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Sole smashes 116 not out off 33 balls for Sports

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Barnack need just one point from their final game of the Rutland League season to end their 24-year wait for the Division One title.

They went down by nine runs at Oundle in Sunday’s penultimate match of the season which leaves them level on points with Ketton Sports who have completed their campaign.

A point in Sunday’s final match away at Weldon will seal the title as Ketton Sports are currently top by virtue of winning more away games.

A fine all-round display from Oundle’s Liam Fresen proved to be the difference between the two sides at Milton Road on Sunday.

Fresen thumped 15 fours in his 85 which helped Oundle post 253-8 from their 45 overs which also included an unbeaten 71 from Peter Wilson.

The Oundle all-rounder then finished the contest in style with four wickets in five balls, including a hat-trick, as Barnack were bowled out for 244.

Asim Butt had earlier blasted 18 fours in his 109 off 94 balls before being run out by Conor Craig.

Umair Mirza made 57 while Shohaib Arshad was unbeaten on 22 before Barnack were blitzed by Fresen's fantastic finale.

Ketton Sports are assured of at least second place after completing their campaign with a nine-wicket win at Kings Keys on Sunday.

Tom Sole was the star of the show for Sports as he smashed 19 fours and five sixes in an unbeaten 116 not out which came off just 33 balls.

Kings Keys had earlier been dismissed for 153 with Bash Hussain taking 4-31 from 12 overs while Gareth Wade weighed in with 3-56 off a similar spell.

Muhammad Raheel was the pick of the Kings Keys batting with an unbeaten 73, but his efforts were soon eclipsed by Sole who saw Sports home inside 15 overs along with Zeeshan Manzoor who made 24 not out.

Stamford suffered a heavy 113-run defeat at March in Division Two.

Andrew George smashed 13 fours and two sixes in his 94 off 83 balls as March made 279-9 from 45 overs.

Sam Barrett was the pick of the Town bowlers with 4-32 from eight overs while Alex Birch and John Chell both collected a brace apiece.

Chris Birch (39) and son Alex (47) then led the Town reply, but Saranga Rajaguru's 5-17 from eight overs saw Stamford skittled for 166.

Scott Chamberlain (22) and Andrew Hulme (24no) were Stamford's other chief contributors.

Burghley Park are guaranteed second spot in Division Three West despite a heavy 112-run away loss at S&L Corby in their final game of the season.

Tony Thurman (122), Jack Thurman (68) and Kris Sayers (55) helped S&L rack up 283-8 from their 45 overs.

Safdar Alam took 3-57 from 10 overs for Burghley and then top-scored with 54 as they were bowled out for 171 in reply.

David Popple made 21 and James Biggs blasted 20 with Jack Scott (3-62) and Jack Thurman (3-40) the pick of the S&L bowlers.

A maiden half-century from youngster Daniel Hughes was the highlight of Ketton Sports 2nds' 16-run away defeat at Weldon 2nds in Division Four West.

The hosts had made 253-8 from their 45 overs with Adam Renton taking 3-38 and Nick Kennett claiming 3-44 for the Sports.

Zak Gillies, coming in at number nine, proved the difference in the Weldon innings as he thumped seven fours and five sixes in an unbeaten 85.

Hughes (62) then formed an excellent partnership with Renton in the Sports reply before the latter was run out four runs short of his century.

Will Bird then made 20, but Sports fell narrowly short in their reply.

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