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Durston and Martin put on sensational 316-run opening partnership before Shaun's seven-wicket haul




A trio of terrific performances helped inspire Oakham to an emphatic 238-run victory in Saturday's Leicestershire League Division One clash at Kibworth.

Wes Durston (183) and skipper Richard Martin (102) both hit sensational centuries in an awesome opening stand of 316 as they carried their bats for the full 45 overs.

Shaun Morris then claimed a superb seven-wicket haul as Kibworth were skittled out for 79 to give Oakham a second successive league win following last weekend's victory over near neighbours Uppingham.

Richard Martin made a century. (9381957)
Richard Martin made a century. (9381957)

Oakham had made the trip to Kibworth without Rob Taylor - their new signing and star batsman from last week.

Captain Martin promoted himself to the top of the order to join veteran opener Durston and the pair started very well, easing their way, without any real trouble against a good bowling attack to 118-0 at drinks.

The pair then near-doubled their run-rate for the second half of the innings, Durston making his way to a century - his seventh for the club - shortly after the 30th over.

They ran very well throughout, taking advantage of the tough fielding conditions, and, unlike last week where the Oakham batting line-up ran their luck with a few dropped catches by the opposition, neither batsman was dropped until the last over of the innings.

Instead of big hits into the trees, the pair accumulated throughout, picking gaps, running well and pushing the fielders right up until the last ball.

Durston hit just three sixes in the innings while Martin took just 40 of his runs in boundaries.

Captain Martin passed his deserved century mark in the 44th over, his first for the club since 2014, as the pair carried their bats throughout and ended on a mammoth 316 at the end of the 45 overs.

Oakham batsman Wes Durston. (9382160)
Oakham batsman Wes Durston. (9382160)

Nearly three hours chasing leather in the field will not have been the best preparation for the Kibworth side, especially when Morris showed up firing on all cylinders.

Morris dismissed the opposition’s captain with a vicious bouncer at the end of his first over which certainly set the tone for what was to come.

At the end of the ninth over Kibworth were 40-5, Morris having just missed the opportunity to take two hat-tricks in two years at the ground.

Morris, along with long-time opening partner Charlie Baker, bowled their allotted nine overs each straight through with Morris’ pace and bounce, and deceptive slower-ball, proving too much for the Kibworth batsmen.

Shaun Morris took seven wickets. (9381955)
Shaun Morris took seven wickets. (9381955)

Aided by some good catches behind the stumps from wicket-keeper Chris Larsen, and an impressive diving catching from Baker on the fine-leg boundary, Morris finished with figures of 7-42. Baker, the more economical bowler on this occasion, finished with 2-31.

It was left to Rory Brown to finish up the game with his three balls leaving him with figures of 1-1 as the Kibworth innings ended on 78 all out in less than 19 overs.

Oakham welcome Electricity Sports to the Lime Kilns on Saturday while the second team, having recorded one win and a loss this season, travel to Walton-Le-Wolds in Division Five East.



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