Title race thrown open as Saints are stunned

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It is a case of game on in the race for the Hevey Building Supplies Northamptonshire League’s Premier Division title after leaders Northampton Saints suffered their first defeat of the season.

They were stunned by town rivals Old Northamptonians who completed a four-wicket success at Birchfield Road East.

And Peterborough and Finedon Dolben took full advantage as both won to close the gap at the top.

Only Daniel Harris (34) got going for Saints as Afaq Babar claimed 4-39 to help dismiss them for 145. And Ons made no mistake in the reply as Tom Webb (47) and George Arblaster (40) got them to 148-6 with plenty of time to spare.

Paul McMahon claimed fine figures of 6-37 as Peterborough skittled the NCCC Academy for 124 and McMahon (21no) was needed to finish the job off for Peterborough as they edged home by two wickets on 125-8.

Finedon talisman Andy Roberts led them to a two-wicket success over Brixworth.

Alex Lacey’s excellent unbeaten 95 helped the hosts to 168-9 with Adam Nunn claiming 4-33 and, at 74-6, Dolben seemed to be heading for defeat.

But Jack Chopping (49) and Roberts (35no) put together the key partnership as they eventually closed on 170-8 with just five balls remaining.

Elsewhere, strugglers Burton Latimer so nearly claimed victory at Wollaston as they closed on 210-8 in reply to the hosts’ 212-5.

Lewis Bates (72) performed well for Wollaston while Haydan Morton (77) and Luke Odell (52) both scored well in Burton’s effort.

There was a thrilling finish at Ostlers Lane as Stony Stratford beat Wellingborough Town by two runs.

Chris Quelch and Oli Andrew both claimed three wickets as Stony were all out for 125.

But Wellingborough also struggled with the bat and were remarkably bowled out for 123 as Steve Bellew (4-34) led the home attack.

For more news from the Hevey Building Supplies Northamptonshire League see Thursday’s Northamptonshire Telegraph