Burton and Saints can’t be separated in Premier clash

Defiant Burton Latimer showed excellent tailend resistance to earn a tie from their game against Northampton Saints in the Hevey Building Supplies NCL Premier Division.

Saints, who have made something of a habit of throwing away promising positions in recent weeks, did it again as a 10th-wicket stand of 45 between George Groenland (22no) and Damon Hanney (27) grabbed a share for Burton.

It was skipper Hanney who was the last man out when he was run out from the final ball of the match trying to win it.

Earlier Dan Harris had top scored with 40 as Saints were dismissed for 158 in 50.4 overs - Haydan Morton collecting 17-7-25-4.

The reply was in trouble at 53-7 and then 113-9. But Groenland’s defiance led a remarkable recovery.

He dug in to make his 22 from 132 balls including just a solitary boundary.

With Hanney he steered Burton towards an unlikely success only for Corbyn Dolley to run the latter out from the final ball of the 59th over.

Finedon Dolben are now 34 points clear at the top after their routine success over Oundle.

Opting to field first, they restricted their opponents to 159-8 in their 55 overs.

It was no problem for the league leaders who reached their target with only four men down.

Peterborough closed the gap slightly by picking up a 30-point win over Rushton.

Having chosen to bat, Peterborough compiled an imposing 258-6 with Rob Sayer and Callum French both making half-centuries.

And Lewis Bruce made sure they took full advantage of their strong position by taking 12-1-47-6 and completing the win despite 54 not our from Marc Jackson.

Wollaston slipped off the pace slightly as they gave Stony Stratford a first 30-point success of the summer.

Despite Chris Perry’s 6-44, Stony managed to post 189 before being bowled out. Tom Moore was their leading man on 69.

Things began badly for Wollaston as they fell to 68-6. They managed to add another 100 runs for the last four wickets - star man Perry top-scoring on 33 - but they still fell 21 runs short of their visitors.

Strugglers Wellingborough Town and Horton House drew at Redwell Road.

Elliott Ruff’s 107 was the driving force behind an impressive 258-5 although an unbeaten 72 from Charlie MacDonnell helped out.

Wellingborough made a good fist of it and eventually ended only 11 runs behind but with just one wicket in hand.

All of their top seven reached at least 20 but no one went to make a half-century. Christian Davis’ 46 was their highest effort.

Will Smith (5-84) and Andrew Neate (4-72) took all the Wellingborough wickets between them.