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Cross cracks 167 as Uppingham 2nds rack up the runs

Zeeshan Manzoor was in fine form for table-topping Ketton Sports. Photo: LEE HELLWING (3563481)
Zeeshan Manzoor was in fine form for table-topping Ketton Sports. Photo: LEE HELLWING (3563481)

A fine all-round performance from Zeeshan Manzoor maintained Ketton Sports' relentless pursuit of honours in Division Four East of the Leicestershire League on Saturday.

Manzoor took 4-18 to help dismiss visiting Medbourne for 136 and then hit an unbeaten 62 to steer unbeaten Sports to a comfortable eight-wicket win.

Medbourne struggled against the Sports bowling attack throughout their innings with extras actually top scoring with 26.

Fin Clarke cracked 22 for the visitors and Will Matthews made 21, but Sports struck at regular intervals to ensure none of the visiting batsmen got settled.

Peter Rowe and Will Compton collected a top order wicket apiece before Joash Mathys and Matt Bird both bagged braces.

Manzoor then came on to claim four of the last five wickets as Sports dismissed their visitors inside 38 overs.

Ashley Rodgers (30) and Rowe (11) put on 35 runs for the first wicket with Manzoor then entering the fray to add another 32 runs for the second wicket.

He was then joined by Mathys (17no) following Rodgers' dismissal and hit an unbeaten 62 to safety steer Sports to their 14th victory of the campaign. They are now 61 points clear of second-placed Queniborough with six matches remaining.

Uppingham Town remain just outside the Premier Division relegation places despite a 65-run defeat against Syston Town.

In the match played at Uppingham School, Syston made 222-6 from their 50 overs after electing to bat first and then bowled Town out for 157 in their reply.

A tremendous third wicket stand of 123 runs between Ram Ghuman (72) and Charles Wootton (49) proved pivotal for Syston who were 46-2 when the duo came together.

Mark Cox eventually broke up the partnership by dismissing both batsmen with a couple more Syston wickets tumbling before Ben Drake’s unbeaten 28 saw them to their final total.

Uppingham lost opener Ben Farnsworth early on in their reply, but skipper Jamie Dumford (32) and Nick Green (17) put on 52 runs for the second wicket.

However, Green’s departure was swiftly followed by Sam Hodson and Mark Cox to leave Town struggling on 69-4.

Jamie Dumford was then dismissed three runs later as Mo Pardesi began to assert his authority on proceedings.

He then had Danny Dumford caught to leave Town on 72-6 before Martin Bennett (32no) and Alex Ashwin (19) rallied the Town cause.

They added 40 for the seventh wicket before Pardesi dismissed Ashwin and then completed his five-wicket haul with snaring Pat Latham for 10.

Ghuman then collected the final two wickets to wrap up proceedings with Town 65 runs short of their victory target.

Oakham suffered a disappointing Division One defeat at Hinckley who ran out winners by six wickets.

The visitors were restricted to 135-8 from their 45 overs with Hinckley hitting the winning target with 19 overs remaining.

Oakham skipper Richard Martin had been the mainstay of their innings after hitting 61 with Wes Durston (15), Ed Tattersall (10) and Shyam Lakhani (15) the only other players to reach double figures.

Charlie Baker took a couple of early wickets in reply, but an unbeaten 70 from Janak Valand laid the foundations for Hinckley’s victory with solid support coming from Intekhab Khan (44). Baker was the pick of the Oakham bowlers with 3-24.

Impressive batting displays from Ben Watkin and Damian Makwana helped Market Overton register a six-wicket home win over Cosby in Division Five East.

Three wickets from Edward Du Plessis for the concession of 34 runs helped Marko restrict Cosby to 210-8 from their 45 overs.

Watkin then carried his bat for an unbeaten 77 while Makwana was unbeaten on 62 at the close as Marko took just 31.1 overs to reach their victory target.

Watkin walloped 12 fours in his innings while Makwana cracked seven fours and three sixes in the Marko total which also included 20 from Tom Stevens and Mark Hudson's 26.

Oakham 2nds won a high-scoring clash with Dunton Bassett by 40 runs in the same division thanks a super showing from Oliver Drakard.

The hosts were going well thanks to the efforts of Will Stuart-Jones (29), Mark Worthington (17) and Ollie Hubbard (61).

A couple of quick run outs stalled Oakham’s momentum before Drakard came to the crease at number eight in the batting order.

He thumped a terrific 101 not out while Dave Ranshaw provided excellent support with an unbeaten 34 as Oakham posted a terrific total.

Despite their top order performing well, Ramshaw then returned 4-49 from his 10 overs to ensure Dunton finished 40 runs short in their chase.

The Rutlanders made 271-7 from their 45 overs and then restricted their visitors to 231-8 in their reply.

Uppingham 2nds racked up the runs in their crushing 223-run win over Countesthorpe 4ths in Division Seven East.

Opener James Cross led the charge after cracking 167 with George Scott striking 85 as Town raced to 346-3 from their 45 overs.

Harry Tattersall also made 48 while Lee Middleton was unbeaten on 26 at the close as Town punished the visiting attack.

The visitors were then restricted to 123-7 in their 45-over reply with Nathan Hall helping himself to 3-17 from 11 overs.

Wakerley and Barrowden boosted their hopes of finishing outside the bottom two in Division Nine East after a tidy 75-run win over Bharat Sports 3rds.

Opener Harrison Miles was the mainstay of the Wakerley innings as he hit 12 fours and two sixes before falling seven runs short of his half-century.

Jonny White (26), Chris White (43) and 34 extras also helped the Wakerley cause as they were finally bowled out for 240.

Bob White then collected four wickets to help Wakerley dismiss their nine-man visiting side for 165.

The visitors had looked set to provide a stern challenge at 126-3, but Bob White blitzed the middle order with Gareth Packer returning to the attack to collect a couple of late wickets to seal Wakerley's win.

Chris Thomas hit an unbeaten 93 to steer Uppingham Town 3rds to an eight-wicket win over Leicester Stars in Division 10 East.

Town had earlier bowled out their visitors for 194 with Joe Bennett bagging 3-10 from 5.3 overs and Richard Merry claiming 3-22 from four overs.

Opener Thomas then took charge of proceedings in Town's reply with Saddiq Mohammed making 45 as Uppingham passed their target with five overs to spare.

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