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Town take the positives despite rain forcing abandonment




Uppingham Town were able to take a number of positives from their abandoned Leicestershire League Premier Division clash with Loughborough on Saturday.

Unfortunately, the weather would have the final say with rain forcing an abandonment just nine overs into Uppingham’s reply to Loughborough’s 289-8.

Having been put into bat, the visitors lost Anish Patel with just 16 runs on the board as Tom Hynes pinned him leg before.

Hard hitting from Tom Wells and Ashish Trusz kept the scoreboard ticking before Scott Green breached Wells’ defences, bowling him for 44 from 43 balls (eight fours).

Trusz maintained the momentum, hitting eight boundaries and two sixes as he top-scored with 68.

Shyam Patel also reached his half century, his 54 taking just 42 balls and included two sixes to go along with six fours.

For Town, the wickets were evenly spread with Hynes, Green, Alex Ashwin and Danny Dumford all taking two. Hynes’ 2-43 was the most economical analysis.

With the Uppingham reply starting in drizzle, there was always the chance the game wouldn’t go the distance, but Jamie Dumford and Ben Farnsworth had started the chase in positive fashion.

Farnsworth had already cleared the ropes once before the rain brought proceedings to an early finish.

Uppingham face a trip to Kegworth on Saturday before Syston visit Castle Hill on Sunday in the County Cup.

Uppingham 2nds went down to a four-wicket defeat away at Whetstone in Division Seven East.

Town had made 141-7 from their 45 overs with Graham Pritchard making 35, George Scott scoring 31 and Nathan Hall hitting 43.

Whetstone though reached their required target in 27 overs for the loss of six wickets with Tom Runcorn bagging a brace.

Uppingham Town 3rds used their full compliment of 10 bowlers in their Division 10 East clash with Lutterworth 4ths.

The visitors made 250-6 from their 45 overs with Craig Guest taking 3-26 for Town and Jamie Lammie returning 2-36.

Town were 33-0 in their reply off five overs with Lammie 15 not out and Andy Cross unbeaten on 11 when the heavens opened to prevent any further play.

Uppingham Town v Loughborough (2002565)
Uppingham Town v Loughborough (2002565)

Market Overton went down to a seven-wicket defeat in one of the few Leicestershire League clashes to beat the weather at the weekend.

Marko were dismissed for 60 in their Division Five East clash at Broughton Astley who knocked off the required runs for the loss of three wickets.

Stephen Eckersley proved to be the scourge for the Marko batsmen as he took 5-6 from a devastating 12 over spell that included seven maidens.

Openers Brian Makwana (19) and D Howkins (11) were the only Marko batsmen to make double figures.

Makwana then claimed 3-19 from seven overs, but Broughton Astley were always in control of the run chase.

Oakham's Division One clash at home to Rothley Park was halted at the halfway stage.

The Rutlanders had made 149-8 from their 45 overs with Ed Tattersall (35) and an unbeaten 33 from Charlie Baker leading their charge.

Atif Sheikh and Hamzah Khan both collected three wickets for Rothley who were unable to get their reply underway due to the wet weather.

Ketton Sports’ Division Four East clash with Queniborough was also abandoned at the same time.

The Pit Lane side had made 217-7 from their 45 overs before the heavens opened with no further play possible after tea.

Oakham 2nds were 86-0 after 15 overs when rain stopped play in their Division Five East match at Leicester Cricketers who had been dismissed for 229.

Wakerley & Barrowden had restricted visiting Fleckney 2nds to 116-6 from their 45 overs in the Division Nine East.

Bob White had claimed 3-15 from seven overs while Nick Farrer took 2-28 from 12 overs.

However, Wakerley’s hopes of chasing down their victory target were washed out as play was abandoned without a ball of their reply being bowled.

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