Morris stars for Oakham; table-topping Sports given a scare
Uppingham Town secured a dramatic first win of the Leicestershire League Premier Division campaign on Saturday.
They defeated Langtons by two runs to claim their maiden Premier Division win at the 10th attempt.
Town had batted first against a home side who been promoted to the top flight with Uppingham after winning Division One last season.
Ben Farnsworth (45) and Sam Hodson (24) had put Town in a decent position at 84-2 before Sarfaraj Patel's four-wicket blast stalled Uppingham.
They slumped to 93-6 before their lower order rallied to take Town to 182 all out.
Danny Dumford made 22 while crucial contributions also came from Tom Hynes (15), Alex Ashwin (13), Colan Bartram (21no) and last man Scott Green (10).
Langtons looked on course for victory when Sadik Dukanwala (41) and Soyab Salajee (25) took them to 74-3.
However, Town kept chipping away and Mark Cox's 3-35 left Langtons in trouble at 107-7 before a 47-run partnership from Mubarak Patel (39) and Mohammed Talha Badabhai (15) brought them back into the match.
Green then grabbed the crucial wicket of Mubarak Patel for 39 and then Talha Badabhai was run out for 15 by Danny Dumford to leave Langtons on 166-9.
Sarfaraj Patel (12no) and last man Jakir Khanderao looked to be guiding Langtons home when they moved to within two runs of Town's target.
However, Ashwin had Khanderao caught by Hodson to claim the winning wicket and secure the victory that moved Town off the foot of the table.
A fine all-round performance from Shaun Morris helped Oakham to a 35-run home win against Kibworth 2nds at the Lime Kilns.
Morris made 62 to help Oakham post 213-9 from 45 overs and then took 5-45 as Kibworth were dismissed for 178 in their reply.
Oakham, after electing to bat, had stuttered to 80-5 until Morris joined forces with Will Bell.
Morris hit nine boundaries and Bell blasted 25 runs in a 76-run stand for the sixth wicket which boosted the Oakham innings.
After Morris had been stumped off the bowling of Vishal Patel, Charlie Baker blasted 22 runs late on off just 15 balls to help Oakham past the 200 mark.
Ed Tattershall then took two early catches off the bowling of Morris and Baker to rock Kibworth early on.
Harry Pounds (59) and Charlie Page-Morris (28) looked the likeliest to lead Kibworth home until they both fell to Morris.
Wes Durston then delivered 3-36 from 10.3 overs to give Morris solid support as Oakham bowled their visitors out with three balls to spare.
Unbeaten Ketton Sports registered their eighth Division Four East win despite being given a scare by fourth-placed Bitteswell.
The visitors fell just six runs short in their pursuit of table-topping Sports' 246 all out.
Sports skipper Robin Vitas had top-scored for his side with 61 while Zeeshan Manzoor made 47 as they shared a second wicket partnership of 68.
Josh Gallimore (24), Jacob Miller (22) and Matt Bird (27) also made some crucial mid-order contributions to the Sports cause.
Will Compton claimed a couple of top order wickets to leave Bitteswell in trouble early on in their reply at 37-2.
However, Ian Bateman (41) and Josh Barrington (50) steadied the ship with a 61-run partnership for the third wicket.
That was broken when Joshua Hallam had Bateman caught by Manzoor and then Bird bagged a couple of wickets to put Bitteswell back in trouble at 111-5.
Joash Mathys then had Faraz Hussain caught by Jacob Miller for 18 before Bird claimed the crucial wicket of Barrington to finish with 3-33 from nine overs.
Bitteswell were still not beaten though and a ninth wicket stand of 44 from Mohammed Malik (25) and Hassan Shah (28) took them to the brink of victory.
But Manzoor had Shah caught by Bird with Mathys then running out Malik to secure victory for Sports by six runs.
The Division Five East derby between Market Overton and Oakham 2nds ended with honours even after a remarkable draw.
Visiting Oakham had made 155-9 from their 45 overs and then grabbed the last Marko wicket after their hosts had levelled the score.
Uppingham 2nds suffered a heavy 112-run home reversal against Lutterworth 3rds in Division Seven West.
Their visitors racked up 234-6 from 45 overs with Billy Beaver and Charles Richardson both taking two wickets apiece for Town.
Uppingham were then skittled out for 122 in their reply as Chris Barber bagged 4-10 from 6.1 overs for Lutterworth. Harvey Stafford top-scored with 28 for Uppingham.
Wakerley & Barrowden were 19-run winners in their Division Nine East home clash with Electricity Sports 4ths despite suffering a mid-order batting collapse.
They had raced to 135-4 thanks to the efforts of Harrison Miles (63), Chris White (26) and Matt Key (23).
However, they lost their last six wickets for 33 runs and were eventually bowled out for 168.
Chris White and Matt Walker took an early grip on the Sports reply by taking out the top four Electricity batsmen.
Walker returned a miserly 2-8 from seven overs before Bob White was brought into the attack and claimed 4-37 to skittle Sports' middle order.
Chris White then returned to the fray to take the final two wickets and return 4-35 as Electricity Sports were dismissed for 149.
Uppingham 3rds' home game with Braunstone Cricketers 2nds was cancelled after the visitors conceded the Division 10 East clash.