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Mathys inspires table-topping Easton to victory

Bourne v Barnack. Photo: Lee Hellwing (3208484)
Bourne v Barnack. Photo: Lee Hellwing (3208484)

Two of the Rutland League big guns produced a high-scoring shoot-out at the Abbey Lawn on Sunday as Barnack beat Bourne in a Division One match that produced more than 630 runs.

Kasim Ikhlaq smashed an unbeaten 125 while Asim Butt blasted 120 as Barnack racked up 327-4 from their 45 overs.

Their exploits were bettered by Bourne's Rob Bentley who cracked 136, but his side fell 20 runs short of victory.

Quewin O'Connor (45) and Sam Evison (45) had provided solid support to Bentley's blitz, but Bourne's last seven batsmen added just 28 runs between them as their run chase fell short.

The victory sees second-placed Barnack move to within a point of table-topping Ketton Sports - who have a game in hand - with reigning champions Wisbech just a couple of points adrift in third spot.

Tom Williams struck a super century as Stamford Town defeated Ramsey by 40 runs in Division Two.

Williams came to the crease with Town’s innings in trouble after Ben Saunders had taken the wickets of four of the top six Stamford batsmen.

He went on to return 6-31 from nine overs, but his exploits were overshadowed by Williams who made an unbeaten 101 as Stamford were bowled out for 212.

Will Dyer provided crucial support with 24 before Stamford set about dismissing their hosts for 172 despite Charlie Morrison making 92.

Andrew Hulme took 3-29 from 12 overs for Town while Simon Lem returned a sublime 3-7 from 3.5 overs.

Fifth-placed Ufford Park were well beaten by the team directly above them in the Division Two table as Newborough ran out winners by nine wickets.

Ufford were bowled out for 125 with top order contributions from Danny Harrington (19), Matt Smith (25) and James Grigson (16).

Vamshi Parvathaneni picked up three wickets for Newborough while Sam Barlow bagged 3-12 from just 5.3 overs.

David Cooper led the visitors' assault on the Ufford total as he cracked an unbeaten century while Charlie Fisher made 20 as they eased to victory inside 25 overs.

Uffington are still perilously close to the Division Two drop zone after a three-wicket defeat at March Town.

They made 221-8 from their 45 overs after getting off to a solid start through Damien Herrick (50) and Guy Cunningham (56) who put on 97 for the first wicket.

Josh Bentley (32) and Evan Donaldson (22) maintained the momentum before Adam Hilless hit an unbeaten 23 not out late on.

Ben Jennings struck early in the March reply to remove Steven Coe and then continued to cause havoc with three further wickets to reduce the hosts to 76-4.

However, Saranga Rajaguru (58) and William Curtis (68) rallied the March cause before an unbeaten 36 from Sam Clarke and Spencer Saberton's 18 not out saw them to victory.

Easton-on-the-Hill are opening up a gap at the top of Division Three West after a nine-wicket win over Uffington 2nds.

Joash Mathys was the star of the show for Easton with an unbeaten 86 after taking four wickets.

The visitors were bowled out for 129 despite the efforts of John Burton (40) and Dean Cornish (21) with George Green (4-18) and Mathys (4-23) the pick of the Easton bowlers.

Mathys then made light work of the run chase with his 86 not out while Harry Green was unbeaten on 31 at the close as Easton claimed victory within 17 overs.

Burghley Park moved up third place in the standings after they were awarded their match against Loddington & Mawsley.

Bourne 2nds went down to a heavy 165-run defeat against Huntingdon in their Division Three East clash.

Sam Martin and Shilander Rainault both bagged two wickets apiece for Bourne, but Huntingdon helped themselves to 307-6 from 45 overs with Sheraz Ali hitting 116.

Bourne were then restricted to 142-6 in their reply with leading contributions from Ben Haigh (20), Jeff Gunthorp (31), Martin (18) and Rainault (35).

A sensational quick-fire spell from Matt Bird helped Ketton Sports 2nds to a six-wicket win over Kimbolton in Division Four West.

Bird took 4-6 from just two overs as Kimbolton were bowled out for 89 after Miles Anderson and Tom Palmer had both picked up two wickets apiece.

Will Bird then blasted an unbeaten 42 after Arnie Palmer had made 18 to ease Sports to victory.

Ufford Park 2nds made amends for their first team's defeat as they defeated their Newborough counterparts by 76 runs in Division Four East.

John Clifton (48) and Vincent Newson (59) put on 111 runs for the second wicket to help Ufford post 214-8 from their 45 overs.

Ian Turner also hit an unbeaten 35 before Alex Mears took centre stage with the ball.

Mears claimed 6-18 as Newborough were bowled out for 138 despite a gallant last wicket stand of 47 from Nick Lawton (25no) and Kevin Woods (21).

A promising opening partnership between Richard Williams (34) and Michael Holden (36) failed to help Market Deeping 2nds to victory over Orton Park in the same division.

Ben Rae (13) and Joe Pearson (10) were the only other batsmen to make double figures as Deeping were dismissed for 123.

Tom Cook claimed two wickets for Deeping in the Orton reply, but the hosts eased home inside 30 overs with Cameron Harris hitting a half-century.

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