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Uttoxeter seconds back on pole after thrashing Kings Bromley

By Uttoxeter Post and Times  |  Posted: July 18, 2014

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UTTOXETER Seconds stormed to an impressive eight-wicket victory over Kings Bromley at the Racecourse on Saturday to reclaim top spot in Derbyshire County League Division Nine South.

They were able to leapfrog rivals Rosehill Methodists, who lost at the hands of Rolls-Royce Leisure.

Kings Bromley skipper Greg Thompson won the toss and elected to bat first on an excellent track in hot and humid conditions.

The Town attack started in determined fashion as Dave Hunt and Jim Malkin pinned down the Kings Bromley openers.

They restricted them to only nine runs in the first ten overs, with Hunt having Ian Redgate well caught at wide mid off by Stan Maxwell.

Despite a minor recovery, the Town side continued to take wickets.

Hunt removed Rob Gunn, caught behind by Tom Wheeldon, and Malkin dismissed Paul Housely in the same fashion.

Dave Whitehead then snapped up a sharp catch at first slip off Malkin to see the back of Thompson and when Mughal was run out by Hunt, the visitors were reeling.

The Town side kept up the pressure as Malkin bowled Aaron Coleman and then Luke Bull took two wickets in an over, dismissing George Roobottom courtesy of a fine diving catch from Rich Stewart and then bowling Shahid Iqbal.

With Kings Bromley almost dead and buried at 62 for the loss of eight wickets in the 27th over, Neil Roobottom (59 no) rallied the tail as he added a further 67 runs, firstly with Paul Ward and then Al Bishop to see the innings close on a semi-respectable 129-9.

Uttoxeter's reply began badly as the reliable Stan Maxwell was bowled by Neil Roobottom in the third over and then James Burt was unlucky to be caught at leg slip by Roobottom off Bishop.

However, this did not deter Tom Wheeldon as he set about the visitors' attack in brutal fashion, smashing Roobottom back over his head for three huge sixes and taking 18 from his seventh over.

With Wheeldon in full flow, Town skipper Dave Whitehead joined in the run spree, striking a couple of sixes of his own in a fluent 34 not out as the Town side crossed the line in only the 20th over .

Wheeldon carried his bat for an impressive 82, following his double century against the same opposition earlier in the year.

This maximum points success saw the Town side return to the top of the table with a 15-point cushion over Rolls-Royce Leisure, whom they meet on Saturday at Abbotsholme School.

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