Tons up for Crawford, Mathys and Southern; honours even as Uppingham and Uffington tie
Youngster Joe Barrett claimed a quick-fire three wickets in five balls in only his second senior game to help Market Deeping 2nds to a 69-run win over Newborough 2nds in Division Four East of the Rutland League on Sunday.
The 12-year-old's rapid treble haul helped him return 4-31 from eight overs to ensure Newborough fell short in their pursuit of Deeping's 243-2 from 45 overs.
The Deeping innings had seen Andy Crawford crack his first-ever century after carrying his bat for an unbeaten 111.
He helped put on 145 for the first wicket with Richard Williams who made 46 before being run out four runs short of his half-century.
Matthew Rose was then unbeaten on 54 at the close of the Deeping innings before Barrett's blitz helped the hosts bowl out Newborough for 174 in their reply.
Barnack booked their place in the semi-finals of the John Wilcox Trophy after surviving a scare against Division Three East table-toppers Werrington.
The Division One leaders edged to a meeting with Grantham in the last four following a narrow 24-run success.
They had been bowled for 220 by the hosts who had claimed two early wickets to dismiss both the in-form Mohammad Hammad and Tahseen Ahmed cheaply.
Yasir Mirza (39) and Umair Mirza (65) brought Barnack back into the contest before an unbeaten 53 from Amir Munir took them to the final tally.
Werrington were well in the contest until Kasim Ikhlaq returned 3-26 from 10 overs to stall their reply.
Arshad Majeed then chipped in with a couple of crucial wickets as Werrington were finally dismissed with three balls to spare and 24 runs shy of Barnack's total.
Honours were even in a remarkable Division Two tussle between Uppingham and Uffington who finished tied on 188 runs each.
Uppingham had batted first with Mark Cox cracking 77, Tom Wharton adding 20 and Charlie Morley making 21.
Tom Bentley was the pick of the Uffington bowling with 5-44 from 12 overs while Adam Hilless claimed 3-49 from a similar spell.
Uffington looked out of the contest when Alex Ashwin ripped through the top order of visitors batting.
However, Bentley (49) and Jak Garner (52) revived the visitors' fortunes until they both fell to Wharton who claimed 3-54.
Ashwin then dismissed Felix Cunningham to claim his sixth wicket for a superb 6-32 from 11 overs.
This left the final partnership of Ben Jennings (10no) and last man Hilless to try and steer Uffington home while also avoiding being dismissed.
They managed to stave off the home attack in the final over to keep their wickets intact while seeing Uffington level on 188 when the final ball had been bowled.
Market Deeping recorded their seventh successive victory after a seven-wicket away success at Newborough to stay top of the table.
Four wickets from James Hook and Sachithra Perera’s 3-28 helped bowl out Newborough for 122.
Connor Gillett (39) and Dave Sargeant (37) then set Deeping on their way to victory before Dave Thomas saw them over the line inside 19 overs with an unbeaten 29.
Ufford Park’s hopes of closing the gap on the top two were dashed after a 114-run defeat at Ufford Park.
Stamford scored 220-8 from their 45 overs with Will Dyer (63), Ben Peck (50) and an unbeaten 40 from Scott Chamberlain leading their charge.
Joe Harrington helped himself to four wickets for Ufford while Jacob Turp took 3-37 from his nine over spell.
Ufford struggled in their reply as they were bowled out for 106 despite the efforts of Danny Harrington (34) and Matt Smith (25).
Andy Baker bagged 3-25 for Town while Chris Birch, James Ferrow and Andrew Hulme all took two wickets apiece.
Easton-on-the-Hill won the table-topping tussle in Division Three West following a two-wicket win at Loddington and Mawsley.
Their hosts had made 250-8 from 45 overs with Asam Ali claiming a superb 6-51 for the visitors.
Easton opener Joash Mathys then hit his maiden century for the club to form the foundations of the reply.
Mathys made 104 and received solid support from Tyler Sculthorpe (29), Fardin Satari (32) and Harry Green (28).
Despite losing some crucial mid-order wickets, Ali then hit an unbeaten 10 to see Easton home with nine balls to spare.
Ben Southern struck a century to help Oakham to a three-wicket away win at Burghley Park in the same division.
Burghley had been bowled out for 209 with Will Stuart-Jones taking 4-34 from 7.3 overs for the visitors.
Nick Davies, Mark Owen and Dave Ramshaw also bagged a brace each after Ryan Thwaites (41), James Fischer (41) and Paul Simmons (31) had top-scored for Burghley.
Southern then smashed his maiden ton as Oakham passed their target with eight balls to spare.
Stuart-Jones also made 35 with George Holmes, Fischer and Thwaites all taking two wickets apiece for Burghley.
Matt Bird took four wickets for Ketton Sports 2nds in their 46-run home loss to Medbourne in Division Four West.
Bird returned 4-53 from his 11 overs as Medbourne closed their innings on 188-7 with opener Will Matthews making 53.
Daniel Hughes (48) was the top scorer in the Sports reply, but Roy Baptiste's 3-27 from nine overs helped bowl the hosts out for 142.