Double setback for Town's survival hopes; convincing win for Oakham; Du Plessis picks up six wickets for Marko
Ketton Sports clinched the Leicestershire League Division Four East title in style with another crushing victory on Saturday.
They crowned their maiden Leicestershire League campaign with a whopping 180-run win away at Wigston to move into an unassailable position with two games remaining.
Ashley Rogers and Zeeshan Manzoor were the stars of a brutal batting display by Sports who then skittled out their hosts for 128 with Will Compton claiming four wickets.
Rodgers and Peter Rowe had set Sports on their way with a 73-run stand for the first wicket before the latter was caught by Kyle Shaw off the bowling of Ben Ashton.
This brought Manzoor to the crease with Rodgers and they put the home bowling to the sword with a terrific 139-run partnership for the second wicket.
Rodgers was eventually bowled by Sidhant Amar for 103, but there was no respite for the home attack with Josh Gallimore then joining forces with Manzoor.
Manzoor was unbeaten on 128 at the close while Gallimore cracked 36 not out as Sports posted a daunting 308-2 from 45 overs.
Bottom-of-the-table Wigston were no match for Sports in their reply as Compton and Sam Potter rattled through the top order.
Compton claimed 4-32 from eight overs while Potter picked up 3-36 as Wigston slumped to 64-7.
Robert Kenney led a spirited late order rally with an unbeaten 44, but Rowe took 2-10 from five overs with Rodgers collecting the final wicket with the third ball of his first over to dismiss Wigston for 128.
This was Sports’ 17th victory from 18 completed games this season and means they lead second-placed Queniborough by 58 points. They host Countesthorpe at Pit Lane on Saturday.
Uppingham's Premier Division future is hanging by a thread after their survival hopes suffered a double setback on Saturday.
Town went down to a 34-run away defeat at Kibworth while relegation rivals Barkby United boosted their bid to avoid a bottom two finish with a vital away success at Barrow Town.
That means Uppingham are now 43 points adrift of safety with just two matches remaining. Both games are against Barkby so Town will need crushing victories in each to avoid an immediate return to Division One.
Town again failed to build on a promising start in their reply to Kibworth's 199-7 as they lost their last seven wickets for 44 runs.
They had earlier faced a strong start from the hosts who put on 77 runs for the first wicket through Sundeep Patel (58) and Matt Craven (39).
Tom Hynes made the first breakthrough and then Mark Cox (2-33) collected a couple of quick-fire wickets to leave the hosts on 94-3.
Josh Peel (34) provided solid support for opener Patel before Hynes struck again to finish with 2-56 from 10 overs.
Scott Green then grabbed two more wickets for figures of 3-33 from 10 overs as Kibworth stuttered to 165-7.
However, Darren Shaw (23no) and Monik Patel (23no) added a vital 34 runs for the eighth wicket which proved crucial.
Town got off to a good start in their reply through Jamie Dumford (12) and Ben Farnsworth (62) as they put on 62 for the first wicket.
After Dumford had been trapped leg before by Aadil Ali, Nick Green joined Farnsworth and they added a further 47 runs for the second wicket.
Farnsworth was eventually bowled by Shaw after striking eight fours and a six in his innings with Green then following 12 runs later for 38.
Their departures sparked another batting collapse as Town lost their next three wickets for just 13 runs with Ali claiming 5-46 from 10 overs.
Danny Dumford briefly rallied the Town cause with 14 runs, but David Whitmore and Charlie Page-Morris held the upper hand on the lower order.
Whitmore took 2-19 and Page-Morris 2-38 as Uppingham were bowled out for 165 to return with just three points from a crunch clash.
Oakham recorded a convincing 99-run win over Division One strugglers Sileby 2nds thanks to a solid all-round performance.
After being asked to bat, Oakham lost both openers cheaply but Vivek Naker (82) and Ed Tattersall (42) began their revival.
Shaun Morris (20) and an unbeaten 51 not out from Shyam Lakhani then helped Oakham towards their final total of 224-6 off 45 overs.
Oakham’s opening attack of Charlie Baker and Morris were quickly among the wickets to finish with 3-29 and 2-21 respectively.
Ed Siddle (1-23) and Sean Cowley (1-21) maintained the momentum before Rory Brown bagged 2-24 to see Sileby skittled out for 125 in their reply.
Edward Du Plessis picked up six wickets as Market Overton claimed a comfortable Division Five East success over Leicester Caribbean 2nds.
Du Plessis returned 6-32 from 9.5 overs as Caribbean were dismissed for 103 by their hosts with David Lambert also taking 2-19 from four overs.
Ryan Thwaites led the Marko charge to victory as he smashed 10 fours in an unbeaten 62 to ease the home side to maximum points in 18 overs.
Brian Makwana also added 18 runs to the Marko cause while Du Plessis was unbeaten on 13 alongside Thwaites at the close.
Oakham 2nds were unable to stall Broughton Astley's title charge in the same division as they lost by eight wickets at the Lime Kilns.
The hosts were bowled out for 126 by table-topping Broughton with Matt Osman making 29 and opener Will-Stuart-Jones adding 18.
Dave Falconer and Mark Worthington both picked up wickets after a half-century opening stand from Marc Orton (31) and Sam Brockley (29).
Corey Murgatroyd (35no) and Aaron Dann (18no), who had earlier taken 3-33 from 12 overs, then took over the mantle to see Broughton to victory.
In-form Uppingham 2nds made it seven wins on the spin in Division Seven East after a seven-wicket home success over Cosby 2nds at Castle Hill.
Cosby made 159-7 from their 45 overs but, chasing a rain-reduced target of 137 from 36 overs, Town triumphed after posting 140-3 from 22.5 overs.