Burton so close to securing a major upset

Greg Evans (right) made an unbeaten century in Finedon's tie with Burton Latimer
Greg Evans (right) made an unbeaten century in Finedon's tie with Burton Latimer

Burton Latimer were one runs short of claiming what would have been a remarkable victory over leaders Finedon Dolben in the NCL Premier Division.

Luke Odell was run out from the final ball of the innings in search of the winning run leaving the game tied.

The 20 points claimed by the visitors - their second such result in the past three weeks - moves them off the foot of the table where they now have a nine-point advantage over Wellingborough who were thrashed by Peterborough.

At Avenue Road, Hayden Morton hit 101 and Odell 58 as Burton, with 65 overs to bat after an early declaration, chased the hosts’ 257-4 which was built around contributions from Greg Evans (106no) and Ben Howgego (89).

At Bretton Gate, Peterborough had no alarms as they eased past Wellingborough by eight wickets to cut the gap on Finedon to 16 points.

Jamie Smith and Paul McMahon took three wickets each as the visitors were bowled out for 114 before Callum French, with an unbeaten 53, steered the home side to victory with plenty of time to spare.

Wollaston’s collapse in form continued as they suffered a fifth consecutive defeat.

At Billing Road, they had no answer to Richard Kaufman’s off-spin as they were beaten by 75 runs.

Kaufman recorded the figures of 6-37 as Wollaston were bowled out for 119 in pursuit of the Old Northamptonians’ 194-9 (Tom Webb 53, Chris Perry 5-71).

Rushton moved up to third spot as they strolled past Brixworth to win by seven wickets.

Jonathan Carpenter took 4-27 as Brixworth were bowled out for 154 (Paul Blamkemore 49) and James Kettleborough then hit 71 in Rushton’s straightforward reply.

Oundle’s trip to Milton Keynes didn’t go to plan as they were easily beaten by Stony Stratford.

Tyler Lorton made 70 and Russell White 51 in Stony’s 209-9 with Harry Ramsden taking 7-50 for the visitors.

But Oundle fell well short of their target as they were bowled out for 133 with the Stony attack sharing the wickets around.

The weekend’s other game saw Northampton Saints make short work of Horton House at Birchfield Road East.

Horton were skittled for 93 (Corbyn Dolley 4-10), providing a target that was reached in the 21st over, Jack Johnson making 44.