After an impressive win on the opening day of the season last weekend, Uppingham travelled a short way down the A47 to Illston Abbey seeking to establish a lead at the top of Division Four.
Illston won the toss on a pitch that offered variable bounce from the start, and after Danny Dumford had two chances put down early on he induced a third mistake which was caught at mid off by Colan Bartrum. A second wicket for Dumford followed shortly afterwards as he finished yet another impressive opening spell with 2-16 from 6 overs.
The only real resistance came from Uday who released the shackles a little by hitting over the top and through mid wicket for a relatively quick fire 24. However, at the other end there was minimal support, and when Bartram and Scott Green joined the attack bowling 11 maidens between them in 22 overs, it effectively squeezed the life out of the opposition. Green the pick with 3 for 13 from 10 overs, but Bartram's 12 overs 2-15 exploited the pitch conditions perfectly and was a constant threat.
At 80-7 from 34 overs and Illston looking to bat out their overs, club legend Billy Beaver was introduced to the attack, sporting a swollen ankle and fractured rib and proceeded to produce 3 unplayable overs of induckers that polished off the tail and left Beaver with 2 wickets for 6 runs, and Illston all out for 87 from 40 overs.
And so, for the second time in two weeks, Uppingham chased less than 90 for victory, and for the second time in two weeks, Jamie Dumford led from the front as Town got off to a flyer in response. The difference this week, was that Adi Salt more than joined the party creaming 4 sixes (one launched out of the ground), as the pair made a mockery of the difficult pitch as the score reached 57 from 6 overs.
It was little more than a formality as Salt 40 not out, and Dumford 31 not out brought up a 10 wicket win from the first ball of the 14th over and complete another comprehensive win. Promotion is certainly the target, but nothing is ever won in the first weekend in May and Uppingham must keep up this impressive start to achieve the clubs aspirations of moving higher.