It will be a brave man who backs against Ketton Sports to win Rutland Division One this season.
The villagers will field most of the superstars who romped away with the Cambs Division One title in Sunday cricket this summer and they opened their campaign with a 114-run bashing of Barnack.
Zeeshan Manzoor’s ton and an unbeaten 53 from Jacob ‘Dusty’ Miller pushed Ketton Sports up to 267-8 in their 45 overs before dismissing Barnack for 153. Mohammed Yasir (57) top scored for Barnack as Scottish international Tom Sole picked up six wickets for the home side.
There was a high-scoring clash at Bourne where the host beat Oundle by eight wickets despite 120 from visiting batsman Pete Foster.
Oundle’s 229-9 was made to look inadequate by a second wicket stand of 199 between Sam Evison and Quewin O’Connor. Evison was unbeaten on 102 at the close while O’Connor was dismissed for 98.
Sunday. April 22
Rutland Division One:
Bourne beat Oundle by 8 wkts
Oundle 229-9 (P. Foster 120).
Bourne 231-2 (S. Evison 102no, Q. O’Connor 98)
Ketton Sports v Barnack by 114 runs
Ketton 267-8 (Z. Manzoor 100, J. Miller 53no, T. Sole 36, A. Akhtar 2-39, A. Majeed 2-51).
Barnack 153 (M. Yasir 57, A. Butt 25, T. Sole 6-61).