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Local cricket: It's tight at the top as big guns battle for supremacy

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The Everards League title race gets tighter by the week with only 12 points separating the top four teams.

Kibworth and Market Harborough have gone joint top of the Premier Division after both claimed maximum 24-point hauls in their latest outings.

Kibworth demolished bottom-of-the-table Stoughton & Thurnby by seven wickets.

They put in the home side and bowled them out for 83, with left-arm spinner Joe Cuthbert taking 4-10 and seamer Darren Shaw 3-12. Saif Bhojani was 42 not out as Kibworth raced to their target in 24 overs.

Joe Gordon had a fine game as Harborough won by six wickets at Syston.

He took 3-34 with his seamers as the home side were bowled out in the last of their 50 overs for 198, despite Carl Fourie continuing his fine season with 86 and Will Edwards and Charlie Taylor scoring 42 apiece.

Gordon then made 32 opening the batting and, with Kevin Innes hitting an unbeaten 81, Harborough took charge.

Luke Gale added a quick 41 and George Clarke was 25 not out as Harborough won with three overs to spare.

Leicester Ivanhoe stay fourth after a four-wicket win at Broomleys.

Rob Cook's 45 helped the hosts to 191-7 with off-spinner Janak Valand taking 3-25.

Ivanhoe lost early wickets in their run-chase but Steve Punchard (66 not out) and captain Trevor Ward (55) shared a 91-run stand for the sixth wicket to put them in control, despite Teddy Read taking 3-33.

Ivanhoe are right in the running this time, having faced relegation battles at the end of the last couple of seasons, and Ward said: "It's nice not to have that pressure, we're playing with smiles on our faces.

"But I think our lack of seam-bowling options might hurt us."

Loughborough Town move up to sixth place after thrashing Sileby by nine wickets.

There were three wickets apiece for Ashley Scott-Williams and Leicestershire paceman Ollie Freckingham, as Sileby crashed to 105 all out in 30 overs.

Sunny Patel (48 not out) and Shelvin Gumbs (36 not out) made sure for Loughborough.

Local cricket: It's tight at the top as big guns battle for supremacy


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