Northants Cricket League round-up: Badby maintain title challenge

Action from Badby IIs' 54-run win over Kettering IVs in division 14 on Saturday
Action from Badby IIs' 54-run win over Kettering IVs in division 14 on Saturday
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Badby IIs maintained their title push in division 14 with a comfortable 54-run win over Kettering IVs.

The win means Badby are in second place, just five points behind leaders Hardingstone.

Badby Cricket Club. Badby IIs v Kettering IVs @ Sat Jun 21, 2014 1:30pm - 4:30pm (PHOTOGRAPHIC DIARY) NNL-140622-131532009

Badby Cricket Club. Badby IIs v Kettering IVs @ Sat Jun 21, 2014 1:30pm - 4:30pm (PHOTOGRAPHIC DIARY) NNL-140622-131532009

It was an all-round team effort that won Badby the game on Saturday, with first Scott Baxter (37), Adrian Baxter (27) and Graham Harris (22) all scoring valuable runs as Badby totalled 159 all out.

That proved to be enough, as Kettering were shot out for 105 in reply.

Main men with the ball were Mark Mahoney (3-14), Kyle Baxter (3-19) and Casey Cooper (2-38).

In division two, Long Buckby’s struggles continued as they were beaten by 35 runs at Wellingborough Indians.

Badby Cricket Club. Badby IIs v Kettering IVs @ Sat Jun 21, 2014 1:30pm - 4:30pm (PHOTOGRAPHIC DIARY) NNL-140622-131439009

Badby Cricket Club. Badby IIs v Kettering IVs @ Sat Jun 21, 2014 1:30pm - 4:30pm (PHOTOGRAPHIC DIARY) NNL-140622-131439009

The home side batted steadily to total 166 all out, despite a superb spell of bowling from Oliver Andrews, who took five for 35. Helping him out were Sam Bevin (3-39) and Nick Smith (2-24).

Bevin then top scored with the bat for Bucks, hitting 47, but 39 from Richard Colton aside, support wasn’t forthcoming and Buckby fell short on 131 all out.

East Haddon maintained their title push with an emphatic win over Thrapston. Haddon made 212 for eight, with Keegan Muller making 36 and Karl Rolfe 33 not 
out.

Thrapston were then rushed out for just 67, with Priyan PushpaRajan bowling brilliantly to take five for five, and Guy Sunter and Jack Dudleston two wickets apiece.

Badby Cricket Club. Badby IIs v Kettering IVs @ Sat Jun 21, 2014 1:30pm - 4:30pm (PHOTOGRAPHIC DIARY) Ian Russel NNL-140622-131450009

Badby Cricket Club. Badby IIs v Kettering IVs @ Sat Jun 21, 2014 1:30pm - 4:30pm (PHOTOGRAPHIC DIARY) Ian Russel NNL-140622-131450009

In division three, West Haddon were well beaten by six wickets by Horton House IIs.

Haddon posted a reasonable total of 142 all out thanks tio 47 from Ed Harmon and 22 from Adam Berti, but it wasn’t enough as Horton coasted to 144 for four.

There was a thrilling match in division seven between East Haddon IIs and Earls Barton, with Haddon just coming out on the wrong side of a one-wicket defeat.

Nick Whorton led the way with the bat for Haddon, cracking 64, and with efforts of 26 from Adam Osborne and 20 from Richard Nicholson, they managed a useful 164 all out.

But it wasn’t quite useful enough, as Barton, despite the best bowling efforts of Jon Gibson, squeezed home at 165 for nine.

Gibson was easily the pick of the Haddon attack with five for 45, and Dawn Paulose took two for 42.

In division nine, Long Buckby IIs were hammered by nine wickets by Kempston Hammers IIs. Andrew Oliver hit 54, Matt Aitken 23 and James Rawlings 20 as Buckby battled to 144 all out.

But that was to prove no challenge for Kempston batsmen, as they romped to victory at 148 for one.