Fifth successive victory for table-topping Deeping; Chamberlain's hat-trick haul; senior showdown in Castor's clash with Ufford
Market Deeping have opened up a 24-point lead at the top of Division Two of the Rutland League after just five games of the new season.
Their latest success came on Sunday with a crushing 108-run over Uffington for their fifth consecutive victory.
Opener Ross Barnes blasted 92 for Deeping who had lost the toss and been put into bat by Uffington.
John McDougall (47), Joe Malton (33), Connor Gillett (31no) and Sam Malton (20no) also found the wicket to their liking as they helped Deeping post 245-5 from 45 overs.
The Uffington reply was soon in trouble as their top five batsmen were back in the pavilion with only George Hartley hitting double figures.
Neil Jones led the fightback with a rousing 62 but, despite 14 from John Burton, none of the remaining Uffington batsmen got to grips with the Deeping attack and they were dismissed for 138.
Sachithra Perera took 3-24 for Deeping while Nathaniel Cureton claimed 2-17 from 6.1 overs.
Second-placed Castor continued their pursuit of Deeping with a seven-wicket away win at Ufford Park.
They dismissed their hosts for 158 with Neil Buckingham (31), Joe Corder (37) and Paul Keymer (29) the main Ufford contributors.
Stuart Dockerill took 3-21 for Castor while Cameron Dockerill claimed 3-37 and Ryan Evans 3-39.
Cameron Dockerill then carried his bat for an unbeaten 69 as Castor claimed victory with just under seven overs remaining.
Aiden Steels struck 41 while Josh Weaver was unbeaten on 38 at the close.
Stamford Town were convincing 10-wicket winners over Isham who were shot out for 95.
Alex Birch bagged a five-wicket haul for Town while Scott Chamberlain claimed a hat-trick haul to set Stamford up for victory.
Zak Chappell (67no) and Simon Lem (21no) then took Town home to their second success of the season.
Division Three West leaders Loddington and Mawsley put 10-man Uffington 2nds to the sword as they ran out 242-run winners in their clash.
Andrew Flint thumped 26 fours in his 169 which came off 149 balls and was just short of a club record.
Ben Roberts (58) and James Coles (52no) also made half-centuries as Uffington were only able to use nine fielders due to illness.
Harry Bentley bagged three wickets for Uffington and then made 23 in the reply before being run out.
Opener Matt Tarrant had made 25 for Uffington, but Garry Browne's 3-23 helped dismiss the visitors for 96.
Oakham claimed their first victory of the season in the same division after beating East Carlton by 34 runs.
Ben Southern (20), Charlie Baker (46) and Nick Davies (43) helped Oakham to 168 all out.
Angus Owen then claimed 3-25 and Nick Davies took 2-15 as East Carlton were bowled out for 134 in reply.
Bourne 2nds are the early pacesetters in Division Three East after a 49-run win over Huntingdon.
The hosts made 228-8 at the Abbey Lawn thanks to a cracking mid-innings partnership from first team regulars Jordan Temple (71) and Sam Evison (83).
Ben Woodward had earlier made 32 before Evison took centre stage with 10 fours and a six in his innings.
Woodward then led the Bourne bowling reply as he claimed 4-40 from 12 overs to help restrict Huntingdon to 179-9 from 45 overs.
Rowan Good also chipped in with three wickets as Huntingdon fell 49 runs short despite the efforts of opener Graham Hudson who made 92.
There was a seniors showdown in the Division Four East clash between Castor 2nds and their Ufford Park counterparts.
Castor closed their innings on 105-8 with 76-year-old Norman Gray unbeaten at the crease on five alongside 56-year-old John Jarvis who had made 15.
They managed to fend off the attacks of 74-year-old Ufford Park bowler Terry Rawlings as a combined total of 206 years were at the wicket at once stage.
Rawlings had returned 2-14 from six overs while Damian Willatt and John Clifton both claimed three wickets apiece to restrict the Castor scoring.
Tim Hawkins (52no) and Salman Khan (34) then led the Ufford chase as they reached the required total inside 30 overs and for the loss of just two wickets.
Market Deeping 2nds were beaten by six wickets against Moulton Harrox as opener Mike Kearns Snr continued his fine run of form in the same division.
After hitting 138 against Ufford Park 2nds last weekend, Kearns was unbeaten on 65 as Moulton successfully chased down's Deeping's 153-8 from 45 overs.
Nilesh Patel (40) and Michael Holden (28) were the chief contributors to the Deeping total while Ben Rae's 3-27 proved in vain as Kearns and Jake Morton (48) moved Moulton to victory.