Oakham Cricket Club defeat Rothley in the Leicestershire League Premier Division
Oakham are joint top of the Leicestershire League Premier Division after maintaining their unbeaten record in a tense tussle at the Lime Kilns on Saturday.
The Rutlanders ran out victors by just two runs after a dramatic finish to their clash with Rothley to stay level on points with Kibworth at the top of the table.
They had been dismissed for 209 after winning the toss and electing to bat first as Rothley replied strongly after a decent start by the hosts.
Skipper Richard Martin and Cameron Flowers put on a 46-run stand for the first wicket until the home captain fell for 16.
Rob Taylor then joined Flowers and they produced a cracking partnership of 98 runs for the second wicket.
Taylor thumped six fours and three sixes in 53 off just 47 balls before becoming the first of Max Law's three wickets.
Law dismissed Flowers three runs after Taylor's departure with the opener having top-scored for Oakham with 73 which included 11 fours and a six.
Ed Tattersall was next to fall to Law as Oakham slipped from 144-2 to 151-4 with the Rothley bowler returning 3-25 from a strong six over spell.
Harry Funnel then took a hold of the Oakham batsmen as he collected the next three wickets to finish with 3-41 from 10 overs as Oakham lost Shyam Lakhani, Alex Anthony and Shaun Morris.
Ed Siddle struck an unbeaten 13 towards the end of the Oakham innings but two wickets for Adam Hackett and one for Oliver Freckingham saw the hosts bowled out for 209.
Morris made an early inroad in the Rothley reply by trapping opener Niall O'Brien leg before for 15 and then Taylor had Chris Yates caught by Tattersall for 13 to leave the visitors on 61-2.
Law hit 29 before his departure to Siddle who started to move the match back in Oakham's favour with a superb spell of bowling.
Siddle accounted for Funnel, Hackett and Craig Bulmer to return a fantastic 4-29 from 10 overs while Taylor took the vital wicket of opener Anish Patel, courtesy of a Siddle catch, after he had reached his half-century.
Flowers then dismissed Michael Frost to leave Rothley on 156-8 and Oakham looked in control of the contest.
However, Kieran Pell and Freckingham rallied Rothley with a 32-run stand for the ninth wicket which gave them hope.
It needed the reintroduction of Morris into the Oakham attack to account for Freckingham who had made a crucial 27.
Pell then worked the strike with last man Tom Hilton to add a further 21 runs for the final wicket.
But, just as just visitors were sensing victory, Hilton was run out with two balls remaining and Rothley still two runs shy of their target.
Rory Brown took four wickets as Oakham 2nds cruised to convincing victory at Bharat Sports 2nds in their Division Four East clash.
Brown bagged 4-33 from a 12-over spell that also featured three maidens as Bharat were bowled out for 112.
Home openers Kiran Gill and Dharmesh Patel had put on 52 runs for the first Bharat wicket until Oakham swept through the rest of their order.
Will Bell took one wicket conceded just 19 runs from his 12 overs while Mark Owen (1-13), Sam Janes (1-12) and Tom Clifton (1-8) were economical in their five-over stints.
Oakham lost opener Will Stuart-Jones without scoring, but Charles Gill and Albert Radford rallied with a 59-run stand for the second wicket.
Although Gill departed for 18, Radford hit an unbeaten 40 while Fergus Cato cracked 32 not out as Oakham eased to an eight-wicket win inside 28 overs.