Defeat setback after perfect start

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BADBY Firsts’ perfect start to their season in Division Six came to an end with a four-wicket defeat away to Isham Seconds.

Asked to bat first on a wicket that behaved erratically at times, the Blue Caps at first made progress towards what looked to be a challenging total. Opener Sabir Khawaja made 50 in an opening stand of 87.

But when fellow-opener Andy Humphries (45) was the third to fall with the total already in three figures, the wheels came off spectacularly and Badby were dismissed for only 129.

No other batsmen made it into double figures. Destroyer-in-chief for Isham was Pete Wills with six-40.

Despite their disappointing total, Badby knew that if they performed to their full potential in the field and with the weather threatening to intervene and remove overs from the second innings’ chase, they were still in with a good shout.

Stu Bonthuys (three-26) bowled Isham’s opener first ball but then a stand of 80 between Elliot Leach (51) and Ian Mclelland (31 n.o.), both of whom were dropped early in their innings, saw Isham in the box seat.

Badby’s attack never gave up hope and with Sabir Khawaja keeping it tight from one end, the pressure built on Isham’s incoming batsmen.

But Mclelland remained resolute to the end, steering his team home for the loss of six wickets and with fewer than four overs remaining.

Badby Seconds game against Uppingham followed a broadly similar pattern.

Badby posted 141 a.o. with half the side getting into double figures but only Will Brooks (28) went on to threaten a decent score. Three run-outs severely dented the Badby innings.

In reply, Badby took two early wickets before Uppingham’s Martin Bennett (29) and Jacob Norton (37) put on a 60-run partnership.

When both were dismissed by skipper Martin Wilcox (three-33), Danny Dumford (49 n.o) was able to take the game by the scruff, seeing his side home in only 30 overs for the loss of five wickets.

A massive undefeated innings from Long Buckby’s Nick Smith (65 n.o.) helped his side to an eight-wicket win over Rothwell Town Firsts in Division Two.

Buckby’s Philip Wallace returned bowling figures of three-37, Mainak Ray two-37, Gary Church two-32 and Adrian Flynn one-21.

In Division Three East Haddon Firsts beat Great Oakley Firsts by six wickets in a home victory.

An undefeated innings of 41 from Craig Burger, Richard Whorton (38) and Darren Harrison (16) helped along the run-rate.

Earning the bowling praise for Haddon were Greg Oliver (three-13), Craig Burger (three-25), Stuart Keeing (two-29) and Stephan Joubert (two-44).

In the same division, St Crispin and Ryelands Firsts achieved a winning draw against West Haddon Firsts.

The win was thanks in no small part to a superb innings from Tom Goodman (95) and Mark Richardson (74) in their 232 total in 50 overs.

In reply, West Haddon’s Neil Humphrey (45), William Robinson (43 n.o.), Olly Marriott (26) and Ian Smith (25) helped them to a 209-nine total. Ashley Starmer retuned bowling figures of five-47 for the visitors.

Ashby Timken Firsts beat Wicken Firsts by five wickets in Division Five.

Yelvertoft gained a winning draw in their rain-affected match against Spencer Cricket Club in Division Seven.

The start was delayed and the match reduced to 36 overs for each team. Spencer asked Toft to bat on a wet wicket.

Toft made a slow start but finished on a very competitive score of 199 for six, scoring 125 of the last 12 overs – thanks to a stand of 137 between skipper James Martin and Daniel McIlhiney. James Martin scored 64 and Daniel McIlhiney scored 52. Youngster Jason Rowley hit a quick-fire 25 with two massive sixes.

Spencer were reduced to an innings of 34 overs due to more rain. They were 132 for two at stumps with Richard Muscutt scoring 74 and Steve Faulkner not out 43.

Weekley and Warkton Seconds had to settle for a winning draw as they failed to take 10-man Bugbrooke’s last wicket.

Earlier Reg Griggs scored his maiden century (108 n.o.) sharing an unbeaten fourth-wicket partnership of 169 with Robert Head (68 n.o). Andrew Bussey added a useful 37.

Dave Walklate returned bowling figures of four-34 and Andrew Bussey three-18.

Wellingborough Town Thirds carried off a victory by three wickets against East Haddon Seconds.

Haddon’s Nick Whorton (32), Joe Oliver (32), Jon Gibson (22) and Duncan Kennedy (19) gave useful accounts.

In reply Ravi Shastri got an undefeated 73 and Bhavik Parmer 42 to set Wellingbrough on the winning road. Haddon’s Jack Dudleston (four-35) and Jon Gibson (three-25) were impressive.

St Michaels 74 (Bugbrooke) Firsts achieved a winning draw against Barton Seagrave Firsts in Division Eight in a low-scoring encounter.

St Michaels’ Steven Spruels was three-eight while Barton’s Badal Ozha (three-23), Hitesh Vadher (three-27), Chris Wright (two-20) and Jack Butling (one-24) were noteworthy.

In Division 10 Guilsborough Firsts suffered a narrow 24-run defeat at the hands of Horton House Thirds.

Guilsborough’s Tom Whitehouse (56) gave the home side a boost as they worked towards their total of 150.

Bowling praise went to Jon Buckby (four-36), and James Nuttall (three-37) for Guilsborough and Paul McIntosh (five-40) and Danny Adams (four-41) for Horton.

In the same division, Northampton Saints Fifths beat Heyford Seconds by 18 runs thanks largely to a solid century knock from Gary Hammersley (119). In reply there were useful contributions from Andy Sharp (36), Jonny Cooper (36), Nick Inwood (36) and Nathan Lacey (29).

In Division 12, St Michaels 74 (Bugbrooke) Seconds beat Mears Ashby Seconds by 31 runs.

St Michaels’ Anthony Webb (56), Karsten Webb (32) and Nathan Adams (31) made their presence felt and Alex Skerrett was four-20. Charlie Gibbins (five-41) and Karsten Webb (three-42) were noteworthy for St Michaels.

Other results: Grendon and Prims Seconds beat West Haddon Seconds by six wickets.