Barnack and Uffington's winning streak is stopped
Table-topping Barnack and Uffington both suffered their first defeats of the Rutland League season on Sunday.
Reigning Division One champions Barnack went down to a 53-run reversal against Castor while Uffington saw their five-match unbeaten start to the Division Two campaign ended in a 112-run loss against Newborough.
Castor had elected to bat first against early season pacesetters Barnack and made 194-9 from their 45 overs.
David Cooper (23), Josh Weaver (28) and Brandon Purcell (29) had made solid starts before Castor skipper Stuart Dockerill went into overdrive.
Dockerill, batting at number eight, smashed seven fours and a six in an unbeaten 68 not out which gave Castor a crucial late order boost.
Kasim Ikhlaq was the pick of the Barnack bowlers with 3-21 from 10 overs while Mirza Yasir returned 2-39 from his nine-over stint.
Two wickets apiece from Ryan Evans and Alfie Armstrong then put Barnack on the back foot in their reply despite the efforts of opener Ajaz Akhtar who made 27.
Yasir (39) and Ikhlaq (27) rallied the hosts in the middle order, but Ross Porter produced a match defining spell to dismiss the duo.
Porter plundered 4-29 from nine overs while Marcus Papworth pocketed a crucial 2-21 as Barnack were bowled out for 141.
Market Deeping had no answer to the bowling of March's Geoffrey Kirby as they went down to a 97-run defeat in the same division.
Kirby claimed 6-51 from 10 overs after joining forces in style with wicket-keeper Adam Conyard to dismiss Deeping for 103.
Conyard claimed two stumpings and a pair of catches off Kirby's bowling as Deeping fell well short of chasing March's 200 all out.
Joe Pearson had taken 4-55 from 10 overs for Deeping while Richard Williams weighed in with 3-9 from 2.1 overs.
Brandon Phillips (53) and Saranga Rajaguru (62) were the pick of the March batsmen with Williams (22), Sam Malton (22) and James Hook (24) top-scoring for Deeping.
Uffington were undone by Newborough duo Charlie Fisher and Joe Mills as the Division Two leaders fell to their first defeat of the campaign.
Mills top-scored with 57 after opener Fisher had made 28 with Joshua Groener grabbing 34 vital late order runs as Newborough were bowled out for 195.
Jak Garner (3-30 off 10 overs) and Harry Carter (3-17 off 2.2 overs) were the pick of the Uffington bowlers with Ben Jennings also taking 2-25 off his 10-over stint.
After Vamshi Parvathaneni had picked up a couple of top order Uffington wickets, Mills and Fisher then whipped through the rest of the hosts' batting.
Fisher finished with 4-15 off six overs and Mills took 3-9 off seven as Uffington were skittled out for 87 in their reply.
Garner (11) and Josh Bentley (10) were the only home batsmen to make double figures as 37 extras contributed to the Uffington cause.
Stamford and Ufford Park failed to take advantage of Uffington's defeat as they were beaten by Uppingham and Bourne respectively.
Stamford suffered a nail-biting five-run defeat at Uppingham after an exciting finish at Castle Hill.
The hosts had batted first and were bowled out for 202 despite a strong start from opening duo Sam Hodson (64) and Jamie Richardson (24).
Lee Middleton (21), Harry Tattersall (27) and Andy Hall (29) helped the maintain the momentum before Stamford regained control of the contest.
Tim Juggins took 3-44 with Alex Birch (2-29), Mark Taylor (2-37) and Matthew Holland (2-41) all among the wickets for the visitors.
Stamford opener Clive Simmons then struck 55 for Town in their reply before Harvey Stafford was introduced into the Uppingham attack.
Stafford stifled the flow of runs with 5-44 from 10 overs as Town fell five runs short in their run chase despite Andrew Hulme being unbeaten on 56 at the close.
Henry Brewster also bagged five wickets to help Bourne to a 38-run away victory from their clash at Ufford Park.
Bourne had been bowled out for 219 after electing to bat first with openers James Tickler (69) and Ben Woodward (52) leading their charge.
David Greenfield also made 23 as Ufford battled back with Jan Neville taking three wickets and Henry Stephenson and Alex Mears both bagging braces.
Stephenson then led the Ufford reply with a half-century while Neil Buckingham blasted 33 and Joe Harrington hit 21.
However, Brewster's 5-39 from 9.3 overs was well supported by Rowan Good's 2-25 off six with Adam Cornwell conceding just 16 runs off his seven overs while also taking a wicket as Ufford were bowled out for 181 in reply.
Easton-on-the-Hill were unable to follow up last week's run-making exploits after being dismissed for 68 in their clash with Werrington.
After scoring more than 300 runs in their victory against Burghley Park last Sunday, Easton fell to an 87-run defeat after Mohammed Azhar had returned a stunning 7-17 off eight overs for Werrington.
Harsh Joshi had earlier been in fine form with the ball for Easton as his 6-16 from 10 overs helped restrict Werrington to 156-9 from their 45 overs.
George Green, Jack Woods and Harry Green also grabbed a wicket apiece for Easton with Mohammed Asif top-scoring with 38 not out for Werrington who were boosted by the hosts conceding 41 extras.
Tyler Sculthorpe struck 21 after opening for Easton, but Harry Green (15) and Joshua Hallam (11) were the only other home batsmen to make double figures as Azhar’s onslaught guided Werrington to the win.
Burghley Park went down to a narrow two-wicket away loss at Huntingdon.
After being bowled out for 168, Burghley were beaten with two overs to spare after claiming eight Huntingdon wickets.
A century from Cameron Flowers helped Oakham hit top spot in Division Three after an eight-wicket win at home to Nassington.
They had managed to bowl out their visitors for 194 thanks to Ben Southern taking 4-26 from 6.1 overs and Ollie Hubbard's 2-37 off six overs.
Flowers then flourished in the Oakham reply by smashing an unbeaten 109 not out while Albert Radford had made 59 until he was trapped leg before in a superb opening stand.
Fergus Cato then cracked 16 not out to join Flowers and see Oakham to victory inside 39 overs.
Ketton Sports continue to set the pace in Division Four West after a 10-run away success at S&L Corby.
Sports had made 156-9 from their 45 overs before bowling out their hosts for 146 in reply.
Jacob Miller had top-scored for Sports with 45 after opener Adam Renton had set them on their way with 21.
Mat Bird then blasted 44, which included seven boundaries, to help Sports to their final total.
Miles Anderson and Bird then got on top of the S&L reply after returning figures of 3-28 and 2-43 respectively.
However, Daniel Partridge plundered 44 runs for the hosts to bring them back into the contest until Nick Kennett bowled S&L’s top scorer.
Kennett went on to claim 4-34 from his 10 over spell as Sports recorded their fifth win from six games this season.
They remain nine points clear of second-placed Barton Seagrave who thrashed Laxton Park by 193 runs.
Barton blasted 302-6 from their 45 overs and then skittled Laxton out for 109 inside 25 overs.
Market Deeping 2nds conceded their home clash with Newborough in Division Four East.