Burton break their duck while the top two pull clear

Ali McClure tries to hit out on his way to 105 in Burton Latimer's win over Brixworth
Ali McClure tries to hit out on his way to 105 in Burton Latimer's win over Brixworth

The top of the NCL Premier Division might just be seeing the start of a breakaway by Peterborough and Rushton.

With six games of the campaign remaining the pair are now clear of the chasing pack at the summit after both collected 30-point wins.

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Brixworth v Burton Latimer R maclean NNL-140908-191355009

But the weekend’s action was perhaps more notable for a result at the other end where Burton Latimer picked up their first win of the season at the 16th attempt.

Having put 223-5 on the board at Brixworth, their bowlers then took control and dismissed their hosts for only 98 to seal a much-needed 125-run success.

Ali McClure’s unbeaten 105 - with assistance from Damien Paul on 76 - put them in a good position and the bowlers did the rest.

Leaders Peterborough were extremely comfortable victors over Northampton Saints as 5-35 by Joe Dawborn inspired them to a 136-run verdict.

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Brixworth v Burton Latimer D Paul NNL-140908-191344009

Asim Butt made 86 in Peterborough’s 225-7 before Saints were reduced to a mere 89 all out in reply.

Rushton remain hot on their heels, though, after Jon Carpenter’s all-round contribution earned them maximum reward against Horton House.

Ben Mansell (63) and Andrew Reynoldson (83) had already made half-centuries - Mansell’s innings taking only 49 balls - before Carpenter added 54. With Dan Bendon hitting 39 from 24 deliveries it enabled Rushton to declare on 267-6 in only 48 overs.

It looked as though that might have been generous as Charlie MacDonnell and Leo Carter both made 76 as they put on 109 for the second wicket.

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Brixworth v Burton Latimer A Lacey NNL-140908-191431009

But once they had departed there was little else in the way of resistance and Horton lost their last nine wickets for just 90 runs with Carpenter having his say with the ball on the way 5-38 from 9.5 overs.

The gap at the top is still 15 points but the margin between second and third now stands at 49 after Old Northamptonians were beaten by Oundle.

Petrus Jeftha is well known for his skill with the ball but it was with bat in hand that he starred this time.

His 4-48 helped keep ONs to just 112 although it was Bashrat Hussain who took the main honours with 16-6-38-5.

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Brixworth v Burton Latimer A Maclur NNL-140908-191406009

The reply did not start too well as Oundle found themselves at 22-2 with Ben Groom and Cameron Wake both back in the pavilion.

But Jeftha, batting at three, hit 66 from 68 balls with 11 fours and a six to ensure there were no issues in chasing down such a small target.

The win lifts Oundle to fourth place, level with Finedon Dolben who fell to a four-wicket reverse at Rushden.

Greig Hofbauer and Ben Howgego top scored for the Dolben as they limped to 168 all out inside 39 overs.

Rushden lost wickets when players were established but there were relatively few worrying times times in their successful chase.

Will Sheridan’s 32 was their highest score but they made it to 165-6 in decent time.

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Brixworth v Burton Latimer F Newbourgh NNL-140908-191443009

Wollaston were easy winners over Stony Stratford as their spin attack did the damage.

They posted a competitive total of 183-9 thanks to some tailend defiance.

Having been 17-3, 34-4 and 93-6 it looked like they would not have much to bowl at.

But David Shelford (47) was aided by the lower order contributions of Mark Ralph (26), Mark Carter (31), Jameson Coutts (19) and Simon Driver (18) in reaching a better-than-expected mark.

It proved plenty.

Chris Perry (6-2-19-3) and Steve Musgrave (6-1-25-5) twirled the way through the Stony batsmen as they fell to 90 all out in only 25 overs.