Ketton Sports defeat Bharat Sports in Leicestershire League clash
Ketton Sports produced an excellent all-round performance to defeat Leicestershire League Division Three East high-flyers Bharat Sports at Pit Lane on Saturday.
They dismissed their visitors for 166 with Jonny Smith in superb form with the ball for the Rutland side.
He delivered a magnificent nine maidens in his 12-over spell which returned 4-10 to keep the visitors in check after Nathan Adams and Adam Renton had bowled well in their opening spell.
Skipper Mat Bird provided solid support with 3-51 from his 12 overs while Sam Halsall took 1-19 from four overs after bowling well at the death.
Joe Evans marked his Sports debut with the wicket of Dhanjay Patel who top-scored for the visitors with 60.
Sports openers Cristian Durant (28) and Jacob Miller (51) then got their reply off a superb start.
Will Bird added a further 37 before man-of-the-moment Smith steered his side, along with skipper Bird, to a victory with an unbeaten 24.
Ketton Sports 2nds went down by 35 runs in a low-scoring Division Eight East clash with Gumley.
They had bowled out their hosts for 98 with Oliver Parkinson taking a superb six-wicket haul.
Parkinson claimed 6-17 from 8.4 overs while Nick Kennett returned 2-25 from nine which included three maidens.
Xavier Wildsmith also bowled three maidens while conceding just 17 runs from his eight overs while Freddie Renton took 2-16 from a strong six-over stint.
Sports managed just 58 in their reply though with Dave Walpole their only player to reach double figures as Tej Thalange took 4-5 from a terrific eight-over spell that included five maidens.
Oakham slipped to a second successive Premier Division defeat after a 47-run reversal against Kegworth Town at the Lime Kilns.
They had bowled out their visitors for 188 but the home side's run chase fell short as they were dismissed with eight overs of their allocation still remaining.
Oakham had put their visitors into bat after winning the toss and made a strong start to reduce Kegworth to 53-4.
A 60-run stand between Jordan Holmes (29) and Alex Fletcher (29) then sparked a mid-order rally from the visitors.
Charlie Adams then struck 42 before Cameron Flowers rattled through the visitors' lower order as they crashed from 180-7 to 188 all out.
Flowers finished with 3-10 from 4.3 overs while Harry Tyler took 3-54 from his 10-over stint.
There was also two wickets apiece for Shaun Morris and Ed Siddle who finished with 2-29 and 2-27 respectively.
Oakham struggled to form any strong partnerships in their reply as Kegworth continued to chip away at the home batsmen.
They took wickets at regular intervals with Shyam Lakhani and Alex Anthony the leading run-makers for the hosts.
Lakhani was unbeaten on 31 at the close while Anthony made 22 as Oakham were bowled out for 141.
Matthew Montgomery was the pick of the Kegworth attack with 4-25 from his 10-over spell.