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Six wins from seven games keeps Rutlanders in touch at the top




Oakham have six wins from seven Division One games after emerging victorious from a high-scoring contest with Hinckley Town at the Lime Kilns.

The visitors had made 283-8 from their 45 overs, but Oakham's run chase was successful as they passed their target with more than five overs to spare.

Hinckley had won the toss and elected to bat first with Shaun Morris making an early breakthrough after having Rajiv Sen caught behind by Chris Larsen for 11.

Oakham won a high-scoring contest with Hinckley Town. Photo: Geoff Atton (11705127)
Oakham won a high-scoring contest with Hinckley Town. Photo: Geoff Atton (11705127)

This brought Janak Valand out to join opener Priyank Patel and he proceeded to produce a terrific innings for the visitors.

Valand smashed 17 fours in an unbeaten 136 which came off 125 balls to hold the Hinckley innings together.

Ed Tattersall had trapped Patel leg before for 38 after 58 runs had been added for the second wicket with Wes Durston making a further breakthrough after Intekhab Khan (24) and Valand had taken the visitors to 146.

Thomas Dangarembizi had made 17 before being run out by Charlie Baker with Ed Siddle then striking in quick succession to bowl Akshat Dhaman second ball and trap Ramis Malik leg before to leave Hinckley on 212-6.

Morris returned to claim his second wicket a run later, but Sukhvir Singh stopped the slide by adding 57 runs for the eighth wicket with Valand.

He was then caught by Durston off Baker as Hinckley closed their innings on 283-8 off the allotted 45 overs.

Oakham won a high-scoring contest with Hinckley Town. Photo: Geoff Atton (11705100)
Oakham won a high-scoring contest with Hinckley Town. Photo: Geoff Atton (11705100)

Durston and Cameron Flowers flourished at the start of the Oakham reply as they put on 87 runs for the first wicket.

Durston was first to fall for 62 after hitting nine fours and two sixes in his 52-ball innings with Sean Cowley next to go for seven with the score on 120.

Flowers was run out for 46 after helping Oakham past the 150-run mark which set the scene for Tattersall and Morris to lead the victory charge.

They added 98 runs for the fourth wicket with Tattersall thumping seven fours in his 58 while Morris blasted three fours and two sixes in his 63.

Despite falling within 16 runs of each other to the bowling of Singh, Will Bell (14no) and Siddle (14no) took over the mantle to steer Oakham to a fine victory.



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