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A magnificent all-round performance from Brian Makwana helped Market Overton win the battle of two previously unbeaten sides in Division Five East after a four-wicket home success over Bitteswell.

They bowled out their visitors for 95 as Makwana delivered a devastating 10-over spell that produced seven wickets and three maidens while conceding just 16 runs.

Mikey Roberts conceded just 21 runs from his 10 overs while taking one wicket and bowling three maidens with skipper Sammy Linford taking 1-28 from 8.2 overs.

Market Overton defeated Bitteswell by four wickets on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (47549402)
Market Overton defeated Bitteswell by four wickets on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (47549402)

Linford also claimed a run out before Marko knocked off the required runs inside 24 overs despite losing six wickets with Makwana hitting an unbeaten 44 not out.

The victory was Marko's fourth successive win of the season and keeps them joint top of the table with Great Glen.

Ketton Sports were dismissed for 87 as they went down to a five-wicket defeat against Barkby United 2nds in Division Three East.

The visiting batsmen probably knew it wasn't going to be their day following the dismissal of Laurence Davis.

Barkby's ground has several trees inside the boundary and, when Davis middled a delivery, it ricocheted off one and went straight to Keith Skinner who took the catch to dismiss the Sports batsman much to his dismay.

Skipper Mat Bird top-scored with 19 for Sports while Adam Renton was unbeaten on 16 at the end of their innings in the 35th over.

Market Overton defeated Bitteswell by four wickets on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (47549447)
Market Overton defeated Bitteswell by four wickets on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (47549447)

Michael Ackerman and Nathan Adams both bowled well as Barkby reached the required target inside 18 overs.

Ackerman took 3-27 from five overs while Adams returned 2-20 from six, but an unbeaten 33 from Max Carmichael drove the visitors to victory.

Ketton Sports 2nds also found runs in short supply as they were bowled out for 51 in their Division Eight East match at Shree Sanatan.

Opener Tim Hawkins top-scored with 15 as Yash Pravin collected 4-2 from 3.4 overs for the hosts.

Liam Jones struck twice in Shree Sanatan's reply while there was also a wicket apiece for Xavier Wildsmith and Oakley French-Stanton as the hosts secured the win inside 17 overs.

Wakerley and Barrowden went down to their first defeat of the Division Nine East season after a 122-run home reversal against Leicester Stars.

Market Overton defeated Bitteswell by four wickets on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (47549440)
Market Overton defeated Bitteswell by four wickets on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (47549440)

The visitors had batted first and made 216-6 from their 40 overs with Faizal Patel hitting 69 and Yusufbhai Patel making 55.

Jonny White was the pick of the home bowlers with 3-26 from 10 overs while Ned Walker and Paul Mahoney took a wicket apiece.

Wakerley were then bowled out for 94 in their reply with Glenn Moody and Matt Walker top-scoring with 22 and 21 respectively.

Market Overton recorded their first victory of the Grantham and Melton Association campaign after a two-wicket success against Melton Mowbray on Sunday.

They dismissed their visitors for 139 with Tom Stevens taking 3-26 from eight overs for Marko.

Archie Sawyer returned 2-37 while there was a wicket apiece for Alex Laybourne and Sammy Linford who conceded just 13 runs from his eight overs.

Market Overton defeated Bitteswell by four wickets on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (47549421)
Market Overton defeated Bitteswell by four wickets on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (47549421)

After opener Stevens had struck 29 in Marko's reply, Linford led his side to victory by top-scoring with 41 as they secured the win in 31 overs.

Marko had narrowly missed out on defeating unbeaten Buckminster the previous weekend.

They racked up 224 runs with opener Safdar Alam in superb form after making 136 until he was trapped leg before by Dave Robinson who took 5-17 for Buckminster.

Ben Warner hit 70 in Buckminster's reply before Sam Harby hit an unbeaten 76 to steer them to victory in the final over.

TJ Warner and Richard Cooper both collected two wickets apiece for Marko.

Buckminster then defeated Stamford Town by 113 runs at the weekend with Ben Warner this time hitting an unbeaten 107 as they posted 196-4 from 40 overs.

Stamford were bowled out for 83 in their reply with Andrew Hulme hitting 45 and Neil Williams making 23.



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