Two out of two for Sports; Baker's brilliance boosts Barrowden
Uppingham Town bounced back from their opening day derby defeat with a five-wicket home win over Market Harborough in Division One of the Leicestershire League on Saturday.
The two sides had both been relegated from the top flight last season with Town triumphing in a low-scoring contest.
After a delayed start due to the wet weather, the match was reduced to 30 overs with Town restricting their visitors to 80-9 after winning the toss and putting Harborough into bat.
They made a couple of early breakthroughs to leave Harborough struggling on 6-2 as Mark Cox had Tom Leonard caught by Ben Farnsworth before Scott Green ran out Scott Howard after the batsman had faced just one delivery.
Randall Ramdeen and James Nuttall steadied the Harborough ship with a 41-run partnership for the third wicket until the former was bowled by Danny Dumford.
This saw Town take control of proceedings as their attack asserted their authority over the Harborough batsmen.
Nathan Hall had Harris Upham caught by Kashif Munir after facing just nine deliveries before four Harborough batsmen fell without troubling the scorers.
Cameron Hardwick (2-8) claimed two wickets with Green then grabbing the vital scalp of Nuttall whose 48 runs came off 41 balls and included five fours and three sixes.
Green then had Will Sayer caught behind first ball by wicket-keeper Jamie Dumford before bowling Dan Dicicco after just three deliveries to finish with an impressive 3-6 off six overs.
The last wicket pairing of Toby Ingram (8no) and James Vickers (3no) then faced nearly 70 deliveries between them to prevent Town from bowling out their visitors and help Harborough finish on 80-9.
Town's reply got off to a stuttering start with skipper Jamie Dumford being dismissed without scoring and then Josh Carrington following soon after to leave the hosts on 9-2.
Lee Middleton lasted just four balls and then Farnsworth became Sayer's second victim to leave Town rocking on 24-4.
However, an unbeaten 32 from Cox and Jamie Richardson's 14 took Town to the brink of victory as they passed their revised target of 73 from 26 overs with plenty of time to spare.
Ketton Sports have began life in Division Three with back-to-back victories after following up last weekend’s opening win with a 19-run home success over Barwell on Saturday.
Zeeshan Manzoor was in superb form for the Pit Lane side as he hit an unbeaten 115 before following up his brilliant batting display with a three-wicket haul.
Skipper Robin Vitas (14) and Ashley Rodgers (32) had got Sports off to a solid start before Manzoor took centre stage.
He blasted nine fours and six sixes in his innings with Jacob Miller (19) and Martin Underwood (26no) providing solid support to help Sports post 220-5 from their 45 overs.
Barwell began brightly in their reply through the efforts of Tom Wright (15), George Baker (36) and Curtis Baker (50).
However, after Will Compton, Rodgers and Matt Bird had taken the wickets of the top three batsmen, Manzoor swung into action.
He took 3-30 from his nine over spell with Bird adding another wicket to his haul as Barwell, chasing a revised 40 over target of 203, finished 19 runs short.
Oakham 2nds went down to an 82-run home defeat against Asian Sports in Division Five East.
They restricted their visitors to 209-7 from 45 overs with Ben Southern and Joe Stafford both taking three wickets apiece.
Neil Southern (29) and Mark Owen (60) got Oakham’s reply off to a strong start, but the remaining nine batsmen contributed just 26 runs as the hosts were bowled out for 127.
Market Overton's trip to Market Harborough 2nds in the same division was abandoned without a ball being bowled.
Uppingham 2nds have started the Division Seven East season with successive defeats after a nine-wicket away loss at Fleckney Village on Saturday.
In a 40-over contest, they made 150-9 with Wayne Joyce (39) and an unbeaten 58 from Billy Beaver leading their charge.
However, despite Joe Bennett making the breakthrough when he caught and bowled James Loomes for 12, Fleckney flew past the finishing post with nine overs to spare.
Opener Terry Compton cracked an unbeaten 66 for the victorious hosts with Adam Chilton closing on 59 not out.
A brilliant all-round performance from Harry Baker helped Wakerley and Barrowden to a winning start in their Division Nine East campaign after a four-wicket home win over Melton Mowbray 2nds.
Baker was in fantastic form with the ball after taking 6-20 from a devastating seven over spell before hitting an unbeaten 72 to guide Wakerley to an opening win.
They restricted their visitors to 186-8 from 40 overs with Baker starring after Melton had moved into a promising position thanks to the efforts of opener Mark Mabbutt (90) and Hugo Gibbs (50).
Baker bagged both wickets of the Melton top scorers and then added four more in quick succession with Jonny White weighing in with 2-36 from a 10-over spell.
White then anchored the Wakerley reply as they lost some early wickets and looked in trouble at 68-5.
However, Baker and Alfie Coward (28) came together at the crease and put on a match-winning 104-run partnership which took Wakerley to the verge of victory.
Matthew Wright claimed his fourth wicket to bowl Coward, but Will Miles (5no) joined Baker to see Wakerley to a comfortable win inside 24 overs.