Awesome opening spell spurs Uppingham; double delight for Ketton Sports
In-form batsman Wes Durston continued his run-laden spree to lead Oakham's Leicestershire League Division One title charge with another epic performance on Saturday.
Durston, who smashed a sensational double century last weekend, again racked up the runs by blasting 181 on Saturday as Oakham stormed to a huge 140-run success at Earl Shilton.
They now trail league leaders Newtown Linford by just a single point in their quest to bring Premier Division cricket to the Lime Kilns.
Oakham had taken full advantage of winning the toss on Saturday by electing to bat first with Durston and skipper Richard Martin soon piling on the runs.
They reached their century partnership in just 114 balls as the Shilton attack was put to the sword with Durston in dominant form.
The former Derbyshire and Somerset star had made his way to 90 when Shilton got their first breakthrough as Martin was trapped leg before by Phil Crouch after making 42 with the score on 141.
The departure of Oakham's captain didn't stall their charge as Durston swept to his century off only 91 balls.
He and Cameron Flowers added 88 runs for the second wicket until the latter was run out by Kyle Chamberlain for 11.
Durston continued his domination until he was finally caught by Tom Verow off Sam Smart for 181 which included 23 fours and four sixes and came off just 132 balls.
Ed Tattersall then took over Durston's mantle by thumping five fours in an unbeaten 36 off 29 deliveries as Oakham posted an imposing 311-5 off their 45 overs.
Shilton struggled in their reply as the efforts of Shaun Morris and Charlie Baker helped reduce the hosts to 45-3.
Chamberlain (29) and Zak Potter (44) rallied the hosts with a 46-run partnership for the fifth wicket before both fell to Joe Stafford who returned 2-21 from seven overs to leave the hosts on 150-6.
Durston and Morris then picked up a quick-fire wicket apiece as Shilton stuttered to 151-8 with the latter finishing with 3-36 from seven overs.
It was fitting that Durston capped another memorable performance by then collecting the final two Shilton wickets to finish with 3-5 from 6.2 overs as the hosts were bowled out for 171.
Uppingham Town produced an impressive performance to defeat fourth-placed Enderby at Castle Hill by 127 runs.
Town, who had elected to bat first, had to overcome a sticky start before posting 216-9 from their 45 overs.
They lost skipper Jamie Dumford to the second ball of the match with Jamie Richardson following in the third over to leave Town on 13-2.
Sam Hodson then hit a quick-fire 20 off 23 balls with his departure bringing Mark Cox to the crease to anchor the innings.
Despite the loss of opener Ben Farnsworth for 35 with the score on 72, Cox guided Town past the century mark with a solid partnership with Danny Dumford.
They put on 55 runs for the sixth wicket until Dumford was run out by Tom Cartwright for 27.
Cox added a further 40 runs for Alex Ashwin before he was eventually caught and bowled by Cartwright for a solid 63 which included five fours and three sixes.
Despite Matthew Yates picking up a couple of quick Town wickets, including that of Ashwin for 17, Colan Bartram and Scott Green produced a rousing final stand.
They added 24 unbeaten runs for the final wicket as Town closed their 45 overs on 216-9 with Bartram 11 not out and Green unmoved on 14.
Danny Dumford and Ashwin then kept the Enderby reply in check with a stunning start to the visitors' innings.
Dumford bowled Nick Hood with the second ball of the Enderby innings with Ashwin then collecting two wickets in his first over to leave the visitors reeling on 2-3.
Ashwin's third wicket followed in his next over after a maiden from Dumford which saw Enderby slump to 2-4.
Sam Blanksby had helped them into double figures before he was trapped leg before by Dumford with Ashwin then having Tom Brotherhood caught by Farnsworth to leave the visitors on 10-6.
Yates (12) and Cartwright (34) eventually saw off the opening Town attack with the duo's devastating spell seeing Ashwin return 4-7 from nine overs and Dumford deliver 2-12 from eight.
Bartram had Yates caught by Green with Wasim Chhabu joining Cartwright for Enderby's strongest partnership of the match.
They put on 37 runs for the eighth wicket until Green bowled Chhabu for 23 as Town closed in on victory.
Cox trapped Chris Conway leg before with the score on 89 before Green bowled Enderby top scorer Cartwright soon after to seal a convincing victory for Town.
Ketton Sports maintained their Division Three promotion push with an eight-wicket home win over fourth-placed Barkby United 2nds.
They had bowled out their visitors for 156 after Barkby had won the toss and elected to bat first at Pit Lane.
Bash Hussain was the pick of the Sports bowlers with 4-13 from a miserly 11 over spell while Zeeshan Manzoor and Mat Bird both collected a brace of wickets apiece.
Bird then got the Sports reply off to a blistering start after hitting five fours and four sixes in his 61.
Despite his departure and that of the prolific Manzoor for eight, Hussain joined forces with skipper Rob Vitas to see Sports home.
Opener Vitas was unbeaten on 42 while Hussain hit 24 not out as second-placed Sports stormed to victory inside 32 overs.
Ketton Sports 2nds completed a double-winning weekend for the Pit Lane club after triumphing at Houghton and Thurnby 3rds despite travelling with just nine players.
They decided to bat first after winning the toss in the Division Nine East clash and made 151 against their bottom-of-the-table hosts.
Skipper Laurence Davis top-scored with 51 and was given solid support by Vincent Newson (21) and Cristian Durant (28).
Ben Allison then produced a five-star display with the ball as Houghton and Thurnby were bowled out for 130 in reply.
Allison claimed 5-23 from eight overs with Davis delivering a similar spell of 3-26 with Adam and Freddie Renton also picking up a wicket each to maintain Sports' grip on second spot in the table.
Uppingham Town 3rds were restricted to 96-8 from their 40 overs against table-topping Melton Mowbray 2nds in the same division.
Andy Cross top-scored for Town with 28, but Melton made light work of chasing down the target inside 17 overs for the loss of just one wicket which was claimed by Charlie Cox.
Wakerley & Barrowden were bowled out for 79 in their away clash at Leicester Stars who ran out five-wicket winners.
Jonny White was the only Barrowden batsmen to make double figures after opening their innings with 27 which included five boundaries.
Sajid Patel took 5-21 for the hosts while Minhaj Patel, who had also taken two wickets, steered Stars home with an unbeaten 27.
Aaron Rawlings bagged a brace of wickets for Wakerley after returning 2-18 from his four over spell.