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Skelham content with Winshill draw

By Uttoxeter Post and Times  |  Posted: July 16, 2014

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WITH the benefit of hindsight, Uttoxeter captain Michael Skelham conceded his side’s winning draw away to Winshill on Saturday was a good result, despite being knocked off top spot in Derbyshire County League Division Five South.

The Town side made 233 from their allotted overs, but their Mill Hill Lane hosts proved as stubborn as expected, holding out in reply to claim a share of the spoils.

The result sees Yoxall leapfrog Uttoxeter into pole position, and Skelham said: “I wasn’t totally satisfied at the end of play with the performance.

“Clearly more runs on the board would have created more pressure and enabled us to attack more.

“But once I had had time to ponder over the result, I can see that it was a terrific effort to go so close on such a flat pitch.

“Now we need to go one better away to Rolleston this week.

“The top of the table is seriously hotting up now with Rolleston only 23 points behind us with a game in hand in third place.”

With warm and humid conditions, the Mill Hill Lane pitch looked good for batting and the outfield looked very fast.

Returning skipper Skelham lost the toss and opposite number Phil Jones asked Uttoxeter to bat first.

All players observed a minute’s silence before the game commenced to remember Lullington Park youngster Charlie Veale after his sudden death the day before.

Then Duncan Wright opened the bowling and immediately dispatched Ashley Young, bowled in the first over getting some useful movement early on.

Ben Brown at the other end was looking in supreme touch, seemingly finding the boundary at will in the early exchanges and flicking a lovely shot of his legs for four before executing a textbook cover drive to the fence, off the bowling of Jones.

Mick Hall was the next to go, caught by a superb catch by the keeper off the bowling of Jones for a duck.

Adam Johnson joined Brown and the scoreboard began accelerating at a terrific rate as Johnson cleared the mid-wicket boundary to get off the mark with a six.

Brown was looking to get on top of the

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bowling and had raced to 30, 28 of which were in boundaries.

Johnson then hit Jones for five consecutive fours as he kept over-pitching, only to then trap Johnson lbw for a quick-fire 30 with one that kept low.

The score was now 78-3 inside the first 10 overs and some stability was required.

Uttoxeter were soon four wickets down as Brown followed caught and bowled by Wright for 39 with both batsmen kicking themselves after getting starts.

Gavin Hall and Tony Hayes had the job of rebuilding, however the innings tempo had seemingly been set and Hayes hit three exquisite drives to the boundary before perishing to a mistimed shot to point.

Tom Hall joined his younger brother at the crease and this was to be the partnership that recovered the innings for Uttoxeter as both played with authority and concentration.

Gavin once again showed what a terrific driver he is, executing his trademark straight drive on three occasions to the fence, while Tom was keen to ensure that singles were accumulated and not just boundaries –although he did take a liking to the spin of Neil Winfield, hitting him for a straight six.

This spurred Gavin into action, swatting Tanveer Kazmi onto the nets for another maximum.

Gavin Hall was stumped for a fine 37 after leading a terrific recovery, and his brother followed, also stumped, for 24.

Marcus Mellor was bowled behind his legs by Neil Winfield and Jan Kasperowicz soon followed.

This left five overs to go of the Uttoxeter innings and with only 180 on the board, the score was looking very light.

Enter Skelham and Rory Middleton, who raced the total along to finish on 233 off the 46 overs, both hitting the ball crisply to the fence and running hard.

Skelham hit one massive six over wide long on – much to the delight of his supporting teammates – only for Middleton to eclipse this is the last over as he hit the ball out of the ground and over two houses to finish on 30.

The total was respectable, although Skelham was mindful of some of the large totals already on this ground this season and was probably 50 runs light of where he had wanted to be.

Skelham relinquished the new ball to Ben Brown after his devastating opening burst the week before and he and Johnson started well, both generating good pace.

Nick Martin and Nigel West opened the innings for Winshill with West looking in good touch, driving Johnson to the cover boundary.

Brown was unlucky after finding the edge of West to see it go between first and second slip to the boundary.

Johnson struck first in his fourth over, finding the edge of Nick Martin and Mick Hall took a breathtaking one-handed catch at second slip.

Uttoxeter had got the breakthrough, and it could have been two moments later when a well-directed bouncer was gloved by Winshill dangerman Edward Moore agonisingly over the slips.

Brown was replaced by Middleton from the pavilion end and immediately struck, removing West for 33 as he looked well set, feathering a catch to the grateful Tom Hall behind the stumps.

Middleton struck again two balls later when he clean bowled Kazmi for a duck.

John Chambers was put down first ball to a very difficult chance in the slips and then he and Ed Moore set about a good partnership.

Johnson then got the prized wicket of Moore, although he had Mick Hall to thank again, taking a beautiful one-handed catch at slip.

Uttoxeter had their tails up and, with Winshill four down, started to think 27 points was a possibility.

Skelham replaced Johnson and struck in his second over to dismiss Chambers (31).

Gavin Hall replaced Middleton and was bowling well, with the game hanging in the balance and Winshill fractionally behind the rate.

However they had wickets in hand and the game there for the taking by either side.

The wicket of Chambers brought the destructive Matthew Clarke to the crease and he set about Skelham, hitting him out of the ground and he did the same to Hall.

