Northants Cricket League round-up: Seven-up Spencer the main man for West Haddon

Long Buckby players celebrate the fall of a Wellingborough wicket during their division two win at the weekend
Long Buckby players celebrate the fall of a Wellingborough wicket during their division two win at the weekend

Jake Spencer produced a devastating spell of bowling to inspire West Haddon to a 10-run win over Great Houghton in division three.

Chasing Haddon’s 152 all out, Houghton had no answer to Spencer who claimed seven for 31 to reduce them to 142 all out.

Offering a helping hand was Robson Kightley who took two for 29.

Earlier, Tom Goodman had top scored for Haddon with 32 and Adam Berti added 22.

In division two, Priyan PushpaRajan was once again the main man for East Haddon as they scored a remarkable success in a low-scoring game against Overstone Park.

Haddon would have thought they were in a bit of bother when they totalled a modest 87 all out, with Richard Hardwick scoring 23 and PushpaRajan 22.

But the reliable Haddon bowler had other ideas.

He raced in to bag seven for 23 to dismiss Overstone for 78 and clinch a dramatic nine-run win.

Jeremy Medlin also played his part, chipping in with three for 32.

Long Buckby totalled just 73 all out in their fixture with Wellingborough IIs - and it still proved to be enough for victory!.

Nick Smith was the only Buckby batsman to make any sort of headway, scoring 32.

But the Wellingborough batters in turn couldn’t handle the bowling of Adrian Flynn, who took five for 19 as the visitors weredismissed for just 50.

Gary Church also did his bit, taking two for 18.

Badby had a day to forget in their division five clash at Wicken.

Andy Humphries scored 19, but nobody else contributed as Badby were rushed out for 56, and Wicken eased to 57 for two and an eight-wicket win.

There was an exciting game at Isham IIs in division six, where Yelvertoft just fell short of claiming a victory, and had to settle for a draw.

James Martin was the pick of the bowlers as Isham IIs made a useful 164 for five, Martin plugging away to take three for 56. In reply, Andrew O’Neill scored 46 and Martin 35, but Yelvertofy fell 12 runs shy of the winning post, and settled for a share of the spoils at 153 for eight.

East Haddon IIs were beaten by three wickets at Loddington & Mawsley IIs.

Nick Whorton led the Haddon batting effort, his 58 the mainstay of their 151 all out, with support coming from Stuart Keeping (27) and Steve Kilsby (26). Whorton then also claimed two for six, and Jon Gibson two for 40, but the home side got over the line at 152 for seven.

In division nine, Long Buckby IIs suffered a 56 run reverse at Brigstock IIs.

Peter Incley bowled superbly to claim six for 38 and Dillon Karavadra bagged two for 16 as Brigstock were bowled out for 142.

But Buckby’s batsmen, apart from Derek White who made 36, couldn’t get going and were bowled out for 86.