Overstone edge past rivals Brixworth to reach NCL Premier Division play-offs

Overstone Park booked their place in the NCL Premier Division play-offs with a thrilling two-wicket win over Brixworth on Saturday.

Tuesday, 1st September 2020, 12:12 pm
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The win saw Park finish seventh in the truncated Premier table, and means they will face a play-off quarter-final at Oundle Town this weekend.

Brixworth, who miss out on the play-offs, totalled 140 all out mainly thanks to 33 from opener Harry Gouldstone and a late blast of 32 from 24 balls from Kieran Starmer.

In the wickets for Park were Matthew Cannon (3-26), James Sales (3-33), Kunal Patel (2-18) and Premal Patel (2-21).

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Overstone found it tough going in reply, with Archie Houghton claiming five for 19 for Brixworth, but double figure contributions from almost all of the batting line-up saw Park edge home at 141 for eight with a ball to spare!

Old Northamptonians secured a third-place finish in the league standings, as they wrapped up the regular season with a thumping 156-run win over Horton House, who finished rock bottom.

Amrit Basra hit 50, Thomas Hafil 49, Richard Kaufman 49 and Daniel Waite 47 as ONs posted 250 for nine in their 40 overs, with Karan Parmer claiming five for 48.

That target was too many for struggling House, who were bowled out for just 94 with Phillip Evans (4-37), Waite (2-11) and Tom Webb (2-13) in the wickets.

ONs will travel to Geddington in the play-off quarter-finals on Saturday.

Peterborough Town ended up to of the pile after they secured a seven-wicket win in a rain-affected clash with Geddington, who finished sixth.

Geddington were restricted to 99 for nine in 34 overs, with opener Luke Thomas top scoring with 42.

Posh were set a revised target of 86 to win in 29 overs, and they coasted to 89 for three with 10 overs to spare.

Posh finishing top means they are at home in the play-offs, taking on eighth-placed Rushden & Higham, who ended their league campaign with a 74-run defeat to Finedon Dolben.

Ed Hodgson hit 50 from 41 balls to rescue Finedon from a precarious 97 for seven and help them to 181 for nine, with Tom Brett's 22 also crucial.

Brett was then too hot to handle with the ball as he claimed four for 33 as Rushden were bowled out for just 107.

The other game saw Oundle hammer Desborough Town by 10 wickets.

Tommy Simeons claimed four for 20 as Borough were rushed out for 130, with openers Daniel Robinson (61no) and Peter Foster (56no) then seeing Oundle home in just 22.2 overs.

Don't miss this week's paper for a full results rundown, with details of all the main run getters and wicket takers, as well as the full list of final tables and this weekend's play-off fixtures.