Oundle enjoy fine start to campaign

THE under-17 division of the Higham & District Youth League finally got under way after the first two weeks of action were washed out.

And the two Oundle teams kicked off the campaign in impressive style.

Ben Groom cracked a superb 95 not out and had good support from Jack Bolsover (34) as they reached 142-1 in 18 overs against Isham.

Drupad Parmar (23) and Luke Conyard (14) batted well in reply but Jack Stratton (3-5), Mark Davies (2-2) and Daniel Costello (2-6) restricted Isham to 73-9.

Oundle A, meanwhile, dismissed Earls Barton for 42 thanks to a fine spell from Gareth Jacobs (4-12) before Jonathon Dalley (12) and Peter Foster (9no) helped secure an eight-wicket win on 46-2.

Finedon Dolben completed a comfortable eight-wicket victory over neighbours Irthlingborough.

Oliver Webb (2-12) helped restrict Irthlingborough to 84-5, although Jack Fleming (32) and Alex McDonald scored well.

However, Sean Davis (26) and Scot Lawniczak (19no) saw Finedon to 85-2 with time to spare.

Wellingborough Indians were also winners by eight wickets against Podington who reached 53-8 in 16 overs with Mohibullah Saddiqi (3-10) performing well before Sunny Patel (26) and Anand Solanki (21no) finished the job on 54-2.

Elliot Brown (39no), Thomas Howes (29) and Ryan Awberry (18) helped Wellingborough Town to 99-4 against Raunds who were then dismissed for 73, despite the efforts of Alec Morgan (27) and Ollie Bates (13).

Ryan Carter (2-12), Jack Lawrence (2-19) and Alex King (2-1) bowled Wellingborough to victory.

Old Grammarians edged out Thrapston by 10 runs.

OGs were dismissed for 77 with Charlie Elderton (19) and Drew Brierley (16) leading the way while the rest struggled against Gregor Fry (3-33) and Sam Gallagher (2-18).

In reply only Declan Ward (14) reached double figures as Josh Steggles (3-19), Niruphan Sukanthan (2-13) and Tyler Abraham (2-2) helped bowl Thrapston out for 67.