CRICKET: Ketton beat struggling Blenham in a hurry
Ketton recorded a valuable 24 point victory in the Hunts League Division One on Saturday to move out of the bottom two relegation spots.
Ketton beat the division’s bottom of the table side Blunham by nine wickets at Pit Lane after bowling the visitors out for 112 in the 38th over.
The Rutland side won the toss and put Blunham in to bat and the decision paid off. Shakir Mahmood (3-27) was first to strike, removing skipper Michael Pickard for 14, then Will Compton (2-22) had his replacement Connor Heaps out for 1 before removing opener Adam White for a slow scoring eight.
Tom Burns top scored for the visitors with just 37, which included seven fours and a six, before Compton held a catch off the bowling of Ulricht Van Duyker (1-28).
Matthew Miller ripped through the lower order to finish the job, taking 4-20 to finish the innings early. Only Callum McGlynn (21) offered any resistance.
Ketton wasted no time in securing the win with opener Ashley Rodgers scoring a quick 59 not out, striking a dozen fours and a single six as he wracked up the runs at better than one a ball.
Peter Rowe was the sole man out, caught by Matt Cottrell from Connor Heaps’ bowling on 20. But Shakir Mahmood finished the job with 28 not out with five fours to his name.
Lions host Ramsey on Saturday, 12.30pm start.
Ketton 2nds picked up their first win of the season on Saturday, a 29 run victory at Brampton in Division Four, setting a total of 209 all out, with a superb 102 from Matt Bird the star, and ultimately game winning, performance.
He struck 18 fours and a six during his innings before getting caught by Dean Mitchell off the bowling of Andrew Watts.
Nathan Adams swung the game in Ketton’s favour when they took to the field, taking 4-16 to take number four to seven in the Brampton line-up.
Andrew Barringer took 2-30 and Robbie Reader had 2-29. Bird also took a wicket to add to his century (1-14) and Lawrence Davis claimed the over wicket(1-36) as Brampton were all out 180 two balls into the 39th over.
Ketton 2nds are 10th in the 13 team division. Next up is a trip to Hemingford Park 2nds.