CRICKET: Uppingham and Oakham struggle in Rutland League while Ketton soar

Action from Uppingham Town v Oundle in the Rutland League Division One. Photo: Geoff Atton EMN-160507-155917001
Action from Uppingham Town v Oundle in the Rutland League Division One. Photo: Geoff Atton EMN-160507-155917001
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Uppingham Town’s struggles in the Rutland League Division One continued on Sunday afternoon when they were beaten by four wickets by Oundle.

Town are bottom of the league while Oundle are in second spot, which is pretty much all anyone is playing for in terms of the top end of that division as Bourne are romping away to victory.

However despite the contrasts in their positions in the table the match was unbelievably tight at Castle Hill.

Uppingham posted 231-4 from their innings, with Martin Bennett scoring an unbeaten century (101) as he batted from start to finish.

Then Town’s bowlers went to work and Oundle were scoring at almost an identical run rate, in the end they just squeaked home reaching 232-6 with four balls left to spare in the innings.

While it looks like Uppingham may be heading down a division another Rutland side look set to be heading in the opposite direction.

At the halfway point in the season Ketton have a remarkable 71 point lead at the top of Division Two over Castor & Ailsworth.

They were involved in a high-scoring game against Grantham at Pit Lane on Sunday, in the end taking the win by seven wickets after chasing down a big score by the visitors.

James Dobson hit 149 from the opener’s spot on Sunday for Grantham who were eventually all out for 251. Rowe topped the Ketton bowling figures with 4-59.

However Rowe (83 not out) and Zeeshan Manzoor (84) went on a big hitting rampage to see Ketton race to the required 252-3 by the end of the 42nd over.

It’s not such good news for Oakham who are glued to the foot of Division Two and lost again at the weekend, going down to March Town by five wickets, but the result was closer than it sounds.

Batting first Oakham set 173-8 as March’s target to win, thanks largely to a knock of 69 not out from number four in the order Chris Larsen.

However March, led by opener Nathan Oliver (64), reached the 174-5 they required with seven balls of the inning to spare.