Finedon keep up their perfect start in the NCL - but only just

Jack Johnson impressed for Horton House
Jack Johnson impressed for Horton House

Northamptonshire Cricket League Premier Division leaders Finedon Dolben were given a fright by struggling Wollaston before maintaining their 100 per cent record.

They still sit top of the table having become the only side to take maximum-point wins from their first three games.

But it could have been so different.

They added 70 for the last three wickets thanks mainly to Chris Goode (27) and George Parker (39) as they limped their way to 117 all out.

Wollaston were the favourites to collect a first success of the summer, especially as opener Nicholas Mosey made his way to 28.

They lost wickets at regular intervals but still seemed in control at 48-2, 80-5 and indeed 94-6.

However, in contrast to Finedon, their last four wickets fell for just 11 runs as the home side won by 12 runs. Australian Shane Devoy was again the pick of the bowlers with his 15.4-8-25-4.

Premier Division new boys Geddington continue to struggle as their third top-flight game brought a third-straight loss.

This time it came again an Andrew Reynoldson-inspired Rushton who tasted victory for the first time.

Their star man made an unbeaten 132 to guide his side to 247-5 before returning to take 4-15 in 12 overs to bowl out Geddington for only 126.

Tiaan Raubenheimer made a valiant 52 in a fruitless fight to save his team.

Rushden are second in the table following a fine chase against Northampton Saints.

Zak Harvey (70) and Dan Harris (71) combined to put on 114 for the first wicket and help Saints post 226-9 from their 55 overs.

Rushden skipper Simon Branston took 4-45 with Chanaka Ruwansiri bagging 4-58.

And Branston was back to help as they made light work of the chase.

Chrstian Davis’ not out 50 led the way but Branston also hit 46 before being run out as his side knocked off the runs with five wickets and just under 12 overs to spare.

Old Northamptonians will be wondering how they failed to get full reward from their game against Oundle.

After Blayde Baker (90), Xaakir Khawaja (73) and Rob White (52) had combined to take them to 239-6 from their 55 overs, they then had their opponents on the brink of defeat.

At 135-9 Oundle staring a heavy loss firmly in the face. However, Richard Cunningham had other ideas.

He made 46 not out and, supported by an obdurate unbeaten nought from Peter Wilson, they added 59 for the last wicket and stayed together until the end to frustrate ONs’ victory hopes.

Defending champions Peterborough cruised to a win over Brixworth.

David Clarke (80) was the rock of their 233-4 sharing stands of 86 with opening partner Lewis Bruce (42) and 103 with number three Asim Butt (66).

It proved way beyond the abilities of Brixworth who were all out for just 81 with Joe Dawborn taking 4-23 and Jamie Smith 4-40.

The final game in the section brought victory to Stony Stratford for the first time.

The chased down Horton House’s 190-8 thanks 66 not out from Jarrod Pretorius.

Jack Johnson had earlier made 70 for Horton while Alex Strong was the pick of the game’s bowlers with 4-42 in the Stony fielding effort.

In Divison One, Weekley & Warkton are the leaders having defended just 148 to beat Desborough by 19 runs.