Villagers suffer slender loss in low-scoring encounter

Long Buckby v Weekley & Warkton  'Long Buckby Cricket Club'Station Close, Long Buckby 'Buckby Batsman - Danny Sims
Long Buckby v Weekley & Warkton 'Long Buckby Cricket Club'Station Close, Long Buckby 'Buckby Batsman - Danny Sims

LONG Buckby Firsts suffered a three-wicket defeat at the hands of Weekley and Warkton Firsts in Division Two of the Northamptonshire Cricket League.

Best batting for Buckby came from Daniel Simms (44) in a low-scoring Buckby total of 125 all out.

Adrian Flynn returned bowling figures of four-29.

In the same division, East Haddon’s Stephan Joubert (68) and Darren Harrison (61) helped their side to a 22-run win against Towcestrians Firsts.

Haddon’s best bowling came from Stuart Keeping (three-21), Simon Pearson (three-22) and Stephan Joubert (three-36).

West Haddon Firsts beat Horton House Seconds by six runs in a low-scoring outing. But their total was helped by a useful knock from Neil Humphrey (61).

In reply, Paul Ruff hit 33.

Alex Churchill-Coleman (four-14), James Higgs (four-25) and Robson Kightley (two-32) won the bowling plaudits for Haddon while Andrew Gosling (five-20) and Shiv Jhala (five-26) were also impressive for Horton.

In Division Five, Badby Firsts beat Overstone Park Seconds by eight wickets.

Badby’s Sabir Khawaja hit an impressive total of 73, and an undefeated 32 from Duncan Blackwell and Stuart Bonthuys (17 not out) helped along the Badby run-rate. Bonthuys returned bowling figures of five-29.

Kislingbury Temperance Firsts beat 10-man Higham Ferrers Town Firsts by three wickets. Opening bowlers Robbie Spatcher and Ben Swingler-Brown gave useful accounts and James Allcock top scored with 26.

Higham’s James Gould hit 49 and Toby Webbley added 21 to help along the run rate.

In Division Six, Ashby Timken Firsts beat Weekley and Warkton Seconds by five wickets.

Best batting for Ashby came from Jake Hinton 51 n.o and Stuart Mitchell (44).

Bugbrooke Firsts beat Kempston Hammers Seconds by six wickets in Division Seven.

Ian Street (42) and Richard Hook (31) both provided useful contributions for Bugbrooke.

Martin Hobbs returned bowling figures of six-13 and Ian Preston three-25.