Oakham extend lead over Rutland rivals

Oakham CC v Illston Abey. Oakham's Chris Larcen at bat. Photo: Geoff Atton EMN-140807-144518001

Oakham CC v Illston Abey. Oakham's Chris Larcen at bat. Photo: Geoff Atton EMN-140807-144518001

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Oakham have taken the advantage in the race between the Rutland sides for top spot in the Leicestershire League Division Three

Pace setters Oakham are unbeaten in the league and a winning draw on Saturday against Illston has extended their lead at the top to 50 points.

Meanwhile just down the road fiercest rivals Uppingham, the team most likely to catch them on current form, were battling out a losing draw at home to Newton Linford Second XI.

Oakham lost the toss and were put in to bat and their inning started poorly. Opener Richard Martin went for a duck but his fellow opener Chris Larsen stepped up to drag his side out of a difficult position.

Jamie McCormack came in and contributed 14 before Calvin Flowers came to crease to form the decisive partnership of the match. He and Larsen but on a 100 together before losing a wicket.

Larsen finished with 76, Flowers 73 to help Oakham recover to a decent total.

The tail offered little scoring but Illston ran out of time to bowl out the home side leaving Oakham on 223-7.

Illston ran Oakham close but in the end did not have enough firepower to get themselves over the line, coming short of the required total by 14 runs but with two wickets left in hand.

Jamie Oakley took 3 wickets for 46 runs for Oakham and Matt Osman 2-32.

Uppingham were missing a few of their strike players to face Newton Linford who ran them ragged last time the side met.

The first time the sides met away at Newton Uppingham fell to a 134 run loss after being bowled out for 77, and the home side were set a decent total to chase again.

D Kingham hit 70 and D Bulpitt scored 81 as Newton sruck 221-6.

Uppingham got off to a good start running out to a 58-0 start from the first eight overs but Newton responded and restricted the run rate with good bowling against the Uppingham middle order to leave Uppingham on 196-7 at the close.

Danny Dumford hit 46 and Latham struck 49 not out to give their side a chance of getting something from the match.

Uppingham cling on to second but are just eight points ahead of third and fourth who are tied on points.