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Rutland League round-up as Oakham Cricket Club record fourth successive win

Unbeaten Oakham recorded a fourth successive victory to maintain their place at the top of the Rutland League Division Two standings on Sunday.

They inflicted a first loss of the season on Werrington who were beaten by 43 runs at the Lime Kilns.

Oakham had batted first after being put in by the visitors and made 203 before being dismissed with three balls of their innings remaining.

Matt Williams smashed 55 runs off just 38 deliveries for Oakham.
Matt Williams smashed 55 runs off just 38 deliveries for Oakham.

The big-hitting Matt Williams had led the Oakham charge with 55 which came off just 38 deliveries and included eight fours and two sixes.

Will Stuart-Jones (24), Charlie Baker (22) and Ben Southern (22) also made useful contributions to the Oakham cause.

Werrington made a strong start to their reply through the efforts of openers Shehzad Akhter (44) and Rashid Zafar (20).

However, Cameron Flowers took 3-23 from a tidy seven-over spell which put Werrington on the back foot.

Ed Siddle also struck twice in his 2-12 off four overs before two late run outs – courtesy of Siddle and Fergus Cato – saw Werrington dismissed for 160.

Second-placed Ufford Park’s clash against a Stamford side in fourth spot was rained off early in the hosts’ reply.

Ufford had made 139-9 from their 40 overs with Henry Stephenson top-scoring with 33 while Uday Bapodra late a led rally with 22.

Chris Birch rolled back the years for Stamford with a sublime spell of 5-16 from eight overs which also included four maidens.

Joe Harrington struck twice early in the Stamford reply to leave Town rocking on 4-2, but the heavens opened to end any chance of the game being finished.

Chris Birch took five wickets for Stamford.
Chris Birch took five wickets for Stamford.

Burghley Park went down to a four-wicket defeat against Wisbech in their Division One clash.

The Stamford visitors had been restricted to 138-9 from their 40 overs after Gary Freear and Chris Clark had been claimed three wickets for Wisbech.

Burghley openers Charlie Esson (24) and Thomas Dancy (17) had got Park off to a steady start before Wisbech gained control.

Mohammed Azhar finished unbeaten on 26 at the close for Burghley after Navneet Agnihotri had added 15 for the visitors.

A rain-affected game then saw Gary Freear (51) and Danny Haynes (44) top score for the hosts as they secured victory despite Azhar and Ross Thain taking two wickets apiece for Burghley.

Uffington’s home clash with Market Deeping was abandoned due to the wet weather with hosts 19-1 in pursuit of 227-5.

Josh Smith had smacked 58 for Deeping while Connor Gillett was a fellow half-centurion after making 55. Sam Malton added 37 while Jack Martin was unbeaten on 23 at the close of the 40 overs.

Smith had claimed the wicket of George Hartley before the heavens opened with Guy Cunningham unbeaten on 16 for Uffington in their reply.

Ufford Park 2nds claimed their first win of the Division Four East season against early pacesetters Wisbech 2nds.

Opener Nigel Cole had top-scored with 42 as Ufford posted 139-8 from 40 overs.

Wisbech were then restricted to 104-9 in their reply as the Ufford bowlers held the upper hand over the visiting batsmen.

Rohan Dahiya was the leading wicket-taker with 3-34 from seven overs while Muhammed Rizwan returned a misery 2-7 from four with Andrew Hinton helping himself to 2-18 from a similar spell.

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