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Uppingham Town Cricket Club to stage the semi-finals of the Rutland Twenty20 competition

A quartet of clubs will be aiming to secure their place in the final of the Rutland Twenty20 competition tomorrow night (Friday).

Oakham will be taking on Market Overton while Uppingham Town face Ketton Sports in the semi-final showdowns at the Castle Hill ground (6.15pm start).

The four teams qualified from the group stages with Uppingham and Market Overton both progressing after Ketton conceded their scheduled clashes.

Shyam Lakhani. (48059356)
Shyam Lakhani. (48059356)

Oakham topped Group B after being victorious in both of their matches against Ketton Sports and Burghley Park.

They defeated Sports by just six runs after making 147-5 from their 20 overs.

Shyam Lakhani top-scored with an unbeaten 30 and received solid support from Cameron Flowers (25), Charles Hurley (29) and Alex Anthony (22).

Sam Halsall was the pick of the Sports attack with 2-25 while skipper Mat Bird marked his 100th game for the club by taking 2-36.

Craig Wilson and Bird led the Sports reply with 43 and 34 respectively while Jacob Miller made 25.

However, Oakham finished strongly to secure a narrow win as Flowers took 2-17, Angus Owen 2-25 and Charlie Baker 2-39.

Oakham then defeated Burghley Park by 41 runs to secure their place in the semi-finals.

Albert Radford top-scored with 53 while Flowers made 40 and Hurley 26 as Oakham reached 159-6 from 20 overs.

Dhruv Gandhi (2-19) and Thomas Dancy (2-18) were the pick of the bowlers for Burghley who were then restricted to 118-9 in their reply.

Opener Joe Youngs made 29 and Barry Hancock hit 22 while Gandhi was unbeaten on 18 at the close.

Joe Stafford shone with the ball for Oakham after taking 3-9 while Owen also chipped in with a couple of wickets.

Burghley then faced Ketton Sports on Monday night with the winner progressing to the last four.

And it was Sports who triumphed in a high-scoring clash by four wickets after Burghley had batted first and made 188-2.

Sports had put Burghley into bat and skipper Bird was soon starting to question his decision after Charlie Esson produced a superb innings for the visitors.

Esson hit an unbeaten 125 not out while Thomas Dancy made 34 as Park posted a challenging total.

Sports then lost Laurence Davis on the first ball of their reply, but Bird then took 21 runs off Hunts county bowler Stuart Biggs in the next over to bring his side back into contention.

Craig Wilson then took over with a brilliant innings of 98 not out which secured the success for Sports with eight balls to spare.

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