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Round-up of the weekend action in the Leicestershire Cricket League

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Market Overton were crowned Leicestershire League T20 Shield winners after an impressive display on Sunday.

They defeated hosts Ibstock by 45 runs to win the East section accolade after an excellent all-round performance.

They made 169-2 after being put into bat with openers Winston Wiggins and Will Abbott getting them off to a strong start.

Brian Makwana. (57982109)
Brian Makwana. (57982109)

Their first wicket stand of 91 was eventually broken when Abbott fell for 55 off just 30 deliveries as he thumped nine fours and two sixes in his innings.

Brian Makwana then picked up where Abbott had left off as he smashed six fours and a six in his 45 off only 29 balls.

He added 51 runs for the second wicket with Wiggins who then fell after making a run-a-ball 47 and that saw Henry Sandwell finished on 10 not out at the end of the Marko innings.

Marko made an early breakthrough in their reply as Makwana had opener Kelby Tyers caught by Mark Hudson for five.

A strong second wicket partnership of 69 runs was then broken up as Sammy Linford made an impact when coming into the Marko attack.

He took 4-25 while Makwana returned 3-26 as Ibstock went from 100-4 to 114-9 with Wiggins and Abbott also getting in on the wicket-taking act.

Abbott took the final wicket to fall in the 17th over to finish with 1-14 while Wiggins took 2-24 as Marko ran out convincing winners.

They had been without a game on Saturday following Melton Mowbray's withdrawal from Division Five East.

Top flight duo Oakham and Uppingham both suffered defeats in their Premier Division clashes.

Oakham lost by 76 runs at Lutterworth who had made 294-7 after batting first with Rob Taylor taking 3-54 for the Rutlanders.

Taylor thumped nine fours and two sixes in his 89 to lead the Oakham reply which featured 54 from Vivek Nakar and 39 from Charlie Hurley.

However, they collapsed from 182-4 to 218 all out as their victorious hosts leapfrogged Oakham to leave the Rutlanders second-from-bottom of the table.

Uppingham are still at the foot of the table after a 131-run home reversal against Barrow.

Their visitors had made 306-8 with Scott Green and Marko Cox both taking three wickets each for Town.

Jamie Richardson jointly top-scored with 41 which was matched by an unbeaten late cameo from Colan Bartram who put on 65 runs for the last wicket with Green (20) as Town were bowled out for 175.

Oakham 2nds won the Division Four East derby with Ketton Sports by 104 runs after dismissing their visitors for 169 having made 273-6.

Home openers Tom Banham (94) and Will Begy (63) had got Oakham off to a strong start before Henry Stephenson struck 46.

Sam Halsall took three wickets for Sports whose top scorers in their reply were Toby Coulson (54) and Daniel Hughes (42) as Ben Southern returned 2-6 from eight economical overs.

Ben Harford hit an unbeaten century as Uppingham 2nds secured a 104-run win against Birstall Village in Division Six East.

Harford made 111 not out and Max Collins cracked 63 as Town totalled 259-3 from their 40 overs.

Collins then claimed 3-38 from 10 overs while Joe Stafford struck with 3-13 as Birstall were bowled out for 155 in reply.

Honours finished even in Division Eight East as Ketton Sports 2nds and Whetstone played out a high-scoring tie.

Whetstone had made 289-6 after batting first which Sports equalled before having a batsman run out off the final delivery of the match.

Opener Will Bird made 63 for Sports while Joe Evans was 42 not out at the close.

Town 3rds were also triumphant as they defeated their Oakham counterparts by four wickets in Division Nine East.

Freddy Williams (3-26), Ryan Sheehan (2-36) and Franz Muller (3-29) led the way as Oakham were bowled out for 183.

Neil Southern (52), Kieran Calnan (41) and Sam Welford (41) were the top scorers for Oakham who were then unable to remove Ickey Singh in the Uppingham reply as he struck 97 not out to secure the win in the final over.

Pete Vernon smashed an unbeaten century as Wakerley and Barrowden beat Fleckney by 165 runs.

Vernon hit 14 fours and two sixes in his 112 not out and Chris White added 68 as Wakerley made 231-4 from 40 overs.

James Gibbs then grabbed 3-5 from 3.4 overs while Gareth Packer and White picked up two apiece to bowl out Fleckney for 66.

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