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Durston and Morris in fine form for Oakham; Sports need one victory to take title; sixth successive win for Town 2nds

Zeeshan Manzoor was in fine form for table-topping Ketton Sports. Photo: LEE HELLWING (3932516)
Zeeshan Manzoor was in fine form for table-topping Ketton Sports. Photo: LEE HELLWING (3932516)

Uppingham Town have just three matches left to preserve their Leicestershire League Premier Division status after losing to one of their relegation rivals on Saturday.

Town went down to a five-wicket home defeat against Langtons at Castle Hill to remain in the drop zone going into the final three weeks of the season.

They face a tough trip to second-placed Kibworth on Saturday before finishing their campaign with back-to-back clashes with third-from-bottom Barkby United who currently hold a 21-point lead over Town.

Uppingham had been restricted to 190-8 off their 50 overs on Saturday with Martin Bennett top-scoring with an unbeaten 42 not out.

Skipper Jamie Dumford (24) and Ben Farnsworth (19) had put on a half-century partnership for the first wicket before both fell to Asif Mai.

Nick Green (13) and Sam Hodson departed soon after to the bowling of Jakir Khandereo to leave Town on 95-4.

Mark Cox cracked 29 runs while Bennett and George Scott (13) put on 27 runs for the sixth wicket to take Town to 148-6.

Despite losing Alex Ashwin after just two balls, Bennett and Danny Dumford (11) helped Town to 179-8 with Tom Hynes then coming in to see the hosts close on 190-8.

Danny Dumford made the first breakthrough for Town when he bowled Sadik Dukanwala for 22 as Langtons lost their opening wicket with the score on 32.

However, a 55-run partnership for the second wicket between Sarfaraj Patel and Soyab Salajee (18) put the visitors in a strong position at 87-2.

Sarfaraj Patel (68) was in fine form for the visitors as he then put on 35 runs for the third wicket with Saeed Manga (15).

Scott Green gave Town a lifeline when he followed up Manga's dismissal by having Muhammad Salajee caught behind by Jamie Dumford two balls later.

However, Sarfaraj Patel joined forces with Zuber Patel (42no) to take Langtons to within 34 runs of victory until Danny Dumford claimed his second wicket to dismiss the opener for 68 following a catch by Nick Green.

Mubarak Patel (13) then came to the crease to join Zuber Patel to guide Langtons home with more than five overs to spare.

Danny Dumford finished his nine overs with 2-38 for Town while Scott Green took 2-35 from his eight-over spell.

Two fine all-round performances helped Oakham snap a three-match losing streak in Division One with a six-wicket away success at Kibworth 2nds on Saturday.

Wes Durston delivered a super century and two wickets for the Rutlanders while Shaun Morris followed up his five-wicket haul with an unbeaten 43 not out.

Durston blasted 116 off just 112 balls with 17 fours and a six while Morris' efforts, which included a hat-trick, helped restrict Kibworth to 185-9 from their 45 overs as he finished with 5-34 off 11 overs.

Ed Siddle and Durston also bagged braces with Seb Smith (46), Vishal Patel (36) and Max Levine (31) top-scoring for the hosts.

Despite Oakham losing both skipper Richard Martin and Albert Radford cheaply, Durston and Morris led their victory charge in style as they passed their victory target inside 37 overs.

Ketton Sports bounced back from their first loss of the season last weekend to move within touching distance of the Division Four East title following a 153-run away win at Bitteswell.

After rattling up 296-9 from their 45 overs, Sports dismissed their hosts for 143 for a maximum 25-point haul.

That leaves them 58 points clear of second-placed Queniborough with three matches remaining which means they will be crowned champions if they win at second-from-bottom Wigston on Saturday.

Zeeshan Manzoor was in free-scoring form for Sports on Saturday before falling six runs short of his century.

Ashley Rodgers (64) - after putting on 62 runs in an opening stand with Peter Rowe (22) - shared in a 110-run partnership with Manzoor for the second wicket.

Sam Potter (20no) and Will Compton (17no) were then both unbeaten at the close to guide Sports to a tremendous total.

Potter picked up a couple of early Bitteswell wickets to finish his five overs on 2-16 before Manzoor and Matt Bird took over proceedings.

Manzoor finished with 4-38 from 12 overs while Bird swooped for 3-38 from 8.3 overs as Bitteswell were bowled out for 143.

Oakham 2nds claimed victory by 12 runs in a closely-contested Division Five East derby with Market Overton at the Lime Kilns.

The hosts posted 227-8 from their 45 overs thanks to the top order efforts of Mark Owen (63) and Neil Southern (60).

Sean Cowley also cracked 20 runs before becoming one of Tom Stevens' five victims as the Marko bowler returned 5-35 from six overs.

The Marko reply was centred around the efforts of the in-form Brian Makwana who hit his second successive century.

Makwana smashed 13 fours and three sixes in an unbeaten 117 while Edward Du Plessis also added 40.

But, despite the Marko batsman's fifth century of the season, they fell just 12 runs short after losing only four wickets.

Uppingham 2nds are in a rich vein of form in Division Seven East following a 57-run win over Lutterworth 3rds on Saturday.

Despite travelling a player short, 10-man Town raced to their sixth successive victory to move into third place in the standings.

They made 200-7 off their 45 overs with Tom Scott (57), Nathan Hall (31) and Jamie Lammie (35no) their chief contributors.

Three wickets from Colan Bartram - who conceded just 18 runs from 10 overs - then put the brakes on the Lutterworth reply.

Charles Richardson also returned 2-15 from five overs as Lutterworth were restricted to 143-6 in their reply.

Wakerley & Barrowden's three-match winning run in Division Nine East was ended in their final match of the campaign.

They went down to a three-wicket away loss at Electricity Sports 4ths despite posting 236-7 from their 45 overs.

Matt Key was fine form for Wakerley after hitting 13 fours in an unbeaten 89 while Chris White (30) and Gareth Packer (32) provided solid support.

Key also claimed three wickets in the Sports reply, but Yagnesh Quessou's 89 and an unbeaten 43 from Muhammad Asjad saw the hosts home in 34 overs.

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