Last wicket heroics inspire Uffington; Easton ease to victory
A superb last-wicket stand helped fire Uffington to a Rutland League Division Two success over Isham on Sunday.
Chasing the hosts' 182 all out, victory looked unlikely for Uffington when the last pairing of Harry Bentley and Ben Jennings came together with 60 runs still required for victory.
However, Bentley blasted an unbeaten 36 while Jennings hit a crucial 18 not out to see Uffington home.
Tom Bentley had earlier taken 5-36 from 11 overs to help dismiss Isham with Adam Hilless and Robert Dunn both bagging a brace apiece.
Damien Herrick (24), Tom Bentley (22) and Matt Tarrant (19) then laid the foundations for victory before the last wicket heroics saw Uffington to victory.
Isham did bowl 33 wides in an extras total of 40 which also helped the Uffington cause.
Stamford Town suffered a 39-run defeat away at Castor.
They had restricted their hosts to 157-8 from 45 overs with Simon Lem taking three wickets for Town.
Sam Barrett also claimed 2-16 from nine overs with Mark Wheat (32) and Ross Porter (29) leading the Castor charge.
Lem (31) and Andrew Hulme (32) got Stamford off to a solid start but, once they were dismissed, the rest of the batting order collapsed.
Scott Chamberlain was the only other Town batsman to reach double figures as Ross Evans ripped through the order with 6-17 from 12 overs while Porter pocketed 3-11 from his 9.2 overs.
Four wickets from Asam Ali helped Easton-on-the-Hill to an eight wicket win over Thrapston in Division Three West.
Ali took 4-18 from 12 overs while Joash Mathys and Tom Fairclough also claimed two wickets apiece to dismiss Thrapston for 70.
Mathys (20) and unbeaten 18 from Tyler Sculthorpe then saw Easton home for the loss of just two wickets.
Burghley Park suffered a heavy 115-run defeat against Finedon Dolby.
Three wickets from George Holmes had helped restrict Finedon to 205-7 from their 45 overs.
However, Holmes (20) and Thomas Dancy (27) were the only Burghley batsmen to reach double figures as they were bowled out for 90.
Uffington 2nds' match at home to Loddington and Mawsley was called off while Oakham gained a walkover against S&L Corby.
Five wickets from Richard Hewitt helped Bourne 2nds dismiss Spalding 2nds for 170 in their Division Three East clash at the Abbey Lawn.
However, Bourne fell 20 runs short in their reply despite 70 from Dan Whadcock and Clive Brown's 21.
Laxton Park got their Division Four West campaign off to a winning start with a 37-run success against Sawtry.
The hosts were dismissed for 163 with Andy Dykes leading their charge with 76.
Gareth Packer then picked up 5-27 from 10 overs as Sawtry were skittled for 126. Joss Boyle provided solid support with 3-37.
Ufford Park were on the receiving end of a superb spell of bowling from Shazaad Amir as they lost by four wickets to Kings Keys in the John Wilcox Trophy.
Amir took 7-14 from nine overs as Ufford were dismissed for 97.
Matt Smith was the pick of the Ufford batsmen with 44 while Alex Mears added 14 runs late on.
Sandeep Dahiya did his best to stall Kings Keys' efforts in their reply by taking 5-21 from seven overs.
However, 46 from Shoib Chaudhary proved pivotal as see Kings Keys home for the loss of six wickets.
The big match in Division One between Ketton Sports and Bourne was called off as there were no umpires to officiate the match.