There were two good wins for Stamford Town Cricket Club this weekend, but two defeats made clear that there is room for improvement as the season continues.
Unbeaten so far in Hunts Division One, Stamford travelled to Nassington, looking to move to the top of the league table. Winning the toss, Town elected to bat and Andrew Hulme got the ball rolling with a controlled 62. Chris Bore was beginning to motor during his 28, before a 100 partnership between Simon Lem(59) and Tim Juggins(55) put Town in command at tea with 267 on the board.
Stamford knew that this would still not be a straight-forward victory, and familiar opponent Gary Scotcher made Town work hard with a typically solid 79. Although Nassington were not able to threaten the target, they did manage to keep Town’s bowlers at bay and only Steve Armstrong (4-52) was able to make serious inroads. They finished on 198-6, which denied Town maximum points, but an 18 point victory still sends them to the top of the league.
l The Sunday 1sts visited high-flying Uppingham Town in Rutland Division One, and the hosts demonstrated exactly why they top the division at this early stage. After choosing to bat, Stamford were confronted by some outstanding new ball bowling from Danny Dumford(4-17) and Alex Ashwin(3-15). For the most part, blame could not be apportioned to the batsmen in the face of high quality swing and seam bowling, which found edges, beat defences and forced mistakes. Rolled over for just 56, there was no time wasted by the hosts as Jamie Dumford crashed 42* and made sure of an early finish at Castle Hill.
l It was a far better day for the Sunday 2nds, who conquered Wisbech 2nds at Uffington Road.
After being asked to bat first, Stamford amassed 264-5 thanks to 91 from Bryan Bennett, 66 from Clive Simmons and 47 from Chris Bore, all at better than a run a ball. In reducing Wisbech to 187 in reply, the wickets were shared between six Stamford bowlers including youngsters Sam Crossley, Dan Robertson, and Stevie Bore. There were also two late wickets for stand-in captain Chris Bore who puzzled onlookers by bringing himself on for a rare bowl.
l Finally, Bank Holiday Monday saw Town send a team to the Newborough Sixes competition. After an enjoyable day, Stamford came out on top, regaining the title which they last won in 2013.