Round-up of the weekend action in the Leicestershire Cricket League
Uppingham Town moved into second spot in Division One of the Leicestershire League with a thumping nine-wicket win at home to Loughborough Town 2nds on Saturday.
The visitors won the toss and elected to bat first and, as has been common of late, Danny Dumford and Toby Rees had the openers groping in the dark as the ball whistled past the edge with alarming regularity.
That they only managed a single wicket between them does no justice to the difficulty they caused the opening pair with perhaps Dhruvik Hankesh's return of four from 45 balls giving a fairer indication.
Dumford’s nine overs brought him 1-20 while Rees unlucky to end wicketless from seven overs which cost just 13 runs.
The change of bowlers gave little respite as Kash Munir removed Uttam Ramji and Gatin Wadhwa had Hassan Bukhari and Simon Wilson trapped leg before.
In total six Loughborough batsmen would register a single figure score with only opener Tej Chauhan having any answer to the Uppingham attack. When he was out with the score at 116-6, bowled by Scott Green, his contribution was 72.
From there Mark Cox ran through the tail by taking 5-13 from six overs which left Loughborough all out for 150.
In reply Uppingham’s openers skipper Jamie Dumford and Ben Farnsworth set off in positive fashion, racing to 50 in just seven overs.
Farnsworth smashed Wilson for a huge 6 into 'the valley' although the bowler then had the last laugh by bowling him two balls later for 30.
That would be the sole success for Loughborough though as Dumford brought up his 50 in 45 balls with Vickerman then joining the skipper as the pair raced to the target in just 24 overs.
Dumford finished on 78 from 75 balls which included 10 fours and a six while Vickerman closed on 25.
It was a great all-round performance from Town that gets their promotion push back on track.
Hopes will be high to continue in similar vein this weekend as bottom-of-the-table Leicester Ivanhoe 2nds visit Castle Hill.
Oakham suffered a second successive defeat as they slipped down to sixth spot in the Premier Division standings following's Saturday's reversal at Sileby Town.
The Rutland side were bowled out for 132 as Sileby stormed home to an eight-wicket win which allowed them to leapfrog Oakham in the standings.
Alex Anthony had top-scored with 38 for Oakham while Ed Siddle was unbeaten on 22 at the close after a stirring 46-run stand for the eighth wicket with James Tattersall (21).
Sileby opener Scott Steel - who had earlier taken three wickets - then hit a half-century to help his side to victory.
Brady Glennon was unbeaten on 43 at the close with Shaun Morris and Harry Tyler taking a wicket each for Oakham.
A half-century from skipper Mat Bird couldn't prevent a depleted Ketton Sports side from going down to a six-wicket home loss against Lutterworth.
Bird made up half of his side's final total after opening the innings and scoring 55 as Sports were dismissed for 110 following a spectacular batting collapse.
They had 18 players - who have already played a Saturday game this season - unavailable for the second week in a row.
Losing the toss then didn't help their cause which prompted Bird to promote himself to opener with several top order batsmen missing.
They got off a fine start with Bird and Laurence Davis putting on 47 for the first wicket before Jacob Miller joined the skipper to move Sports into the nineties.
However, from 92-1, they collapsed to 110 all out due to a mixture of good bowling and bad batting.
They then needed early wickets in the Lutterworth reply which was kept tight by Bird and James Thomas.
Thomas was very unlucky not to pick up anything for his fine spell while Bird claimed 3-51 off 12 overs.
Adam Renton picked up another wicket for another point but Sports were well beaten on the day and now face a tricky trip to Langtons this weekend where they will be hoping to have a few players back.
Oakham 2nds have now lost three of their last four games in Division Four East after a four-wicket home loss to Asian Sports on Saturday.
The hosts were bowled out for 150 with Fergus Cato making 40, Mark Owen 29 and Angus Owen 27 for Oakham.
Mark Owen then took 3-15 from 10 overs while Ben Southern struck twice but Asian Sports sealed the win with 11 balls remaining.
Market Overton went down to a 34-run away loss at Shree Sanatan 2nds in Division Five despite a fine bowling display from Mikey Roberts.
Roberts claimed 6-26 from 10 overs as Shree Sanatan were bowled out for 143. George Knight also took two wickets for Marko who managed 109 in their reply.
Henry Sandwell struck 52 while Winston Wiggins was unbeaten on 18 before running out of batting partners.
Centuries from Dan Snaith and George Scott helped Uppingham Town 2nds continue their push for honours in Division Seven East on Saturday.
They crushed Cosby 2nds by 180 runs with Snaith scoring 136 and Scott striking 116 in a superb 241-run opening stand.
Snaith smashed 15 fours and four sixes in his innings while Scott struck 14 fours and two sixes as Town totalled 315-3 from 40 overs.
Tom Scott also hit 33 before Cosby were restricted to 135-6 in their reply as Harvey Stafford claimed 3-31 for third-placed Uppingham.
Ketton Sports 2nds lost by three wickets against Bitteswell 2nds in Division Eight East.
Uppingham 3rds were also defeated after going down by 46 runs in their Division Nine East match at Houghton and Thurnby who posted 229-3 after batting first.
Ickey Singh led Town's reply with 69 while Ed Scott made 48 as Uppingham ended their 40 overs on 183-5.
Skipper Jonny White inspired Wakerley and Barrowden to a 172-run victory over Market Overton 3rds in the same division.
White whacked 16 fours and four sixes in his 145 as Wakerley made 294-3 from their 40 overs.
Matt Key hit an unbeaten half-century with Ben Farrer making 31 and Nick Farrer adding 23.
White then took 3-1 from just nine deliveries as Marko were bowled out for 122 in their reply.
Nick Farrer also claimed three wickets with Gareth Packer and Key collecting two each. George Watt top-scored for Marko with 23.