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Deeping secure top two finish; Easton strengthen grip pole position

Market Deeping v Stamford Town in Division Two of the Rutland League. Photo: Lee Hellwing (3682956)
Market Deeping v Stamford Town in Division Two of the Rutland League. Photo: Lee Hellwing (3682956)

A brilliant bowling display helped put Barnack in the driving seat for Rutland League Division One honours on Sunday.

Six wickets from Ajaz Akhtar and Faisal Khaliq's four-wicket haul helped Barnack bowl out hosts Grantham for just 67.

That helped them race to an eight-wicket win which was given added importance by defeats for both second-placed Ketton Sports and reigning champions Wisbech.

Jaden Fell was the only home batsmen to make double figures as Grantham struggled against both Akhtar and Khaliq - a Belgian international who also plays for East Haddon in the Northants League on a Saturday - as they bowled through to dismiss the hosts inside 24 overs.

Akhtar made 13 in Barnack's reply before an unbeaten 19 from Asim Butt steered them home to a win which puts them 33 points clear of now second-placed Bourne.

The match also doubled up as a semi-final clash in the John Wilcox Cup where Barnack will now face Wisbech in Monday's final.

Sam Evison was in terrific form for Bourne who breezed to a crushing 157-run victory over reigning champions Wisbech.

He came to the crease with Bourne 1-2 after both Quewin O'Connor and Chris Good had been dismissed without scoring.

Evison then went on to smash 16 fours and five sixes in his 138 runs which came off just 122 balls as Bourne blasted their way to 260-9 off 45 overs at the Abbey Lawn.

Jordan Temple (21), Ben Keast (28) and an unbeaten 38 from Ben Woodward all gave solid support to Evison who was the eighth wicket to fall.

Woodward then ripped through the Wisbech top order in tandem with Dan Banderanaike as only Dan Haynes (26) offered much resistance.

Woodward finished with 5-53 from his 12 overs while Bandaranaike bagged 3-36 as Wisbech were bowled out for 103.

Market Deeping v Stamford Town in Division Two of the Rutland League. Photo: Lee Hellwing (3682973)
Market Deeping v Stamford Town in Division Two of the Rutland League. Photo: Lee Hellwing (3682973)

Market Deeping have clinched promotion from Division Two and are one win away from taking the title after a crushing 191-run victory over Stamford Town.

Matthew Rose racked up an unbeaten 142 after smashing 16 fours and eight sixes as Deeping totalled a collosal 387-7 from their 45 overs.

Josh Smith (47), Connor Gillett (35), Nick Green (56) and Ross Barnes (27) were also among the runs as Will Dyer claimed three wickets for Town.

Tom Anderson was then in fine form with the ball for Deeping as he claimed 4-48 from 12 overs as Town were dismissed for 196 in reply.

Alex Birch (26), Scott Chamberlain (23) and a late James Ferrow flurry of 60 runs saw Town to their final total.

The victory leaves table-topping Deeping 72 points clear of second-placed March who have four games remaining (20 points for a win). They were beaten by Ramsey at the weekend.

Uppingham suffered a crushing 91-run defeat at Castor after being bowled out for 30 with Stuart Dockerill taking seven wickets for the hosts.

Town had restricted their hosts to 121-9 from the 45 overs as Scott Green grabbed 3-24 from 12 overs with Harvey Stafford also striking twice.

However, the Town reply lasted just 12.3 overs as Dockerill delivered 7-12 and Callum Johnson claimed 3-17 with only Harry Tattersall (11) making double figures for Uppingham.

Uffington are surging towards Division Two safety after a 31-run win over Newborough on Sunday.

Damien Herrick's 80 and an unbeaten 78 from Robert Dunn were the mainstays of their innings as they made 226-4 from 45 overs with George Hartley also hitting 29.

Jack Morgan then collected 4-37 from seven overs as Newborough were bowled out for 195 despite 83 from opener David Cooper.

Easton-on-the-Hill strengthened their grip on top spot in Division Three West after an emphatic 10-wicket win over S&L Corby.

They are now 10 points clear of second-placed Burghley Park - who received a walkover after East Carlton conceded on Sunday - with two games in hand.

Six wickets from Harsh Joshi inspired Easton's success as they bowled out S&L for 133 despite opener Jack Thurman making 68.

Joash Mathys then thumped an unbeaten 94 with Tyler Sculthorpe 30 not out as they gained the victory inside 21 overs.

East Carlton's concesssion allowed Uffington 2nds to move out of the relegation zone despite a seven wicket loss at Finedon Dolben.

They were dismissed for 70 despite Ivan Wilson hitting nearly half of their total after top-scoring with 34.

Simon Raines collected two wickets in the reply, but 26 not out from Finedon opener Dylan Crookes helped the hosts home.

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