Finedon are denied by stubborn Peterborough

Peterborough's Lewis Bruce bowls in the clash with Finedon Dolben at Bretton Gate
Peterborough's Lewis Bruce bowls in the clash with Finedon Dolben at Bretton Gate

Peterborough’s last pair of Jamie Smith and Chris Milner survived the final 10 overs as the top of the tablke clash in the NCL Premier Division ended in a thrilling draw.

At Bretton Gate, Finedon were restricted to a seemingly mediocre total of 147 after ebing put into bat.

Greg Evans top scored with 37 as the home attack shared the wickets around, Lewis Bruce the pick with 3-49.

And at 72-1 in 16 overs, Asim Butt making a quickfire 37, the home side looked to coasting to victory but Tom Brett (4-21) put the squeeze on to such an extent that seven wickets fell for 49.

But Milner, who batted 70 balls for an unbeaten 19, and number 11 Smith, who survived 24 deliveries, denied Finedon a maximum-points haul as Boro closed on 130-9.

Wollaston jumped above Peterborough into second place as they thrashed Wellingborough by 99 runs.

Mark Ralph’s unbeaten 100 and 61 from Liam Bates steered the year’s surprise package to 228-6 and Mark Gibbs (5-30) made sure that Wellingborough, who at one atage were 26-6, were never in contention.

James Howes’ unbeaten 60 was the only bright spot as they were bowled out for 129 with plenty of time to spare.

County batsman James Kettleborough eased to an undefeated 106 as Rushton made short work of Stony Stratford at Campbell Park to win by 10 wickets.

Kettleborough and Ben Mansell (59no) were there at the end as Stony’s 171 (Dan Bendon 6-32) was overhauled with 25 overs to spare.

Oundle made it two wins on the bounce as they got the better of Old Northamptonians at Milton Road.

The visitors posted a competitive 217 but Petrus Jefth (80no) and Cameron Wake 45 ensured the target was reached for the loss of five wickets.

Northampton Saints imploded in spectacular style as Brixworth claiamed a three-run win at Birchfield Road East.

In pursuit of the visitors’ 140 (Corbyn Dolley 5-37), the Saints were 80-1 with Jack Johnson (63) going strongly but they lost the remaining nine wickets for just 57 as Colin Sibley and Alex Lacey, with 5-46 and 3-43 respectively, turned the game in their side’s favour.

At the foot of the table, Burton Latimer put a cat among the relegation pigeons as they claimd their first win of the season against Horton House.

The 22 points taken by Burton means they are now 11 behind both Wellingborough and Horton as the schedule nears the midway point.

At Denton Road, Nick Shelford and Damon Hanney took 4-34 and 4-28 respectively as Horton were rolled out for 102, a total that was passed for the loss of six wickets as Luke Odell made an unbeaten 67.