Top two both win as title clash looms large

ON SONG - Rob Keogh hit 112 for Stony Stratford
ON SONG - Rob Keogh hit 112 for Stony Stratford

It is as you were at the top of the Hevey NCL Premier Division..

Both leaders Peterborough and their nearest challengers collected 25-point victories to move the former a step closer to the title.

They maintained their 47-point advantage with five games left. The two meet next week in a make-or-break encounter for Saints.

The game of the day in the top flight, however, came at Finedon Dolben.

They were hosting bottom side Horton House in a game notable for two remarkable recoveries.

Horton may have fancied their chances when they reduced Finedon to 132-6.

However, Dave Clarke (89no) and Jack Chopping (48no) added an unbroken 127 for the seventh wicket to take them to 259-7 declared.

It looked like being wrapped up early as Horton slumped to 23-5.

But that was before an amazing unbeaten 115 from Elliott Ruff. He singlehandedly lifted his side but it was still not enough as they were all out for 195.

Ruff’s lone hand was highlighted by the fact the next highest score was 13.

There was another rewardless century in Northampton Saints’ win over Stony Stratford.

County man Rob Keogh hit 112 in Stony’s 195 all out as his Wantage Road colleague Sam Sweeney bagged 6-26 for Saints.

The win was sealed with only three wickets down.

Peterborough demolished Brixworth in double-quick time.

They needed just 8.3 overs to knock off their target of 62 to win.

Jamie Smith took 4-17 before Marcus Stoinis cracked 53 not out from only 29 balls.

Rushton had a comfortable success in their game at Wellingborough Town with Andy Reynoldson their key performer.

Marc Jackson took out the top order with 14-4-40-5 before Reynoldson continued the good work taking 8-3-14-4.

After Boro were reduced to 137 all out it was then Reynoldson the batsman who finished the seven-wicket win off by hitting 66 not out.

Burton Latimer nearly completed an unlikely win over the Academy but had to settle for a draw.

After Mehul Adatia made 52 in Burton’s 248-8, it looked like the County youngsters would cruise to victory.

John Price (81) and Saif Bhojani (69) put on 127 for the first wicket and even when they went the score still progressed to 194-2.

But a remarkable collapse left the Academy hanging on to finish at 219-9.

Old Northamptonians made light work of beating Wollaston bowling them out for 86 in response to 225.

In Division One, Oundle’s promotion charge was halted slightly with a surprising draw at strugglers Old Wellingburians.

Second-placed Desborough kept up the pressure by beating Loddington by 135 runs - Jack Parker’s century being their star turn.