NCL – Finedon and Peterborough set for two-horse race

Rushton celebrate the wicket of ONs batsman George Arblaster during their win at Billing Road. Picture by Dave Ikin
Rushton celebrate the wicket of ONs batsman George Arblaster during their win at Billing Road. Picture by Dave Ikin
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It looks to be a straight two-horse race for the Hevey Building Supplies Northamptonshire League Premier Division crown.

Leaders Finedon Dolben could only manage a winning draw with Brixworth on Saturday and saw their advantage at the top cut to 21 points as Peterborough thrashed bottom markers Burton Latimer.

And it now looks like the two old rivals will do battle for the title after third-placed Wollaston were beaten by Northampton Saints, who enjoyed a welcome return to form.

At Avenue Road, Finedon reached 204-9 in 55 overs with Jack Chopping (55) and Chris Goode (41) producing some crucial runs in the middle and lower order while Fred Newborough took 5-31.

Aside from Tom Worthington (42), Brixworth struggled in reply as Tom Brett (6-33) caused havoc. But Chris Richmond (27no) ensured his team reached safety on 155-8.

There were no problems for Peterborough at Bretton Gate. They declared on 251-5 after 50 overs with Asim Butt smashing a superb 134 from 141 balls while Callum French added 46.

Had it not been for Haydan Morton (65), it would have been total embarrassment for Burton as only one other batsman reached double figures and seven went for ducks in their 101 all out. Joe Dawborn and Rob Sayer both picked up four wickets.

Wollaston’s challenge looks to be fading after Chris Park inspired Saints to victory at Birchfield Road East.

The visitors put 227-9 on the board with Oli Stone (67) and Matthew Jones (53) scoring well while Mark Wolstenholme (5-33) was the pick of the attack.

Saints skipper Park opened the innings and struck 102 from 93 balls before Saints finished things on 230-7, despite the efforts of Chris Perry (4-57).

Rushton moved to within 20 points of Wollaston with a six-wicket success at Old Northamptonians.

The wickets were shared around as ONs were bowled out for 149, Jordan Capel (35) the only batsman to make any impact.

And the visitors got over the line with plenty of time to spare as Ben Mansell (44), Jon Carpenter (41) and Dan Bendon (35) scored well.

Horton House remain in trouble at the wrong end of the table after Richard Cunningham inspired Oundle to a six-wicket success.

Cunningham returned figures of 16.5-5-37-7 as Horton were all out for 149 with number nine Will Smith giving them a ray of hope with an unbeaten 43.

But Oundle made no mistake in the reply as Harry Ramsden (76) and Rick Andrew (46) did the damage to get them to 150-4 in the 34th over.

Wellingborough Town slipped to a five-wicket defeat to Stony Stratford at Campbell Park but they picked up a useful nine points to move them clear of Burton at the foot.

Batting first, Boro reached 207-9 in their 55 overs but Stony got to the target on 208-5 in the 52nd innnings.

Don’t miss a round-up from all the NCL divisions and all the other local cricket news in Thursday’s Northamptonshire Telegraph