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Burghley Park take over top spot in Division Two of the Rutland League with victory over Uffington

Burghley Park have taken over at the top of Division Two of the Rutland League after leapfrogging long-time leaders Uffington.

They defeated Huntingdon by 19 runs in a match reduced to 35 overs on Sunday while Uffington fell to defeat in a low-scoring clash at Newborough.

Burghley had made a decent 196-6 from their rain-reduced innings as opener Orlando Thain followed up his strong Saturday showing with 61 more runs 24 hours later.

Mat Bird scored 65 and took three wickets in Ketton Sports' victory over Sawtry in Division Four West. (15156701)
Mat Bird scored 65 and took three wickets in Ketton Sports' victory over Sawtry in Division Four West. (15156701)

Skipper Elliott Cooper cracked 44 while George Holmes hit 28 with Navneet Agnihotri (19), Caius Headley (15) and Joe Evans (18) also contributing to the Burghley cause.

They then restricted their visitors to 177-8 in their reply despite Huntingdon captain Andrew Wright hitting an unbeaten 72 for his side.

Paul Simmons struck twice for Burghley while Mark Saunders and Azhar also bagged braces to move Park 12 points clear at the summit.

Uffington must have thought they had control of their contest at Newborough when they bowled out their hosts for 55.

However, they could only muster 51 runs in reply in a game dominated by two fine bowling displays.

Jak Garner grabbed a superb 6-15 from 10 overs for Uffington while Tom Bentley bagged 2-17 from six.

Spencer Haskins top-scored with 21 not out for Newborough who then saw Vamshi Parvathaneni plunder the Uffington batting.

Parvathaneni pocketed 6-25 from 10 overs while Tom Olley took 2-16 as Josh Bentley (19) was the only Uffington batsman to make double figures in their innings.

Market Deeping's home Division One match with March lasted just 6.4 overs before rain stopped play with the visitors on 40-0.

Oakham won the table-topping tussle in Division Three after defeating Nassington by seven wickets in a match reduced to 29 overs due to the wet weather.

Nassington, after electing to bat first, were bowled out for 106 with Oakham securing the success for the loss of three wickets inside 21 overs.

Cameron Flowers (3-21) and Joe Stafford (3-17) led the Oakham attack while James Tattersall took 2-3 off just five deliveries. Ben Potter top-scored for Nassington with 49.

Sean Cowley (22), Toby Coulson (27no) and Ollie Hubbard (37no) were then the leading run-makers as Oakham opened up a 39-point lead at the top of the table.

Liam Creighton claimed a remarkable 5-3 from 4.3 overs as Laxton Park blitzed Benefield in Division Four West.

Creighton's crusade helped bowl out Benefield for just 28 as Kevin Dobbs and Fred Ansty also picked up a pair of wickets each.

Laxton had earlier made 170-6 from their rain-reduced 35 overs with Will Horrell (57) and Joss Boyle (52) both hitting half-centuries in the 142-run success.

Ketton Sports remain in a strong position to take the title after a five-wicket home win over Sawtry.

They restricted their visitors to 159-8 with Mat Bird and Jonathan Smith both taking 3-25 and 3-15 respectively.

Despite losing a couple of early wickets in their reply, Martin Underwood (58) and Bird (65) guided Sports to the brink of victory.

Bird blasted eight fours and three sixes in his innings before Smith (1no) and Nick Kennett (9no) added the coup-de-grace as Sports secured their eighth league victory of the season.

Uffington 2nds were seven-wicket winners over third-placed Hampton in the same division.

Tony Johnstone, Will Fry, Dean Cornish and Colin Miles all took two wickets apiece as Hampton made 167-9 from 39 overs.

David Griffin then hit 59 not out with Cornish falling one short of his half-century as Uffington secured the win inside 32 overs. Jon Wyles was also unbeaten at the close on 18.

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