Finedon are crushed as Peterborough take the title

Ajaz Akhtar took 6-33 as Peterborough beat Finedon by 81 runs at Avenue Road
Ajaz Akhtar took 6-33 as Peterborough beat Finedon by 81 runs at Avenue Road

Peterborough secured their secong NCL Premier Division title in as many years with an emphatic 81-run defeat of rivals Finedon Dolben.

At Avenue Road, the home side knew that only a win would keep their chances of claiming the silverware alive but they fluffed their lines badly in the second half of the contest as the visiting seamers ran riot.

In contrast to the hosts, Boro needed a win to ensure that the final round of games would be redundant and at the halfway point, having been dismissed for 150, they must have feared the worst.

But on a damp surface that aided the bowlers throughout, the Finedon line-up had no answer to Ajaz Akhtar who excels in such conditions.

The veteran all-rounder took 6-33, including the final wicket, as Finedon were skittled for a paltry 69.

Having been 27-7 at one stage this represented something of a recovery and it was due to Jon Dunne (38), who was the only man to get into double figures, that they got that far.

Earlier in the day, the home attack had done it’s job to restrict Boro to a manageable total.

Only Paul McMahon and Alex Mithcell reached 30 but they managed to drag their side to a total that proved to be more than enough.

At the other end of the table, Wellingborough’s defeat of Wollaston counted for nothing as they were condemned to relegation.

Needing a win to keep their slim prospects going, Sam Owen’s side thumped the hosts by eight wickets but Horton’s defeat of Burton Latimer ensured that Redwell Road will see Division One cricket come next April.

At London Road, Ryan Awbery took 5-31 as Wollaston were bowled out for 91 and Drew Brierley then made an undefeated 40 as the target was reached in the 16th over.

That would have meant a nervous wait to see how events at Hall Field unfolded and it turned out to be bad news as Horton claimed a 45-run victory.

Haydan Morton took 4-40 as Horton were dismissed for 163 but this wasn’t threatened in the chase as Burton succumbed for 118 (Will Smith 4-19) with eight balls remaining.

Ben Mansell thrashed 116 and James Kettleborough weighed in with 71 as Rushton crushed Stony Stratford by 141 runs.

Rushton piled up 276-4 in just 40 overs and Stony fell well short on 135 with Marc Jacksion and Dan Bendon taking four wickets apiece.

Oundle were on the receiving end of a 61-run defeat to third place Old Northamptonians.

The hosts could only manage 128 (Richard Cunningham 4-23) but Oundle’s reply totalled a meagre 67 with nobody reaching 20.

The weekend’s other game saw Northampton Saints down Brixworth by 50 runs.

The Saints were bowled out for 195 before Brixworth came up short on 145, Mark Wolstenholme snaring 5-20.