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Chris claims 5-5 from eight overs to boost Barrowden's winning run

Oakham are setting the early pace in Division One of the Leicestershire League after recording a third successive victory on Saturday.

The Lime Kilns side made it a hat-trick of wins to start the new campaign with a three-wicket home success over Electricity Sports in a match reduced to 40 overs.

They restricted their visitors to 148-9 with Shaun Morris, Rob Taylor and Wes Durston all among the wicket.

Shaun Morris (9805002)
Shaun Morris (9805002)

Morris, who had claimed seven wickets last week, had made the early breakthrough to dismiss Luke Clark for six, courtesy of Richard Martin catch, to leave Sports on 13-1.

He then trapped Tom Wraith leg before 10 runs later before David Preston (31) and Andy Deacon (40) brought Sports back into the contest.

They put on 72 for the third wicket before Oakham turned to Taylor and Durston to regain control of the contest.

Durston had top scorer Deacon caught behind by wicket-keeper Chris Larsen with Preston then following soon after being trapped leg before by Taylor.

Pranav Dave was then caught and bowled by Durston for Oakham's third wicket for the loss of just one run which left Sports on 96-5.

Taylor then had Jamie Bolton caught by Charlie Baker with Durston bowling Oliver Gratix moments later to put Sports on 113-7.

Tim Phillips (13) and Mukesh (18) added 30 runs for the eighth wicket before another change to the Oakham attack paid dividends.

Shyam Lakhani had Phillips caught by Taylor with Mukesh being bowled by Ed Tattersall five runs later as Sports closed their 40 overs on 148-9.

Morris finished with 2-11 from his seven over stint while Taylor took 2-27 and Durston 3-24 from their eight over spells.

Durston and Martin got the Oakham reply underway after their triple century partnership heroics of the previous week.

But, after reaching 26, Durston was caught by Phillips off Mukesh for 19 with Martin then being bowled by Mukesh a run later.

Tattersall made just two and then Sean Cowley went without scoring after facing only five balls to leave Oakham on 40-4.

However, Taylor and Cameron Flowers (21) revived Oakham's fortunes with a 39-run stand for the fifth wicket.

After Flowers had departed, Lakhani led the charge with Taylor by adding a further 20 in a 51-run stand which took Oakham to the brink of victory.

Sports rallied with Clark claiming the wickets of Lakhani for 20 and Taylor for the game's top score of 55 which consisted of seven boundaries.

Morris though hit an unbeaten 15 to stop the Sports surge and guide Oakham home with more than five overs to spare.

Oakham are one of three sides - Newtown Linford and Loughborough Carillon are the others - still protecting a 100 per cent record after three games.

Carillon claimed a seven-wicket home success over Uppingham who were bowled out for 102 on Saturday.

They started well with Sam Hodson (11), stand-in skipper Ben Farnsworth (34) and Josh Carrington (28) all making solid contributions as they raced to 69-3.

However, the final seven wickets fell for just 33 runs as Andrew Capel claimed 5-25 from a nine over spell.

Nitant Desai also returned 3-17 from 8.3 overs as four Town batsmen failed to trouble the scorers.

Nathan Hall made an early breakthrough in the Carillon reply, but Adam Ward (17) and Mark Trimingham (42) got the home side back on track.

Mark Cox claimed the wickets of the Carillon duo, but an unbeaten 22 from Depal Patel steered Loughborough home inside 33 overs.

Ketton Sports suffered their first Division Three defeat of the season following their promotion.

They went down to a five-wicket away defeat at Shree Sanatan after being bowled out for 119 by their hosts.

Badal Pandya was in top form with the ball for Sanatan as he returned a superb 6-13 from 10 overs to skittle the Sports batsmen.

Zeeshan Manzoor made half of his side's total after hitting 58 while Neil Wright (16) was the only other player to make double figures as 30 'extras' helped the Ketton Sports cause.

Pratik Desai (30) and Rohan Desai (35) got the Sanatan run chase off to a solid start before Manzoor made inroads into the home batting with 3-32 from 10 overs.

Bash Hussain also helped himself to 2-23 from 11 overs, but Sanatan's patient run chase paid off with they reached their target after 38 overs.

Market Overton are still seeking their first win of the Division Five East campaign after a seven-wicket home defeat to Wigston Town on Saturday.

Marko were bowled out for 91 in a rain-affected match despite the efforts of Mark Hudson (37) and Brian Makwana.

The duo had taken the hosts past the half-century mark but, after their departures, Marko lost their last seven wickets for 31 runs.

Luke Berriman bagged 5-20 for the visitors while Ben Ashton took 3-28 for the early season table-toppers.

Ketton 2nds defeated Uppingham 3rds in Saturday's derby. Photo: Lee Hellwing (9807768)
Ketton 2nds defeated Uppingham 3rds in Saturday's derby. Photo: Lee Hellwing (9807768)

A fine bowling display helped Oakham 2nds secure a 31-run win in their trip to Walton-le-Wolds.

Will Stuart-Jones (33), Mark Owen (31) and Will Begy (29) had helped Oakham post 154-8 from their 45 overs.

They then skittled their hosts out for 123 with Graeme North claiming 4-27 from 12 overs and Darren Jones taking 3-36 from a similar stint. Joe Stafford also held onto three catches for the triumphant visitors.

Uppingham 2nds triumphed a low-scoring Division Seven East contest after defending their 103-9 by bowling out visiting Egerton Park 2nds for 86.

Ketton 2nds defeated Uppingham 3rds in Saturday's derby. Photo: Lee Hellwing (9807773)
Ketton 2nds defeated Uppingham 3rds in Saturday's derby. Photo: Lee Hellwing (9807773)

Wakerley & Barrowden won for the second successive match after beating Ashby Carington by four wickets in a rain-affected match reduced to 29 overs.

Chris White’s sensational 5-5 from eight overs and Jonny White’s 2-6 from a similar spell helped Wakerley restrict their visitors to 67-8.

Jonny White then smashed three fours and six sixes in an unbeaten 54 to see Wakerley to the win inside 15 overs.

Ketton Sports 2nds were convincing winners of their derby duel with Uppingham 3rds after racing to a 149-run win.

They made 256-7 from their 40 overs before bowling out visiting Uppingham for 107 to ensure a winning start to their campaign.

Laurence Davis smashed an unbeaten century before retiring while Cristain Durant hit 70 after Uppingham had started well with Tim Frearson taking 3-48 from 10 overs.

David May then led the Sports attack with 3-31 from seven overs while Freddie Renton, Davis and Mark Bird also collected two wickets apiece.

Opener Darren Sweary was the top scorer for Uppingham after making 33.

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