RUTLAND LEAGUE: Bird keeps Ketton flying high, Butt smacks a ton, classy Conor, magical Milner
All-conquering Ketton moved to the top of Rutland Division One after toppling previous leaders Wisbech yesterday (June 11).
Shakir Mahmood and Zeeshan Manzoor both cracked 71 in Ketton’s 188-8 before Matt Bird (5-47) undermined the Wisbech reply. The Fenman were restricted to 163-9 and have now fallen two points behind Ketton in the table.
Barnack are up to third after pipping Market Deeping by five runs in a high-scoring game at Outgang Road.
Asim Butt smacked 114 of Barnack’s 263-7, but a late flurry from veteran Chris Jones (60no) almost enabled Deeping to sneak home.
Peterborough Town rose to fourth with a 43-run win over Northants Premier Division rivals Oundle at Bretton Gate.
Wicket-keeper Chris Milner struck 90 of Town’s 202, while Hanno Kotze (6-37) bowled superbly for Oundle.
Town’s bowlers won the day though with debutant Hassan Azad (3-22) particularly impressive. Nadir Haider and Farhan Adil also claimed three wickets apiece.
Conor Craig’s 74 low down the Nassington order set up a 21-run win over Grantham. Craig whacked five sixes and six fours in his 47-ball knock as Nassington recovered from 100-6 to post a match-winning 217. Harrison Craig bagged 4-26 in Grantham’s reply.
Bourne moved off the bottom with a 124-run win over Stamford. Quewin O’Connor top scored with 75 in Bourne’s 243 and received excellent support from Tom Dixon (53) before Colin Cheer (4-43) deliverd a destructive spell with the ball as Stamford were hustled out for 119.
Stamford replace Bourne at the bottom.
Bourne beat Stamford by 124 runs
Bourne 243 (Q. O’Connor 75, T. Dixon 53, J. Berry 28, J. Temple 27, T. Juggins 6-52, S. Barrett 2-47).
Stamford 119 (T. Juggins 27, C. Cheer 4-44, J. Keywood 3-32).
KETTON beat WISBECH by 25 runs
Ketton 188-8 (S. Mahmood 71, Z. Manzoor 71, B. Ellis 3-29, S. Rippington 3-40).
Wisbech 163-9 (D. Haynes 41, B. Ellis 22, J. Williams 21, M. Bird 5-47, P. Rowe 10-1-35-2).
MARKET DEEPING lost to BARNACK by 5 runs
Barnack 263-7 (A. Butt 114, A. Akhtar 46, M. Hammad 38, T. Shinkins 4-32).
Market Deeping 258-9 (C. Jones 60no, D. Sargeant 51, D. Thomas 40, J. Smith 33, R. Witt 24, A. Majeed 3-57, A. Akhtar 2-28, M. Yaseen 2-58).
Nassington beat Grantham by 21 runs
Nassington 217 (C. Craig 74, A. Nawaz 29, T. Norman 25, J. Peck 5-43, S. Peters 3-53).
Grantham 196 (S. Mudie 40, H. Craig 4-26, W. Dyer 2-24, D. Bandaranaike 2-46).
PETERBOROUGH TOWN beat OUNDLE by 43 runs
Town 202 (C. Milner 90, H. Azad 22, K. Medcalf 22, A. Mitchell 20, C. Parnell 20, H. Kotze 6-37, K. Jones 2-28).
Oundle 159 (M. Hodgson 38, H. Kotze 29, P. Wilson 25no, B. Hussain 22, H. Azad 3-20, F. Adil 3-34, N. Haider 3-44).