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Sports suffer first defeat; Makwana passes 1,000 runs for the season; Wakerley win in last over again

Nick Green top-scored for Uppingham in their defeat. Photo: GEOFF ATTON (3807937)
Nick Green top-scored for Uppingham in their defeat. Photo: GEOFF ATTON (3807937)

Uppingham Town were left to rue a batting collapse which denied them a vital victory in Saturday's Leicestershire League Premier Division clash at Lutterworth.

The Rutlanders were 99-3 in pursuit of their hosts' 148-6 when the wickets started to tumbled as Town lost their last seven batsman for just 24 runs.

A miserly bowling performance from the Town attack had them put in contention for a crucial win in their battle to beat relegation after Lutterworth had won the toss and elected to bat first.

Despite opener Matt Pickering making 46, the Uppingham bowlers had control of proceedings.

Danny Dumford conceded just 19 runs off his 10 overs while collecting three wickets with Alex Ashwin's nine overs yielding a paltry 16 runs.

Tom Hynes then collected three late wickets as Lutterworth closed on 148-8 off their alllotted 46 overs.

Town made a steady start to their reply through skipper Jamie Dumford (22) and Sam Hodson (17).

Nick Green then cracked seven fours in his 46 runs off 56 balls but, following Dumford's departure, the Town wickets started to fall.

After stuttering to 111-5, they lost three wickets for just two runs as Nathan Welham took 4-26 for the hosts.

Wesley Marshall also collected a couple of wickets while Karl Smith returned to the home attack to help mop up the tail with 3-32 as Town finished 25 runs short.

The defeat, coupled with a win for relegation rivals Langtons who visit Castle Hill on Saturday, leaves Town 28 points adrift of third-from-bottom Barkby.

Oakham have slipped to fourth-from-bottom in the Division One table after a narrow five-run loss at home to Loughborough Carillon on Saturday.

They dismissed their visitors for 156, but fell agonisingly short of reaching the required total in their reply.

Ketton Sports' proud record of being the only team in all 10 divisions of the Leicestershire League to have won every completed game came to an end after a surprising seven-wicket home loss to Bharat Sports.

The Rutlanders were dismissed for 70 by their Leicester visitors as Uday Modwadia claimed a remarkable 5-7 from 7.5 overs.

The teenager, who is part of Leicestershire's Academy, produced a devastatiing spell to inflict a first loss on Sports who had won their 15 previously completed games.

Sports skipper Robin Vitas was unbeaten on 16 not out at the close while Dusty Miller top-scored with 23 for the hosts.

Sam Potter and Nathan Adams collected a wicket apiece for Sports while Zeeshan Manzoor claimed a run out, but an unbeaten 16 from Pritesh Patel and Shehan Pandigamagei's 25 saw Bharat to a seven-wicket success.

Despite the defeat, Sports are still 58 points clear of second-placed Queniborough with four games remaining.

Brian Makwana was in devastating form for Market Overton in their 104-run home success over Dunton Bassett in Division Five East.

Makwana made a massive 174 runs as Marko racked up 344-6 from their 45 overs against the bottom-of-the-table visitors.

His knock included 20 fours and eight sixes - five of which came off one over - as he passed 1,000 runs for the season.

Ben Watkin was also in decent form with 42 with Ryan Thwaites making 45 and Angus Watkin 24 as Marko put the visiting attack to the sword.

Thwy then bowled out their visitors for 240 with man-of-the-moment Makwana taking 3-6 from four overs.

Edward Du Plessis also took three wickets while Tom Stevens struck twice in a solid reply from the visitors.

Oakham 2nds claimed a tidy 15-run away success at Leicestershire Teachers in the same division.

Luke Griffiths hit 59 while Mark Worthington made 32 as Oakham were dismissed for 173 by their hosts.

They then restricted the Teachers to 158-9 in their reply with Dave Falconer taking 3-27 off 12 overs while Joe Stafford, Matt Osman and Mark Owen all collected two wickets apieice.

Third-placed Uppingham 2nds defeated Division Seven East leaders Leuva Patidar at their Castle Hill ground.

Town had been dismissed for 192 by their visitors, but then restricted to table-toppers to 145-9 in their reply.

Wakerley and Barrowden secured a second successive last over victory in Division Nine East after a four-run triumph over Huncote 2nds completed a hat-trick haul of consecutive wins.

They had been bowled out for 203 by their visitors after Chris White (66) and Jonny White (44) had put on 99 runs for the first wicket.

Guy Spragg then struck 28 with Sam McAvoy making 17 as Rob Lee led the Huncote charge with 5-24 from seven overs.

Lee then top-scored with 43 in Huncote's reply which, coupled with Louis Horstcraft's 38, put them on the verge of victory.

However, Aaron Rawlings held his nerve in the final over to take the last Huncote wicket and finish with 3-47. Chris White and youngster Alex Spragg also both bagged a brace of wickets for Barrowden.

Uppingham 3rds suffered a heavy away defeat at Division 10 East league leaders Leicester Stars.

The hosts made 305-8 from their 45 overs with Harvey Stafford taking three wickets for Town.

Tom Runcorn then top-scored with 23 in Town's reply as they were bowled out for 63 as Idris, Sajid and Imran Patel all took three wickets each.

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