Defeated Marko remain in race

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IT already looks like a three-horse race at the top of the Rutland League’s second division with Market Overton hot on the heels of the leaders.

Marko sit third, close behind Nassington and top side Wisbech. Ufford Park have games in hand but would need a long winning run to catch the pack.

For Marko, it was a disappointing result on the back of a good win a week earlier but they are still well-placed for a title and promotion push.

Skipper Mark Hudson said: “We didn’t bat well enough on a grafter’s wicket and didn’t learn from the S&L batsmen who applied themselves well.

“Even though we lost we didn’t lose touch at the top of the table as Nassington also lost.

“I expect a much better performance this coming Sunday as I have a full squad to pick from, which I will need against Wisbech.

Market Overton won the toss against S&L Corby on Sunday and elected to bowl first on a damp track. When S&L were reduced to 28 for 3 it seemed like a good decision, but S&L batted sensibly and put on a total of 164 for 9 off their 45 overs.

Pick of the bowlers were Hudson with 5-21 off 12 overs and Dil Yahathagoda with 2-32 off 11 overs. Shane Wellbourne also bowled well without any luck.

But Marko didn’t start their run chase well, losing Yahathagoda in the third over with just 5 on the board and soon found themselves struggling at 49-4.

After the loss of Spencer and Rose, Marko never looked liked getting the 165 needed to win the match and ended up 128 all out.

l On Sunday Market Overton host leaders Wisbech, who trounced Oakham last weekend.

Oakham struggled to 102 with James Booth top-scoring on 27 before a batting collapse saw the last four batsmen fall for two ducks and two singles.

Wisbech knocked off the required runs in 13 overs with the loss of just one wicket.

l KETTON are third in a competitive fourth division, after a 51 run victory over strugglers Long Sutton.

Dale hit an unbeaten 65 before Dave MacDonald took 3 for 17 in seven overs to seal Sutton’s fate.