Badby are in top form

BADBY Firsts consolidated their position at the top of the Division Six table with a comfortable eight-wicket victory over Bugbrooke at the Doc White ground.

Finding a green and damp wicket had been prepared, Badby were pleased to win the toss an invite the home side to bat. Jack Fuller continued his fine wicket taking form of recent weeks with the new ball, severely damaging Bugbrooke’s ability to set the platform for a decent total with three-18 in his seven overs.

Of the top order, only Chris Chapman showed signs of resistance as he counter-attacked in a similar style to that shown the day before by Stuart Broad at Trent Bridge, eventually falling victim to a boundary catch off Sabir Khawaja to be seventh out for a superb 71.

Otherwise wickets fell steadily from the other end to Sabir Khawaja (four-34) and Stu Bonthuys (three-27), as Bugbrooke were dismissed for 130 in under 35 overs.

With a relatively small total to chase, Badby set off with intent, primarily in the shape of Sabir Khawaja who went past 50 with only 70 on the board.

He was joined by skipper Nick Kates enjoying a rare foray up the order, and between them they put the “Trumpets” bowling to the sword.

Khawaja was dismissed going for the winning hit for 74. Kates remained unbeaten on 54 as the target of 131 was reached in only 23 overs.

Badby Seconds made it a double winning weekend, triumphing over Isham Zingari by just one wicket in a thrilling finish at Longroods.

Isham were asked to bat, despite the loss of the services of opening bowler Scott Baxter to a season-ending ankle injury.

Ali Reid stepped up to take the new ball and returned figures of four-42; supported by Casey Cooper who went wicketless but conceded only 32 from his 13.

For the visitors Steve Benoy batted through from number three for 60 n.o. to see his side to 172 a.o from their allotted overs.

Skipper Martin Wilcox returning four-44 for the home side in the latter stages.

Badby’s pursuit of a challenging total started well – Ali Reid’s return of 45. Martin Wilcox’s 21 and Dan Baxter’s 23 seeing the home side well into three figures for the loss of only three wickets.

But things then got nervy as the experienced Ian Roberts (44) sought to steer his side to victory, only to fall victim to a direct hit run-out in the pursuit of a fourth run, and it fell to last wicket pair Harry Bell and Bob Baxter to nervelessly garner the last 15 runs required and secure a welcome win for the Seconds.

On Saturday from 1.30pm Badby first team will play Weekley and Warkton II at Longroods and the second team will play Horton House IV away.

Long Buckby Firsts enjoyed a 69-run win over Northampton Saints Seconds in a high-scoring Division Two encounter.

Buckby’s Daniel Simms hit an impressive 62, Rob Wykes 39, Mainak Ray 29 and Nick Smith 28.

In reply Saints’ Riaan Krynauw hit a useful total of 78 and Nick Castleman 33 to boost the run-rate.

Winning the bowling plaudits for Buckby were Gary Reeve five-59 and Gary Church three-40.

In Division Three East Haddon Firsts beat S and L Corby Firsts by seven wickets helped by a massive undefeated knock of 98 by Stephan Joubert.

In reply S and L Corby’s James Swan made 40 and Ryan Alderson (31) and Sunny Kumar (31).

Haddon’s Simon Pearon returned bowling figures of three-36, Michael Hale (two-23) and Stuart Keeping (two-58).

In the same division, Heyford Firsts gained a slender two-wicket win over Horton House Seconds.

Heyford’s James Baldwin hit a usefuil 75 and Horton’s Tom Gurney (89) and William Knibbs (50) boosted the visitors’ total of 209 all out.

Heyford bowler Shaun Boyson returnd bowling figures of three-32.

Peterborough Town Seconds settled for a winning dxraw against West Haddon Firsts in Division Three - thanks to a huge innings of 85 from Bob Milne and Stuart Williams (64).

Haddon’s Phil Adams returned bowling figures of four-66.

Ashby Timken Firsts achieved a winning draw against Earls Barton Seconds with a first-wicket partnership of 104 from Tim Jakeman (73) and James Ball (61).

Zaheer Iqbal added to the run-rate with a determined 70 and John Burdett was 40 not out.

In reply Earls Barton’s Mark Waples (57) and David Howe (53) boosted the visitors’ run rate in the Division Five encounter.

Kislingbury Temperance Firsts proved stronger against Kempston Hammers Seconds and enjoyed a 152-run victory.

There were impressive innings from Kisle’s Jamie Forrest (70), Abid Zia (66 n.o.), Jonathan Elder (53) and Tony Roodt (49).

A low-scoring Division Eight game saw St Michaels 74 (Bugbrooke) Firsts beat Thrapston Seconds by three wickets.

St Michaels’ Adrian Spruels (four-26), Chris Earl (three-21) and Tim Curtis (three-37) won the bowling plaudits along with Robert Johnson (four-32) for Thrapston.

In Division Nine, SWt Michaels Firsts suffered an eight-wicket loss at the hands of Wellingborough OGs Seconds.

An undefeated innings of Jack James (71 n.o.) helped Guilsborough Firsts to their five-wicket win against Harlestone Seconds.

In reply Jitesh Thanawalla was 51 not out, Jaskirat Singh 34, Ryan Toone (29) and Amit Katariaa (28).