Finedon lose first game and pole position in title race

Alan Sewell on his way to 95 for Burton Latimer against Brixworth
Alan Sewell on his way to 95 for Burton Latimer against Brixworth

Finedon Dolben relinquished the lead in the Northamptonshire Cricket League Premier Division after suffering their first loss of the season.

They succumbed to Wollaston by seven wickets and saw defending champions Peterborough move past them to the top of the table.

Chris Perry set the platform for the villagers’ victory by taking 16-2-54-6 as Finedon were kept to 222-9 in their 55 overs. Greig Hofbauer top scored with 69.

It was not enough as the reply moved along with few hiccups.

Openers Steve Musgrave (66) and Matt Jones (86) got them under way well and, when they departed, Mark Ralph (26no) and Olly Stone (33no) finished the job off.

Peterborough’s 30-point haul from their clash with Horton House was sufficient to take them seven clear of Finedon.

Having reached 240-7, Peterborough decided to declare with two overs left.

They had more than enough time, however, as the House were dismissed for only 122.

Lewis Bruce bagged 7-1-25-5 to finish the work started by Asim Butt (57) and Callum French (53).

At the other end of the table things get no better for Wellingborough Town.

They looked in good shape to claim a valuable win having bowled out Old Northamptonians for 192 thanks to Tim Coleman’s 17-4-31-4.

And when James Howes was making 59 at number seven there was hope of that win.

But late wickets meant they were unable to even claim the draw as they fell to 180 all out with one ball remaining.

Burton Latimer’s survival hopes were helped with a draw at home to Brixworth.

Alan Sewell fell five short of his ton as Burton posted 255-8 in their 55.

It might well have been a win for the home side were it not for the defiance of Callum Berrill whose 114 not out enabled Brixworth to close on 235-8.

Rushton’s solid season continued on a winning note as they beat Oundle.

Phil Adams’ 66 from number eight meant Oundle reached 200-8 but it was not going to test the home side.

They paced the chase perfectly with skipper Andrew Reynoldson at the crease on 74 not out when the winning runs were hit in the final over.

Dan Bendon had also made 47 as Rushton triumphed by six wickets.

The other game saw Northampton Saints claim victory over Stony Stratford.

They knocked off the required 233 thanks to Alec Swann’s 69 and 65 from Joe Collins.

Vicram Sohal (80) and Russell White (68no) led the way for Stony.

Rushden are now 49 points clear at the top of Division One having beaten Peterborough 2nd by 56 runs while the battle of the top two in Division Two went the way of Rothwell against East Haddon.