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Uttoxeter seconds beat Washlands

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UTTOXETER seconds returned to form and consolidated second spot in Derbyshire County League Division Nine South against mid-table Washlands at the Racecourse on Saturday.

Opening bowler Dave Hunt struck first, luring Jeff Wardle into an off drive as the ball swung away and the nick was well held by Dave Whitehead at first slip.

Jon Walmsley had Sanders caught behind by Tom Wheeldon, and when Collyer was run out by Jim Malkin, Washlands were 40-3.

Tim Powell was introduced at the pavilion end and bowled Jack Wardle and then Hunt, who was now finding a prodigious amount of swing, finally dismissed Jacks.

From 80-5, Rudkin (24) and Naukhez (57) set about restoring the innings, as despite some intelligent bowling, chances went begging in the outfield.

Wamsley was reintroduced to the attack and bowled both Rudkin and Naukhez before Washlands closed on 168-7.

Uttoxeter’s reply started brightly, with Stan Maxwell and Wheeldon striking the ball crisply in an opening stand of 65 before Naukhez bowled Wheeldon (44).

Rich Griffiths was then caught at mid-wicket, bringing young David Powell-Jones to the crease.

Together with Maxwell (36) he calmly pushed the Town side towards their target with few alarms until Maxwell top-edged an attempted sweep and was caught for 36.

Tim Powell then joined Powell-Jones and the pair immediately accelerated the scoring rate.

Powell hit two huge sixes and two fours in his rapid 23, and Powell-Jones struck a number of impressive boundaries as Town side cruised home to victory in the 40th over, with Powell-Jones carrying his bat for an impressively assured 44 not out.

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