Superb stand helps put Wollaston on top

Wollaston sit proud at the top of Under-13 Section A in the Higham & District Youth Cricket League after a 38-run success over Finedon Dolben A.

A superb unbeaten stand of 143 between Patrick Bright (77no) and Harry Broome (54no) led Wollaston to 145-1 in their innings.

And, despite a good partnership of 104 between Ewan Cox (51no) and Elliot Ward (36), the total proved too much as Finedon could only reach 107-4 in reply.

In the section’s other game, Dylan Wilson (46) and Hayes McMahon (43no) helped Rushden A post a total of 111-1 and that was enough to beat Finedon Dolben B, who closed on 69-4 with Charles Morton (2-11) being the pick of the bowlers while Tom Swann top-scored with 28.

Podington maintained their 100 per cent record in Under-13 Section B as they secured a seven-wicket win over Thrapston A in the final over.

Sam Walker (33no) was Thrapston’s best performer as they reached 78-6 but Podington got over the line on 82-3 in reply.

Wellingborough Indians had eight successful bowlers as they restricted Rushden B to 44-8 before Harsh Patel (12) guided them to victory on 46-4.

Old Grammarians also won by six wickets against Raunds, who were bowled out for 47 with Stephen Thompson, Thomas Bone and Aryan Patel all taking two wickets.

Jordan Gilbey (25no) led OGs to victory on 50-4, despite Toby Lawrence claiming a brace of victims.

Oundle beat Earls Barton in the final over of their clash.

Barton had Lewis Kingsbury (25) in fine form as they closed on 75-7 with Owain Seaton (3-9) being the pick of the Oundle bowlers.

Alex Clarke (32) was the hero for Oundle as they got to the target on 79-6 in the nick of time to ensure the efforts of Charlie Lawrence (3-19) were in vain.

Oundle A currently lead the way in Section A of the Under-15 age group as their latest win came in the shape of an eight-wicket success over Wollaston.

Patrick Bright (51no) was in great form as Wollaston put 95-4 on the board as Andrew Atkinson-Dalziel (2-8) performed well with the ball.

But Jack Bolsover (43no) and Alex Birkinshaw (22no) led Oundle home on 99-2.

Ross McMullan (68), James Barron (49no) and Jack Nason (30) were all in superb form as Rushden reached a huge 173-3 in their clash with Finedon Dolben, for whom Matthew Fensome (2-14) bowled well.

Ewan Cox hit 49 and Scott Humphreys was unbeaten on 40 in the reply but Finedon could not match the required rate and closed on 105-1.

Elsewhere in the section, Wellingborough Town A proved too strong for Thrapston.

Drew Brierley (50no) was Boro’s top scorer in their innings of 126-7 as Thrapston’s Bradley Willis and Edward Boddington took three wickets each.

And Tom Ray (2-11) and Ben Dhaliwal (2-1) prevented a Thrapston challenge as Alex Teague top-scored with 17 as they were bowled out for 68.

In Under-15 Section B, Irthlingborough enjoyed a comfortable 10-wicket success over Finedon Dolben B as Sam Knight took 2-5 before hitting 36 not out to see the former to victory.

Finedon were restricted to 54-6 with Ali Whitehouse (2-6) also performing well and Charlie Thompson (15no) helped Irthlingborough to their win on 58-0.

Raunds had Alec Morgan (21) and Joshua Andic (29 and 2-10) in good form as they reached 74-3 to seal a seven-wicket win over Oundle B, who had been kept down to 73-6 with Alex Clarke top-scoring on 29.

Milan Modha (51) was the hero for Wellingborough Town B as their total of 102-4 was enough to beat Podington by 35 runs.

Chloe Stringer (2-10) and Jack Pinnock (2-3) prevented a successful chase as Podington closed on 67-8.