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Round-up of Saturday's action in the Leicestershire Cricket League




Ketton Sports were beaten on the final ball of their Division Three East match against Barkby United on Saturday.

Barkby had been bowled out for 251 in the Leicestershire League clash after being put into bat with home skipper Mat Bird taking 5-45 for Sports while Jonny Smith and Sam Halsall both claimed two wickets each.

Jacob Miller had then led Sports' bid for victory with 71 while opener Cristian Durant scored a half-century as the match went to the wire.

Mat Bird took five wickets for Ketton Sports. (49668275)
Mat Bird took five wickets for Ketton Sports. (49668275)

Sports needed a six off the final delivery of the game to tie the contest and Nathan Adams' shot looked destined to clear the boundary until he was caught by Scott Moore to fall for 30 and secure victory for Barkby.

Captain Bird had won the toss and sent the Barkby openers into bat on a newly-prepared wicket at Pit Lane.

A new approach this week saw the skipper open with a spinner as Jonny Smith held the first over to a maiden and young seam bowler James Thomas took a wicket with his second ball of the day by dismissing the opening batsman for a duck.

It was a very good start for Ketton Sports and the following 23 overs of spin from Bird and Smith from the Pavilion End yielded just 87 runs and claimed seven wickets.

Barkby's runs mainly came from the other end with the middle order seamers all going for more than seven an over.

Halsall took two wickets from his six overs while dismissing the dangerous Fin Warner but Nathan Adams struggled to find his rhythm and conceded 30 runs in three overs.

A cameo from Yagnesh Bhatt, who survived an early leg before shout first ball, and Adam Cookson with 61 and 35 respectively in quick time saw their batting total increase beyond 200.

They were finally bowled out for 251 with Sports also disappointed at conceding 47 extras as they trudged back to the pavilion.

The Ketton Sports reply got off to a great start with opener Durrant hitting some crisp shots that put him into the early 30s in a flash.

However, Bird struggled to get going at the other end and departed for just two runs after being caught out to a loose flash at the ball.

It brought the in-form Miller into bat who didn't waste any time in scoring runs, putting on a healthy partnership with Durrant.

A lovely shot from Durrant saw him raise his bat to acknowledge his half-century, however, not too long later, an attempted lofted drive saw his bat back in his bag after being caught.

Wicket-keeper Cristian Durrant scored a half-century. (49668281)
Wicket-keeper Cristian Durrant scored a half-century. (49668281)

Miller continued to build a partnership with Dan Hughes, Toby Coulson and Smith who all got started but each departed for fewer than 25 runs while the loss off Malcolm Holmes through a run out saw a Ketton win look in doubt.

Miller continued to graft, raising his bat for not the first time this season, which saw some hope for the home side.

However, the loss of his wicket departing on 71 by a dipping yorker from Cookson brought the Ketton tail-enders into the middle.

A tight finish with a few clean hits and streaky edges from Adams and Halsall saw the last over needing 14 to win for the home side.

A dot ball, an edge for four, a single, another single and another off the fifth ball saw a six needed to tie the game off the last ball from Adams.

A well-placed yorker was dug out by Adams and saw the ball travel flat towards the rope going for six only to be intercepted by Moore above his head to seal a six-run victory for Barkby.

In-form batting duo Ed Tattersall and Alex Anthony joined forces again to help Oakham secure a four-wicket win in Saturday's Leicestershire League clash with Cropston at the Lime Kilns.

The pair had put on a 130-run stand in last week's Premier Division victory over Rothley and repeated the feat with a similar partnership on Saturday as Oakham's success moved them back into second place in the table.

Bottom-of-the-table Cropston had batted first and were restricted to 195-9 from their 50 overs with Shaun Morris taking 4-40 from 10 overs for the Rutlanders.

Harry Tyler also struck twice for Oakham who were 60-3 in their reply when Tattersall and Anthony came together at the crease.

They added another 130 runs to the Oakham total with Tattersall top-scoring after hitting 13 fours and a six in his 85 while Anthony added 62 which featured seven fours and three sixes.

Their stand took Oakham to the brink of victory and, although they departed in quick succession of each other, Ed Siddle and skipper Richard Martin guided the hosts home.

Nathan Adams (49668283)
Nathan Adams (49668283)

Albert Radford was in top form for Oakham 2nds as they leapfrogged Rothley Park in Division Four East to move into second spot with a six-run win.

Opener Radford racked up 123 runs from 133 deliveries after hitting 19 boundaries to help Oakham post 241-6 from their 45 overs.

Charles Gill had hit 32 in an opening stand of 77 with Radford while Chris Larsen made 22 in a 61-run partnership for the next wicket.

A further 43 runs followed in the next stand between Radford and Cormac Calnan in a strong batting display by the Rutland side.

Connor Roff (66), Tom Fraser (75) and William Toone (44) led the Rothley reply with the former pairing putting on a 124 runs for the third wicket.

However, Ben Southern made a vital breakthrough before Joe Johnson took the next wicket to leave Rothley on 171-4.

Mark Owen then stalled their late push for runs by taking four quick wickets as Rothley ended their innings on 235-9.

Uppingham Town have dropped to fourth place in the Division One table after a six-wicket loss at league leaders Lutterworth.

Town managed just 77 after electing to bat first with opener Ben Farnsworth the only Uppingham batsman to reach double figures.

Danny Dumford struck twice in Lutterworth's reply while there was a wicket each for Gatin Wadhwa and Mark Cox, but the hosts triumphed inside 23 overs.

Ickey Singh struck a quick-fire 95 as Uppingham Town 2nds triumphed by 89 runs against Lutterworth 3rds in Division Seven East.

Singh smashed 15 fours and three sixes in his unbeaten innings as Town posted 213-7 from their 40 overs after batting first.

Opener Dan Snaith and wicket-keeper George Morley both made 36 before Town dismissed their visitors for 124.

Harvey Stafford struck four times in a nine over spell for 25 runs while Charlie Cox and Sam Rees bagged a brace each to keep Town in third spot in the table.

Wakerley and Barrowden claimed an excellent away win in Division Nine East after defeating league leaders Leicester Stars by seven wickets.

They bowled out their hosts for 131 as Chris White and Henry Porter both picked up three wickets each while Matt Walker struck twice.

Ben Farrer then top-scored with 27 in Wakerley's reply with Matt Key unbeaten on 26 at the close as the win was secured in 34 overs.

Joe Bennett took six wickets for Uppingham Town 3rds in their 148-run reversal against Ashby Carington.

Bennett returned 6-33 from 10 overs while teenager Ryan Sheehan collected another brace as Ashby were dismissed for 213.

Uppingham though could only manage 65 in their reply with Andy Cross and Ali Hall both top-scoring with 14.

Market Overton 2nds were beaten by 96 runs against Hinckley Town 2nds in the same division.

Hinckley were bowled out for 217 as TJ Warner took 3-42 with Chris Minckley and Charlie Watt both collecting a couple of wickets each.

Watt then scored the majority of Marko's run in their reply with the opener making 88 as the Rutland side were bowled out for 121.



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