Northamptonshire all-rounder Steven Crook turned out for Brixworth in the NCL Premier Division on Saturday and inspired the villagers to a 58-run win over Finedon Dolben.
Crook has been left out of the County’s current LV= Championship Division One clash against Middlesex after suffering a loss of form.
And he decided to get some playing action in at Northampton Road, and proved to be the difference, especially with the ball in hand.
Brixworth were bowled out for a modest looking 145, with Fred Newborough making 50 and Alex Lacey 40, while Crook chipped in with 25.
Finedon would have fancied their chances of chasing that target down, and when they were 57 for one it looked a certainty.
But Crook proved to be in potent form as he claimed 6-49 from 10 overs and Dolben were dismissed for just 85, losing their final nine wickets for 28 runs.
Colin Sibley backed up Crook by taking 3-28.
Burton Latimer lost their fourth straight game as they went down to Oundle by 79 runs at Milton Road.
They did the first part of the job with some success as Oundle were skittled for just 138 with George Groenland and Damien Paul taking three wickets apiece.
But their batting didn’t back this up as they slumped to 20-7, eventually succumbing for 59 with Bashrat Hussain taking 5-7.
Rushden’s good form hasn’t relented as they had the better of a draw with Peterborough.
County batsman Rob Keogh’s comeback continued to gather pace as he hit 87 and Ben Paine weighed in with 57 as Rushden totalled 239, Paul McMahon the pick of the Boro’ attack with 5-51.
Asim Butt scored 58 in the reply but it fell short on 207-9 as the Rushden attack kept them in check.
Wollaston opened their account with a three-wicket defeat of Northampton Saints.
Only Mark Wolstenhome (46) made an impression as the Saints were bowled out for 160 and Steve Musgrave them hit 45 as the home side won with more than 20 overs to spare.
Rushton had few difficulties as they downed Old Northamptonians by a 70-run margin.
Ben Mansell (72) and Dan Bendon (56) steered Rushton to 255-7 and although Rob White scored 86, to go with his earlier 4-64, the ONs could only manage 185.
Horton House maintained their 100 per cent record as they beat Stony Stratford by seven wickets.
Stony totalled 193-9 before Horton eased to 196-3.