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Victory quest continues as Town fail to take the initiative

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Uppingham Town v Sileby Town. Photo: Geoff Atton (2263866)
Uppingham Town v Sileby Town. Photo: Geoff Atton (2263866)

Uppingham Town's quest for a first Premier Division win continues after they fell to a five-wicket defeat against defending Leicestershire League champions Sileby Town on Saturday.

Batting first, Town’s batsmen struggled early as Matt Ellis (4-24) removed the top order leaving Uppingham reeling at 40-4, with only skipper Jamie Dumford with 26 finding any success.

With Ellis through his allotted 10 over spell, the change bowlers provided some respite as Danny Dumford, in partnerships with Lee Middleton (23) and Hynes, raised the total to 118-6.

Dumford top scored with 36 from 58 balls while Jigar Naik dismissed all three batsmen as he recorded 3-28 from his 10 overs.

From there it was left to Alex Ashwin and Colan Bartram to marshal the tail, both scoring 21, as Uppingham closed on 174-9.

Sileby's reply got off to a faltering start as Ashwin had Torr caught by Bennett.

From there in it was nip and tuck as Sileby would lose a wicket just as a partnership was developing and, with the score at 102-5, the game was there for the taking.

Unfortunately for Town they didn't take it and it was Sileby who grabbed the initiative as an unbeaten 68 from Liam Kinch was the cornerstone of an unbroken 73-run stand that saw the visitors home with four overs to spare.

Uppingham travel to Market Harborough on Saturday to face the team currently bottom of the table.

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