No change at the top as title chasers both claim victories

Asim Butt clattered an unbeaten 83 as Peterborough thrashed Wollaston
Asim Butt clattered an unbeaten 83 as Peterborough thrashed Wollaston
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It’s a case of as you were at the top of the NCL Premier Division after both Finedon Dolben and Peterborough Town recorded comfortable victories.

The leaders eased past Rushton by eight wickets and Peterborough trounced Wollaston by 10 wickets which means that the gap remains at 21 points.

At Station Road, having won the toss, Finedon’s seamers made short work of the home side’s batting line-up.

Jack Chopping took 6-37 and Will Sneath 3-23 as Rushton were shot out for just 88 in 33 overs.

Marcus Steed, with an unbeaten 33, was the only one to offer much resistance.

The reply was dominated by Ben Howgego who raced to 57 off 39 balls as the target was achieved in a fraction under 14 overs.

At London Road, Peterborough made amends for their loss earlier in the season as they hammered Wollaston.

The in-form Asim Butt was again to the fore as he thrashed an unbeaten 83 from just 49 deliveries as the hosts’ total of 108 was emphatically overhauled in the 14th over.

It was the spin duo of Paul McMahon and Lewis Bruce who had done the damage earlier in the day as they wreaked havioc with figures of 4-31 and 5-14 respectively.

At the foot of the table, it is looking like a shootout between Burton Latimer and Wellingborough Town to avoid the sole relegation place.

Burton, after their three-wicket defeat to the Old Northamptonians, are 12 points adrift of Boro who had the better of a draw with Northampton Saints.

At Hall Field, Hayden Morton made 61 in Burton’s 154 with spinner Aiden Fowkes the pick of the ONs’ attack with 4-35.

The home side picked up wickets at regular intervals after the break but the visitors, led by Martyn Cory with 46, were able to squeeze over the line.

At Redwell Road, the rain spoiled what could have been a good finish to a contest that was nicely poised.

The Saints, in pursuit of Wellingborough’s 231-9, were slightly behind on 161-4 when play was curtailed.

Christian Davis (57) and Joshua Bateman (54) shared a second-wicket stand of 103 for the hosts with Chris Harris (4-48) the most successful of the Saints’ bowlers.

Oundle claimed a losing draw at Milton Road as Brixworth emerged with the greater share of the points.

Tom Worthington, Callum Berrill and Peter Caunt all hit half-centuries as Brixworth declared on 268-4 after 53 overs.

Oundle were never in the hunt in the reply and closed on 191-7 with Mark Hodgson unbeaten on 50.

Horton House put some considerable distance between themselves and the bottom two with a resounding 75-run defeat of Stony Stratford.

Horton were bowled out for 155 (Tyler Lorton 4-28) but they defended this with some ease as Stony were shot out for 80, Luke Evans and Will Smith taking three wickets apiece.