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Three-way battle for Division One title; Deeping dominant in Division Two

Ketton Sports 2nds v Nassington 2nds. Photo: Lee Hellwing (2715500)
Ketton Sports 2nds v Nassington 2nds. Photo: Lee Hellwing (2715500)

Uffington were on the receiving end of a devastating display from Ramsey's Australian ace Jake Towerton in Sunday's Rutland League Division Two tussle.

Towerton thumped a sensational 218 not out as Ramsey successfully chased down Uffington's imposing 288-4 from 45 overs.

Towerton launched 18 sixes – which included six off a single over from Josh Bentley - and 21 fours in his innings which resulted in losing 16 balls as Ramsey reached their target in 29 overs.

Guy Cunningham had earlier cracked 136 for the hosts with Damien Herrick hitting 61 and Jon Briggs blasting 28.

Market Deeping are still the team to stop in Division Two after they recorded an eighth successive win with a 96-run victory over Ufford Park.

A superb opening partnership between Dan George (75) and Sachithra Perera (52) laid the foundations for Deeping to post 298-7 from their 45 overs.

Ross Barnes (43), Connor Gillett (26), Dave Sargeant (31), Thomas Anderson (24) and Dave Gillett (20no) then continued the Deeping onslaught.

Ibrahim Javed (31), Joe Harrington (37), Ansir Hussain (31) and Morgen Turner (31no) led the Ufford reply, but three wickets from Perera and a brace each from James Hook and Anderson helped dismiss the visitors for 202.

Mark Cox was also in superb form for Uppingham Town as they put basement side Isham to the sword at Castle Hill.

Cox smashed an unbeaten 150 before retiring as Town totalled 335-4 from their 45 overs against a visiting side who could only field eight players.

Tom Hynes hit 65 for the hosts with Neil Williams adding 21 and Nathan Hall unbeaten on 31 at the close.

The depleted Isham side was then bowled out for 98 as Joe Bennett bagged 3-41 and Harvey Stafford taking 2-5 from four overs.

The top three sides in Division One of the Rutland League all continued their title quests with victories on Sunday.

Ketton Sports 2nds v Nassington 2nds. Photo: Lee Hellwing (2715468)
Ketton Sports 2nds v Nassington 2nds. Photo: Lee Hellwing (2715468)

Table-topping Barnack produced a solid showing to defeat a youthful Peterborough Town side by 131 runs.

Their top order of Ajaz Akhtar (36), Tahseen Ahmed (26), Mirza Yasir (47) and Umair Mirza (44) all made decent contributions to help Barnack post 224 with 15-year-old Karanpal Singh taking 6-67 from 12 overs for the visitors.

Singh then top-scored with 35 in the Town reply as they were bowled out for 93 with Akhtar leading the charge against his former club with 4-25 from 12 overs.

Shahid Muhammed also took 3-49 from his 12 overs to leave Barnack eight points clear at the top of the table.

Second-placed Ketton Sports have a game in hand on the leaders and they stayed in contention with a 38-run win at Oundle.

They were bowled out for 202 by their hosts after excellent efforts at the top of the order from Shakir Mahmood (43), Peter Rowe (84) and Zeeshan Manzoor (37).

Mahmood and Rowe had put on 117 for the first wicket, but Sports then lost wickets regularly as Harrison Craig claimed 4-48 from 12 overs for Oundle.

Conor Craig was then the main-stay of the Oundle reply as he hit eight fours and six sixes in his 98 before becoming one of Iresh Saxena's five wickets.

Saxena finished with 5-39 from 12 overs while Rowe grabbed 3-19 from six overs as Oundle slumped from 141-4 to 164 all out.

Bourne are handily placed in third spot after a seven wicket success at home to Grantham.

They bowled out their visitors for 173 with Adam Cornwell and Tom Dixon both claiming two wickets apiece as Bourne varied their attack with eight bowlers.

Jordan Temple (54) and Quewin O'Connor (41) set Bourne on the road to victory despite the early dismissal of Pete Morgan.

Jack Berry then guided the Abbey Lawn side home with an unbeaten 56 which leaves Bourne 19 points adrift of Barnack but with a game in hand.

Ketton Sports 2nds v Nassington 2nds. Photo: Lee Hellwing (2715506)
Ketton Sports 2nds v Nassington 2nds. Photo: Lee Hellwing (2715506)

Oakham moved up into second spot in Division Three West after a four-wicket win against Loddington & Mawsley.

The visitors made 224-7 from their 45 overs with Oakham reaching the required total for the loss of six wickets.

Asif Ali was in excellent form for Nassington 2nds who recorded a 46-run win away at Ketton Sports 2nds in Division Four West.

Ali hit an unbeaten 114 not out as Nassington made 242-6 from their 45 overs with Richard Morris also making 68 for the visitors.

Matt Bird took four wickets for Sports and then top-scored in their reply with 36 as the hosts were bowled out for 196.

Adam Renton made 28 for Sports while Zak Treweek hit 35 to add some late order runs for the defeated hosts.

Yasser Qayum took 3-37 from 12 overs for Nassington while Amish Patel, Qaasim Hussain and Faiz Taj all took two wickets apiece.

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