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Uttoxeter CC seconds move to within a point of league summit

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UTTOXETER seconds claimed another maximum points victory on Saturday at Wootton, despite a spirited late fightback by their mid-table hosts.

Wootton skipper Ed Barker won the toss and elected to bat first on a damp wicket after heavy overnight rain.

He was soon regretting his decision though, as Peter Fielding edged a Jim Malkin delivery which was snapped up by Dave Whitehead at first slip.

Barker (28) and Henry Dean (20) then steadied the innings despite some difficult moments until Barker skied a swinging delivery from Dave Hunt which was well taken by Nial Taylor at mid-off.

The Town side then took complete control as Dave Hunt (6-35) ripped through the Wootton line-up.

Clayton Harwood was next to go, after smashing a huge six, bowled by Hunt.

Hunt then had Tim Deville and Henry Dean caught behind by wicketkeeper Tom Wheeldon before bowling Ian Whitehurst in his next over and then having Adam Pegg again caught behind by Wheeldon.

Wootton were now reeling as Malkin bowled Will Whitehurst and Julie Whitehurst, leaving the home side at 80-9.

The visitors were then frustrated by last-wicket pair Richard Whitehurst and Matt Bodsworth (24), who added a valuable 19 runs before Rich Stewart bowled Bodsworth.

With a total of only 99 to chase, Uttoxeter set off in determined fashion, as in-form Tom Wheeldon cruised to a fluent 40 before being bowled by Dean, giving the visitors an ideal start.

However, this sparked a collapse as Bodsworth was introduced to the attack and he bowled James Burton and Rich Stewart and then had Stan Maxwell caught by Ian Whitehurst.

Dave Whitehead gave a return catch to Adam Pegg and when Jim Malkin was run out in a mix up with Luke Bull, Town were starting to panic at 80-6.

However, this brought together Luke Bull and Dave Hunt, who calmly saw their side over the line with Bull’s cameo innings of 23 proving invaluable.

Victory was achieved in 24 overs and saw Uttoxeter move to within one point of leaders Rosehill with a game in hand ahead of next Saturday’s home game against Kings Bromley.

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