Buckby battle on to victory

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AN UNDEFEATED innings of 61 from Daniel Simms helped Long Buckby Firsts to a six-wicket victory over Stony Stratford Seconds in Division Two.

Winning the bowling plaudits for Buckby were Nick Smith (four-17) and Gary Church (four-39).

Thrapston Firsts battled their way to a winning draw against East Haddon Firsts in the same division. Thrapston’s best batting came from Paul Spicker with an undefeated 62 and James Pamplin (47).

In reply, Haddon’s Nick Whorton (38), Mike Hale (35), Stephan Joubert (31) and Richard Hardwick (30) helped along the run-rate. Stuart Keeping returned bowling figures of four-54 and Joubert three-53 for Haddon.

Heyford Firsts carried off a 76-run victory over West Haddon Firsts with Heyford’s Scot Browne (54 n.o.) and James Baldwin (51) each getting half-century totals.

In reply Haddon’s Carl Nyman (74) gave an impressive account at the crease.Heyford’s James Baldwin retuned bowling figures of four-18 and Ross Cambray (three-61).

In Division Five Badby Firsts suffered a six-wicket defeat at the hands of Wellingborough Indians Seconds.

There were impressive batting totals from Sunil Semplay (31), Bhavin Patel (29 n.o.) and Waqas Elahi (16). Alpesh Patel returned bowling figures of five-15.

In reply Badby’s Stuart Bonthuys (27), Andy Humphries (20), Ben Jones (16) and Ceri Roberts (16) made their presence felt. David Marlow was three-35.

Earls Barton Seconds beat Yelvertoft Firsts by three wickets in Division Six.

Yelvertoft won the toss and decided to bat on a soft wicket and windy, showery and cold day.

Toft scored 153 all out in 40.2 overs.

Dan Mcilhinney top scored with 54 runs.

For Earls Barton, Waheed Yaqub took three for 36 and Kyle Lawrence three for 37.

Toft looked like they would make 180 at one stage but the tail capitulated to leave a below par score.

In the same division, Weekley and Warkton Seconds beat Kislingbury Temperance Firsts by just 14 runs - helped by a half-century knock from Nick Dalziel (57).

Bugbrooke Firsts were on the receiving end of a 113-run defeat at the hands of East Haddon Seconds in Division Seven in a relatively low-scoring encounter.

Haddon’s Cameron MacLean (43) was the only player to get anywhere near the half century total.

In the same division St Michaels 74 (Bugbrooke) Firsts gained a winning draw against Mears Ashby Firsts - thanks to a stunning innings from Anthony Webb (92).

In Division Nine St Michaels Firsts won a thrilling game by 16 runs after running out the last Great Oakley batsmen in the final over. Oakley’s Lee Fieldhouse (57) and Duncan Fielding (50) were impressive as was Matthew Collier (40) and Ian Geddes (34 n.o.) for St Michaels.

Long Buckby Seconds beat Guilsborough Firsts by 65 runs - thanks to impressive innings from Joe Oliver (42), David Avent (41 n.o.), Daniel Lewis (31) and Nick Kates (29). In reply, Guilsborough’s Jack James (46) was also noteworthy.