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Four wins out of four for Ufford after duo's devastating spells




Reigning champions Barnack are already setting the pace in Division One of the Rutland League after claiming a third successive victory in an early table-topping tussle with Kings Keys on Sunday.

A 42-run victory helped maintain the unbeaten run with Shazhad Amir starring after claiming 6-29 from his 10-over spell.

Barnack had earlier made 176-9 from their 45 overs after being asked to bat first with Ajaz Akhtar leading their charge.

Stamford slipped to their first defeat of the Division Two season after a five-wicket home defeat against Bourne. Photo: Lee Hellwing (10798605)
Stamford slipped to their first defeat of the Division Two season after a five-wicket home defeat against Bourne. Photo: Lee Hellwing (10798605)

Akhtar registered his six consecutive half-century in competitive cricket this season to make 52 before being run out.

Asim Butt (36) and Amir (21) also made crucial contributions with Jawad Ghani taking three wickets for the hosts.

Amir then claimed six of the top seven Kings Keys batsmen with Akhtar dismissing joint top scorer Ansar Hussain for 26.

Tahir Ali (21) and Ashraf (26) rallied late on for Kings Keys, but Muhammad Yaseen's 3-17 from 5.5 overs saw the hosts bowled out for 134.

Market Deeping suffered a fourth successive top flight defeat after a five-wicket away reversal at Grantham.

They had posted 182-7 from their 45 overs with wicket-keeper Dave Sargeant in fine form with the bat to top score with 81. Josh Smith (18) and Kieran Judd (28) had earlier put on 49 runs for the first wicket.

Smith took 3-49 from nine overs in Grantham's reply with the wickets of Jaden Fell (28) and James Dobson (30) among his haul.

However, Carl Wilson (44) and Max Everett (42no) put on 68 runs for the fourth wicket to put Grantham into a commanding position which they never relinquished.

Stamford slipped to their first defeat of the Division Two season after a five-wicket home defeat against Bourne. Photo: Lee Hellwing (10798591)
Stamford slipped to their first defeat of the Division Two season after a five-wicket home defeat against Bourne. Photo: Lee Hellwing (10798591)

A brilliant bowling display helped table-topping Ufford Park record their fourth consecutive victory in Division Two following a 124-run home win over Newborough.

They skittled out their visitors for 60, after being dismissed themselves for 184, with Jan Neville and Joe Corder both claiming four wickets apiece.

Joe Harrington had been the star of the Ufford innings as he smashed five fours and six sixes to top score for his side with 79.

Matt Smith also struck 26 with Joe Mills the pick of the Newborough attack after taking 4-13 from his 10 overs.

Corder and Neville then picked up where Mills had left off with returns of 4-17 from 10 overs and 4-10 from 3.4 overs respectively.

Harrington also helped himself to 2-7 from seven overs as just three Newborough batsmen made double figures.

Burghley Park are hot on Ufford Park's heels in second spot after a seven-wicket away victory at Werrington.

They dismissed their hosts for 132 following a tidy all-round bowling display from the Burghley attack.

Joe Evans was the pick of the bowlers with 4-30 from nine overs while Sam Nicholls took 3-17 from 10 overs and Safdar Alam claimed 2-15 from eight. Tanzeer Mahmood was the top scorer for Werrington with 42.

Peter Foster (62) and Elliott Cooper (46no) then led the Burghley victory charge with Nicholls' unbeaten 21 seeing them to victory.

Uffington are also in the early mix at the top after a crushing 150-run away win at Easton-on-the-Hill chalked up their third successive victory.

Last week's centurion Rob Bentley blasted 56 with Josh Bentley (23), Damien Herrick (35) and Rob Dunn (25) helping them post 216 which was boosted by a late order rally from Steve Moody (15) and Ben Jennings (14no).

Asam Ali and George Green were the pick of the Easton bowlers with 3-39 and 3-14 returns respectively.

Fardin Satari (18) and Harry Baker (22) were prominent at the top of the Easton order, but Adam Hilless' 4-27 from 10 overs soon had Uffington in control.

Tom Bentley then took 2-17 as Easton were bowled for 66 inside 24 overs.

Stamford slipped to their first defeat of the Division Two season after a five-wicket home defeat against Bourne.

Uppingham were on the wrong end of a heavy defeat at Castle Hill as Huntington returned home with a 159-run success.

The visitors amassed 255-4 from their 45 overs thanks mainly to the efforts of skipper Andrew Wright (74), Ryan Paffett (69no) and Sheraz Ali (57no).

Harry Harrison took two wickets for Town and was then their top scorer with 37 as they were dismissed for 96 in reply.

Fred Wenham made 22 and opener Sam Turberville-Smith struck 16, but Umar Anjum's 4-11 and Paffett's 3-23 helped Huntingdon to a convincing win.

Stamford slipped to their first defeat of the Division Two season after a five-wicket home defeat against Bourne. Photo: Lee Hellwing (10798596)
Stamford slipped to their first defeat of the Division Two season after a five-wicket home defeat against Bourne. Photo: Lee Hellwing (10798596)

Oakham's victory bid in Division Three was dashed by rain which stopped play in their home clash with Castor.

They had made 241-5 from their 45 overs and Castor were 13-0 after 2.2 overs of their reply when the heavens opened and ended the match.

Matt Bird produced a five-star performance for Ketton Sports in their two-wicket win over Hampton in Division Four West.

Bird took 5-36 from his 10-over spell while Will Compton claimed a tidy 4-6 from 5.5 overs as Hampton were bowled out for 106.

Sports struggled for runs early in their reply with Adam Renton (24) the only top order batsman to make double figures.

It was then left to Bird to cap a fine all-round display by hitting an unbeaten 44 not out to guide Sports to a narrow victory.

Rhys Hoenes hit a century as Uffington 2nds were on the wrong end of a 90-run away defeat at Barton Seagrave in Division Four West.

Hoenes made 111 and fellow opener Liam Piddington added 62 as Seagrave surged to 263 all out.

John Burton produced a five-star display for Uffington as he returned 5-45 from 8.1 overs, including trapping Hoenes leg before, while Felix Cunnington also collected a couple of wickets.

Burton then made 34 in the Uffington reply with Matthew Tarrant (42), Harry Bentley (28) and Will Fry (21no) helping their side's cause as they were eventually bowled out for 173.

Ufford Park 2nds conceded their Division Four East match at Market Deeping 2nds.



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