Perera takes five wickets in 11 balls; derby honours even after tie; centuries for Sports batsmen
A sensational quick-fire spell from Sachithra Perera helped Market Deeping clinch the Rutland League Division Two title in style on Sunday.
The Sri Lankan claimed a fantastic five-wicket haul without conceding a run off just 11 deliveries in the away victory at March Town.
Perera’s heroics helped dismiss March for just 45 with Matthew Rose taking 3-28 from seven overs and Josh Smith returning 2-15 from a similar spell.
Despite the loss of Ross Barnes for seven, Connor Gillett (12no) and James Hook (22) secured a rapid return to the top flight for the Outgang Road club who were relegated in the final game of last season.
The derby duel between Ufford Park and Stamford in the same division finished in a thrilling tie after both sides registered 260 runs.
Danny Harrington (68), Andy Larkin (24), Neil Buckingham (62) and Ansar Hussain (62no) were in fine form for Ufford who finished their 45 overs on 260-5 with Sam Barrett taking three wickets for Town.
Alex Birch got the Stamford reply off to a swift start by blasting 12 fours in his 77, but Joe Corder’s 3-45 and 2-49 from Ibrahim Javed swung the match in Ufford favour.
However, Scott Chamberlain smashed eight fours and two sixes in his 90 and was given solid support by Chris Birch (18) and Will Dyer (26) to take Town to the brink of victory until Ufford claimed a wicket off the final ball to secure a share of the spoils.
A high-scoring clash saw Uppingham triumph by seven wickets in their match at Uffington.
Guy Cunningham fell agonisingly one run short of his century as Uffington made 253-6 from 45 overs after batting first.
Cunningham had reached 99 when he was bowled by Mark Cox who also claimed the wickets of George Hartley (64), Josh Bentley (31) and Robert Dunn (29) to finish with 4-37 from eight overs.
Cox was then the mainstay of the Uppingham reply with an unbeaten 93 which, coupled with Tom Hynes’ 73, saw Town home inside 35 overs.
Easton-on-the-Hill were crowned Division Three West champions after a five-wicket win at Finedon Dolben in a match that saw both teams field nine players.
Three wickets from Asam Ali and Jack Woods’ brace helped Easton dismiss Dolben for 146 with Matthew Swann hitting 51 for the hosts and last man Daniel Morse finishing unbeaten on 26.
Easton skipper Tyler Sculthorpe then led their charge to victory with an unbeaten 51 while fellow opener Joshua Hallam hit 41.
Harry Green added 16 and George Green was unbeaten on 10 alongside Sculthorpe at the close as Easton tasted title glory after narrowly missing out last season.
Oliver Lane and Lee Hussey were in fine form for Burghley Park in their six-wicket away win at Thrapston.
Lane led the way with 4-31 from eight overs while Hussey took 3-4 off just eight balls as Thrapston were bowled out for 79.
Ryan Wright was the only home batsmen to make double figures with 35 before becoming one of Thomas Day’s two wickets.
Safdar Alam (14) and an unbeaten 30 from Navneet Agnihotri set Burghley on their way to victory with George Holmes unbeaten on 18 as they passed the target inside 13 overs.
The chasing pack in Division One made the most of Barnack being without a game by recording crucial victories.
Bourne are now in pole position after a narrow one-wicket win over Kings Keys, but they only hold a five-point advantage over Barnack having played two games more.
The Abbey Lawn side could only muster 10 players for the trip to Whittlesey on Sunday and that nearly proved costly.
They had dismissed their hosts for 149 with Sam Evison taking 3-33 from 12 overs and Henry Brewster bagging 3-27 off six.
Tom Dixon also claimed a couple of crucial late order wickets to finish with 2-13 off 5.3 overs with Mohammed Anjum (40) and Sajjad Ali top-scoring for Kings Keys.
Evison (28) and Dan Bandaranaike (61) laid the foundations for Bourne's victory bid before Shoib Chaudhary claimed 3-19 from nine overs to take the match to the wire where number nine batsman Brewster hit the winning runs with one wicket to spare.
Ketton Sports are 10 points behind second-placed Barnack in third having played a game more after a convincing 82-run win at reigning champions Wisbech.
Peter Rowe was in superb form for Sports after plundering 16 fours in his 122 not out which came off just 126 balls.
Scottish international Tom Sole was back in the Sports side as he starts his comeback from a broken ankle and he blasted 94 in only 57 balls as the duo put on 149 runs for the first wicket.
Sole smashed 14 fours and two sixes to help Sports finish on 272-6 from 45 overs with skipper Robin Vitas also adding 24.
Wisbech opener Danny Haynes hit 43, but Zeeshan Manzoor's 3-35 from 11 overs and two wickets apiece for Shakir Mahmood and Sole saw the hosts bowled out for 190 despite Sports conceding 41 extras.
A super century from Laurence Davis helped Ketton Sports 2nds to a crushing 114-run win over Barton Seagrave in Division Four West.
Davis was in dominant form with 124 while fellow opener Adam Renton made 69 as the duo put on a first wicket stand of 208.
Sam Halsall then hit an unbeaten 25 to help Sports post 270-3 from their 45 overs.
Seagrave struggled in their reply against the home attack that was led by Matt Bird who claimed 4-23 from seven overs.
Thom Airs and Tom Palmer also took two wickets apiece as Barton were bowled out for 156 with Owen Lumley leading their batting with 37.
John Clifton was in fine form for Ufford Park 2nds in their eight run win over Orton Park 2nds in a close Division Four East contest.
Clifton cracked 57 runs as Ufford were bowled out for 232 with Mian Khurram (26), Tim Hawkins (25) and Andrew Hinton (41) giving excellent support.
Ufford’s top run scorer then claimed 4-37 from 10 overs as Orton finished on 224-7 in their reply thanks to the efforts of Sam Jarvis (78) and Jalen James (65no). Veteran Terry Rawlings also picked up a couple of wickets for the triumphant visitors.