Stamford Town’s 1st XV team were beaten by 127 runs on their travels to Nassington in the Rutland League Division One on Sunday.
Stamford were looking for a win to life them away from the relegation zone, sitting precariously just six points above current bottom two Medbourne and Peterborough Town, but it was not to be.
Nassington won the toss and elected to bat, but a fantastic opening spell from Tim Juggins removed both openers early on. Richard Field picked up four wickets in the middles overs, but the long batting line-up of Nassington still managed to reach 194-8 from their 45 overs. A hit of 62 from New Zealander Ryan Duffy was the highest contribution by the home side.
The game was evenly poised at tea, but Stamford’s reply was ravaged by Nassington bowler Tom Norman who took a remarkable 8-41. With some desperately poor batting, a highly disappointed Town collapsed to 67 all out. Liam Davé and Andrew Hulme both made 19 as a procession of batsmen came and went quickly at the other end.
The Stamford 2nd XI fared much better, recording an eight wicket success over Kimbolton in the Rutland League Division Four.
After losing the toss and being consigned to the field, Sunny Appan stuck twice in his first over to give Town the best possible start. A century from visiting professional Mogotsi saw Kimbolton up to 180, as Appan collected 6-32.
After the early loss of Neil Cornish, Clive Simmons(90*) and Simon Prentice(67) came together to win the game for Stamford in a well-paced and expertly controlled run chase.
Last week Stamford Town’s Sunday 1st XI recorded a seven wicket run over Eaton Socon.
Once again, the visitors won the toss and elected to bat.
Another strong opening spell from Stamford bowler Tim Juggins was well supported by Matthew Piggott (3-15), as Town established near total control.
Alex Birch and Richard Field (both 1-29) spun tight constraints around Socon through the middle overs and Brett Bennett(3-5) joined forces with the returning Juggins(3-29) to flatten the tail.
With 109 the target, in-form Chris Bore struck as quick-fire 33 and contributions from Tom Wallis, Liam Davé and Williams gave the hosts a win.
The 2nd XI game was abandoned at Seas End Hall due to rain.