CRICKET: Brace of half centuries are not enough for Oakham

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OAKHAM'S lost to Billesdon by six wickets yesterday despite half centuries from skipper Sean Cowley and Bhavin Shukla at the Lime Kilns.

The first team picked up nine points in division three, more than the teams immediately below them in the Everards Leicestershire League, after hitting 200-5 from their 45 overs.

In reply Billesdon 204 for 4 in just 32.3 overs.

Results in division three:

Cosby 184-9, Barwell 147-9

Newtown Linford 2nd 161-10, Kegworth Town 2nd 215-7

Ibstock Town 2nd 79-10, Stoughton & Thurnby 2nd 292-5

Oakham 200-5, Billesdon 204-4

Shepshed Messengers 123-10, Enderby 125-4

OAKHAM 2nds' promotion hopes took a blow at Enderby where the hosts' 2nd XI enjoyed a winning draw to move above Oakham into fourth place in division seven.

Enderby were bowled out for 143 with Matt Osman (4 for 34) and Bob Inchely (5 for 47) the principal wicket-takers.

Opening batsman Graham Cooper made 37, and Andrew Counsell 26, but otherwise Oakham's batsmen struggled to add runs although they held onto their last wicket to end on 113 for nine.

Results in division seven

Billesdon 2nd 115-3, Shepshed Messengers 2nd 113-10

Enderby 2nd 143-10, Oakham 2nd 113-9

Loughborough Carillon OB 2nd 70-10, Lutterworth 3rd 71-0

Loughborough Town 3rd 208-8, Electricity Sports 2nd 92-9

Ratby Town 2nd 88-10, Bitteswell 2nd 186-8

Hinckley Town 2nd 176-5, Bardon Hill 2nd 175-8.