Oundle defeated on Premier Division debut

Karl Tapp celebrates taking a wicket in Wellingborough's defeat at Horton House
Karl Tapp celebrates taking a wicket in Wellingborough's defeat at Horton House

Oundle’s first game in the NCL Premier Division resulted in defeat as they were beaten by Finedon Dolben at Avenue Road.

In a low-scoring encounter, it was the home side’s seam attack who laid the foundations for victory as they dismissed the visitors for 147 after winning the toss.

Will Sneath was the pick with 4-39 and Jack Chopping and Chris Goode weighed in with two wickets apiece.

Jack Robinson made a defiant unbeaten 43 to give Oundle something to bowl at and when Finedon were reduced to 52-4 they would’ve fancied their chances.

But Jake Kings (33) and Grieg Hofbauer (25) steadied the ship and the three-wicket victory was achieved with more than 12 overs to spare.

Petrus Jefta and Bashrat Hussain shared six wickets between them but their efforts proved in vain.

Rushton made a strong start to the season as they had the better of a draw at defending champions Peterborough.

After being put in, Dan Bendon (79) and Ben Mansell (63) steered Rushton to a competitive 211-6, Lewis Bruce taking 3-62 for the hosts.

David Clarke then made 84 but his effort was a lone hand as Peterborough settled for a share of the points as they closed on 177-6 with Marc Jackson taking 3-20.

Northampton Saints claimed the most emphatic victory of the day as they hammered Burton Latimer by a comprehensive 220 runs at Birchfield Road East.

The Saints racked up 280-3 from 50 overs with the quartet of Alec Swann (61), Joe Collins (82), Chris Park (72no) and Jake Higginbotham (47no) all making decent contributions.

Burton then had no answer to the new ball pairing of Mark Wolstyenholme (6-28) and Higginbotham (3-22) as they were skittled for just 60 with nearly 45 overs remaining.

Last year Horton House had to wait until July 21 to earn their first win of the campaign but they opened 2013 in style as they downed Wellingborough Town by 85 runs at Denton Road.

After making 175-9 in their 55 overs - Thomas Leonard (44), Akash Shah (37) and Andrew Morrison (39) all contributing - Horton then worked their way through the Boro order as they could only manage 90 with Luke Evans and Andrew Neate taking 3-12 and 3-33 respectively.

Only Christian Davis offered much resistance with 40 from number five.

Old Northamptonians suffered a 50-run reverse at the hands of Brixworth at Billing Road.

Fred Newborough top scored with 42 as Brixworth totalled 176-9 from their allocation, Tom Webb and Afaq Babar taking three wickets apiece.

The ONs then had no answer to the visiting attack, Ross McLean snaring 3-18 against his old club, as they were bowled out for 126 with 11 overs to spare. The other game of the weekend was at Campbell Park where Wollaston got the better of Stony Stratford by four wickets.

The home side, who were playing their first game at their new home, could only manage 132-8, a total that was passsed by Wollaston for the loss of six wickets.