Lost by 74 runs. Uppingham Rovers 230 (H. Hughes 69, J.Vitali  4-41); Pilgrims 156-9. (O. Esse 5-36)

We won the toss and decided to field. Our opening bowlers Rob Rydon and James Vitali  bowled  tightly and with Andy Nurton and Humphrey Gibbs keeping up the pressure Uppingham were only 100 after 30 overs with four wickets down. However, aided by 25 extras and  some vigorous batting in the last 10 overs, when they added another 70 runs,  they were able  to set a reasonable but eminently  gettable target of 231. An opening stand of 52 off the first 16 overs between Charlie Esson ( 44)  and Ashley Merritt gave  us a solid start  but sadly  our  middle order collapsed  with no one getting into double figures leaving us at  94  for 7 after  33 overs. It was left to James Vitali batting at number 9 (37 not out) to give the score some respectability. In truth although our bowling stood up to scrutiny our batting seemed largely  devoid of form and  confidence. It remains essential that those who turn out are playing regular cricket to a good standard if we are to return to the success of a few years ago.