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Sports take huge step towards title triumph; Wakerley win after gripping finale

Uppingham v Leicester Ivanhoe. Photo: Geoff Atton (3678687)
Uppingham v Leicester Ivanhoe. Photo: Geoff Atton (3678687)

Uppingham Town slipped back into the Leicestershire League Premier Division relegation zone after a nine-wicket home defeat against table-topping Leicester Ivanhoe on Saturday.

Town were skittled out for 98 by the league leaders to drop down into the bottom two after being leapfrogged by Langtons who defeated basement side Market Harborough.

Four wickets from Mitchell Carey and Abdul Malik's 3-18 off seven overs proved to be the architects of Town's downfall after they had won the toss and elected to bat first.

They lost skipper Jamie Dumford after just six balls of the contest which brought Nick Green out to join Ben Farnsworth.

They put on 54 runs for the second wicket but, once Farnsworth was bowled by Malik for 26, they lost their final eight batsmen for just 44 runs.

Green was the third wicket to fall for Town's top score of 33 after he had put on 26 runs for the third wicket with Sam Hodson.

Sam Evans then bowled Mark Cox with Hodson falling shortly after to Malik as Town tumbled to 84-5.

Carey then asserted his authority on proceedings with four quick-fire wickets to dismiss Town for 98.

The league leaders then made light work of the run chase as Evans (35) and Joe Kendall (54) took them to within two runs of victory before the latter was caught by Martin Bennett of the bowling of Tom Hynes.

Uppingham v Leicester Ivanhoe. Photo: Geoff Atton (3678658)
Uppingham v Leicester Ivanhoe. Photo: Geoff Atton (3678658)

Harry Swindells then smashed his second ball to the boundary to secure a maximum points haul for the visitors.

Oakham suffered a five-wicket home defeat against third-placed Newtown Linford in their Division One clash at the Lime Kilns.

The hosts had been restricted to 174-9 from their 45 overs with Linford taking just 33 overs to gain victory for the loss of five wickets.

Ketton Sports have one hand on the Division Four East title after winning by four wickets at Great Glen while nearest rivals Queniborough were being beaten.

Rob Vitas' side are now 80 points clear of their closest challengers (25 points for a victory) with just five games remaining.

Peter Rowe led their victory charge with 110 runs after Great Glen had made 203-7 from their 45 overs.

It his second century this season against Great Glen having hit an unbeaten 124 in their earlier encounter at Pit Lane.

Joash Mathys, Zeeshan Manzoor and Matt Bird had all collected two wickets apiece to quell the efforts of home batsmen Sajid Desai (40) and Irfan Master (58).

Mathys fell early in the Sports reply, but Rowe's fourth century of the Leicestershire League season and Manzoor (29) took them closer to their target.

Skipper Vitas was then unbeaten on 17 at the close as Sports claimed victory with three-and-a-half overs to spare.

Market Overton claimed a comfortable 89-run away win at Asian Sports 2nds in Division Five East.

Having been bowled out for 180, Marko skittled Sports for 91 in their reply to move within two points of their beaten hosts in the league standings.

Oakham 2nds fell to a narrow 14-run defeat against high-flying Leicester Caribbean 2nds in the same division.

They had restricted their hosts to 146-9 after the allotted 45 overs, but fell just short in their reply.

Uppingham 2nds claimed a cracking 30-run away win at third-placed Asian Sports 3rds in Division Seven East.

Town made 226-5 from their 45 overs before bowling out their hosts for 196 in their reply.

Wakerley and Barrowden bagged a thrilling victory by just one run in their Division Nine East clash at Broughton Astley 2nds.

Barrowden had batted first and were dismissed for 183 with Sam McAvoy, batting at number eight, hitting a vital 63 runs for the visitors' cause with his maiden half-century.

Matt Key (26) and Alfie Coward (29) also made crucual contributions against a home attack that saw Ian Foreman claim 4-41.

Opener Steve Dann led the Broughton reply with an unbeaten 89, but three wickets from the in-form McAvoy kept the hosts in check.

Nick Mainstone and Gareth Packer also picked up two wickets apiece to set up a gripping finale.

The hosts, with one wicket remaining, needed two runs for victory with just two balls left when Chris White bowled last man Jamie Allen to claim the win for Wakerley.

Uppingham Town 3rds went down by 71 runs in their Division 10 East clash at home to second-placed Ashby Carington.

Alan Smith struck a century for the visitors who made 249-6 from their 45 overs as Toby Rees took 2-20 from 10 overs for Town.

Tom Cole led the Uppingham reply with 71 while opener Chris Thomas made 26 as Town were bowled out for 178 with James Troop taking 4-38 for the visitors.

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