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Oakham were toppled from pole position in Division One of the Leicestershire League by new leaders Newtown Linford after a six-wicket home defeat on Saturday.

It was just the second defeat of the season for Richard Martin's side who are still only two points adrift of top spot despite Saturday's setback at the Lime Kilns.

After scoring an avalanche of runs in recent weeks, Oakham elected to bat first after winning the toss in the table-topping tussle.

Action from Oakham's clash with Newtown Linford. Photo: Lee Hellwing (13875082)
Action from Oakham's clash with Newtown Linford. Photo: Lee Hellwing (13875082)

However, they suffered a setback in the first ball of their innings when the prolific Rob Taylor was caught by David Woods off the bowling of Australian ace Adrian Lascu.

Lascu then struck again off the final ball of his opening over to bowl Albert Radford and leave Oakham on 3-2.

Cameron Flowers and Shaun Morris then set about rebuilding the home innings with an 84-run partnership for the third wicket.

Morris had made a quick-fire 24 when he was caught by Philip Lowe off Warren Birchall after a 26-ball innings which included four fours.

The stand had allowed Oakham to get a foothold in the game with skipper Martin joining forces with opener Flowers.

They added 96 runs for the fourth wicket until Flowers fell 10 runs short of his century with Lowe taking a second catch, this time off the bowling of Nick Newman.

Shyam Lakhani came to the crease to join Martin and they took Oakham past the 200-run mark until the captain's dismissal for 67 - which included 10 fours - sparked a late batting collapse as the hosts lost their last five wickets for just eight runs.

Dean Scaysbrook took three quick-fire wickets as he had Lakhani caught behind by Craig Chapman and then proceeded to trap Ed Siddle leg before second ball.

Will Bell lasted just four deliveries before being bowled by Scaysbrook who finished with 3-34 off seven overs.

Lascu then returned to the Newtown attack to oust both Rory Brown and Charlie Baker to return 4-38 as Oakham were bowled out for 220.

Oakham's opening attack of Morris and Baker enjoyed some early success in the Newtown reply as they accounted for both openers to leave the visitors on 35-2.

However, Luke Gale and Chapman put on 46 runs for the third wicket until the latter was caught by Baker off Taylor for 24.

Lowe then came out to join Gale and they provided a match-winning platform to take Newtown to the brink of victory.

The fourth wicket stand of 114 was finally broken when Gale was bowled by Flowers for 74 after hitting 12 boundaries.

That left Linford needing 26 runs for victory and Lowe (65no) and Lascu (11no) led them home with just eight balls remaining.

Action from Oakham's clash with Newtown Linford. Photo: Lee Hellwing (13875092)
Action from Oakham's clash with Newtown Linford. Photo: Lee Hellwing (13875092)

Uppingham Town remain handily-placed to challenge for promotion after their third successive league win came courtesy of a six-wicket success at Leicester Ivanhoe.

They restricted their hosts - who had elected to bat first - to 172-9 from 45 overs after making a strong start to the contest.

Alex Ashwin had Ivanhoe opener and skipper Danny Yeow caught by Ben Farnsworth off the second ball of the home innings.

Danny Dumford then made his mark on proceedings with three successive wickets to return 3-21 from nine overs and leave Ivanhoe on 57-4, courtesy of catches from Tom Scott, Sam Hodson and Farnsworth.

Uppingham then tightened their grip on proceedings as Mark Cox and Cameron Hardwick ripped through the middle order.

Cox claimed 2-17 and Hardwick helped himself to 2-31 from nine over spells as Ivanhoe tumbled to 84-8.

However, the home side's tail proved defiant as Julian Taylor (27no) and James Lafferty (37) added 71 runs for the ninth wicket.

Colan Bartram finally found the breakthrough to dismiss Lafferty following an Ashwin catch, but last man Mark Shortland (11no) refused to roll over as he and Taylor ensured Ivanhoe used their full allocation of 45 overs.

Town though took just 27 overs to knock off the required runs for a healthy 25-points haul.

After opener Farnsworth had fallen for 16, Scott and Hodson hits 59 runs for the second wicket until the former fell for 35.

Hodson was then out three runs short of his half-century, but Cox cracked four boundaries in an unbeaten 25 not out to steer Uppingham to victory in a 33-run stand with Dumford (15no).

Action from Oakham's clash with Newtown Linford. Photo: Lee Hellwing (13875084)
Action from Oakham's clash with Newtown Linford. Photo: Lee Hellwing (13875084)

Ketton Sports held their nerve to claim a narrow five-run win over hosts Loughborough Greenfields in Division Three.

A century from Zeeshan Manzoor had helped the visitors post 250-9 from their 45 overs with Greenfields falling agonisingly short of their rain-reduced target after a flurry of late run-outs as Sports shone in the field.

Manzoor had made 111 before he was run out with Bash Hussain (21) and Martin Underwood (26no) contributing to the Sports cause.

Curtis Mayfield – who had returned 4-41 from 12 overs – then led the Loughborough victory charge after Hussain had helped himself to five wickets.

The Sports player-coach took 5-53 from 12 overs, but Mayfield’s unbeaten 62 ensured the contest would go to the wire.

However, Manzoor claimed two run outs with Hussain also getting in on the act to dismiss three of the final four batsmen as Greenfields were bowled out five runs short of their revised target of 239.

Super centuries from Adam Renton and Jacob Miller helped Ketton Sports 2nds maintain top spot in Division Nine East after a 67-run home win over Bitteswell 2nds.

The duo came together after Tim Hawkins had fallen for eight and batted to the end of the 40 overs with a 220-run partnership as Sports posted 247-1.

Renton racked up 12 fours and a six in his maiden century for the club while Miller made 120 not out which included 11 fours and four sixes.

Bitteswell were then bowled out for 180 in reply with Ben Allison and Freddie Renton both taking three wicket hauls.

Allison claimed 3-37 from nine overs while 13-year-old Renton took 3-33 from 5.4 including the wicket of Bitteswell's top scorer Mohsin Rizvi for 64.

Fifteen-year-old leg spinner Marcus McDevitt also bagged a brace for Sports in his first game of senior cricket.

Action from Oakham's clash with Newtown Linford. Photo: Lee Hellwing (13875094)
Action from Oakham's clash with Newtown Linford. Photo: Lee Hellwing (13875094)

A devasting spell of bowling from Ronan Sillery helped Wakerley & Barrowden breeze to a five-wicket away win at Langtons 3rds.

Sillery struck four times and conceded just four runs in his six over spell as Langtons were bowled out for 67 by their visitors.

Chris White and Paul Mahoney also took two wickets each for Wakerley who surged to their success inside 18 overs.

Jonny White led the victory charge with 23 while Chris White added 19 in Wakerley's win despite the loss of five cheap wickets with Siraj Yusef taking 3-24 for the hosts.

Uppingham 3rds were awarded the points after hosts Countesthorpe 4ths conceded their scheduled contest.



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