Rutland League action sees super displays from Ufford Park and Uppingham bowlers
Two terrific bowling displays lit up the Rutland League programme on Sunday.
Jan Neville claimed seven wickets for Ufford Park in their Division Two triumph over Huntingdon while Harvey Stafford struck five times while conceding just one run in a fantastic four overs for Uppingham in their win over Easton-on-the-Hill in the same division.
Neville took 7-21 from 9.4 overs after Ibrahim Javed had claimed 3-30 from seven overs as they bowled Huntingdon out for 101.
Neil Buckingham hit 20 early in Ufford's reply before an unbeaten 24 from Joe Harrington and Javed's 27 not out secured the success inside 22 overs.
Stafford's remarkable figures helped Uppingham move out of the bottom two with a nine-wicket away win at Easton-on-the-Hill.
He claimed a fantastic 5-1 off four overs as 10-man Easton were bowled out for 87 by their visitors.
Charlie Morley also took 3-15 from 10 overs as Easton collapsed following a promising start by Fardin Satari (49) and George Green (15).
Despite losing Hubert Jones to the bowling of Satari for 29, Town cruised to victory inside 14 overs through the unbeaten efforts of Sam Hodson (27no) and George Morley (16no).
Division Two leaders Uffington suffered just their second defeat of the season after a 32-run defeat away at Werrington.
They had bowled out their hosts for 158 with Jak Garner leading the Uffington attack after taking 4-17 from 10 overs.
Harry Carter also claimed a couple of wickets with Rashid Zafar the mainstay of the Werrington innings with an unbeaten 55.
George Hartley hit a half-century to spearhead Uffington’s reply but, apart from Rob Dunn’s 22, the table-toppers struggled and were bowled out for 126 as Tanveer Mahmood took 4-19 for the hosts.
That allowed second-placed Burghley Park to close the gap to 17 points after a five-wicket away win against Bourne at the Abbey Lawn.
George Holmes took 4-37 from 10 overs and Mark Saunders snared 3-28 from 7.4 overs as Bourne were bowled out for 147. Sam Evison, batting at number seven, top-scored for the hosts with 56.
Opener Navneet Agnihotri then set his side on the way to victory with 39 before Holmes hit an unbeaten 40 as Burghley secured the win in 33 overs.
Tom Pumphreys was the pick of the Bourne bowlers after taking 2-31 from nine overs.
Stamford Town are third after receiving a walkover win over Newborough.
Barnack are back in contention to retain their Rutland League crown after beating previous Division One leaders Wisbech Town on Sunday.
They claimed a five-wicket home win to move up into second spot, just 15 points adrift of table-topping Grantham.
The reigning champions could also benefit from Castor's withdrawal from the top flight as their points, which included a victory over Barnack, are set to be expunged.
Barnack restricted Wisbech to 160-8 from their 45 overs on Sunday as Bash Hussain claimed 3-27 from 10 overs.
Shahzad Amir and Kasim Iklaq both bagged a brace of wickets each with Gary Freear top-scoring for Wisbech with 65.
Asim Butt then marked his return to action after serving a two-match ban for unsporting behaviour by leading Barnack to victory.
He blasted five fours and a six in his 76 not out after Tahseen Ahmed had made 31 to help Barnack to victory inside 34 overs.
Market Deeping moved out of the bottom two after a tidy 80-run away win at Kings Keys.
Josh Smith struck 44 while Matt Rose made 53 with James Hook (22) and Sachithra Perera (23) helping Deeping post 205 all out.
Hook then took 4-30 from 7.3 overs as Kings Keys were dismissed for 125 in reply despite Shoib Chaudhary cracking 52 for the hosts.
Rose, Perera and Joe Pearson also took two wickets each for Deeping who took less than 26 overs to dismiss their hosts.
Oakham maintained their strong grip on the Division Three title race after a six-wicket away success at Spalding.
Dave Ramshaw returned 3-39 from 10 overs for the league leaders while William Faulkner claimed 2-18 from a similar spell as Spalding were restricted to 161-7.
Faulkner (34) and Neil Southern (27) got Oakham off to a strong start before Fergus Cato cracked 61 as they reached the required total with two overs to spare.
Ketton Sports strengthened their position at the top of Division Four West after a 71-run home success over third-placed Kimbolton.
Jacob Miller continued his fine form from 24 hours earlier after hitting 58 as Sports were bowled out for 181.
Miller smashed six fours and three sixes in his 40-ball innings after Martin Underwood had made 32 and Daniel Hughes hit 25.
Robbie Reader and Nathan Adams then collected three wickets apiece as Kimbolton were bowled out for 110.
Reader recorded 3-30 from 10 overs while Adams claimed 3-23 with Miles Anderson taking 2-8 from a miserly seven over spell.
Laxton Park were unable to halt second-placed Hampton's pursuit of Ketton Sports after a 59-run defeat in their clash.
Dave Cope took 4-34 from 10 overs while Fred Ansty claimed 4-29 from a similar spell as Hampton were bowled out for 152.
However, Cope (30), Ansty (19) and Joss Boyle (15) were the only Park players to make double figures as they bowled out for 93 in reply.
Damien Herrick hit a superb 158 not out to help Uffington 2nds to a six-wicket away victory at S&L Corby.
John Burton had bagged 4-38 from a 10-over spell as S&L made a strong 242-6 from their 45 overs.
But Herrick’s fine individual display helped Uffington past the winning post with just three balls to spare.
He was well supported by Matt Tarrant (24) and Ivan Wilson (30) while Tim Pratt plundered a crucial six with just seven balls remaining to boost Uffington’s run chase.
Market Deeping 2nds went down to a 10-wicket away defeat at Division Four East leaders Long Sutton.
Despite 35 from Jake Brown, they were bowled out for 61 as Daniel Plant plundered 4-13 and Angus Bell bagged 3-21.
Dan Oldfield (30no) and Ethan English (27no) then knocked off the required runs without losing a wicket.
Ufford Park 2nds were also bowled out cheaply after being dismissed for 56 in their 164-run away defeat at Peterborough 2nds.