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Deeping move closer to Division Two title




James Hook took 4-28 from eight overs for Market Deeping in Sunday's Rutland League Division Two triumph. (3567040)
James Hook took 4-28 from eight overs for Market Deeping in Sunday's Rutland League Division Two triumph. (3567040)

Barnack have opened up a 16-point lead at the top of Division One of the Rutland League after capitalising on a rare defeat for fellow title chasers Ketton Sports.

They overcame a potentially tricky trip to Kings Keys on Sunday while Sports suffered only their second league loss of the season after a 22-run reversal at Bourne.

Fine bowling displays from the Barnack attack of Muhammad Yaseen, Ajaz Akhtar and Arshad Majeed helped dismiss King Keys for 75.

Yaseen took 3-31 from 12 overs and Akhtar claimed 3-28 from a nine over spell before Majeed rattled through the lower order with 3-2 from 2.1 overs.

Waqas Butt picked up the other wicket after trapping Kings Keys' top scorer Muhammad Raheel leg before for 25.

Despite Akhtar and Umair Mirza both falling to the bowling of Shahzad Amir, the table-toppers took just 12.2 overs to claim victory with Asim Butt unbeaten on 45 at the close.

The match at the Abbey Lawn was reduced to 32 overs due to the wet weather as Bourne closed on 155-8.

Quewin O'Connor was their top scorer with 31 while Rob Bentley (21) and Ben Keast (25) also contributed to the home side's cause.

Peter Rowe picked up four wickets for Sports whose reply struggled early on against the talented home opening attack of Colin Cheer and Joey Evison who both picked up two wickets apiece including the top scoring Shakir Mahmood for 27.

Dan Bandaranaike, who 24 hours earlier had taken eight wickets in the Lincs Premier Division victory over Grimsby, also weighed in with a brace before Ben Woodward ripped through the lower order.

Woodward returned 4-24 from 7.5 overs to dismiss Sports for 133 despite number nine batsman Will Compton cracking 22.

Market Deeping moved a step closer to the Division Two title with a five-wicket home win over Uffington.

James Hook took 4-28 from eight overs before Sachithra Perera picked up three wickets as Uffington were bowled out for 154.

Jack Morgan (33), George Hartley (29) and Tom Bentley (45) were the pick of the Uffington batsmen in a match reduced to 30 overs due to the rain.

Nick Green then led the Deeping reply as he hit two fours and six sixes in an unbeaten 52 which helped Deeping home with four overs to spare.

Josh Smith had earlier struck seven fours and a six in his 46 before becoming one of Bentley's two wickets.

Ufford Park were bowled out for 94 by Castor who remain Deeping's closest challengers after a five-wicket win.

Matt Smith top-scored with 19 for Ufford who struggled against the Castor attack of Ross Porter (4-29) and Ryan Evans (4-23).

Mark Wheat then hit an unbeaten 28 as Castor cruised home despite Joe Harrington taking 3-22 from his five overs for Ufford.

Uppingham Town's home match with March was cancelled due to the wet weather without a ball being bowled.

Oakham moved to the top of Division Three West after a narrow two-run win in an excellent contest at S&L Corby.

In a match reduced to 36 overs, Oakham made 205-4 after batting first with S&L's reply falling just two runs short after losing five wickets.

Second-placed Easton-on-the-Hill's match at Thrapston was cancelled due to the weather while Uffington 2nds moved out of the drop zone after being awarded 30 points following Finedon Dolben's concession of their scheduled contest.

Bourne 2nds' Division Three East match at Long Sutton and the Division Four East match between Ufford Park 2nds and Castor 2nds were also cancelled.



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