Defeat leaves Wellingborough in deep trouble

Northampton Saints' Neil Stanley defends in the clash with Old Northamptonians
Northampton Saints' Neil Stanley defends in the clash with Old Northamptonians

Wellingborough moved a step closer to relegation from the NCL Premier Division as they went down by five wickets to Rushton.

The defeat leaves Sam Owen’s side 30 points adrift of Horton House and a further eight behind Burton Latimer with three games remaining and it means that this weekend’s clash with Burton at Redwell Road has taken on must-win status.

On Saturday, Drew Brierley (56) and James Howes (60) led the visitors to a competitive 219, Andy Reynoldson the pick of the home attack with figures of 5-47.

But Rushton’s chase was straightforward as 96 from Brad Armer led them to 221-5 with nearly 15 overs to spare.

Horton aren’t out of the woods quite yet and their 155-run capitulation to Brixworth didn’t do them any favours.

Having been put in, Brixworth, thanks to half centuries from Tom Worthington (56), Callum Berrill (66) and Paul Blakemore (62), posted 261-9 in their 55 overs, Luke Evans taking 4-38.

This was never threatened in the reply as Horton collapsed 36-7 as Ross McLean (5-23) and Colin Sibley (4-20) got to work but they staged a recovery of sorts to reach 106.

Burton Latimer suffered their first defeat in five outings as they went down to Wollaston by 40 runs.

The visitors, with contributions throughout the order, totalled 208 and although Hayden Morton made 54 in the chase, the hosts fell short on 168 with Chris Perry taking 4-27.

At the top of the table both Finedon Dolben and Peterborough recorded comfortable wins over Stony Stratford and Oundle respectively.

Jake Kings (78) and Jon Dunne (58) enabled Finedon to declare on 261-9 after 48 overs and they had no trouble dismissing Stony for 115 (Tom Brett 6-38) with plenty of time to spare.

At Bretton Gate, Peterborough secured an 87-run success as they recovered from early trouble with the bat.

Oundle reduced the hosts to 30-4 but David Clarke (65) and Paul McMahon (57) pushed them to 195-7.

And this was more than enough as Oundle, with McMahon taking 4-44) were skittled for just 108.

The weekend’s other game saw Old Northamptonians get the better of Northampton Saints by four wickets.

Tom Pedel snared 4-49 as the Saints were restriced to 164 and although the ONs were in difficulty at 107-6, Richard Kaufman steered them home with an unbeaten 84.