NCL CRICKET: Haddon in pole position for title with two matches remaining

WELL DONE, MATE - Badby celebrate a wicket in their division five clash with Stony Stratford IIs
WELL DONE, MATE - Badby celebrate a wicket in their division five clash with Stony Stratford IIs
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With just two matches remaining, East Haddon have opened up a 10-point lead at the top of the Northants Cricket League Division Two.

And the villagers face crunch test in their title quest this weekend as they travel to third-placed Kettering.

Last weekend, Haddon were comfortable 59-run winners over Thrapston after making 193 all out (Tom Kennedy 63, Priyan Pushparajan 48).

Pushparajan theen claimed four for 25 and Jack Dudleston three for 35 as Thrapston were bowled out for 134.

Long Buckby are all but relegated after they were thrashed by eight wickets by second-placed Wellingborough Indians.

Sam Bevin hit 333 and Philip Wallace 29 in Buckby’s 140 all out, but Indians cruised to 141 for two.

In division three, West Haddon (88 all out, Adam Wallinger 40) were thumped by Horton House (89-1), while in division five, Badby went down by 24 runs to Stony Stratford IIIs.

The defeat was a huge blow to Badby’s promotion hopes.

Stony totalled 187 for eight, with Stuart Bonthuys, Casey Cooper, Jack Fuller and Chris Archer all taking two wickets, but Badby were then dismissed for 163.

William Brooks did his bit with 79 not out, while Bonthuys supported him with 40.

East Haddon IIs stormed to a 130-run win over Ashby Timken IIs in division seven.

Steve Kilsby top scored with 54 while Nick Whorton hit 45 and Gus Redding 42 in Haddon’s 212 for five.

Timken were then shot out for just 82, with Stuart Keeping claiming five for 21 and Karl Rolfe three for 15.

In division nine, there was a defeat for Long Buckby IIs against St Crispin’s Ryelands IIs.

Hussain Mohamed (3-35) and Sam Bell (2-38) bowled well as Crispin’s made 175 for eight, and that proved just too many for Buckby who hit back with 153 for nine (Steven Postlethwaite 45).

In division 13, West Haddon IIs (74 all out, James Alen 29) lost to Bold Dragoon IIs, Jomon Anthony taking two wickets.