LONG Buckby Firsts beat East Haddon Firsts by a slender seven runs in their derby encounter on Saturday.
The Division Two clash saw Nick Kates (47) earn best batsman plaudits for the home side and Haddon’s Stephan Joubert (53) was equally noteworthy.
Haddon’s Stuart Keeping returned bowling figures of four-40 and Buckby’s Gary Church was four-26.
In Division Three, Heyford’s Firsts beat Great Oakley Firsts by 118 runs.
Heyford’s Shaun Boyson (53), David Livermore (32) and Ross Cambray (22) helped along the run-rate.
In the same division West Haddon Firsts gained a winning draw against Great Houghton Firsts.
Batting plaudits went to Haddon’s Phil Perryman (48), Carl Nyman (45) and to Houghton’s Colin Wayman with an undefeated total of 51.
Haddon’s Robson Kightley returned bowling figures of four-47, Jonathan Phipps (four-47) and Charles Hart (three-13) for the visitors.
In Division Five, Badby Firsts suffered a disappointing three-wicket defeat at the hands of Stoke Bruerne Firsts.
Badby’s Phil Rule (42), Sabir Khawaja (32) and Andy Humphries (25) were the best batsmen for the away side while Stoke’s Paul Gardner (47), Marc Bliss (45) gave useful accounts on their home territory.
Stoke’s Dave Weston (four-36) and Badby’s Phil Rule (three-29) won praise for their bowling.
Kislingbury Temperance Firsts were on the receiving end of a 25-run defeat against Oundle Town Seconds.
A relatively low-scoring Division Six match saw Kisle’s Tony Roodt (32) and Benjamin Swingler-Browne (30)on good form with Benjamin Swingler-Browne also impressing with figures of six-24.
Oundle’s Steve Brooks returned bowling figures of five-27.
Yelvertoft Firsts beat Gretton Firsts by 27 runs in Division Six.
Yelvertoft lost the toss and were asked to bat on a soft wicket and warm dry day.
This was Tofts first match for three weeks due to rain in previous weeks.
Toft were all out for 118 in 41.5 overs.
The score would have been fewer but for a quick fire 31 by Paul Brown which included three sixes.
For Gretton, Fred Ward took five for eight in six overs.
Gretton got off to a bad start with top batsman Fred Ward being well caught by Toft keeper Adrian Ratnayake in the first over.
Toft bowlers kept the pressure on, backed up by some fine fielding and bowled Gretton out for 91 in 22.4 overs to win by 27 runs.
Toft skipper Martin Lewis bowled a hostile 11 overs and was pick of the bowlers with figures of five wickets for 35 runs.
For Gretton, Ian Ward and Scott Milligan each scored 34 runs.
The was the second victory on the trot and lifted Toft up the table from a false position due to the number of cancelled matches as a result of the wet weather.
In Division Seven, Loddington and Mawsley Seconds gained a winning draw against Bugbrooke Firsts.
Bugbrooke’s Chris Rea hit a superb knock of 95 and there were good contributions from the visitors’ William Haines (55) and Dhruva Patel (40).
In the same division, Old Northamptonians Fourths beat St Michaels 74 (Bugbrooke) Firsts by five wickets.
St Michaels’ Anthony Webb (45) and Old Northamptonians’ Marcus Silver (72) gave good accounts.