Aussie Devoy makes a big impression for Finedon

Action from Old Northamptonians against Geddington
Action from Old Northamptonians against Geddington
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Australian Shane Devoy made an immediate impact on the opening day of the Northamptonshire Cricket League season.

The 26-year-old Australian Capital Territory player took 8-16 as Finedon Dolben beat Rushton by 70 runs to start the new summer in impressive style.

Action from Old Northamptonians against Geddington

Action from Old Northamptonians against Geddington

David Murphy (87) and skipper Greig Hofbauer (61) had earlier set the platform while former Dolben bowler Marc Jackson claimed 3-73.

However, left-arm slow bowler Devoy was the star turn and Rushton had no answer to him.

Northampton Saints were also big winners when they took on Brixworth.

Zak Harvey cracked 107 while Corby Dolley contributed with both bat and ball scoring 86 not out and then taking 4-41.

Action from Old Northamptonians against Geddington

Action from Old Northamptonians against Geddington

Saints reached an impressive 254-3 before reducing Brixworth to 142 all out with Mayur Odedra chipping in with 4-22.

Zain Manzoor’s 95 not out set up Oundle for a 30-point haul against Horton House.

The Milton Road men were all out for 253 but then had their opponents in all sorts of trouble.

Richard Cunningham, Bashrat Hussain and Ben Graves took three wickets each and it needed number eight Simon Dadge (46) to restore some respectability for the House who were eventually dismissed for 161. Dadge had previously led the bowling attack taking 4-69.

Champions Peterborough came out on top of a low-scoring affair at Wollaston.

The home side could manage only 92 - skipper Lewis Bruce taking 5-17 and spinner Paul McMahon 3-24 - but the chase was not without its problems.

Peterborough slumped to 66-5 before Marcus Howard saw them home on 94-7 with an unbeaten 28.

Rushden thumped Stony Stratford in the most one-sided clash of the day.

They compiled a strong 287-6 with half-centuries for Ben Paine (62), Christian Davis (68) and Sam Kumar (51no) before they ran through Stony with ease.

The Buckinghamshire side were dismissed for only 49 leaving them on the receiving end of a 238-run loss.

New boys Geddington were shown how tough life can be in the Premier Division as they lost their first game in the top flight.

Old Northamptonians battled their way to 211-6 from their 55 overs thanks to a 99-run stand for the fifth wicket between James Mellor (67) and Dan Harris (75).

It was a target Geddington might have fancied chasing but they were all out for just 127 runs as their batsmen struggled to build a decent score despite spending time at the crease.