Peterborough are in the driving seat at the top of the NCL Premier Division with two weeks remaining.
The defending champions hammered Old Northamptonians by 146 runs at Bretton Gate while Finedon Dolben were thwarted by Northampton Saints at Birchfield Road East.
That means Lewis Bruce’s side are 14 points clear going into their clash with Finedon next weekend knowing that a victory will alomost certainly see them regain their title.
On Saturday a depleted ONs side were blown away in clinical style in a contest that featured, remarkably, two hat-tricks in the same innings.
Both Ajaz Akhtar (6-27) and Joe Dawborn (3-20) achieved the rare feat as the visitors were skittled for just 90 in reply to the hosts’ 236-7.
Having won the toss, David Clarke (61) and Ashley Rogers (59) enabled Boro to post a more than competitive total with Mobushare Khawaja (4-62) the pick of the ONs attack.
The leaders at the start of the day were probably fortunate to leave with a draw as the Saints failed to take advantage of a strong position.
Having restricted Finedon to 181-9 (Jake Kings 60), the Saints had reached 105-2 (Geoff Jackson 54) but were unable to see it through as they closed on 168-6.
There was also a potentially decisive development at the foot of the table as Wellingborough went down to Burton Latimer by 85 runs.
Burton, led by Luke Odell (66) and Scott sanders (50) totalled 233-9 with Christian Davis taking 4-78.
Damon Hanney, Haydan Morton and Jamie Delargy then took three wickets apiece as the home side were dismissed for 148, a result that leaves them 35 points behind Horton who drew with Rushton.
James Kettleborough hit 106 in Rushton’s 219-7 (Luke Evans 5-42) and Horton battled to 191-8 (Marc Jackson 4-72) to earn a share of the points.
Wollaston moved into third spot as they eased past Oundle by 107 runs.
Ollie Stone’s 132 dominated Wollaston’s 252 with Mike Outar and Marc Bell taking 4-23 and 4-47 respectively.
The in-form Chris Perry then recorded figures of 4-51 as Oundle were bowled out for 145 despite some late resistance from Richard Cunningham who top scored with 46.
The other game saw Stony Stratford foiled by the weather as their clash with Brixworth ended prematurely.
Stony, with Tyler Lorton on 106 not out, were 226-2 in the 42nd over in pursuit of Brixworth’s 274-9 (Fred Newborough 72) when the rain arrived.