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Easton hit top spot; Ufford edge close contest; Uffington beaten by one wicket

Easton-on-the-Hill v Burghley Park. Photo: Lee Hellwing (2477377)
Easton-on-the-Hill v Burghley Park. Photo: Lee Hellwing (2477377)

Mohammed Hammad continued his fine form to help Barnack maintain their lead at top of Division One of the Rutland League.

Hammed scored an unbeaten 80 not out for the second successive Sunday as Barnack beat Weldon by seven wickets.

Their visitors had made 212-6 from 45 overs thanks mainly to the efforts of Connor McAlinden (67) and Joshua McLellan (78).

Muhammad Yaseen claimed three wickets for Barnack who reached their required target with four-and-a-half overs to spare.

Hammad and Asim Butt (65) put on 113 runs for the second wicket before Kasim Ikhlaq (34no) joined opener Hammad to see Barnack home.

Ketton Sports look likely to be Barnack's closest challengers for the title after they defeated reigning champions Wisbech Town by 82 runs.

Zeeshan Manzoor was in majestic form with the ball for Sports this weekend as he claimed 7-14 from eight overs as Wisbech were bowled out for 66 after dismissing the hosts for 148.

Manzoor had made 30 with the bat while Martin Underwood hit a crucial 43 against a visiting attack that saw Kieran Haynes claim 3-28 from eight overs.

Youngster Miles Anderson and Shakir Mahmood both struck early on in the Wisbech reply before Manzoor dismissed the next seven batsman - three bowled, two trapped leg before and two stumped by Peter Rowe.

Iresh Saxena claimed the final wicket to keep Sports within eight points of Barnack with a game in hand.

Bourne are in third after a crushing 147-run win over Kings Keys at the Abbey Lawn.

Pete Morgan (81), Sam Evison (82) and Quewin O'Connor (71no) were in fine form for Bourne who chalked up 277-8 from their 45 overs.

Opener Jordan Temple had earlier made 38 for Bourne who suffered a late collapse in the rush for runs as Tahir Ali took 4-37 from eight overs.

Colin Cheer then led the assault on the Kings Keys reply with 5-18 from eight overs which dismissed the top five visiting batsmen.

Shahzad Amir (29) and Shokat Ali (55) rallied the Kings Keys cause before Jack Berry's 3-45 from 10 overs saw the visitors dismissed for 130.

With Division Two leaders Market Deeping without a match, fourth-placed Ufford Park made up some ground on the table-toppers with a narrow two-wicket win at Isham.

Muhammed Nadeem claimed 5-16 from 5.1 overs and Sandeep Dahiya delivered 4-66 from nine overs to dismiss Isham for 191. Brandon Hawker had been their top scorer with 85.

Matt Smith led the Ufford reply with an unbeaten 61 with Ibrahim Javed (36) and Nadeem (22) providing solid support as Ufford edged home with three balls to spare.

Newborough and Uffington also played out a close contest with the hosts claiming a one-wicket win.

Uffington had been dismissed for 182 by their hosts as Greg Rowland returned 4-51 from 12 overs.

Robert Dunn (20), Jack Morgan (26), Felix Cunningham (20) and Jak Garner (21no) had been the mainstays of the Uffington innings.

Newborough looked on course for victory before the introduction of Tom Bentley and Dunn into the Uffington attack.

Bentley claimed 3-34 from 12 overs while Dunn delivered 4-47 from 12 overs to keep Uffington in contention.

However, an unbeaten 52 from Dave Stratton - batting at number eight - and last man Charlie Fisher's 10 not out gave Newborough the win with four balls to spare.

Second-from-bottom Uppingham suffered a heavy 181-run home loss against Castor.

Cameron Dockerill smashed 116 as Castor posted 270-7 from 45 overs. Tom Pumphrey took three wickets for Town.

Pumphrey (16), Robin Hardman (10) and Charles Wood (18) were the only players to make double figures as Uppingham were dismissed for 89 in their reply.

Shaun Dunn took 4-25 from 12 overs for Castor with Alfie Armstrong also claiming four wickets for the loss of 23 runs from 6.3 overs.

Easton-on-the-Hill v Burghley Park. Photo: Lee Hellwing (2477383)
Easton-on-the-Hill v Burghley Park. Photo: Lee Hellwing (2477383)

Easton-on-the-Hill stormed to the top of Division Three West after a 61-run win over visiting Burghley Park.

Joash Mathys (51) and Harry Green (75) helped Easton make 203-8 against a Burghley attack which saw Thomas Day take 3-21 from 12 overs.

The Burghley reply centred around the batting of Safdar Alam (67) and George Holmes (33).

However, once they were both dismissed, Easton shared the wickets out with Anil Patel, Asam Ali, Oscar Williams and Mathys all taking two apiece to bowl Burghley out for 142.

Five wickets from Andrew Barringer was the highlight of Ketton Sports 2nds' defeat to Laxton Park in a low-scoring Division Four West contest.

Barringer bagged 5-19 from seven overs while Matt Bird took 2-17 from 5.4 overs as Laxton were bowled out for 96.

However, Joss Boyle repeated Barringer's five-wicket feat as Ketton Sports were dismissed for 83 in reply.

Bird made an unbeaten 30 while Danny Simms struck 19, but six batsmen failed to trouble the scorers as Boyle returned 5-33 and was well supported by Freddie Ansty's 4-26.

Ufford Park 2nds triumphed after a low-scoring Division Four East clash with Wisbech 2nds.

They were bowled out for 119 with Andrew Hinton top-scoring for the hosts with an unbeaten 19.

Morgen Turner, Tom Cox and Terry Rawlings then all claimed two wickets piece to help dismiss Wisbech for 108 with Ashton Webb's 27 their top score.

Market Deeping 2nds were bowled out for 88 in their away match at Moulton Harrox.

Danny Holden (22), Andrew Crawford (15) and Kieran Lutton (14) were the only batsmen to make double figures before Moulton knocked off the required total for the loss of four wickets.

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