Three on the trot for in-form Rushden

Wollaston's Steve Musgrave batting in the clash with Horton House
Wollaston's Steve Musgrave batting in the clash with Horton House

Rushden’s excellent start to life back in the Premier Divbision of the NCL continued as they cruised to a third straight victory.

Their victims were Northampton Saints who were on the wrong end of an 118-run defeat.

In pursuit of the visitors’ 231, the Saints were dismissed for 113 as Simon Branston registered figures of 6-47.

Earlier, Christian Davis (66) and Rob Keogh (74) had dominated proceedings after Rushden had been put in to bat. Mark Wolstenholme was the pick of the home attack with 5-55.

Another side with a 100 per cent record are Finedon Dolben who saw off Oundle by 90 runs at Avenue Road.

The home side recovered from 29-5 to post a total of 151 (Bash Hussain 4-42, Harry Ramsden 4-43) but this proved to be more than enough as Oundle were skittled for a paltry 61, losing all 10 wickets for just 32 with Chris Goode taking 4-13.

Horton House claimed their third win in as many outings as they infliced a third straight defeat on Wollaston.

Steve Finch snared 5-20 as Wollaston were restricted to 146-9 and Horton then reached their target with three wickets in hand.

Defending champions Peterborough put a positive number in their win column as they thrashed struggling Brixworth by 159 runs.

Rob Sayer top scored with 71 as the hosts were bowled out for 206 (Alex lacey 5-33).

But Brixworth were never in the hunt in the reply as they were dismissed for a dismal 47 with nobody reaching double figures. Paul McMahon did the damage with 4-17.

Rushton recorded a four-wicket win at Burton Latimer to get their campaign up and running.

Daniel Bird made 52 and Scott Sanders 66 as Burton posted a competitive 217 (Jonathon Carpenter 4-44) but this was passed in the 52nd over as Andy Reynoldson, returning to a former club, hit a match-winning 88.

Old Northamptonians had few problems against Stony Stratford as they eased to a seven-wicket success at Billing Road.

Hayden Mullins’ 62 dominted Stony’s under-par 117 (Rob White 6-36) and the home side, with White making 47, strolled to their target with plenty of overs to spare.