Cameron Flowers hits a century as Oakham Cricket Club win Rutland League Division Three title
Cameron Flowers was in fantastic form with the bat as Oakham lifted the Rutland League Division Three title on Sunday.
Flowers smashed 173 runs as Oakham amassed 297-8 from their 45 overs against visiting Whittlesey at the Lime Kilns.
Ollie Hubbard also hit 63 for the hosts while Dave Ramshaw added 20 despite the efforts of Whittlesey's Clive Evans.
Evans collected a hat-trick in his six-over spell of 4-23 while also taking the prize of scalp of top scorer Flowers.
He then hit 102 before being stumped by Toby Robertson off Angus Owen as Whittlesey finished their 45 overs on 222-2.
Flowers claimed the other Whittlesey to wicket fall, bowling Andy Philips for 56, as Oakham moved into an unassailable lead at the top.
They will be locking horns in Division Two next season with Uppingham Town who went down to a 34-run home defeat against Ufford Park on Sunday.
Alex Agnew hit a half-century for the visitors while Matt Smith struck 40 as Ufford were bowled out for 140.
Toby Rees was Town's top bowler with 3-16 from 10 overs while Philip Nicholls (2-14 off seven) and Cameron Hardwick (2-25 off 5.1) provided solid support.
Sam Hodson (34) and Jamie Richardson (25) got Town's reply off to a strong start, but Mark Stephenson strong spell of 5-35 from eight overs swung the match in the visitors' favour.
Stephenson was backed up by Jan Neville who took 4-16 from 9.3 overs as Uppingham were bowled out for 106. George Morley (21) and Hardwick (15) had rallied late on for Town.
Market Deeping moved up into fourth place in Division One after a high-scoring four-wicket home win over Peterborough Town at Outgang Road.
The visitors racked up 248-7 from their 45 overs with Josh Smith and Karl Green both collecting a couple of wickets each for Deeping.
Smith (65) and Kieran Judd (43) then led the Deeping reply before Simon Caplick cracked 41 with Dave Gillett guiding Deeping home with three overs to spare after hitting an unbeaten 25.
Second-placed Barnack's Division One trip to March was abandoned due to rain.
Division Four West leaders Ketton Sports suffered a surprise defeat at 10-man Laxton Park.
The hosts had been bowled out for 109 by Sports as Nathan Adams took 4-33 from 10 overs while Mat Bird and Nick Kennett both claimed a brace apiece.
Will Murphy had top-scored with 56 for Laxton who then skittled Sports out for 85 in their reply.
Fred Ansty led Laxton's victory charge with 4-15 from nine overs while there were two wickets apiece for Joss Boyle, Liam Creighton and Kevin Dobbs.
Jacob Miller top-scored with 21 for Sports who only had two other batsmen - Ian Turner (12) and Adams (12) - make double figures.
Market Deeping 2nds went down to a 77-run defeat in Division Four East to Moulton Harrox who had opener Mike Kearns in fine form.
Kearns cracked 105 as Moulton made 232-7 from their 45 overs with Ben Rae returning 2-34 from 10 overs for the visitors.
Neil Knox top-scored with 48 in the Deeping reply as they were bowled out for 155.
Ufford Park 2nds were dismissed for 97 by their Peterborough Town counterparts who ran out eight-wicket winners in the same division.
Muhammed Sharafat (14), Mian Khurram (29) and Alex Mears (11) were Ufford’s top scorers with Damian Willatt and John Clifton claiming a wicket each in the Peterborough reply asTown passed their target inside 23 overs.
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