For the third time in four games, Uppingham Town saw the result in the Leicestershire League Division One in doubt right to the last ball on Saturday. This time though, it was Town’s last pair at the crease holding out for the draw!
An early stoppage for rain in the Kibworth innings saw the game reduced to 42 overs a-side and Danny Dumford and Alex Ashwin made good use of helpful conditions reducing the hosts to 31-2 with a wicket each.
Luke Spence then went on the attack to the Town attack, racing to 53 from just 28 balls, hitting 11 fours, as Kibworth threatened to set a daunting target – before providing Tom Scott with his third catch of the day.
As has often been the case this season, “pace off the ball” in the shape of Scott Green and Mark Cox saw the bowlers wrest control back with Green taking 3-47 and Cox 2-52, aided in no small part by wicket keeper Jamie Dumford’s three stumpings and a catch. Kibworth would total 206-7 having managed just 40 from the final 10 overs having been well set at 169-3.
Although they were missing both regular openers, Uppingham made rapid progress despite the early loss of Jack Salt (O). Tom Scott and Jamie Dumford took the score to 59 in just 11 overs when Scott (34) was bowled by the impressive Jon Butler (2-28).
Dumford and Mark Cox maintained the momentum, with Dumford going to his half-century from 64 balls before miscuing Wordsworth to Spence at mid-on. Brother Danny joined Cox and the pair increased the rate with a run-a-ball partnership of 46 moving the score to 169-4 with 8 overs to go.
Ashwin and Latham departed within three balls of each other as Cox held firm, reaching his 50 from 62 balls. With the tension mounting, Colan Bartram and Billy Beaver helped Cox take the score to 199-7 with just one over left.
Beaver was sacrificially run out, coming back for a second to keep Cox on strike from the first ball, Cox then fell to the next delivery leaving Scott Green and Harvey Stafford to see out the last four deliveries – a task achieved, though not without alarm as the fifth delivery looped tantalisingly over a fielder at short mid-on.
But Uppingham secured the draw, with the 15 points gained enough to consolidate sixth place with a trip to second placed Newtown Linford awaiting next Saturday.
Uppingham 2nds, playing in Division Six East, were beaten by 36 runs at home to Billesdon 2nds.
Billesdon were all out for just 151 but then skittled Town for 115, meaning Uppingham 2nds are in the relegation zone.