It was tough weekend for Rutland’s sides in the Leicestershire League Division Two, with Uppingham Town and Oakham both losing.
Uppingham Town lost by 60 runs at Castle Hill after Sileby Town Seconds won the toss and went about setting a target of 207-8.
There were no great scores from Sileby but a stubborn late stand by Sam Gale (35) and Ryan Dawson (42*) got the visitors to a respectable if not insurmountable figure.
There were no great bowling stars on the day either for Town with each of the five Uppingham bowlers used taking a wicket with Alex Ashwin taking 2-21.
Sileby lost two men to run outs by Don Butchart.
Uppingham’s reply got off to a terrible start as they lost their opening pair, and arguably most dangerous batsmen, for just four runs in seven balls faced.
Jamie Dumford struck a single four before losing his wicket lbw and then Martin Bennett went the same way for a duck.
Mark Cox (25) and Don Butchart (48) got the innings back on tract but with neither man able to kick on when they were both caught, Town’s chances of getting something from the match disappeared.
Uppingham lost their final wicket for a total of 147 in the 36th over.
Down the road in Oakham the story was no happier.
Oakham set a target of 170-9 but Lutterworth scored 174 for the loss of just one wicket in reply for comfortable victory.
Uppingham are now fourth in the league and Oakham are seventh.
Lower down the leagues in Division Five East Market Overton continued their successful return to the Leicestershire and Rutland league on Saturdays with a 119 run victory over Kibworth Fourths.
Marko’s target of 272-7 was way too big for the visitors who were all out for 153 in the 38th over.
The Rutland village side are unbeaten in the Saturday competition this season, with five wins from five, and sit top of the table.