RUTLAND LEAGUE: Wisbech win title, but there’s a four-team battle to avoid the drop next weekend

Jamie Smith claimed 5-44 for Peterborough Town against Nassington.
Jamie Smith claimed 5-44 for Peterborough Town against Nassington.
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Wisbech have won the Division One title for the first time in the club’s history.

The Fenmen secured top spot as soon as their scheduled fixture at Grantham yesterday (September 10) was called off in the morning.

Barnack's Mohammed yaseen claimed 6-20 against Oundle.

Barnack's Mohammed yaseen claimed 6-20 against Oundle.

It’s been an unbelievably tight division this summer with just 66 points between first place and the second relegation spot.

Market Deeping, Grantham, Barnack and Peterborough Town could still join Stamford in Division Two. Town finished their fixtures with an abandoned match at Nassington, but not before home star Mohamad Shifran had cracked a run-a-ball 123 and the city side’s skipper Jamie Smith had taken 5-44.

Barnack host Market Deeping next Sunday (September 17) in the key final game of the weekend. The winner of that match will definitely stay up while the losers will be keen to find out the result of Grantham’s home game against Nassington. A high-scoring game at Barnack would also leave Town vulnerable.

Barnack and Deeping both go into the game in decent form. Mohammed Yaseen’s 6-20 helped dismiss Oundle for 104 and set up a four-wicket win.

Mohamad Shifran cracked 123 for Nassington against Peterborough Town.

Mohamad Shifran cracked 123 for Nassington against Peterborough Town.

Conner Gillett struck 56 of Deeping’s 213 before Nick Green, Mehul Adatia and Zac Simmonds each took two wickets in Bourne’s 170 all out.

RESULTS

Barnack beat Oundle by 4 wkts

Oundle 104 (P. Wilson 32, M. Yaseen 6-20, W. Butt 2-24, A. Majeed 2-24).

Barnack 107-6 (M. Hammad 46no, K. Jones 4-49, J. Charlton 2-29).

Market Deeping beat Bourne by 43 runs

Market Deeping 213 (C. Gillett 56, Z. Simmonds 40no, D. Sargeant 28, N. Green 22, B. Stroud 3-45, J. Berry 2-30, S. Evison 2-32, T. Dixon 2-47).

Bourne 170 (S. Evison 47, J. Berry 35no, P. Morgan 22, T. Dixon 20, N. Green 2-5, M. Adatia 2-42, Z. Simmonds 2-42).

Nassington v Peterborough Town abandoned

Nassington 239 (M. Shifran 123. C. Craig 38, J. Pope 26, J. Smith 5-44, C. Parnell 2-45, H. Azad 2-48)

Peterborough Town 107-2 (K. Judd 36no, H. Azad 35, H. Craig 2-35).

Stamford lost to Ketton by 6 wkts

Stamford 146

Ketton 147-4