The NCL title belongs to Peterborough

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Peterborough have been crowned Hevey Building Supplies NCL Premier Division champions..

It is the first time in 16 years they have achieved the feat and did it with a win over Old Northamptonians.

They sit 70 points clear at the top with only two games - and a potential 60 points - remaining in the season.

The ONs were dismissed for 155 with Lewis Bruce (4-25) and Paul McMahon (4-51) doing the damage. Richard Kaufman made 51.

There was no one major contribution in the successful reply as David Clarke top scored with 37.

But skipper Ajaz Akhtar and star performer McMahon were there at the end to seal a four-wicket win.

“It’s been a great team effort all summer,” Akhtar said.

“We have a side young enough and talented enough to dominate the competition for years to come.

“I played in the 1996 team that last won the league, but this is a new experience for the rest of the lads and I hope they enjoy it enough to want to repeat it next season.

“I hope it doesn’t take another 16 years to win it again because I’ll be 60 for a start!”.

Northampton Saints head the battle to finish second having seen off challengers Finedon Dolben.

Jack Johnson’s 98 and 60 from Mark Wolstenholme guided them to 245 all out despite Chris Goode’s 5-64.

And with Steve Jennings bagging 3-7 in the reply Finedon were reduced to 164 all out.

Wollaston’s survival hopes were given a massive boost with victory over an Andrew Reynoldson-inspired Rushton.

The all-rounder finished on the losing side despite taking 5-67 and scoring 68.

But 60 from Jimmy Hart took Wollaston to 207-8 before Jack Playfair’s 5-61 bowled Rushton out for 166.

Wellingborough Town inflicted a dramatic one-wicket loss on relegation-threatened Horton House.

It was only a second success since mid-June for the Redwell Road club and they did it thanks to County man Christian Davis.

He took 15-3-35-7 as Horton slipped to 157 all out despite fifties from Charlie McDonnell and James Green.

Davis then scored 37 and Marcus Andrew got 42 as they seemed to be cruising to victory.

But as wickets tumbled it needed the last pair to edge them home.

Burton Latimer could have done their survival chances to world of good having restricted Brixworth to 132-9 thanks to Mehul Adatia (4-40).

But their batting crumbled again and they were all out for 101 as Fred Newborough claimed figures of 8.3-1-17-6.

Lewis Denmark and Ryan Findlay both hit half-centuries as the Academy eased to a 95-run win over Stony Stratford.

The Division One title race is still far from decided as the top three all won again.

Oundle had no problems seeing off Old Northamptonians 2nd by 10 wickets with David Foster taking 6-18.

Desborough beat Wellingborough Indians by two wickets while Rushden saw off Isham by 77 runs.

The game of the day saw Kettering move into fourth place with a one-run victory over bottom side Old Wellingburians.

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