, R. Field 2-31).

Stamford 126-6 (A. Birch 35, M. Green 24no, S. Lem 21no, Z. Manzoor 4-18).

Ramsey host Peterborough Town in a Jaidka Cup semi-final at Cricketfield Lane tonight (June 13, 6pm).

Town will be without skipper David Clarke.

The second semi-final between Bourne and Wisbech at the Abbey Lawns is now scheduled for June 20.