Bird brothers shine for Sports; Williams hits century for Oakham 2nds
Oakham, Uppingham and Ketton Sports all returned to winning ways with strong showings in the Leicestershire League on Saturday.
Oakham had suffered their first defeat of the Division One campaign last weekend when they went down at home to Hinckley Amateurs.
However, they bounced back on Saturday with a convincing 119-run away success at Enderby to claim a maximum 25-point haul.
Oakham had elected to bat first and, despite the early loss of Ed Siddle for eight, their top order was soon in the run groove.
Skipper Richard Martin made 34 while Sean Cowley cracked 12 fours and a six in his 67 which came off just 65 balls.
Cameron Flowers also thumped six fours and a six in his 36 off only 23 deliveries while Shyam Lakhani made 43 before being run out.
Shaun Morris then made an unbeaten 69 off 41 balls, which consisted of eight fours and three sixes, as Oakham closed their 45 overs on 287-7.
Morris then made his mark early on the Enderby reply by having opener Matthew Yates caught by Dan Lever for one.
Siddle struck twice to dismiss Nick Hood (27) and Sam Blanksby (24) before Darren Jones ripped through the home side’s middle order.
Jones claimed 4-38 from a nine-over spell before Morris, Charlie Baker and Joe Stafford swept through the lower order to dismiss the hosts for 168 despite the efforts of Enderby skipper Ian Turner who was unbeaten on 41 at the close.
Uppingham had made the trip to Hinckley Town looking to get back on track after a topsy-turvy start to their league campaign.
After winning the toss and electing to bat first, Town made 187-8 from their 45 overs with openers Jamie Dumford and Ben Farnsworth getting them off to a solid start.
They put on 56 for the first wicket until Dumford became the first of Janak Valand's three wickets when he was bowled for 23.
Ramis Malik then accounted for Sam Hodson, but Mark Cox and Farnsworth quickly regained control for Uppingham by adding 64 runs for the third wicket.
Cox was trapped leg before by Valand for 26 and, although Alex Ashwin only lasted four balls, Lee Middleton made an impact during his time at the crease.
Despite Farnsworth falling for Town's top score of 73, Middleton made a further 26 before being run out by Priyank Patel as Uppingham closed their 45 overs on 187-8.
Patel (26) and Nikesh Savjani (31) ensured Hinckley's reply made a promising start by putting on 45 runs for the first wicket.
But the introductions of Kevin Webster and Cameron Hardwick proved pivotal as the Town bowlers started to dominate.
Webster took 4-31 from seven overs and Hardwick returned 3-21 from nine overs as Hinckley slumped from 45-1 to 86-6.
Billy Beaver also bagged a couple of crucial wickets before Hinckley, on 111-8, produced a late rally.
Malik (26) and Sukhvir Singh (21) put on 33 runs for the ninth wicket until the latter became Webster's fourth victim when he was clean bowled.
Danny Dumford then had Malik caught by Ashwin four runs later to seal Uppingham's third win of the season.
Ketton Sports stormed back to winning ways in Division Three after back-to-back defeats with a crushing 216-run home success over Narborough and Littlethorpe.
Matt Bird and Zeeshan Manzoor were in fantastic form with the bat for Sports who surged to 277-2 off their 45 overs.
Opener Bird carried his bat for a brilliant 103 not out which included 15 fours and a six while Manzoor was again majestic in his 146 not out which consisted of 20 fours and five sixes.
They piled on 241 runs for the third wicket in a match-winning partnership which put the contest beyond Narborough and Littlethorpe's reach.
That was particularly evident when Sports' opening attack of Bash Hussain and Dan Cotton started to rip through the visiting batting order.
Hussain helped himself to 6-14 from eight overs while former Stamford and Blackstones footballer Cotton claimed 3-29 from 10.5 overs.
Nathan Adams picked up the other wicket, courtesy of a Sam Halsall catch, as Narborough and Littlethorpe were bowled out for 61.
Matt Williams was in superb form for Oakham 2nds as they claimed an emphatic 117-run home success over Cosby in Division Five East at the Lime Kilns.
Williams walloped an unbeaten 118 not out as Oakham posted 249-9 from their 45 overs with Neil Southern (27), Mark Owen (22) and Will Begy (30) all providing solid support.
Dave Falconer and Tom Clifton then both claimed three wicket hauls to help dismiss Cosby for 132 in their reply.
Falconer returned 3-45 from 12 overs while Clifton claimed 3-14 off his five overs as Oakham gave everyone a chance to turn their arm over by using 10 bowlers.
Dave Ramshaw, Graeme North and Southern all took a wicket apiece before Williams wrapped up the win by trapping the final Cosby batsman leg before.
Market Overton were unable to halt the winning start of Division Five East leaders Asian Sports 2nds who claimed a five-wicket victory at Thistleton Road.
Marko were bowled out for 155 inside 28 overs despite the middle order efforts of Tom Goodliffe (26), Damian Parkinson (30) and Kevon Bibby (28).
Suresh Bari then blasted an unbeaten 56 while Parimal Ganesh made 43 as Asian Sports secured victory inside 25 overs for the loss of five wickets.
Uppingham 2nds secured a second win of the weekend for the Castle Hill club in Division Seven East after a 12-run home victory over SPA.
Town had made 216-4 from their 40 overs and then restricted their visitors to 204-7 in reply to claim a narrow win in a close contest.
Ketton Sports were also celebrating a victory double as their second team ran out 41-run winners in the Division Nine East derby at Wakerley and Barrowden.
Will Bird mirrored his brother Matt’s exploits for the first team as the star turn of their innings as he made 91 in Sports' 241-7 off 40 overs after blasting seven fours and five sixes.
Nick Kennett (37), Adam Renton (22) and Sam Palmer (33) also produced solid showings with the bat for Sports.
Chris White – who had taken two wickets with his first two balls - and Jonny White were the pick of the Barrowden bowling after claiming 2-25 and 2-36 respectively from their 10 over allocations.
Chris White then took centre stage with the bat after Kennett had claimed a couple of early Wakerley wickets.
He hit an unbeaten 105 not out, which included 11 fours and four sixes, while Will Miles made 24, but Barrowden's victory bid fell short as they closed their 40 overs on 200-5.
Uppingham 3rds went down to a heavy defeat in the same division after losing by 108 runs at Ashby Carington.
The hosts made 253-9 from their 40 overs with Uppingham being bowled out for 145 in their reply.
Charlie Cox had been the pick of the Town bowlers with 3-37 from his eight overs while Tim Frearson, F Muller and Rob Roberts all bagged a brace apiece.
Opener Andy Cross led the Uppingham reply with his side’s top score of 69 while Roberts hit an unbeaten 16 lower down the order.