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Barnack in pole position; Burghley beat table-toppers

Isham v Market Deeping. Photo: PETER SHORT (2377987)
Isham v Market Deeping. Photo: PETER SHORT (2377987)

Barnack blasted their way into pole position in Division One of the Rutland League after a high-scoring victory at Grantham on Sunday.

Their hosts had made 224-8 from their 45 overs with Ross Carnelley leading their charge with a century.

Amir Munir had taken 3-55 for Barnack while both Ajaz Akhtar and Arshad Majeed collected two wickets apiece.

Mohammad Hammad then led the Barnack reply as, after Akhtar had been dismissed for 28, he put on 111 for the second wicket with Yasir Mirza (62).

That took Barnack to 152-2 and Hammad was still unbeaten on 80 at the close as he and Asim Butt (44no) saw them to victory with 2.5 overs to spare.

Gary Freear was in fine form for reigning champions Wisbech who beat Bourne by 50 runs.

Freear thumped 14 fours and two sixes in his 104 as Wisbech made 209-7 from their 40 overs.

Ben Woodward claimed three wickets for Bourne after Ben Slack had struck twice early on to leave Wisbech on 25-4 before Freear's match-turning impact.

Woodward then hit an unbeaten 24 while Slack struck 23 following contributions from Quewin O'Conner (32) and Tom Dixon (24) as Bourne were bowled out for 159 in reply.

Freear followed up his batting exploits by taking 3-28 from six overs while Joe Dunning also claimed three wickets.

Isham v Market Deeping. Photo: PETER SHORT (2378000)
Isham v Market Deeping. Photo: PETER SHORT (2378000)

Division Two leaders Market Deeping had little trouble putting bottom side Isham to the sword, running out winners by seven wickets.

The hosts, plagued all season by availability issues, started brightly enough thanks to an opening stand of 35 between openers Chris Perkins and Dom Barritt.

But the slow pitch made shot selection tricky with Barritt (12) caught at point trying a shot too many.

Former skipper Elliot James fell in similar fashion three overs later and already it appeared Isham would struggle to make three-figures.

Chris Perkins (48) held the innings together as best he could but at the other end Sash Perera (4-26) and Danny Holden (2-35) caused havoc with seven wickets falling for just 50 runs as Isham stumbled to 148 all out.

In reply Market Deeping made light work of Isham’s opening salvos, with Connor Gillett (45) and Josh Smith (32) dispatching the ball to all parts of Orlingbury Road.

Under 15 bowlers Daniel Hobbs and Rio Hayes both picked up hard earned wickets, but this did little to slow the visitors’ progress with Patrick Harrington (32) piling on the toil for the hosts.

Deeping completed the run chase inside 25 overs and sit pretty at the top of the table with 114 points.

Ufford Park are up to third place in Division Two after a 31-run success over Uffington on Sunday.

They made 239-5 from their 45 overs with Andy Larkin (88), James Grigson (60) and Ansir Hussain (29no) leading their charge.

Ben Jennings claimed three wickets for Uffington while Tom Bentley also bagged a brace for the visitors.

Steve Moody (55), Josh Bentley (54) and Tom Bentley (35) got Uffington off to a solid start in their reply.

But, as the run chase gathered momentum, wickets started to fall and Ibrahim Javed took 5-25 from 10 overs to help dismiss Uffington for 208.

Second-placed March are 11 points clear of Ufford after a 147-run success over Stamford Town.

They made 227-8 from their 45 overs despite Andrew Hulme taking three wickets for Town.

Stamford struggled in their reply as Sam Clarke, Spencer Saberton and Steve Coe all claimed three wickets apiece to dismiss Town for 80.

Simon Lem (10), Scott Chamberlain (11no), James Ferrow (10) and Matt Green (12) were the only Stamford batsmen to make double figures as 'extras' top-scored with 16.

Uppingham Town returned from their trip to Ramsey with a 20-run victory.

George Scott struck 49 and Charlie Morley made 26 before an unbeaten last-wicket stand from Billy Beaver (21no) and Philip Nichols (14no) took Town to 193-9 from their 45 overs.

Morley then claimed three top order Ramsey wickets to return 3-42 from his 12-over spell as Uppingham restricted Ramsey to 173-8 in their reply.

Isham v Market Deeping. Photo: PETER SHORT (2378011)
Isham v Market Deeping. Photo: PETER SHORT (2378011)

Burghley Park became the first side this season to defeat Division Three West leaders Loddington & Mawsley after a three-wicket home win.

They dismissed their visitors for 126 with George Holmes leading the charge after returning 4-27 from 12 overs.

James Biggs, Joe Evans and Will Langley all took two wickets apiece to leave Burghley well-placed for victory.

Langley (30), Thomas Dancy (14) and Navneet Agnihotri (28) led the Burghley reply before a mid-innings wobble.

However, Gareth Hook hit an unbeaten 40 to steer Burghley home to their second victory of the season.

Nine-man Oakham were put to the sword by Finedon Dolben who ran out emphatic 248-run winners.

They piled up 310-6 from their 45 overs despite George Everett taking three wickets for the Rutlanders.

Oakham were shot out for 62 in reply with Toby Robertson their leading run-scorer after hitting an unbeaten 27.

Ufford Park 2nds also found runs hard to come by in Division Four East as they lost by three wickets in a low scoring clash at Moulton Harrox.

The visitors were dismissed for 79 with Vincent Newson (15) top scoring against a home attack that saw Alin Carter and Louis Greetham both grab three wickets each.

Ufford managed to take out six Moulton wickets in reply as Damian Willett and Tony Buckingham both bagged a brace before Jake Morton (16no) eventually led the hosts home.

Market Deeping 2nds were stunned by eight-man Wisbech 2nds who ran out eight-run winners.

The depleted visitors had batted first and were bowled out for 163 thanks to Spencer Haskins' three wicket haul for Deeping.

The hosts then looked on course for victory as openers Richard Williams (40) and Michael Holden (20) laid solid foundations for the run chase.

However, apart from 23 by Haskins, four of Deeping's last five batsmen failed to trouble the scorers as they were bowled out for 155.

Jamie Hallatt returned a superb 7-19 for Wisbech 2nds who also contributed 39 extras to the Deeping cause.

Ketton Sports 2nds successfully chased down Kimbolton's 150-run target in their Division Four West game with youngster Miles Anderson hitting the winning runs for the Rutland side.

Mat Bird had earlier taken five wickets while both Thom Airs and Zak Treweek took braces to restrict Kimbolton despite 72 from Nick Borkett.

Jacob Miller (66) and Martin Underwood (41) laid the foundations for the Ketton reply with an excellent opening stand.

Despite Borkett bagging 4-36 to stall Ketton’s charge, youngster Anderson and skipper Bird saw Ketton past their victory target.

Isham v Market Deeping. Photo: PETER SHORT (2378013)
Isham v Market Deeping. Photo: PETER SHORT (2378013)

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