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Rutland League round-up as Oakham Cricket Club lead the chase for honours

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The race for honours in Division Two of the Rutland League took another twist on Sunday.

Oakham and Newborough are now leading the charge for top spot after Uppingham suffered their second successive league loss.

Oakham recorded a crushing 149-run over Whittlesey and now hold a six-point lead at the top.

They made 238-5 from their 45 overs with Will Stuart-Jones leading their charge with 74 while Mark Owen made 59 for the Rutland side with Tim Kenyon hitting 25.

Whittlesey were then skittled out for 89 as Angus Owen claimed a superb 6-14 from five overs for Oakham.

Ollie Hubbard also struck twice in his spell of 2-19 with Irfan Amin and Fergus Cato taking the other Whittlesey wickets.

Newborough ran out 104-run winners against Bourne in a high-scoring clash.

The Bulls had batted first and amassed 342-5 from 39.4 overs as Callum Puttock smashed an unbeaten 133 for the hosts.

Bourne were then bowled out for 238 in their reply as Matthew Mills and Josh Lawton both took four wickets each for Newborough.

Sam Martin top-scored with 82 for Bourne while Brandon Diplock made 54 and Will Gardner added 44 in a strong top order showing.

Newborough then got the better of the middle and lower order with Lawton returning 4-13 from seven overs.

Uppingham were beaten by 32 runs in their away match at Ufford Park.

Sam Rees had taken a terrific 6-28 to help dismiss Ufford for 149 with Hamish Bell top-scoring for the hosts after making 42.

Sam Hodson hit an unbeaten 83 for Uppingham in their reply, but lacked any support as Town were bowled out for 117.

Mohammed Zunooran and Sandeep Dahiya both took four wickets each for Ufford to secure their fifth win of the season.

Stamford were leapfrogged in the table by Werrington who ran out four-wicket winners in their clash at Uffington Road.

Town had been bowled out for 133 with Andrew Hulme (30) and Dave Stratton (23) their top scorers.

Alex Birch then bowled a superbly economical spell of 2-8 from nine overs which included five maidens while Hulme claimed 2-22 but Werrington secured the win inside 37 overs.

Market Deeping were six wicket winners in their Division One match with the City club who were bowled out for 118 after electing to bat first.

Connor Gillett and James Hook both took three wickets apiece for Deeping while Josh Smith struck twice in a spell of 2-12 from 7.1 overs.

Hook then hit 31 to spearhead Deeping's reply with Joe Malton unbeaten on 18 at the close.

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Alex Birch. (49447692)

Uffington were beaten by nine wickets in the same division as league leaders Wisbech continued their push for honours.

Damien Herrick hit 62 for the villagers and Rob Dunn made 25 as they posted 168-7 from their 45 overs after electing to bat first.

Wisbech though breezed to victory inside 26 overs as Dom Stannard struck an unbeaten 70 with JT Bowers 50 not out at the close.

Oakham 2nds went down by eight wickets against new Division Three leaders Long Sutton.

Young home bowler Charlie Crisp claimed a hat-trick in a superb spell of 4-3 from 3.5 overs as Oakham were dismissed for 99 after batting first.

Richard Cox was unbeaten on 33 at the close while Neil Southern struck 32 for Oakham who were then beaten inside 16 overs.

Dan Oldfield made a rapid 61 which included 11 fours and a six before being caught by Cox off Stephen Wright who also took the other Sutton wicket to fall.

Market Deeping 2nds conceded their scheduled home clash with their Long Sutton counterparts in Division Four East.

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