Finedon are back on top after comfortable victory

The lead changed hands again at the top of the NCL Premier Division despite the title contenders both claiming victories.

Because they batted first, Finedon’s 98-run defeat of Wellingborough earned them a maximum 30 points while Peterborough, who chose to bowl first against Stony Stratford before claiming a seven-wicket success, took 22 points for their troubles.

That means that Finedon now lead the way by a solitary point from their nearest challengers with five games remaining.

At Avenue Road it was the Ben Howgego show as the opener made an unbeaten 147 in the hosts’ 229-6.

Boro’s reply saw Christian Davis make 55 but 5-42 from Tom Brett ensured Findeon took the spoils as the visitors were bowled out for 131 in the 43rd over.

At Bretton Gate it was spinner Paul McMahon who did the damage for the home side as Stony could only muster 118.

McMahon took 6-31 and David Clarke then hit 48 as the target was reached in short time.

Burton Latimer’s Houdini act continues to gather pace as they recorded just their second win of the campaign.

Rushton’s Marc Jackson took a hat-trick on his way to figures of 5-44 as Burton were dismissed for 164 at Station Road.

But this proved to be more than enough as the home side collapsed to 136 all out, Jackson top scoring with 50, with Damon Hanney’s 6-47 doing the damage.

The 30 points gained mean that Burton, who jumped above Horton House, are 42 clear of bottom side Wellingborough.

Oundle got the better of Northampton Saints in a low-scoring affair at Birchfield Road East.

The Saints could only manage 158 (Marc Bell 5-40) and although Corbyn Dolley snared 5-34, the visitors got over the line.

Wollaston were on the receiving end of a narrow two-wicket defeat at the hands of Brixworth.

Steve Musgrave made 62 in Wollaston’s 191-7 but a number of decent contributions throughout the order enabled Brixworth to reach their target with one ball to spare despite Chris Perry’s 4-57.

The weekend’s other game saw the in-form Old Northamptonians ease past Horton by six wickets at Billing Road.

Horton made 190-7 from their 55 overs before Zaakir Khawaja hit 53 in the hosts’ reply of 193-4.