Buckby Firsts suffer a six-wicket defeat

LONG Buckby Firsts suffered a six-wicket defeat at the hands of Finedon Dolben Seconds in Division Two.

Finedon’s Andy Roberts impressed returning bowling figures of six-31.

On the batting front, Buckby’s Daniel Simms (44), Sam Bevin and Rob Wykes on 30 apiece made useful contributions for the visitors.

In Division Three Heyford Firsts worked their way to a 25-run success over Great Oakley Firsts.

James Baldwin (37), David Livermore (36) and Matthew Baker (25) helped along the Heyford run-rate.

In reply, Ashley York (35), Ed Sumpter (38), Lee Bell (23 and five-36) and Craig Abbott gave good accounts for Great Oakley.

Ross Cambray (three-39), Rob Pardon (three-21) and Jacob Gilder (two-26) won the Heyford bowling plaudits.

In the same division, Horton House Seconds gained a winning draw against West Haddon Firsts.

A half-century knock from Neil Humphrey (51) was at the heart of the Haddon batting.

Phil Adams (three-61) and Ed Harmon (three-31) were noteworthy for Haddon as were Matt Ryan (four-42) and James Green (three-45) for the home side.

There was better news for East Haddon Firsts who bagged a six-wicket win against Podington Firsts – thanks in no small part to a stunning undefeated innings from Haddon’s Darren Harrison (91 n.o.)

Podington’s J S Chambers also won batting praise with a superb reply of 98.

Haddon’s Simon Pearson returned bowling figures of three-41.

In Division Five, Ashby Timken Firsts enjoyed a winning draw against Overstone Park Seconds.

There were impressive batting from Ashby’s Jon Hill (81) and Stuart Mitchell (74).

Ashby’s Shane Willey won the bowling plaudits with figures of six-31.

Badby Firsts slipped into second place to Kislingbury by a solitary point in the Division Six title-chase following a disappointing six-wicket loss to Weekley and Warkton Seconds at Longroods.

W&W chose to insert the home side on winning the toss. Despite the loss of both openers cheaply, Badby recorded a competitive 222-eight from their 45.

Chief contributions for Badby came from the middle order of Duncan Blackwell (49), Stu Bonthuys (70) and Ben Jones (43), while best for W&W were opening bowlers Jitinder Singh (7-2-19-3) and Ben Thorpe (9-0-19-2).

W&W’s reply started shakily in the face of in-form new ball bowler Jack Fuller, continuing his fine form of recent weeks with two wickets in his opening spell.

However, classy opener Lee Fox was allowed to remain despite giving good chances and when joined by the equally talented Adnan Khan, aided by yet more dropped catches the pair put Badby’s bowling to the sword adding 180 for the third wicket before Khan fell to Fuller for 99.

With the game effectively won from this partnership, Fox carried his bat for 93 and W&W cruised to victory with four overs to spare.

Badby Seconds were unable to improve the Firsts’ result, falling short by 49 runs to table-topping Horton House Fourths in Division 14, despite some impressive personal performances.

Yelvertoft bagged a winning draw against East Haddon Seconds in Division Seven. Toft lost both openers, to swinging full tosses, with only 15 runs scored.

James Burnett joined John Eccles and the pair put together a stand of more than 100 before James Burnett was caught for a classy 61 which included two straight sixes.

John Eccles was joined by Daniel Mcilhiney who scored a quick fire 47 runs.

Eccles was out for 50 runs and Toft then lost wickets as they went for quick runs in the final overs.

Toft were all out for 233 in 44 overs.

Top scorer was James Burnett with 61, John Eccles scored 50 and Daniel Mcilhiney 47.

For East Haddon, John Gibson bowled 11.3 overs and took four for 26. Jack Keeping took three for 50 in 12 overs.

East Haddon soon lost wickets to Toft’s opening bowlers. Skipper Martin Lewis bowled with pace and skill on a hard wicket and Callum Bentley swung the ball prodigiously.

Stubborn batting by the Haddon middle order kept Toft at bay until spinner Paul Brown joined the attack and took a wicket.

With nine wickets down and 15 overs to go Toft scented victory but some rearguard batting from skipper John Gibson and number three batsman Greg Oliver (he was injured and so batted at number 11) kept Toft at bay.

A couple of catches were dropped which would have given Toft victory.

For Toft, Martin Lewis bowled 13 overs and took five wickets for 29 runs and East Haddon skipper John Gibson was not out for 27 runs.

Harlestone Firsts were beaten by 121 runs in their low-scoring Division Seven encounter against Oundle Town Seconds.

St Michaels 74 (Bugbrooke) Firsts suffered a three-wicket home defeat against Obelisk Firsts in Division Eight. St Michaels’ Nick Croft (33), and James Boyd (30) and David Francis (30) made useful contributions.

Obelisk’s Alex O’Grady hit an excellent undefeated total of 77 not out. Tom Chapman returned bowling figures of four-42.