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Centurions inspire Oakham to victory; Rowe's rampant for Ketton Sports




Oakham v Hinckley. Photo: Geoff Atton (2468767)
Oakham v Hinckley. Photo: Geoff Atton (2468767)

Super centuries from Vivak Naker and Ed Tattersall inspired Oakham to victory over Hinckley in Saturday's Leicestershire League Division One clash at the Lime Kilns.

Opener Naker made an unbeaten 109 after carrying his bat throughout the home innings while Tattersall reached his century at the close of Oakham's 45 overs to help the Rutlanders post an imposing 262-2.

Hinckley were then restricted to 200-9 in their reply as Oakham celebrated back-to-back victories.

Naker and Tattersall had come together at the crease with Oakham on 95-2 after the departures of Richard Martin (13) and Sean Cowley for 26.

They then blasted a brilliant 194-run partnership off just 18.4 overs with Tattersall in belligerent form.

He thumped 10 fours and five sixes to reach his century off just 54 balls - 19 of which were dots to finish with a strike rate of 185.19.

Naker's 109 runs came off 135 balls and included 10 fours and two sixes to leave Oakham with an excellent chance of victory.

Hinckley's reply got off to a solid start before Charlie Baker and Rory Brown started to get among the top order wickets.

Brown bagged 3-16 from an eight over spell, including the crucial wicket of Priyank Patel for 44, while Baker also claimed a brace as Hinckley fell from 32-1 to 99-5.

Kamran Jussab (31no) and Gurbaj Singh (36) put on 59 runs for the sixth wicket, but a couple of Shaun Morris wickets saw Hinckley finish their 45 overs on 200-9.

Oakham v Hinckley. Photo: Geoff Atton (2468691)
Oakham v Hinckley. Photo: Geoff Atton (2468691)

Peter Rowe was another centurion as Ketton Sports continued their dominance of Division Four East with a 142-run away win at Medbourne.

Rowe hit an unbeaten 116 as Sports smashed 272-3 from their 45 overs.

Zeeshan Manzoor (80) and Joash Mathys (46no) were also to the fore as Sports piled up the runs.

Rowe and Manzoor put on 131 for the second wicket after the early dismissal of Ashley Rodgers with Mathys then adding a stand of 77 with Rowe after skipper Robin Vitas' 19.

Adam Renton grabbed a couple of early wickets to stall the Medbourne reply at 27-2.

Rowe, Manzoor and Matt Bird also picked up solitary mid-order wickets before Mathys again made his mark.

After back-to-back five-wicket hauls, he returned 4-9 from just 1.4 overs as Medbourne finished on 130-9. George Clarke was their top scorer with 70.

The emphatic victory kept Ketton Sports in pole position, two points clear of Queniborough who are the only other unbeaten team in the division.

Market Overton produced an efficient all-round performance to beat Cosby by eight wickets.

They restricted their hosts to 160-9 from 45 overs with Ryan Thwaites leading their bowling attack after claiming 3-22 from 12 overs.

David Lambert and Tom Stevens also struck twice to leave a decent target for the Marko batsmen to chase.

Despite losing Thwaites for five, Brian Makwana and Richard Flower Jnr soon found the run groove.

Makwana hit 11 fours in his 57 while Flower Jnr was unbeaten on 85 after smashing 12 fours and three sixes to see Marko home with nine overs to spare.

Three Oakham 2nds batsmen made half-centuries to secure a 92-run win away at Dunton Bassett in the same division.

Neil Southern, Mark Worthington and Rohit Shukla all struck fifties as Oakham made 249-8 from their 45 overs.

Graeme North then took five wickets while Dave Ramshaw returned four as Dunton were dismissed for 157 in their reply.

Wakerley and Barrowden fell to their fifth reversal of the Division Nine East season after a four-wicket defeat at Bharat Sports 3rds.

Opener Chris White carried his bat for 45 overs to make an unbeaten 72 as Wakerley posted 125-4 from their 45 overs. Glenn Moody had weighed in with 21.

The hosts took 32 overs to pass their victory target despite three wickets apiece for Bob White (3-27 off nine overs) and Harry Baker (3-32 off eight overs).

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