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Seconds surge into top spot after making immediate impact in first season

Ashley Rodgers racked up a quick-fire century in just 58 balls to steer third-placed Ketton Sports to an 87-run win at Syston 2nds in Division Three.

Sports had made the most of winning the toss and electing to bat first as skipper Rob Vitas and the in-form Matt Bird put on 82 runs for the first wicket.

Bird was eventually bowled by Jaimal Bathia two runs short of his half-century which brought Rodgers to the crease.

Rob Vitas (11710218)
Rob Vitas (11710218)

He and Vitas took the Sports total past the 150-run mark until the captain was caught by Dharmist Bathia off Adam Mortimer for 54.

Rodgers and Zeeshan Manzoor then upped the run-rate by putting the home attack to the sword with some big hitting.

Rodgers smashed 11 fours and six sixes in his 103 runs while Manzoor made 73 off only 31 balls after hitting five fours and five sixes.

They added 137 runs for the third wicket and, despite falling in quick succession, helped Sports post 297-4 from their 45 overs.

Sports soon had the Syston reply under control as Will Compton claimed a couple of top order wickets before Manzoor swept through the home batting.

Despite Faizal Jariwala hitting an unbeaten 86 not out, Manzoor claimed 5-66 from 10.4 overs as Sports skittled Syston out for 210.

Compton claimed a further late wicket to finish his 10-over spell with 3-34 while Jacob Miller also took a wicket and added a run out to his personal haul.

Zeeshan Manzoor (11710289)
Zeeshan Manzoor (11710289)

League newcomers Ketton Sports 2nds are setting the early pace in Division Nine East after a 30-run home success over Langtons 3rds.

They made 218-7 from their 40 overs at Pit Lane with Adam Renton hitting an unbeaten 62 not out for the hosts.

Skipper Laurence Davis made 27 while Dave Walpole added 34 with the Sports cause also being helped by Langtons conceding 43 extras.

Adam Renton and Sam Halsall then led the home side’s charge to victory after picking up three wickets apiece.

Renton returned 3-42 from 11 overs while Halsall helped himself to 3-27 off four overs with Mark Thomas also taking 2-37 off 10.

Freddie Renton claimed the other wicket after conceding just 11 runs from his four-over spell as Langtons were restricted to 188-9 from their 40 overs.

Wakerley & Barrowden were nine-wicket winners in their trip to Countesthorpe 4ths in the same division.

They managed to restrict their hosts to 151-7 from 40 overs with Countesthorpe opener James Popplewell carrying his bat for 68 not out.

Bob White picked up two wickets for Wakerley who took less than 20 overs to reach the required target.

Jonny White was unbeaten on 76 at the close after hitting 10 fours and three sixes in his innings while Gareth Packer plundered six fours and three sixes in his 52 before retiring hurt.

Matt Key joined White and made 12 not out as 10-man Wakerley cruised to a comfortable away success.

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