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CRICKET: Fifth successive win for Market Deeping

Uffington v Market Deeping in Division Two of the Rutland League. Photo: Lee Hellwing. (2240290)
Uffington v Market Deeping in Division Two of the Rutland League. Photo: Lee Hellwing. (2240290)

Market Deeping have opened up a 24-point lead in Division Two after just five games of the new season.

Their latest success came on Sunday with a crushing 108-run over Uffington for their fifth consecutive victory.

Opener Ross Barnes blasted 92 for Deeping who had lost the toss and been put into bat.

John McDougall (47), Joe Malton (33), Connor Gillett (31no) and Sam Malton (20no) also found the wicket to their liking as they helped Deeping post 245-5 from 45 overs.

The Uffington reply was soon in trouble as their top five batsmen were back in the pavilion with only George Hartley hitting double figures.

Neil Jones led the fightback with a rousing 62 but, despite 14 from John Burton, none of the remaining Uffington batsmen got to grips with the Deeping attack and they were dismissed for 138.

Sachithra Perera took 3-24 for Deeping while Nathaniel Cureton claimed 2-17 from 6.1 overs.

Bourne 2nd are the early pacesetters in Division Three East after a 49-run win over Huntingdon.

The hosts made 228-8 at Abbey Lawn thanks to a cracking mid-innings partnership from first-team regulars Jordan Temple (71) and Sam Evison (83).

Ben Woodward had earlier made 32 before Evison took centre stage with 10 fours and a six in his innings.

Woodward then led the Bourne bowling reply as he claimed 4-40 from 12 overs to help restrict Huntingdon to 179-9 from 45 overs.

Rowan Good also chipped in with three wickets as Huntingdon fell 49 runs short despite the efforts of opener Graham Hudson who made 92.

Market Deeping 2nd were beaten by six wickets against Moulton Harrox as opener Mike Kearns Snr continued his fine run of form in Division Four East.

After hitting 138 against Ufford Park 2nd last weekend, Kearns was unbeaten on 65 as Moulton successfully chased down Deeping's 153-8 from 45 overs.

Nilesh Patel (40) and Michael Holden (28) were the chief contributors to the Deeping total while Ben Rae's 3-27 proved in vain as Kearns and Jake Morton (48) moved Moulton to victory.

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