Oundle could well have done their neighbours Peterborough a mighty favour as the race for the Hevey Building Supplies NCL Premier Division title enters September.
And to add an extra touch of irony, it was a former Peterborough man, Bashrat Hussain, who dealt a significant blow to Rushton’s chances of a first ever top flight trophy.
The seamer took 6-21 as Oundle won by five wickets at Station Road with the hosts’ 173 being overhauled in the 56th over of the visitors’ reply, Alex Martin making an unbeaten 66 in a winning total of 174-5.
At Hall Field, Peterborough completed a routine seven-wicket victory over Burton Latimer to extend their lead at the summit to a commanding 46 points.
Paul McMahon took 6-39 as Burton were bowled out for 143 and this was easily passed in under 25 overs, Lewis Bruce top scoring with 48.
Burton are now 38 points behind Stony Stratford at the foot of the standings despite the latter losing to Brixworth by one wicket.
Hayden Mullins made 70 in Stony’s 179-7 (Colin Sibley 5-59) and Brixworth squeezed home on 183-9 as the Stony attack shared the wickets around.
Old Northamptonians remain in third place after a 29-run victory over local rivals Northampton Saints.
Richard Kaufman made 49 as the ONs struggled to 172-8 but this proved to be enough as the Saints were dismissed for 149 (Shiv Jhala 56) as Tom Webb, Rob White and Phillip Evans took three wickets apiece.
Mudassar Hussain Ansari and Christian Davis were the stars of the show at Denton Road as Rushden coasted to a seven-wicket win over Horton House.
Ansari took 7-17 as Horton were bowled out for 127 and David then hit an unbeaten 67 as Rushden reached 131-3.
The other game from the round saw Wollaston get the better of Finedon Dolben by 38 runs at Avenue Road.
Wollaston could only manage 153 but Finedon fell comfortably short in reply as they were skittled for 115.