No change at the summit as title rivals both claim victories

Lewis Bruce made 55 in Peterborough's thrilling two-wicket defeat of Northampton Saints
Lewis Bruce made 55 in Peterborough's thrilling two-wicket defeat of Northampton Saints

Only three games beat the weather in the NCL Premier Division with the results not affecting either the top or bottom of the table.

Both Finedon and Peterborough claimed 22-point victories to leave the former one-point in the ascendancy while at the foot of the standings, Wellingborough’s defeat to Brixworth means they are 35 points below Horton House in the sole relegation place.

At Denton Road, Finedon had no trouble seeing off Horton as they romped to a nine-wicket triumph.

Having been put in, the home side could only manage a total of 100 as they were bowled out just inside 50 overs.

Only Charlie MacDonnell (26) passed 20 as Will Sneath (4-37), Tom Brett (3-20) and Chris Goode (3-11) ran through their order.

Ben Howgego (45no) then led the successful chase which finished on 103-1 in only 16 overs.

At Birchfield Road East, Peterborough dug themsleves out of a hole to secure a narrow two-wicket success.

At 80-5 in pursuit of the hosts’ 260-6, it lookedlike being a disappointing day for the visitors but the trio of Lewis Bruce (55), Paul McMahon (57) and Ajaz Akhtar (64no) saw them over the line with four balls to spare despite the best efforts of Corbyn Dolley (4-56).

Earlier, Dan Harris had led the Saints’ effort with an undefeated 124 with Mark Wolstenholme providing good support with 58.

The other game to reach a conclusion saw Wellingborough go down by five wickets to Brixworth.

Sam Bold took 6-21 as Wellingborough were skittled for a meagre 74, a score that the visitors passed for the loss of five wickets in the 14th over.

Only 11.1 overs were possible at Wollastonwith the home side reaching 41-1 against Rushton before the weather intervened.

The games at Milton Road between Oundle and Burton Latimer and at Campbell Park between Stony Stratford and Old Northamptonians were both abandoned without a ball being bowled.