BADBY Firsts continued their 100 per cent start to the season with a closely-fought three-wicket win over rivals Bugbrooke and now sit comfortably on top of Division Six with four wins from four.
Asked to bat in blustery conditions, the Trumpets struggled to gain momentum to their innings in the face of some testing bowling – notably from Stu Bonthuys, who sent down his first six-over spell for the concession of only a single run and Jack Fuller (two-29).
All of Badby’s bowlers continued to “hit their straps” as Bugbrooke tried to accelerate their innings, the lion’s share of the wickets falling to Paul Cooper who bowled uninterrupted into the wind to finish with a superb 13-2-36-6. Pick of Bugbrooke’s batsmen were Ian Street (21), Liam Saunders (27) and Dave Ivins (22), as they ended up dismissed for an under-par total of 134.
Badby started quickly in reply with Sabir Khawaja returning 36 in a half-century opening stand.
Bugbrooke’s bowlers then turned the tables and applied similar pressure on the Badby run chase. Ian Hardwick nearly matched Cooper’s earlier efforts with 12-4-22-4.
When opener Andy Humphries was dismissed for 33 with the score at a 100, the outcome was still in the balance.
Despite Ian Street’s efforts at the death (three-30), Badby were guided home with only a couple of overs to spare by Ali Reid’s calm and composed 47n.o.
Badby Seconds made it a double winning weekend for the villagers, with a comfortable win over Isham Zingari.
Batting first, Isham managed 135, wickets being shared among Scott Baxter (two-30), Casey Cooper (three-48), Ceri Roberts three-20) and Martin Wilcox (two-22).
Badby’s top order made short work of the Isham total, passing their target in only 27 overs for the loss of three wickets.
James Maplethorpe (30) and Martin Wilcox (34) set the platform at the top of the order, and Scott Baxter continued his fine early season form with the bat as well as ball, finishing unbeaten on 51.
Heyford Seconds enjoyed a 128-run victory over Overstone Park Thirds in Division 10 – thanks to a massive innings of 187 from Nathan Lacey and 61 from Scot Browne who also returned bowling figures of four-44.
Heyford went on to collect an impressive 313 for four total to set them on the victory path.
Heyford Firsts were beaten by only five runs against Wollaston Seconds in Division Three.
In a low-scoring encounter James Baldwin (19) and Simon Legge were the only Heyford batsmen to make double figures.
In reply Wollaston’s Marcus Shelton hit a respectable 38 before being caught by Tom Akrigg off the bowling of Rob Pardon, who returned bowling figures of three-24. Also noteworthy were Ed Rogers (three-30) and David Livermore (three-25).
Wollaston’s Andy Luck (three-15), Jamie Perry (three-21) and Andrew Kowal (three-30) turned in useful bowling displays.
In the same division, superb batting totals from S and L Corby’s Jack Robinson (68), Ryan Alderson (60) and Owen Dunn (44) helped their side to a winning draw against West Haddon Firsts.
In reply Haddon’s Ben Savage (35), Phil Adams (30) and Ben Hartnell (23) helped along the run-rate in their 138-eight total.
Long Buckby Firsts suffered a 101-run away defeat at the hands of Weekley and Warkton Firsts in Division Two.
Weekley’s total of 209-eight was helped by useful innings from Jacob Palmer (69), James Smith (38), Glenn Burgess (22 n.o.) Joe Bailey (21) and Nick Dalziel (20).
In reply Buckby’s Sam Bevin (36) and Mainak Ray (23) helped along the run-rate in a low-scoring 108 all out.
Winning bowling praise for Buckby were Sam Bevin (three-40) and Adrian Flynn (two-39) while Glenn Burgess (four-44) and Jacob Palmer (four-21) were impressive for the home side.
East Haddon Firsts enjoyed a 156-run success over Wellingborough OGs Firsts – thanks to a superb innings of 72 from Darren Harrison. His total was added to by other useful batting performancews from Craig Burger (33), David Browne (32), Stuart Keeping (29 n.o.), Kris Desmond (18 n.o) and Michael Hale (16).
Haddon’s Stephan Joubert (five-20) was their best bowlers and Drew Brierley (four-26) was impressive for the opposition.
