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Leicestershire Cricket League round-up sees victories for Uppingham, Oakham and Ketton Sports

A brilliant bowling display helped Uppingham Town maintain their fine form in Division One of the Leicestershire League on Saturday.

Town skittled visiting Earl Shilton out for just 35 runs at Castle Hill to claim a fourth consecutive league victory.

They had made just 117 runs themselves against their second-from-bottom visitors, but a string of fine bowling displays have been behind Town's resurgence in recent weeks.

Action from Uppingham's home success over Earl Shilton. Photo: Alan Walters (14134946)
Action from Uppingham's home success over Earl Shilton. Photo: Alan Walters (14134946)

They have taken out both Loughborough Carillon and Enderby in recent weeks for less than three figures and have yet to concede more than 200 runs in a league fixture this season.

After losing the toss and being put into bat on Saturday, they were soon in trouble as Tom Scott and Sam Hodson were dismissed without troubling the scorers.

Skipper Jamie Dumford led the home side's fightback by putting on the majority of the 37 runs for the third wicket with Jamie Richardson who was next to go for two.

Mark Cox then joined Dumford and they added a further 21 runs before Zak Potter bowled Cox for 11 and then dismissed Will Cropper without scoring two balls later.

Top scorer Dumford was the next wicket to fall after a captain's innings of 42 which included seven fours and a six.

Danny Dumford (15), Alex Ashwin (10) and Nathan Hall (16) kept the scoreboard ticking over as Town made their way to 116-8.

However, when Dumford was dismissed by Michael Norton, Town could only add a further run from their last two wickets as the Shilton bowler struck twice in quick succession.

Norton finished with 3-21 from 6.1 overs while Zak Potter also pocketed three wickets with Phil Crouch claiming a brace.

Town's in-form opening attack of Ashwin and Danny Dumford then quickly asserted their authority on the Shilton reply.

They each picked up an early wicket apiece to leave Shilton on 3-2 before Milan Shah and Crouch led a brief 16-run rally for the third wicket.

Ashwin then accounted for both in quick succession with Dumford dismissing Arjun Sawant as Shilton slumped to 22-5.

Potter fell first ball after being trapped leg before by Ashwin before Town turned to the reliable combination of Cox and Cameron Hardwick to pile more pressure on Shilton.

Cox collected 1-1 from two overs and Hardwick helped himself to 2-6 from four as Shilton crashed to 33-9.

Ashwin then returned to complete his five-wicket haul by having last man Tom Verow caught behind by wicket-keeper Jamie Dumford to dismiss Shilton for 35.

Ashwin finished with a fantastic 5-12 off 7.3 overs and was given superb support by Dumford who returned 2-14 from nine.

The victory keeps Uppingham in fourth place with near neighbours Oakham two places further ahead in second spot.

Action from Uppingham's home success over Earl Shilton. Photo: Alan Walters (14134974)
Action from Uppingham's home success over Earl Shilton. Photo: Alan Walters (14134974)

They remain just two points behind table-topping Newtown Linford after an excellent one-wicket away win at Hinckley Amateur.

Hosts Hinckley had made 219-6 from their 45 overs thanks mainly to the efforts of Richard Jackson and Alan York.

They put on 117 runs for the third wicket after Shaun Morris had accounted for Amateurs openers Jason Tipping (7) and Edward Proctor (33).

York hit nine fours in his 60 before Ed Tattersall made the vital breakthrough courtesy of a Morris catch.

Tattersall then trapped Shoyab Dadu five balls later with Wes Durston also accounting for Jackson one run short of his half-century to leave Hinckley on 173-5.

Durston struck again to trap James Axon leg before, however, Anoop Jayaraj (24no) and Jamie Harris-Ensor (13no) put on 32 runs for the seventh wicket to help Hinckley to their final total.

Tattersall took 2-36 from eight overs for Oakham while Durston delivered 2-30 from nine after Morris' spell of 2-45 off eight.

Axon claimed a couple of key Oakham wickets early in the Rutlanders' reply as Durston (14) and Sean Cowley (6) fell to leave the visitors on 36-2.

Rob Taylor joined in-form opener Cameron Flowers at the crease and they put on 70 runs for the third wicket until the former Leicestershire all-rounder was caught by York off Jackson for 21.

Flowers and Tattersall helped move Oakham past the 150-run mark until the opener was bowled by Ashley Harrison for 80 which included seven fours and two sixes.

Now needing 68 runs for victory with six wickets still intact, Oakham looked in a commanding position.

However, Mick Butterworth kept chipping away at the visiting batting after forcing Tattersall to hit his own wicket after making 22.

The Hinckley bowler then had Shyam Lakhani stumped for 13 with Morris suffering a similar fate after making five to leave Oakham on 206-7.

Butterworth then bagged the crucial wicket of Alex Anthony for 28 before Ed Siddle was run out without scoring as Oakham still needed 10 runs with just one wicket remaining.

However, last man Charlie Baker blasted two quick-fire boundaries and, with skipper Richard Martin six not out, they secured the win with an over and a wicket to spare.

Action from Uppingham's home success over Earl Shilton. Photo: Alan Walters (14134992)
Action from Uppingham's home success over Earl Shilton. Photo: Alan Walters (14134992)

Ketton Sports celebrated a successful President's Day with their first team claiming a seven-wicket win over visiting Hinckley Town 2nds in Division Three.

They bowled out their visitors for 127 with Jonathan Smith the pick of the Sports attack after taking 4-20 from 12 overs.

Will Compton and Josh Gallimore also both bagged a brace apiece before the heavens opened leaving Sports with a rain-reduced target of 90 from 27 overs.

Skipper Rob Vitas (14) and Bash Hussain (21) gave them a solid start before Zeeshan Manzoor blasted them to victory with an unbeaten 48 not out.

Manzoor smashed five fours and two sixes in his 35-ball innings as Sports sealed their success inside 15 overs.

Uppingham Town 2nds went down to a heavy 133-run defeat at Billesdon 2nds in a top-versus-bottom clash in Division Seven East.

Billesdon blasted 217-5 from their rain-reduced 38 overs as Anthony Voss cracked an unbeaten 103 not out for the hosts.

Charles Richardson took two wickets for Town who were then bowled out for 84 in their reply.

James Cross scored more than half of their runs with 43, but George Scott (13) was the only other Town batsman to make double figures as Voss took 4-32 and Steven Allan 5-31 for the hosts.

Jacob Miller produced a fine all-round display to help table-topping Ketton Sports 2nds to an 11-run away win at Leicester Stars in Division Nine East.

Miller top-scored with 74 in Sports' 197-6 off 40 overs before returning 5-35 from seven overs as Stars were bowled out for 186.

Tim Hawkins (13), skipper Adam Renton (29) and Robbie Reader (15) had all given Miller solid support before Mark Thomas thumped an unbeaten half-century to take Sports within three runs of the 200 mark.

Thomas also took two wickets after returning 2-25 from eight overs to back Miller's five-wicket haul as Stars fell 11 runs short in their reply.

Uppingham 3rds were beaten by seven wickets against visiting Houghton & Thurnby 3rds in a basement battle in the same division.

Town had made 176-6 from their 40 overs with Darren Sweary striking 76 and Ali Hall hitting 43.

Hall also took 1-19 from five overs in Houghton's reply, but an unbeaten 46 from Pinku Banerjee steered the visitors to victory with two-and-a-half overs to spare.

Charlie Watt hit an unbeaten 65 not out as Market Overton 2nds made 207-5 in their Division Nine West match at Sapcote.

However, Richard Bowater blasted 103 not out as Sapcote surged to a five-wicket win in the final over.

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