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Uttoxeter hit the heights

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 18, 2014

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UTTOXETER 2nds are still riding high in Principle Wealth Solutions Division Nine South following an easy win over strugglers Kings Bromley.

In fact, maximum points was enough to see them take over at the top of the table following defeat for rivals Rosehill Methodists 2nds to fellow-challengers Rolls Royce Leisure 3rds.

Uttoxeter were always in charge against Bromley, who were restricted to a lowly 129-9 from their allotted overs.

Dave Hunt (2-18) and Jim Malkin (3-23) claimed early wickets and gave precious little away and Bromley were five wickets down with little to show for it.

Paul Housley (27) and a defiant Neil Roobottom (59no) gave Bromley something to cheer about at last but their efforts were mere consolation in the end.

Luke Bull (2-15) was on hand with two late wickets in a miserly nine over spell.

Roobottom struck early after tea, as did Alistair Bishop, but Tom Wheeldon (82no) was in fine form and he led Uttoxeter to a brisk eight wicket win in the company of skipper Dave Whitehead (34no).

Hartshorne 2nds are still in contention after completing a very comfortable 112-run win over lowly Derby Congs 3rds.

Hartshorne batted first and lost three cheap wickets, two of them to Adam Rafiq (2-13), but they bounced back in great fashion thanks to Jake Redfern (60) and Neil Brown (66), who added 101 for the fourth wicket.

Ian Parker (52) added a half-century of his own and Hartshorne posted a solid 209-5 despite the best efforts of Sajid Hussain (3-25).

In reply, only Amjad Ali (38) made any impression as Dan Pickering (4-35) assumed control for Hartshorne, although Congs reached a healthy 50-1 thanks to Ali

But they collapsed to 97 all out after 28.5 overs with Neil Brown (2-0) taking the last two wickets without reply.

Rolleston 4ths lost ground on the leaders following a shock defeat to bottom-of-the-table Alrewas 3rds.

Taking the plaudits for Alrewas was Dan Kinsella, who blasted a superb 120 as Alrewas reached a match-winning 214.

His 120 came off only 133 deliveries and support from Dave Stewart (27) and Josh Woolley (24) gave Alrewas the upper hand at the break.

Most of the Rolleston attack suffered but Trevor Foster returned a superb 6-49 and Lewis Ridgeway 2-31 from seven tidy overs.

Aaron Stubbs (2-38) struck early as Rolleston replied and the visitors never recovered. John France (65 from 57 balls) battled alone as Andie Oliver (2-5) and Josh Woolley (4-15) secured a 71-run win, with Rolleston dismissed in the 42nd over for 143.

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