Northampton’s semi-final hopes are over

Northampton’s hopes of making the semi-finals from Group A in the NGU Handicap League are over after they failed to pick up a point for the second successive away match, losing 9-0 at Daventry.

Although the visitors halved three of the opening four ties and only just lost the other, a six-hole win in game five for Daventry’s Dan Brown and Chris Poolton put paid to their chances of topping the group.

Defending champions Collingtree Park remain top by a single point from Brampton Heath, who have a game in hand.

Kettering are through to the last four from Group B after their nearest challengers Peterborough Milton lost 12-5 at Delapre, for whom Steve Strange and Alan Jones won the last tie by seven holes.

Rushden ended their campaign with a fourth victory as they recorded big wins in the last three ties to defeat Delapre 20-4 a couple of days earlier.

Priors Hall will be looking to end their Group C campaign on a high as they host Oundle on Sunday, before playing at home and away against Embankment over the next two weekends. Wellingborough have already topped the group.

Hellidon Lakes are in pole position in Group D after beating closest rivals Farthingstone 20-0 at home. Michael Howes and Gary Caunt won game five by six holes, before Simon Kayte went one better in the final tie.

Farthingstone went into the contest in good touch after effectively ending Overstone Park’s qualification hopes with a 19-4 victory earlier in the week.