Burghley bag treble-winning weekend to stay in touch at the top
Tom Bentley produced a five-star performance against the club where he plays his Saturday cricket to help Uffington maintain their Rutland League Division Two title charge.
Bentley bagged 5-33 from 9.4 overs as Uffington claimed a 57-run home success against Bourne on Sunday.
His exploits helped bowl Bourne out for 152 after hitting 46 runs in Uffington's 209-8 off 45 overs.
The villagers had won the toss and elected to bat first, but lost two early wickets to Henry Brewster and Sam Evison who bowled both Robert Dunn and Guy Cunnington who had scored a century in the previous meeting between the two sides this season.
Brewster went on to finish with an impressive 3-12 off seven overs after also claiming the wickets cheaply of Josh Bentley and George Hartley.
However, Harry Bentley top-scored with 61 to lead the Uffington revival and was well supported by Jak Garner (27) and Tom Bentley.
Jordan Temple (27) and Ben Woodward (15) gave Bourne a decent start to their reply, but Garner's 3-27 from 10 overs took out three of the top four batsman.
Evison, who had scored a century for the MCC at Burghley Park on Friday, then top-scored with 71 for Bourne while Tom Dixon cracked 21.
But they both fell to Tom Bentley who then claimed the wickets of Sam Sacker, Brewster and Chris Good to complete his five-wicket haul and keep Uffington 29 points clear of second-placed Burghley Park.
Burghley followed up their two wins on Saturday by completing a hat-trick of victories 24 hours later with a 48-run success at Uppingham.
Peter Foster thumped 82 and fellow opener Charlie Thain made 42 as Park posted 207-7 from their 45 overs.
Mark Cox was the pick of the Uppingham bowlers after taking 3-24 from his nine overs while Cameron Hardwick claimed a couple of wickets.
Uppingham made a strong start to their reply through Sam Hodson (78) and Jamie Richardson (29).
However, Mark Saunders struck four times with Mohammed Azhar taking three wickets as Uppingham were bowled out for 159.
Stamford Town are third after a comfortable 70-run home success over Easton-on-the-Hill.
Despite being bowled out for 160, Town eased through the Easton batting line-up to dismiss their visitors for 90.
Chris Birch (32), Tom Williams (21) and Steve Holland (21) were Town’s top scorers with Asam Ali and Harsh Joshi both taking three wickets each for Easton.
James Ferrow then ripped through the top of the Easton order with a stunning return of 5-31 from his 10 overs.
Steven Bore then bagged 3-16 in a quick-fire 3.2-over spell as only two Easton batsmen – Harry Green (21) and Mo Zubair (16) – made double figures.
Mark Stephenson and Neil Buckingham laid the foundations for Ufford Park's 106-run away success at Werrington.
The opening Ufford partnership saw Stephenson strike 85 and Buckingham blast 79 as Park posted 249 all out.
Ahmed Kumbo claimed 6-32 for Werrington, but his figures were bettered by Jan Neville as the Peterborough side were dismissed for 143 in reply.
Neville took 6-27 from 10 overs while Joe Corder and Ansir Hussain took two wickets apiece as Ufford bowled out their hosts in 35 overs.
Barnack's bid to retain their Rutland League crown suffered a setback after a four-wicket home defeat to Oundle in Sunday's Division One clash.
The reigning champions were bowled out for 132 to drop down to fifth spot after their second defeat of the season.
With the influential Asim Butt starting a two-game ban for bad behaviour in the recent match against Deeping, Barnack struggled for runs.
Mohammad Hammad hit 24 and Shahzad Amir top-scored with 31 as Joe Charlton collected three wickets for Oundle who secured victory despite losing six wickets.
Ketton Sports strengthened their grip at the top of Division Four East after a five-wicket home victory over Uffington 2nds.
They bowled out their visitors for 127, despite Damien Herrick hitting 63, with Miles Anderson taking 3-28 from 10 overs for Sports.
Mat Bird also took two wickets with Nathan Adams, Freddie Renton and Nick Kennett claiming one apiece.
Skipper Bird then led by example to steer Sports to victory inside 33 overs with an unbeaten 55 which included 10 fours.
Sam Halsall also hit 26 for the hosts with Will Fry the pick of the Uffington bowlers after taking 2-29 from nine overs.