Champions in control at midway point

Rob White made 150 as the ONs thrashed bottom markers Burton Latimer by 201 runs
Rob White made 150 as the ONs thrashed bottom markers Burton Latimer by 201 runs

At the halfway stage of the Hevey Building Supplies NCL Premier Division season, defending champions Peterborough are sitting in pole position.

Saturday’s 151-run defeat of Stony Stratford has placed them 18 points clear of Rushton who beat Northampton Saints by five wickets.

At Campbell Park, it was one-way traffic as the visitors strolled to an emphatic win.

An unbeaten 120 from Lewis Bruce and 58 from Asim Butt pushed Peterborough to 244-4 before they declared with four overs unused.

The wickets were then shared around as Stony, with no batsman reaching 20, were bowled out for a paltry 93.

At Station Road, the Saints could only manage 82 (Marc Jackson 5-29), a total the hosts passed for the loss of five wickets as they picked up their seventh win of the campaign.

Third placed Rushden were involved in a tight tussle with Oundle at Milton Road.

The visitors, for whom Will Sheridan made 70 and Ben Paine 54, totalled 198 as harry Ramsden’s off-spin returned him the figures of 5-48.

Petrus Jeftha top scored with 42 in Oundle’s reply as they finished nine wickets down and as many runs from victory, Will Liptrot keeping them in check with 5-42.

Finedon had few problems as they overcame Horton House by seven wickets.

Chris Goode took 5-19 as Horton were bowled out for 142 before unbeaten half centuries from Greig Hofbauer (53) and Sean Davis (53) enabled them to recover strongly from 18-3.

Wollaston moved out of the bottom two with a 64-run defeat of Brixworth.

Fred Newborough and Colin Sibley took four wickets apiece as Wollaston were dismissed for 169 but this proved to be more than enough as the hosts collapsed to 105 all out (Alex Lacey 50) as Jameson Coutts, Chris Perry and Steve Musgrave shared nine wickets between them.

It was the Rob White show at Billing Road as Burton Latimer, now 49 points adrift at the foot of the table, were hammered to the tune of 201 runs.

The former County man struck 150 and Richard Kaufman 61 in the hosts’ 289-4 and Burton were then rolled over for 88 as White took 4-13.