BADBY Firsts made it two from two with a comprehensive win away at Kempston Hammers.
Electing to bowl first, all of Badby’s six-man attack again showed good early season form, encouragingly backed up by sharp fielding and wicketkeeping. Sabir Khawaja sent down 13 overs of off-spin on a helpful dryish wicket, returning figures of two-24.
Ceri Roberts picked up two late order wickets and Stu Bonthuys, after delivering a testing first spell, returned near the end of the innings to finish with the remarkable figures of four for six from 10 overs.
In reply, Badby made short work of an under-par total, reaching the target in fewer than 25 overs. Duncan Blackwell bludgeoned a quickfire 43 and Andy Humphries was unbeaten on 35 at the end.
Badby Seconds made it a double winning weekend for the villagers, with a crushing victory over Irthlingborough Town Thirds.
Perhaps both sides were keen to be watching the FA Cup Final as ’borough were sent packing for just 45, not one of their number reaching double figures.
Wickets were shared among Scott Baxter (two), Casey Cooper (three) and Martin Wilcox (two). Despite the loss of early wickets, Badby needed just 12 overs to complete the win – Wilcox finishing unbeaten on 23 and Scott Baxter on 10.
A fine team performance by Yelvertoft Firsts saw them seal a six-wicket success against Harlestone Firsts in Division Seven.
A highlight of the game was a stand of 110 runs between John Eccles and James Burnett.
Despite a fine 43 from John Marshall, Harlestone could only muster 145.
For toft, Martin Lewis bowled with pace to take to take two for 33 in 12 overs. Benjie Taylor swung the ball to take four for 44 in 12 overs and Paul Brown spun the ball to take two for 35 in 13 overs. Good catches were held by the Yelvertoft fielders.
Toft soon lost their first wicket but opener James Burnett was joined by John Eccles and the pair batted superbly together in a partnership of 110 before James Burnett miss-timed a pull to mid wicket and was caught for 45.
John Eccles saw Toft to victory and finished not out on 52 runs.
West Haddon Firsts found themselves on the receiving end of a seven-run defeat at the hands of Peterborough Town Seconds in Division Three.
Phil Adams (39) put in a useful batting performance for Haddon and bowling praise went to Ed Harmon who returned superb bowling figures of six-39.
Heyford Firsts suffered a one-wicket defeat at the hands of Horton House Seconds in Division Three.
But it was a close finish with Horton losing eight overs due to rain but still managing to reach their target in the last over with five balls to spare.
Simon Legge top scored for Heyford on 41 while Simon Dadge (three-34) and Matt Ryan (two-30) helped restrict Heyford to 181.
In reply, Jon Swann made 58 as Heyford had Ed Rogers to thank for a useful spell on bowling of eight-62 to make for a nail-biting finish.
East Haddon romped home to a nine-wicket success against S and L Corby Firsts in Division Three.
There were good innings from Haddon’s Stephan Joubert (47 n.o.), Richard Whorton (41) and Darren Harrison (37 n.o).
Stephan Joubert (four-34), Greg Oliver (four-14) and Simon Pearson (two-16) were also impressive among the bowlers.
In Division Five, a superb century knock from David Howe (102) helped Earls Barton Seconds to victory against Ashby Timken Firsts by 89 runs.
Also getting in useful contributions for Earls Barton were Mark Beever (42) and David Agostini (20).
Pick of the Ashby batsmen were Timothy Jakeman (31) and Mark Macmain (27).
Ashby’s Zaheer Iqbel (five-31) and Kevin Johnson (three-45) won the bowling plaudits.
A fine bowling performance from Long Buckby’s Pete Incley (six for 25) was not enough to prevent his side succumbing to a slender 16-run defeat at the hands of Raunds Town Seconds.
Raunds’ batsmen Michael Dicks (35), Billy Bates (30) and Ben Simpson (22) helped along the run-rate and in reply, Buckby’s Matt Aitken (25), Jack Malone (21) and Rahul Krishnamoorthy provided useful contributions.
In Division Nine St Michaels Firsts enjoyed a victory over S and L Corby Seconds by four wickets.
After a good start from S and L with Paul Swan leading the way with 79, St Michaels ended the innings well with spells of tight bowling by Geoff Lambert (one-32), Tom Marlow (three-50) and Ian Geddes (three-42) as S and L posted 188. Alan Bartley was the star fielder.
In reply, St Michaels got 71 runs off the first nine overs. Geoff Lambert (48) held the innings together before Charlie Elderton (20 n.o) and Ian Geddes saw St Michaels home.
Heyford Seconds scored a 37-run win over Abington Firsts with Thomas Whittaker boosting the run-rate with a useful 43.
In reply, Abington’s David Middleditch hit an undefeated total of 90.
Bowling plaudits went to Darren Bastin (four-18), Laurence Buck (three-31), Dion Harrison (two-34) for Heyford and Jamie Simms (five-30) was impressive for Abington.
West Haddon Seconds enjoyed a comfortable nine-wicket win over Loddington and Mawsley Fourths.
West Haddon’s Neil Durbin had an undefeated 33 and team mate Ian Brown 26 and bowling praise was reserved for Jonathan Palmer (six-12) and Neil Durbin (three-21).
Badby Seconds beat Irthlingborough Town Thirds by seven wickets in a low-scoring Division 14 encounter.
Badby’s Scott Baxter (two-nine), Casey Cooper (three-19) and Martin Wilcox (three-12) enjoyed a useful afternoon bowling.