A massive unbeaten century knock from Irthlingborough Town’s Seconds’ Rhys Elavia (109 n.o) set them on their way to a winning draw against Ashby Timken Firsts.
Other Irthlingborough batsmen also providing useful totals included Ben Read (36), Adam Westley (36), Dean Czyz (32) and Leighton Griffiths (31 n.o).
In reply Ashby’s Marcus Broome hit an impressive undefeated total of 73 and Zaheed Iqbal 52.
In Division Six Kislingbury Temperance Firsts gained a winning draw against Kempston Hammers Seconds – thanks in no small measure to a massive undefeated century knock from Jamie Forrest (119 n.o).
In reply Kempston’s Mark Russell (37), Colin Stubbs (25) and Jeff Biggs (22) helped along the run-rate. Best bowling figures were retuned by Kisle’s Subin Varghese (five-30).
In Division Seven East Haddon Seconds were on the receiving end of a six-wicket defeat at the hands of Loddington and Mawsley Seconds.
Highlights of the game were bowling figures of five-29 from Liam Flecknor and four-33 from Will Haines for Loddington and an undefeated total of 58 n.o. from Tom Kilsby.
In reply James Redding hit a useful 33 for East Haddon.
Towcestrians beat Yelvertoft by six wickets in Division Seven.Tows won the toss and asked Toft to bat on a dry wicket but very windy day.
Yelvertoft scored 151 all out in 44.4 overs. For Toft, John Eccles scored 38 runs and Adrian Ratnayake scored 33.
The Toft batsmen were made to work for their runs by excellent slow bowling from Alan Edwards (four for 38 in 9.4 overs) and Kevin Hawkins (one for 31 in 13 overs.)
Towcestrians got off to a flying start with wayward bowling from the Yelvertoft attack depleted through injury and holidays.
Tows won the match in 26.5 overs with the loss of four wickets to inflict the first loss for Toft at their new ground.
Alan Edwards scored 34 for Towcestrians.
In Division Eight St Michaels 74 (Bugbrooke) Firsts beat Thrapston Seconds by four wickets.
St Michaels’ Mario Wickremasinghe (56) and Chris Goodson (37 n.o.) provided usefulcontributions as did Thrapston’s Ffrancon Williams (60), Chris Burdett (36) and Jeremy Burdett (32).
St Michaels bowling plaudits went to Adrian Spruels (three-24), Chris Earl (three-28) and Tim Curtis (three-48).
In Division Nine, Long Buckby Seconds’ Luke Church led from the front with a match-winning performance of 91 not out and bowling figures of three for 48 with support from David Avent (four-52), to see their side bag a seven-wicket victory over S and L Corby Seconds.
In the same division, St Michaels Northants Firsts beat Wellingborough OGs Seconds by six wickets.
Tom Marlow and Geoff Lambert ripped through the OGs batting line-up with four and three wickets respectively.
In reply, Craig Ahearn (17), Matt Collier (26 n.o) and extras (19) led the way as St Michaels romped home with time to spare.
Bugbrooke Seconds lost out to Geddington Thirds by 91 runs in Division 12 with a massive unbeaten century knock from Geddington’s Mark Pearson (108 n.o). Bugbrooke’s Billal Bashir (58) hit a half-century in a useful contributions to his side’s 142 all out. Ross Campbell returned bowling figures of five-50 for Geddington.
St Michaels 74 (Bugbrooke) Seconds got back to winning ways with a 50-run victory over Weldon.
St Michaels got to their respectable target of 171 with an impressive undefeated 80 from Goodson and an additional 35 from Webb.
Gibbins with four wickets and Chapman and Gill with three each helped to finish off Weldon.
In Division 13 West Haddon Seconds beat Bold Dragoon Seconds by 38 runs thanks to useful totals from Tom French (45 n.o), James Allen (43), Adam Berti (42), Patrick Wintle (35), Olly Marriott (34) and Richard Allen (34).
Badby Seconds achieved a seven-wicket win over Isham in Division 14 with useful knocks from Badby’s Scott Baxter (51 n.o), Martin Wilcox (34) and James Maplethorpe (30).