Williams whacks 70 as Oakham 2nds reach 75-run target
Big-hitting Oakham 2nds batsman Matt Williams blasted his side to a rapid Leicestershire League success on Saturday.
The Rutlanders had bowled out visiting Market Harborough 2nds for 74 in the Division Five East clash at the Lime Kilns.
But, with the threat of rain which washed out the majority of Saturday’s schedule looming, Oakham needed to wrap up the game quickly.
And Williams wasted no time in securing the nine-wicket win as he scored 70 of the 75 runs his side required for victory.
He smashed 10 fours and three sixes in an awesome innings which saw Oakham secure the victory just two hours after the match had started.
Dave Falconer had been Oakham’s star performer with the ball after taking 4-17 from his 10-over spell while Darren Jones and Mark Owen both took two wickets each.
Despite losing opener John Morton early in their reply, Williams and Owen (three not out) needed only 41 balls to seal the success which moved Oakham up into third place in the table.
Oakham and Uppingham both saw their crucial Division One clashes abandoned due to the wet weather.
Third-placed Oakham had restricted table-topping hosts Loughborough Carillon to 148-9 from their 45 overs when rain ended play.
Rob Taylor had produced a miserly spell to concede just nine runs from his nine overs to keep the hosts in check after they had won the toss and elected to bat first.
Wes Durston took 3-34 from his nine over stint while Sean Cowley claimed 2-26 from a similar spell, including home top scorer Kyle Grobler for 35, but the heavens opened at tea and no further play was possible.
Uppingham had been bowled out for 167 after being asked to bat first by second-placed Newtown Linford at Castle Hill.
Ben Farnsworth (29) and Jamie Richardson (41) had put on 74 runs for the second wicket after the early loss of skipper Jamie Dumford.
Sam Hodson then hit 28 and Alex Ashwin added 21 as Adrian Lascu claimed 4-31 from his eight overs for the visitors.
Newtown were set a rain-reduced target of 123 from 26 overs, but their innings lasted just eight balls before the wet weather returned and washed out play.
Tom Scott struck a century for Uppingham 3rds in their Division Nine East derby with Wakerley and Barrowden, but the wet weather was again the winner in the abandoned contest.
Scott smashed 102 before falling to an excellent catch from Will Miles as Uppingham made 183-8 from their 40 overs with Alan Brown (19), Chris Thomas (16) and Josh Skelhem (16) giving good support.
Chris White was the pick of the Wakerley bowlers with 3-17 from nine overs while Jonny White took 2-34 from his 10-over spell.
The visitors were then unable to start their reply as rain washed out the fixture while the teams were taking tea.