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Old boy Butchart brings down Town in basement battle

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Market Harborough v Uppingham. Photo: GEOFF ATTON (2378554)
Market Harborough v Uppingham. Photo: GEOFF ATTON (2378554)

Uppingham Town were undone by old boy Don Butchart as they lost their Leicestershire League Premier Division basement battle at Market Harborough on Saturday.

The contributions of Butchart - who plied his trade at Castle Hill until recently - of 79 runs and 5-31 from 10 overs proved crucial as it was the hosts who gained their first win of the season, downing Uppingham by 28 runs.

With the pitch looking very green, Uppingham skipper Jamie Dumford had little hesitation in putting Harborough in to bat.

Tom Hynes’ early removal of Joe Gordon looked to vindicate his decision, but crucially Butchart was dropped twice in single figures and then set about building a score which proved the difference.

Danny Dumford removed both Scott Howard – thanks to a fantastic one-handed diving grab from Charlie Morley – and Gurps Singh before Alex Fall joined Butchart in taking the score past 100.

Once Mark Cox finally got the better of Butchart, the remainder of the Harborough side struggled to score at any rate as Morley and Scott Green wheeled through 19 overs, taking 1-20 and 3-20 respectively as Harborough closed on 145-8 after 50 overs.

An asking rate of under three an over shouldn’t have posed too many problems for Town, even allowing for the vagaries of the pitch, but the fact that ‘extras’ top scored with 39, more than double the top batsman, said it all.

Only Nick Green and Martin Bennett with 17 runs each managed to hit double figures as Uppingham were dismissed for just 117.

This was a very disappointing result which now sees Uppingham propping up the table ahead of Saturday’s game against Syston Town at Castle Hill.

There was better news for Uppingham Town’s second and third teams who both recorded excellent wins.

The seconds defeated Egerton Park by 72 runs in Division Seven East after bowling out their visitors for 123 after Town had made 195.

A super century from Will Fletcher inspired the thirds to a crushing 126-run victory against Langtons third team.

Fletcher hit an unbeaten 110 as Town raced to 265-2 from their 45 overs. Solid support came from Alan Brown (35), Chris Thomas (38) and Hubert Jones (39no).

The nine-man visitors were dismissed for 139 in their reply as Craig Guest took 3-31 from eight overs to guide the thirds to their first victory of the season.

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