Horton are no match for leaders Finedon

Finedon Dolben's Will Sneath in action during the NCL Premier Division clash with Horton House at Avenue Road
Finedon Dolben's Will Sneath in action during the NCL Premier Division clash with Horton House at Avenue Road
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Finedon Dolben strengthened their hand at the top of the NCL Premier Division with a comfortable 119-run defeat of struggling Horton House at Avenue Road.

With Peterborough and Northampton Saints drawing at Bretton Gate, Finedon’s maximum 30-point haul has given them a 42-point advantage over the chasing pack.

It was one-way traffic on Saturday as the home side racked up 228-6 before declaring with six overs of their allocation remaining.

Chris Todd, promoted from the second team with Ben Howgego missing, top scored with 85 and there were other decent contribuitons from Dave Clarke (31) and Andy Daniels (34).

In reply, Horton had no answer with only Andrew neate (45) offering much resistance as they were dismissed for 109 with more than 24 overs remaining.

The wickets were shared around with Chris Goode (3-36) the pick of the attack.

Rob Sayer and Joe Dawborn produced the outstanding performances in the second versus third encounter as Peterborough had the better of a draw with the Saints.

Sayer hit his maiden top flight century (101no) as the home side made 244-3 after being put in.

Dawborn then reduced the visitors to 24-3 but Jake Higginbotham (59no) ensured they reached safety in relative comfort at 152-6 with the teenage seamer finishing with the figures of 4-24.

Burton Latimer are back at the foot of the standings following their eight-wicket defeat to Oundle at Hall Field.

The home side were rolled out for a paltry 89 after being put in with only George Groenland and Ethan Delargy passing 20.

Petrus Jeftha took 4-20 and Richard Cunningham chipped in with 3-8.

Cameron Wake and Rick Andrew then both finished unbeaten on 40 as the target was reached with plenty of time to spare.

Wellingborough Town jumped above Burton as they had secured a winning draw at Brixworth.

Christian Davis (82) and James Howes (47) steered the visitors to a competitive 273-8 from their 55 overs.

The hosts were never in the hunt as Oli Andrew (3-62) and the rest of the Boro attack kept them under pressure.

James Lucas (46) and Paul Blakemore (45) were the cheif contributors as Brixworth closed on 206-8.

There was a thrilling contest at Station Road as Wollaston beat Rushton by one wicket with one ball to spare.

Batting first, the hosts were bowled out for 179 in 54 overs with the six extra deliveries proving to be crucial to the eventual outcome.

James Carpenter, with a patient 84, ensured Rushton would have a target to defend, Chris Perry the best of the Wollaston bowlers with 4-10.

At 94-6, Wollaston looked in real trouble but a seventh-wicket stand of 75 between Mark Carter (31) and Perry (33) kep them in the hunt.

And it was left to the last-wicket pair of Simon Driver and Kieran Furniss to score the final two runs to secure a fifth win in seven outings.

The weekend’s other game saw Stony Stratford upset the Old Northamptonians at Billing Road.

The home side were skittled for 81 with Stony then reaching their arget for the loss of three wickets.