Last wicket stand proves crucial for Ketton Sports
Brian Makwana hit his second century of the season to help Market Overton to a nailbiting three-wicket win against Dunton Bassett in Division Five East of the Leicestershire League on Saturday.
Makwana, who made 149 not out against Leicester Banks 2nds last month, smashed 23 fours and a six on Saturday in an unbeaten 124 which helped see Marko home in the final over.
Their hosts had made 197-5 from 45 overs with Mark Hudson and Damian Makwana both claiming a brace of wickets apiece for Marko.
Richard Flower Jnr (25) and Dale Howkins (16) got Marko off to a solid start in their reply before Makwana took centre stage.
Despite five other batsmen falling cheaply around him, the powerful Marko talisman took the home attack apart with 98 of his 124 runs coming in boundaries.
His innings helped the visitors home with just three balls to spare as Ben Warner proved a useful ally with an unbeaten five.
Ben Southern continued his fine form despite Oakham 2nds slipping to a five-wicket defeat against Leicestershire Teachers & Mossdale in the same division.
Southern, who struck his maiden century for Oakham's Rutland League side last weekend, top scored with 59 as the hosts posted 183-8 from their 45 overs.
Mark Worthington weighed in with 27 while Dave Ramshaw was unbeaten on 36 along with Toby Robertson (12no) at the close.
Chris Newman returned 5-25 from 11 overs for the visitors whose reply was centred around a super century from Zaheer Mohamed.
Mohamed hit 20 fours in an unbeaten 110 as Leicestershire Teachers reached their target for the loss of five wickets in 33 overs.
Uppingham Town suffered a seventh successive Premier Division reversal after a 117-run home loss against Lutterworth.
The visitors had made 208-8 from their 50 overs with Mark Cox claiming 3-24 from 10 overs for the hosts while Alex Ashwin and Scott Green both grabbed a brace apiece.
Town had fought back well after Lutterworth had raced to 120-2 with Wesley Marshall (54) and Alec Hill (33) leading their charge. Craig Wilson also hit an unbeaten 49 for the visitors.
Uppingham’s reply was soon in trouble as they stumbled to 42-5 despite Sam Hodson hitting 19.
Kashif Munir also made 23, but Tom Watson proved too hot for Town to handle as he claimed 7-24 from 10 overs to leave Town still seeking their maiden Premier Division success.
Oakham went down to back-to-back defeats after a four-wicket away loss at Loughborough Carillon in Division One.
The Rutlanders had made 208-9 from their 45 overs with Ed Tattersall (79) and Will Bell (38) leading their charge against a home attack that saw Andrew Capel claim 4-41 from 10 overs.
The home side’s reply got off to a strong start as Sam Clarke (53) and Adam Derham (30) put on 84 for the first wicket.
Rory Brown then struck twice in quick succession, but an unbeaten 57 from Mark Trimingham proved vital for Carillon’s cause.
Brown bagged a further two wickets to return 4-46 from 12 overs, but Loughborough passed their victory target with an over to spare.
A crucial last wicket partnership between Adam Renton and Will Compton helped Ketton Sports maintain their unbeaten streak in Division Four East with an 18-run win over Bharat Sports.
Last man Compton cracked 37 and number 10 Renton was unbeaten on 18 not out to help Sports finish on 161.
Ashley Rodgers (27) and Joash Mathys (44) had earlier got the runs despite a number of Sports wickets falling cheaply with Peter Rowe failing to score this week after successive centuries in the past fortnight.
Bharat looked on course for victory until the introduction of Mathys and Joshua Hallam into the Sports attack.
Mathys took 4-24 from a 10 over spell with Hallam picked up 3-33 from nine overs as Bharat could only muster 143-8 in their reply.
Renton had earlier bowled seven overs for just seven runs, which included four maidens, to ensure Bharat fell behind the required run rate.
Wakerley and Barrowden's eight players put up a gallant effort in their 94-run away defeat at Huncote 2nds in Division Nine East.
The hosts exploited the gaps in the field to make 247-5 off their 45 overs with Nick Rigby (79) and Jasvinder Singh (89) their top scorers.
Aaron Rawlings claimed three wickets for Wakerley whose reply was led by an unbeaten 68 from Chris White.
Gareth Packer also made 28 as the Wakerley innings finished on 153 all out against their high-flying hosts.
Uppingham 3rds fell 58 runs short of their victory target in a Division 10 East home defeat against Leicester Stars.
Rizwan Ali and Tom Turner had both taken three wickets for Uppingham who dismissed their visitors for 276 at the Castle Hill ground.
Andy Cross cracked 61 and Faizal Patel plundered 63, but Sajid Patel's 5-62 proved pivotal in the visitors' victory. Wasim Munshi also made a useful contribution of 35 for Uppingham.