NORTHANTS CRICKET LEAGUE: Haddon hammer Rushden to clinch title glory

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East Haddon clinched the Northants Cricket League Division Two title with an emphatic 168-run win over Rushden IIs on Saturday.

Haddon knew that if they won their game, there was no way second-placed Wellingborough Indians could catch them, and they got over the line in style.

Batting first, Haddon put the game out of Rushden’s reach as they powered to 284 for four, with Richard Whorton hammering 95, Jack Keeping 82 and Priyan Pushparajan 53.

Rushden were never going to get near that total, and they threw the towel in pretty easily as they were bowled out for just 116.

As he so often does, Pushparajan led the way with the ball by taking six for 28, and Jeremy Medlin chipped in with two for 22.

Relegated Long Buckby ended their season on a high, as they beat Stony Stratford IIs in a high-scoring draw.

Warren Courtney hit 82, Richard Colton 71 and Philip Wallce 39 as Bucks totalled an impressive 232 for eight.

Stony made a good fist of reaching the total, but eventually fell short on 202 all out, with Daniel Lewis the star man with the ball, grabbing six for 43, while Courtney cleaned up at the other end, snaring four for 52.

In division five, mid-table Badby had a final day to forget as they were trounced by Rothwell.

Rothwell made 216 all out (Stuart Bonthuys 4-50, Casey Cooper 4-76) and then shot Badby out for just 62, Ceri Roberts making 26.

Long Buckby IIs also ended their season with a defeat, going down by 20 runs to Oundle IIIs.

Hussain Mohamed (4-35) and Mark Lewis (2-27) did their bit with the ball as Oundle were restricted to 152 for nine, but despite the efforts of Joe Oliver (47), Peter Incley (36) and Steve Postlethwaite (25), Buckby were dismissed for 132.