Heyford battle to a three-wicket win

MHDE-11-06-11 HEYFORDCRICKET JUN36 (5)'Heyford v East Haddon'Heyford CC, Heyford Playing Fields, Nether Heyford'East Haddon Batsman - Mike Hale'Heyford Bowler - Dave Livermore
MHDE-11-06-11 HEYFORDCRICKET JUN36 (5)'Heyford v East Haddon'Heyford CC, Heyford Playing Fields, Nether Heyford'East Haddon Batsman - Mike Hale'Heyford Bowler - Dave Livermore

AN undefeated 48 by David Livermore and Ross Cambray’s 43 helped Heyford Firsts to a three-wicket win against East Haddon Firsts in Division Three.

In reply there were useful contributions from Haddon’s Simon Pearson (36), Greg Oliver (35), Stephan Joubert (25) and Darren Harrison (24).

Heyford’s David Livermore returned bowling figures of four-28 and Ed Rogers three-19. Haddon’s Simon Pearson was three-49.

In the same division West Haddon Firsts beat Wellingborough OGs Firsts by six wickets in a low-scoring encounter.

Haddon’s Ian Smith produced an undefeated total of 60 to help along the run-rate and Neil Humphrey (29) and Ed Harmon (23) boosted the total. Harmon also returned bowling figures of four-18 and Phil Adams (three-50.

In reply, Steven Kendall was three-35.

In Division Five Ashby Timken Firsts achieved a winning draw against Weldon Firsts – thanks in part to a massive undefeated innings of 84 from Timothy Jakeman.

Bugbrooke Firsts beat Kempston Hammers Seconds by five wickets in an away success in Division Six.

In a low-scoring game Bugbrooke’s Liam Saunders (33 n.o) produced the best batting figures. Bugbrooke’s Keith Halford (four-10) won the bowling praise along with Domenic Pasquariello for Kempston with five 30.

In the same division, Kislingbury Temperance Firsts swept to a 21-run win over Weekley and Warkton Seconds.

Kisle’s total of 174 all out was helped along by useful innings from Jamie Forrest (32), Jonathan Elder (31), Lawrence George Martin (27) and James Allcock (27).

In reply, Weekley’s Karl Peasnall produced an undefeated 57 n.o.

Rob Spatcher returned bowling figures of four-40, Jamie Forrest (two-nine), Benjamin Swingler-Browne (two-25) and Lawrence George Martin (two-26).

Badby Firsts extended their perfect record to six wins from six in Division Six with a 28-run victory at Longroods.

Asked to bat first, the Blue Caps built a steady platform, with in-form opener Sabir Khawaja making 44 and Stu Bonthuys contributing 24.

Other batsmen got starts but Stony Stratford pegged it back in the middle overs and at 140-six, Badby were indebted to Jack Fuller (16n.o.) and Paul Cooper (14) who added useful runs down the order and saw Badby through to a competitive total of 181-nine from their 45.

In reply, Stony started cautiously looking to keep wickets in hand for a final assault on the target.

But Badby’s bowling strength in depth and fielding excellence once again showed through, allowing no batsman to exceed 25.

Paul Cooper bowled unchanged to return three-40 from his 13 and Ceri Roberts picked up two-11, before opening bowler Stu Bonthuys returned to finish off the Stony tail and secure the win with three-31.

Badby Seconds matched the Firsts’ performance in the field, dismissing Thrapston Thirds for 125 in fewer than 30 overs, plaudits going to Casey Cooper who returned a career best six-47 from his 13, ably-assisted by James Maplethorpe (three-43).

However, the tables were well and truly turned as Badby were shot out for only 85. Only Maplethorpe (20) and Dan Baxter (15) made it to double figures, Michael Dowling doing the lions’ share of the damage with five-33 for Thrapston.

East Haddon Seconds carried off a 54-run win over Desborough Town Seconds in Division Seven – thanks largely to a massive innings from Duncan Kennedy (81) and Joe Oliver (62).

Steve Kilsby’s (27) and Nick Whorton (22) helped along the run-rate. Gibson returned impressive bowling figures of three-37 for Haddon.

A massive undefeated knock from Rajiv Raval (149 n.o.) helped Harlestone Firsts to a five-wicket win over Lodington and Mawsley Seconds in Division Seven.

In reply, Loddington’s Liam Hanley hit an equally superb 107 and teammate Ryan Richens (68) to boost the home side’s total of 269 for seven.

Yelvertoft’s home game against Wellingborough had to be abandoned due to rain.

Yelvertoft won the toss and asked Wellingborough to bat and the visitors scored 184 for eight. Titmus scored 50 runs.

Toft replied after tea and were 32 without loss in nine overs when the heavens opened.

The rain lasted for about one hour. Unfortunately the pitch was too wet to continue and the match was abandoned as a draw.

In Division Eight St Michaels 74 (Bugbrooke) beat Mears Ashby Firsts by 39 runs.

Robert Frost (54), Peter Lyons (31n.o) and James Boyd (26) provided useful contributions for the home side and in reply Jason Millard (57) and Graham Kinnear (25) made their presence felt for Mears Ashby.

Bowling praise was reserved for St Michaels’ Tom Chapman (six-25) and Adrian Spruels (three-37). Jack Gardner (three-42) was also impressive for the visitors.

Long Buckby Firsts beat Towcestrians Firsts by 52 runs in Division Two and the second string suffered defeat at the hands of Podington Seconds by 26 runs in Division Nine.

In the same division St Michaels Firsts beat Irchester Seconds by five wickets – despite Irchester’s Jordan Everitt top scoring with 89.

Malcolm Swann bagged five-55 for St Michaels.

In reply Will Kingston top scored with 65, ably supported by Dave Tebbutt (44). Betweeen them they put on 103 for the opening wicket as St Michaels romped home with time to spare.

An impressive team effort saw Wellingborough Town Fourths safely home by 31 runs against Guilsborough Firsts in Division 10.

Guilsborough’s Tom Whitehouse (46) provided an impressive innings and also returned bowling figures of six-21.

Wellingborough’s batting heroes Divesh Patel (53) and Drew Lawrence (24), who also collected two wickets apiece, provided the highspots as did an excellent bowling display from James Westley (six-50).

A massive innings from Ashby Timken Seconds’ Chris Murphy (95) was not enough to prevent their eight-wicket defeat at the hands of Kettering Town Thirds in Division 11.

An undefeated innings from St Michaels 74 Seconds’ Anthony Webb (135 n.o.), Nathan Adams (58) and MarkColeman (46) helped them to a 194-run victory over near-neighbours Bugbrooke Seconds.

Bugbrooke’s Billal Bashir returned figures of three-81 and Luke Preston (two-35) while Karsten Webb (five-54) and John Chapman (four-19) were also noteworthy.