Northants Cricket League round-up: Church and Bevin can’t halt Khan charge as Buckby are thrashed

West Haddon in action during their division three defeat at the hands of Heyford (picture: Dave Ikin)
West Haddon in action during their division three defeat at the hands of Heyford (picture: Dave Ikin)

Long Buckby endured a nightmare afternoon in division two as they were hammered by 163 runs by Saints IIs.

The Northampton side took a liking to the Buckby bowling attack, in particular Babar Khan who smashed a superb 130 in their 239 for seven.

Pick of the Buckby bowlers were Gary Church who took three for 42 and Sam Bevin who snared three for 69.

In reply, Buckby’s batters never got going, with a top score of 11 shared by Philip Wallace and Warren Courtney as they were rushed out for 76.

East Haddon suffered a 55-run defeat in the same division.

Haddon will have felt they were in with a chance of victory when they restricted hosts Stony Stratford IIs to 176 for nine in their innings.

Once again, Priyan PushpaRajan was the main man with the ball for Haddon, claiming five for 41, whilesupport came from Jeremy Medlin who took two for 64.

But Haddon’s batsmen struggled in reply, and they were eventually bowled out for just 121, with Richard Whorton and Keegan Muller both scoring 24.

In division three, West Haddon lost a low-scoring game to Heyford by 49 runs.

Haddon’s bowlers did their bit as hosts Heyford scored a modest 136 for eight, with Jake Spencer snaring three for 30 and Ed Harmon three for 39.

Haddon would have been confident of winning, but they never got near doing so as they were shot out for 87, despite 23 from Jake Spencer.

Stuart Bonthuys is enjoying an excellent season for Badby, and he was again the key man with bat and ball as his side beat Wellingborough Indians by 81 runs in division five.

Bonthuys top scored with 66 as Badby scored 167 all out in their innings, William Brooks chipping in with 22.

Bonthuys then got to work with the ball, and ripped the heart out of the Indians’ batting with four for 16.

Paul Cooper also bowled well to take three for 19 while Jack Fuller claimed two for 23 as Indians were dismissed for 86.

In division seven, East Haddon IIs were beaten by 85 runs at home by Obelisk.

The Northampton side batted first and, despite the best efforts off Jacob Draper with four for 58 and Ian Hardwick with three for 24, they made what was to prove a more than handy 159 for nine.

Rob Shardlow then top-scored with 18 as Haddon were rolled over for 74.

In division 13, West Haddon (97 all out) were thrashed by 139 runs by Weekley & Warkton (236-3).