Burton Latimer halt losing streak with battling draw

Corbyn Dolley celebrates the wicket of Mark Hodgson in the Saints' six-wicket defeat of Oundle
Corbyn Dolley celebrates the wicket of Mark Hodgson in the Saints' six-wicket defeat of Oundle
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Burton Latimer ended their 100 per cent losing record in the NCL Premier Division as they hung on to secure a draw against winless Rushton.

The 10 points they collected has moved them 11 clear of bottom place Wellingborough Town who were comfortably beaten by leaders Finedon Dolben.

At Hall Field, the bowlers held sway on a low-scoring afternoon.

Having been put into bat, the visitors scraped their way to a total of 146 with only Jonathan Carpenter (41) exceeding 20.

Hayden Morton was the pick of the Burton attack with 4-32 while Jamie Delargy weighed in with 3-23.

The hosts’ batting has been a problem all season and when they were reduced to 82-8 a sixth consecutive defeat looked on the cards but they displayed some fighting spirit to close on 125-9 from 57 overs.

George Groenland survived 82 balls for his unbeaten 27 and last man Damon Hanney 20 deliveries at the end. Earlier, Luke O’Dell had top-scored with 44.

Carpenter completed a good allround game with 3-45.

At Redwell Road, Finedon’s seamers encountered little resistance as they bowled out Wellingborough for just 77.

Only Tom Mills (38) and Joshua Bateman (17) reached double figures as Primesh Patel (4-39) and Jack Chopping (4-10) caused havoc.

Karl Tapp took 4-44 in the visitors’ reply but they reached their target in the 22nd over.

Wollaston maintained their unbeaten run with a comprehensive 10-wicket thumping of Brixworth.

Matthew Jones was the star of the show with an unbeaten 106 from 107 balls as the home side chased down a target of 135 in a fraction more than 30 overs.

The Brixworth innings was undermined by the performance of spinners Chris Perry and Steve Musgrave who took 4-27 and 3-55 respectively.

Northampton Saints made it three wins in a row as they ground their way to a six-wicket success over Oundle at Milton Road.

Petrus Jeftha (52), Phil Adams (27) and Mark Hodgson (30) led a recovery from 21-4 as the home side posted 168, Jake Higginbotham (4-45) and Mark Wolstenholme (3-39) doing the damage for the Saints.

It was slow going in reply but Alec Swann (80no) and Wolstenholme (30no) ensured the winning line was crossed with 16 balls to spare.

Peterborough were denied victory at Stony Stratford as the home side finished on 129-9 in reply to a score of 199.

Nick Allen made a round half-century for Stony with Lewis Bruce (4-45 and Joe Dawborn (3-17) the pick of the visitors’ attack.

Asim Butt (54) and Bruce (44) were the chief contributors earlier in the day after peterborough had won the toss and elected to bat.

The weekend’s other game, between Horton House and Old Northamptonians, was dominated by an outstanding innings by Martyn Cory.

The left-hander thrashed 167 from only 115 balls with 100 in boundaries as the ONs piled up 293-5 in 49 overs, Zaakir Khawaja assisting with 94.

Zed Babar then snared 5-17 as Horton were shot out for 103 with 26 overs to spare.