UTTOXETER lost to Winshill in their opening home match of the Derbyshire County League Division Five South season.
The Town never recovered from losing the toss on a green wicket and getting rattled out for just 95.
Although Adam Johnson’s men made a fist of it with the ball, Winshill – newly relegated – got to their target for the loss of six wickets in 34.4 overs.
Overnight rain and moisture had got under the covers and the toss was always going to be key.
Winshill skipper Phil Jones called correctly and he and John Duggins set about the Uttoxeter batting.
Ashley Young was lbw to Jones for just two and Ben Brown, the hero in the previous week’s win over Derby Congs, nicked one to wicket-keeper Sam Wood.
At 4-2 the Town were in trouble but Adam Johnson settled things, hitting Duggins for four and then back over his head for six.
After the scores reached 38, Tony Hayes (13) nicked a Jones delivery behind, bringing Gavin Hall to the crease.
He and Johnson took the score to 61 before one got stuck in the pitch and Johnson (28) offered a return catch which Jones (4-17) snaffled.
Neil Winfield bowled Hall in the next over and was on a hat-trick as David Powell-Jones was caught off the next ball.
The collapse did not end there as Jones bowled new batsman Marcus Mellor for a duck, leaving Tom Hall and Jan Kasperowicz with some serious rebuilding to do as 61-3 had become 62-7.
Kasperowicz (14) was bowled by the impressive Clarke, and when Hall followed two overs later, caught and bowled, Uttoxeter were looking less likely to make three figures and so it proved as they collapsed to 95 all out.
After tea, Johnson and Brown steamed at the Winshill batsmen, but crucial early chances went down.
Johnson decided to cut the fielders out of the equation and yorked the experienced Nigel West (11) and Gavin Hall removed the dangerous Ed Moore for eight.
Lewis Gadsby (15), who had led a charmed life, went to Rory Middleton and the dismissals of Scott Martin, Nick Martin and Sam Wood - the latter from a suicidal run out - left Winshill on 52-6.
Uttoxeter were favourites at this stage, but Matt Clarke cut loose, blazing five fours and a six in a 28-ball 31 to take Winshill over the line.
Next week sees a home match with Rolleston at Abbotsholme as the Racecourse is unavailable.