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Round-up of the weekend action in the Rutland Cricket League




A brilliant double century from Alex Birch was the highlight of Stamford's eight-wicket loss against Bourne in Sunday's Rutland League Division Two match at the Abbey Lawn.

Birch blasted 202 not out in what was the second double ton in as many days at the Abbey Lawn after Thomas Shorthouse's innings for Sleaford in the Wilkinson Trophy on Saturday.

That helped Stamford total 291-3 from their 45 overs with Gary Peck unbeaten on 24 not out at the close.

Alex Birch. (51302543)
Alex Birch. (51302543)

A strong Bourne side then belied their bottom of the table status in the final game of the season by securing the win in 37 overs.

Opener Jordan Temple led the way with an unbeaten 120 while Sam Evison hit 72 after Ben Wright had made 58.

Sam Hodson also hit an undefeated century as already-promoted Uppingham Town triumphed by 155 runs against Huntingdon.

Hodson hit 101 not out while Toby Rees made 28 as Uppingham posted 217-9 from their 45 overs.

Huntingdon were then skittled out for 62 in their reply as Scott Green took 5-11 from seven overs with youngster Charlie Cox providing solid support with 3-30 and Harvey Stafford taking 2-8.

With Oakham winning the Division Two title last week, Ketton Sports made it a Rutland double by lifting the Division Three crown on Sunday following a three-wicket win over Castor.

Sports restricted their hosts to 160-9 from 45 overs as Jonny Smith took 4-27 and Nick Kennett claimed 3-31.

Sports skipper Mat Bird then led his side to the title with an unbeaten 79 that included 13 boundaries as the win was secured in thr 34th over.

Division Four East champions Uffington 2nds ended their title-winning season with a 67-run win against Ufford Park.

Uffington 2nds who have won Division Four East of the Rutland League. They are pictured with club legend Ted Haynes.
Uffington 2nds who have won Division Four East of the Rutland League. They are pictured with club legend Ted Haynes.

Skipper Dean Cornish led the way with 72 for Uffington while opener Joshua Haynes-Barrett made 61 in their 202-5 from 40 overs.

Mohammed Zunooran top-scored with 44 in Ufford's reply while Jason Bloomfield made 39 as they closed on 135-9.

Ted Genever took 3-32 for Uffington who have won the league by 30 points after wrapping up the title a couple of weeks ago.

Uffington have lost just one game all season and currently have the division's highest run scorer in captain Cornish with 417 and the leading wicket-taker in Will Fry with 22.

The side has featured 26 players across the club this season from those in their teens and ranging through to the ages to 74-year-old Bob Cornish.

Barnack secured third place in Division One after a seven-wicket win against Burghley Park.

The Stamford side had batted first and made 186-8 as Dhruv Gandhi made an unbeaten 41 with skipper Ben Woodward adding 31.

Amir Mughal took 4-51 and Arshad Majeed 3-38 for Barnack who secured the win in the 37th over thanks to a strong opening partnership.

Amir Munir made 102 after hitting 17 fours and a six while Ajaz Akhtar reeled off nine boundaries in his 54.



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