County man Duckett’s ton is the NCL Twenty’s star turn

Ben Duckett
Ben Duckett

Ben Duckett served notice of his talent with an unbeaten century as Stony Stratford booked their place in the last eight of the NCL Twenty Cup on Tuesday evening.

The County batsman, who has just finished his A-Levels, made an unbeaten 109 to steer the home side to a nine-wicket victory over the Old Northamptonians.

The result was a bit harsh on Tom Webb who had earlier hit an undefeated 101 in the ONs’ 168-4.

Finedon’s search for a first County Cup title since 2003 goes on after they lost to Rushton by a narrow nine-run margin.

Ben Mansell struck 64 as Rushton piled up 196-6 and although Ben Howgego made 76 in the reply, Finedon fell short on 187-7.

Defending champions Oundle (96-3) ensured safe passage to the quarter-finals as they eased past S&L Corby (92-9) by a convincing seven wickets.

There was a shock at St Crispins Ryelands as the Division Three side beat top flight Wellingborough Town by 16 runs.

The hosts posted 168-4 and although Tom Mills made 56, Boro came up short on 152.

Brixworth enjoyed a relatively comfortable evening as they saw off Wollaston by 33 runs, their total of 162-5 (Tom Worthington 53) proving too many as the visitors were bowled out for 129.

Elsewhere, 2011 winners Peterborough (76-3) had too much for Rothwell (72), Desborough (169-6) cruised past Higham Ferrers (60) and Isham (129) were defeated by Horton House (152-7).