Burton Latimer’s hold on a top flight place in the Hevey Building Supplies NCL is looking increasingly flimsy.
Damon Hanney’s side suffered their 15th defeat of the season as they were comfortably beaten by Northampton Saints - eight wickets the margin - and they trail Stony Stratford by 30 points with four rounds of games remaining.
Three of those are at home but their run-in isn’t particularly friendly with Peterborough, Finedon Dolben and Old Northamptonians left to play.
On Saturday, having been put in, Burton were bowled out for 195 in the 52nd over.
Damien Paul and Luke Odel made 41 and 42 respectively while Corbyn Dolley recorded the excellent figures of 8-56.
Dolley then followed this up with an unbeaten 83 and he and Zak Harvey (90no) enabled the hosts to reach 197-2 with 11 overs to spare.
Stony aren’t out of the woods quite yet after their 81-run reverse against Oundle.
Marc Bell (101no), Ben Groom (70) and Petrus Jeftha (64no) were all in the runs in Oubdle’s 245-1 declared, a total Stony came nowhere near overhauling as they were bowled out for 164.
Sainath Ravikumar top scored with 54 for the visitors while Harry Ramsden took 5-33.
At the other end of the table, Peterborough made short work of Finedon Dolben as they cruised to a 109-run victory.
Asim Butt domianted the home side’s 219 with 98 (Tom Brett 4-52) and the duo of Paul McMahon (6-18) and Joe Dawborn (4-26) then ran through the Finedon order as they were dismissed for 110.
Rushton are the only challengers left and they thumped Wollaston by 122 runs.
Ben Mansell (97) and James Kettleborough (70) were the main contributors to Rushton’s 263-5 declared in just 42 overs and Jake Higginbotham, with 5-34, then did the damage as the home side were bowled out for 141.
Old Northamptonians’ diminishing hopes of taking the title were ended as they could only draw with Rushden.
Christian Davis’ unbeaten 108 and 69 from Simon Branston steered Rushden to a commanding 282-6 (Tom Webb 5-69) and although Rob White hit an undefeated 118 in the reply, the ONs finished short on 240-8 (Branston 4-69).
Leo Carter scored his fourth hundred of the summer and Callum Berrill his third in six weeks in Horton’s six-wicket victory over Brixworth.
Berrill (133no) and Tom Worthington (60no) scored well in Brixworth’s 274-3 but Carter (105no) and Elliott Ruff (60) ensured Horton took the spoils despite the efforts of Colin Sibley (4-64).