RUTLAND LEAGUE: No Larkin about as Ufford win against the odds
Ufford Park's second win of the Rutland Division One season was achieved against all the odds yesterday (June 19).
Ufford travelled with just nine men and little hope to Market Deeping, but returned with a six-wicket success under their belts (although because of the player shortage, Deeping were four wickets away from winning).
Star of the show was Andy Larkin who bashed an unbeaten 113 to speed Ufford past Deeping’s 169 all out. Larkin smashed eight sixes, but his side remain next-to-bottom, one place behind Deeping for whom Nick Green scored 55.
Co-incidentally Ufford Park seconds also played with nine men and still won against Long Sutton seconds by eight wickets in Division Six.
Uppingham are bottom of the Division One table and it’s been a remarkable fall from grace for the reigning champions.
Yesterday they were hustled out for just 77 by Wisbech who completed a seven-wicket win before 4pm. Brodie Ellis, Lyndon Waters and Harry Drew all took three wickets for Wisbech against an Uppingham side who are adrift at the foot of the table with just one win to their name.
At the other end of the division, Bourne have opened up a 33-point lead at the top after beating a Nassington side weakened by county call-ups by 158 runs.
Ben Keast (48no) top scored in Bourne’s 274-8, but Nassington were making serene progress until Jordan Temple was introduced into the attack. He promptly dismissed Nassington import Adam McDermott for 54 before running through the rest of the visitors’ batting line-up to return figures of 5-5 from just two overs! Temple had earlier contributed 36 runs.
Peterborough Town’s form continues to improve and a side including 10 players who played at youth level for the club defeated Oundle by 22 runs at Milton Road yesterday.
Dave Clarke struck 70 of Town’s 194-9 before Balaji Ganesan claimed six wickets for the second Division One game in a row in Oundle’s reply of 172.
Barnack beat Stamford by 39 runs, although Mohammed Hamad was frustrated to finish unbeaten on 99 in the winning side’s 182-5.
BARNACK beat STAMFORD by 39 runs
Barnack 182-5 (M. Hamad 99no, S. Amir 34, T. Ahmed 20).
Stamford 143 (S. Appan 22, A. Majeed 3-29, F. Khaliq 3-32, S. Amir 2-31).
BOURNE beat NASSINGTON by 148 runs
Bourne 274-8 (B. Keast 48no, R. Bentley 46, J. Temple 36, A. Stroud 34no).
Nassington 126 (A. McDermott 54, D, Bandaranaike 47, J. Temple 5-5, T. Dixon 2-51).
MARKET DEEPING lost to UFFORD PARK by 6 wkts
Market Deeping 169 (N. Green 55,J. Smith 27, C. Gillett 23, T. Wilson 4-52, J. Neville 3-42, P. Bentley 2-28).
Ufford Park 170-4 (A. Larkin 113no, D. Harrington 24no, P. Bentley 22, Z. Simmonds 2-31).
OUNDLE lost to PETERBOROUGH TOWN by 22 runs
Town 194-9 (D. Clarke 70, B. Ganesan 25, K, Judd 20, R. Henry 4-44, J. Charlton 2-57).
Oundle 172 (M. Hodgson 41, P. Foster 34, R. Henry 22, B. Ganesan 6-35, K. Jones 2-41).
WISBECH beat UPPINGHAM by 7 wkts
Uppingham 77 (B. Ellis 3-16, H. Drew 3-20, L. Waters 3-21).
Wisbech 78-3 (J. Williams 42no).