Honours even at Finedon after Wollaston resistance

Paul Blakemore hits out on his way to 66 in Brixworth's Premier Division win over Burton Latimer
Paul Blakemore hits out on his way to 66 in Brixworth's Premier Division win over Burton Latimer
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Finedon Dolben and Wollaston remain the only unbeaten sides in the Northamptonshire Cricket League Premier Division after their meeting ended in a draw.

However, leaders Finedon may feel they should have wrapped up the win after they had their visitors nine down at the close.

Between them last pair Kieran Furniss and Mark Carter saw off 39 balls between them.

The Dolben had posted 261-9 with Ben Howgego making 104 at the top of the order and skipper Andy Daniels adding 56. Chris Perry took 5-66.

In the reply Steve Musgrave (51) and Matt Jones (40) put on 81 for the first wicket before the response fell away.

Northampton Saints are second after Jake Higginbotham blitzed Stony Stratford with eight wickets.

He finished with 11.2-4-19-8 as Stony were rolled out for just 43 in 22.2 overs.

Saints had earlier made 187-9 thanks to some lower-order runs from nine and 10 Richard Ashton (33) and Richard Stemp (18no).

Another bowler on top form was Ajaz Akhtar.

The evergreen Peterborough star took 16.4-6-27-7 to ensure Horton House’s trip to out of the county was a miserable one.

They were bowled out for only 73 in reply to a 231-5 inspired by Rob Sayer (90) and Callum French (81).

Rushton and Oundle could not be split in a close encounter at Station Road.

Rushton were limited to 163-8 as Richard Cunningham bagged 5-55 in the first part of a good afternoon for him.

Jon Carpenter (49) and Dan Bendon (46) top scored for the home side.

Premier Division new boys Oundle had looked in reasonable shape at 135-5.

But skipper Andrew Reynoldson’s introduction saw a slump as he took 9-4-8-4.

However, a stubborn last-wicket defiance from Daniel Oldham (11no) and Cunningham (6no) negotiated 59 balls between them and enabled Oundle to claim a draw - in the end just six runs from victory.

Burton Latimer’s miserable start to the season continued as they lost to Brixworth by 33 runs.

Damon Hanney did his bit taking 6-59 in Brixworth’s 198.

But Colin Sibley claimed 5-44 in the reply as only Haydan Morton (70) offered resistance.

Wellingborough Town are enduring an equally poor start to the campaign and they lost by 56 runs to Old Northamptonians.

Chasing only 157 for victory after Kyle Bowie had taken 4-47, Wellingborough were all out for 100 in the reply.

Tom Webb took 4-19 as Boro slumped to 33-5 with Drew Brierley’s 26 the highest score.

Weekley & Warkton top Division One after thumping Old Wellingburians who were bowled out for only 38.

Kettering and Wellingborough Indians shared a tie in the same section.

The top two in Division Two had a remarkable game.

Having bowled out East Haddon for 80, Rothwell would have fancied their chances.

However, they were in turn dismissed for only 73 giving the leaders a seven-run victory in a low-scoring game.