RUTLAND LEAGUE: Mills muscles 36 from one over, Christmas comes back, Butt smacks century

David Christmas in action for Bourne in his heyday.
David Christmas in action for Bourne in his heyday.
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Ramsey’s rampant Aussie Blake Mills smashed six sixes in an over yesterday (July 10).

Mills smashed 36 from a single over bowled by Orton Park’s James Fordham in a Rutland Division Four game in Orton Longueville.

Haroon Bashir bowled well for Nassington at Peterborough Town.

Haroon Bashir bowled well for Nassington at Peterborough Town.

Mills was eventually run out for 159 - one of two tons he made over the weekend - of Ramsey’s 245, a nine-man team total reached in just 30 overs and four balls.

Just to rub it in, Mills also claimed one wicket in Orton’s reply of 219-7 - his victim was inevitably Fordham.

Ketton’s prolific hitter Zeeshan Manzoor was in top form again. He thrashed an unbeaten 102 from just 50 balls in a 10-wicket Division Two win over March at Pit Lane.

Manzoor hammered nine sixes and nine fours as Ketton steamed to their victory target of 136 in just 14 overs. Ketton are 63 points clear at the top having won all 11 league games this summer.

Asim Butt plundered 116 for Barnack at Market Deeping.

Asim Butt plundered 116 for Barnack at Market Deeping.

There were also plenty of runs in Division One with leaders Bourne, Barnack and Nassington all passing 200.

Bourne still have a healthy lead at the top after beating bottom club Uppingham by 96 runs. Tom Dixon led the way in Bourne’s 275-6 with an unbeaten 80, star man Pete Morgan cracked 52 and there was 54 from returning club legend David Christmas.

Dixon also claimed three wickets in Uppingham’s 179.

Barnack’s 282-7 at Market Deeping was the biggest score of the day and Asim Butt was predictably the star turn with 116. Butt put on 151 for the third wicket with Tas Ahmed (78), although Ross Barnes (5-47) bowled well for the home side.

Deeping were dismissed for just 124 in reply with Mohammed Arshad (4-9) and Amir Munir (3-9) doing the damage.

Nassington’s 218-6 at Peterborough Town came off just 38 overs. The villagers started will with openers James Pope (54) and Dan Bandaranaike (43) scoring freely before Tom Norman (50 from 42 balls) and Adam McDermott (30 from 18 balls) provided late fireworks.

Haroon Bashir’s early three-wicket burst ensured Town were never in the hunt and they were eventually shot out for just 123.

Oundle are second, but they had to work hard to see off struggling Stamford by 21 runs at Milton Road. Oundle’s winning score of 197 arrived despite a fine spell of bowling from Stamford’s Richard Field (4-18 from 11 overs).

Tom Williams cracked 60 for Stamford, but no team-mate managed to reach 20.

Gary Freear claimed five wickets in a five-wicket win for Wisbech at home to Ufford Park.


Division One

Market Deeping lost to Barnack by 158 runs

Barnack 282-7 (A. Butt 116, T. Ahmed 78, R. Barnes 5-47).

Market Deeping 124 (N. Green 42, C. Gillett 29, A. Arshad 4-9, A. Munir 3-9).

Oundle beat Stamford by 21 runs

Oundle 197 (B. Groom 48, G. Martin 39, R. Henry 35, B. Hussain 35, R. Field 4-18, T. Juggins 2-26, D. Robertson 2-32).

Stamford 176 (T. Williams 60, J. Bolsover 2-18, R. Henry 2-54, G. Martin 2-57).

Peterborough Town lost to Nassington by 95 runs

Nassington 218-6 (J, Pope 54, T. Norman 50, D. Bandaranaike 43, A. McDermott 30, M. Danyaal 2-45, B. Ganesan 2-47).

Town 123 (S. Howard 26, H. Bashir 3-32, A. Morris 2-15).

Uppingham lost to Bourne by 96 runs

Bourne 275-6 (T. Dixon 80no, D. Christmas 54, P. Morgan 52, J. Berry 33, R. Bentley 22, D. Butchart 3-69).

Uppingham 179 (T. Scott 47no, T. Dixon 3-33, B. Woodward 2-17, S. Scott 2-22).

WISBECH beat UFFORD PARK by 5 wkts

Ufford Park 146 (G. Freear 5-33).

Wisbech 147-5 (J. Bowers 46no, D. Haynes 40no).