The bottom-of-the-table clash produced a dramatic finale as Burton Latimer edged out Horton House in the Hevey Building Supplies Northamptonshire League Premier Division.
Batting first at Hall Field, Horton were bowled out for 171 in 53.1 overs with Steven Jarvis (44) being the top scorer while Damon Hanney (4-54) and Haydan Morton (4-39) did the damage for the hosts.
In reply, Horton looked to be heading for victory as Andrew Neate (6-42) tore through the Burton middle order to leave them on 149-9.
However, in a dramatic finish, Hanney (9no) joined Daniel Bird (52no) and the pair held their nerve to seal a one-wicket victory and help their team move 25 points clear of bottom markers Horton.
At the top end of the table, a two-horse race for the title has developed.
Northampton Saints hit back from their first defeat of the season as they claimed victory over the NCCC Academy.
The hosts were dismissed for 182 with Saif Bhojani (64) leading the way but a third-wicket stand of 96 between Jake Fawcett (95) and Jack Johnson (42) helped Saints get to 183-4 with time to spare.
Peterborough remain hot on their heels after they crushed Wellingborough Town by 112 runs while Old Northamptonians picked up another notable win as they inflicted a massive blow on Finedon Dolben’s hopes with a three-wicket success.
Stony Stratford now sit in third place after Ian Sandbrook hit 104 in his team’s total of 220-9 against Rushton.
The hosts were then skittled out for 95 as Stony completed a fine 125-run victory.
Brixworth were the unlucky side of the day as they bowled hosts Wollaston out for 139.
And the visitors were seemingly cruising towards the target on 100-3 when the rain arrived and forced a no result.
Full round-up, reaction and pictures from the Hevey Building Supplies NCL in Thursday’s Northamptonshire Telegraph.