Uttoxeter were only too aware of the danger that Clarke posed from encounter earlier in the season, when he had lead Winshill to victory.

Skelham decided to change the attack and take the pace off the ball at both ends, introducing Kasperowicz and Hall, which has been so successful all season.

Clarke skied the second ball off Kasperowicz and it looked like it was heading straight for Johnson on the long off fence, only for it to clear him and the rope for another six.

The game was swinging in Winshill’s favour until Clarke went for one too many and was bowled by Hall in the next over for 49.

The tide had swung back in Uttoxeter’s favour, especially when Kasperowicz struck after a smart catch from Hall behind the stumps to leave Winshill seven down.

This brought Winshill captain Jones and Neil Winfield were at the crease, and they both used their experience to guide their team within 25 runs of the total before Ben Brown demolished Winfield’s stumps with the penultimate ball of the innings, Winshill finishing 213-8.

bowling and had raced to 30, 28 of which were in boundaries.

Johnson then hit Jones for five consecutive fours as he kept over-pitching, only to then trap Johnson lbw for a quick-fire 30 with one that kept low.

The score was now 78-3 inside the first ten overs and some stability was required.

Uttoxeter were soon four wickets down as Brown followed caught and bowled by Wright for 39 with both batsmen kicking themselves after getting starts.

Gavin Hall and Tony Hayes had the job of rebuilding, however the innings tempo had seemingly been set and Hayes hit three exquisite drives to the boundary before perishing to a mistimed shot to point.

Tom Hall joined his younger brother at the crease and this was to be the partnership that recovered the innings for Uttoxeter as both played with authority and concentration.

Gavin once again showed what a terrific driver he is, executing his trademark straight drive on three occasions to the fence, while Tom was keen to ensure that singles were accumulated and not just boundaries –although he did take a liking to the spin of Neil Winfield, hitting him for a straight six.

This spurred Gavin into action, swatting Tanveer Kazmi onto the nets for another maximum.

Gavin Hall was stumped for a fine 37 after leading a terrific recovery, and his brother followed, also stumped, for 24.

Marcus Mellor was bowled behind his legs by Neil Winfield and Jan Kasperowicz soon followed.

This left five overs to go of the Uttoxeter innings and with only 180 on the board, the score was looking very light.

Enter Skelham and Rory Middleton, who raced the total along to finish on 233 off the 46 overs, both hitting the ball crisply to the fence and running hard.

Skelham hit one massive six over wide long on – much to the delight of his supporting teammates – only for Middleton to eclipse this is the last over as he hit the ball out of the ground and over two houses to finish on 30.

The total was respectable, although Skelham was mindful of some of the large totals already on this ground this season and was probably 50 runs light of where he had wanted to be.

Skelham relinquished the new ball to Ben Brown after his devastating opening burst the week before and he and Johnson started well, both generating good pace.

Nick Martin and Nigel West opened the innings for Winshill with West looking in good touch, driving Johnson to the cover boundary.

Brown was unlucky after finding the edge of West to see it go between first and second slip to the boundary.

Johnson struck first in his fourth over, finding the edge of Nick Martin and Mick Hall took a breathtaking one-handed catch at second slip.

Uttoxeter had got the breakthrough, and it could have been two moments later when a well-directed bouncer was gloved by Winshill dangerman Edward Moore agonisingly over the slips.

Brown was replaced by Middleton from the pavilion end and immediately struck, removing West for 33 as he looked well set, feathering a catch to the grateful Tom Hall behind the stumps.

Middleton struck again two balls later when he clean bowled Kazmi for a duck.

John Chambers was put down first ball to a very difficult chance in the slips and then he and Ed Moore set about a good partnership.

Johnson then got the prized wicket of Moore, although he had Mick Hall to thank again, taking a beautiful one-handed catch at slip.

Uttoxeter had their tails up and, with Winshill four down, started to think 27 points was a possibility.

Skelham replaced Johnson and struck in his second over to dismiss Chambers (31).

Gavin Hall replaced Middleton and was bowling well, with the game hanging in the balance and Winshill fractionally behind the rate.

However they had wickets in hand and the game there for the taking by either side.

The wicket of Chambers brought the destructive Matthew Clarke to the crease and he set about Skelham, hitting him out of the ground and he did the same to Hall.

Uttoxeter were only too aware of the danger that Clarke posed from encounter earlier in the season, when he had lead Winshill to victory.

Skelham decided to change the attack and take the pace off the ball at both ends, introducing Kasperowicz and Hall, which has been so successful all season.

Clarke skied the second ball off Kasperowicz and it looked like it was heading straight for Johnson on the long off fence, only for it to clear him and the rope for another six.

The game was swinging in Winshill’s favour until Clarke went for one too many and was bowled by Hall in the next over for 49.

The tide had swung back in Uttoxeter’s favour, especially when Kasperowicz struck after a smart catch from Hall behind the stumps to leave Winshill seven down.

This brought Winshill captain Jones and Neil Winfield were at the crease, and they both used their experience to guide their team within 25 runs of the total before Ben Brown demolished Winfield’s stumps with the penultimate ball of the innings, Winshill finishing 213-8.

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