Everards Leicestershire League
OAKHAM 1st XI picked up their first win of the season in the Everards Leicestershire League’s third division on Saturday, beating Cosby at the Lime Kilns.
Oakham collected a full 24 points to move above their opponents and close the gap on two other early season strugglers, Ibstock 2nds and Loughborough COB.
Skipper Sean Cowley top-scored for Oakham with 70 and Will Stuart-Jones also reached the half-century mark as Oakham reached 241-9.
The total proved easily defendable as Oakham’s bowlers made light of their task, dismissing Cosby for just 122.
Youngster Shyam Lakhani took an impressive three for 21 off nine overs, four of which were maidens and Rory Brown took four for 30 off ten overs.
However, the good news for the 1st XI was tempered with more disappointment for the 2nd XI, who had hoped to mount a serious promotion charge this summer..
The 2nd XI have now lost three on the trot after winning three of their first four matches.
Last weekend’s defeat was at Bardon Hill 2nds when 216-6 proved too low to defend.
Graham Cooper (35), Isaac Smith (42), Rupert Imglesant (30), Andy Ainscough (33) and Albert Radford (57) all settled and made runs but their hosts were undaunted and reached their winning 217 target with four wickets remaining.
Tom Lemon took three wickets for Oakham.
The result leaves the 2nds mid-table but 58 points off the pace set by joint leaders Lutterworth 3rd and Loughborough Carillon 2nd.
Oakham’s 1st and 2nd XIs face Enderby’s two sides on Saturday.
Grantham and Melton League
EMPINGHAM’S excellent run in the opening weeks of the season came to an end at the weekend as the Rutlanders lost to Bingham by 93 runs on Sunday.
Dropped catches and poor fielding lost the game for Empingham with Bingham’s Greenwood going on to make 164no after being dropped four times.
Bingham made 277 for 3 with Dave McKevitt taking two wickets and Baz Sharp the other.
In reply Empingham were bowled out for 180 with only the Cooper brothers scoring runs. Tom made 71 and Richard 46.
Despite losing, Empingham are four points clear at the top.