NCL ROUND-UP: Carter gets the job done for high-flying Horton House
Horton House stayed in touch with leaders Peterborough at the top of the Hevey Building Supplies NCL Premier Division with a six-wicket win over Saints.
The win means that House stay fifth in the table, but they are only 30 points adrift of Peterborough, who saw off inconsistent Old Northamptonians.
At Horton, Corbyn Dolley scored 94 in the Saints’ 225 for seven, and support came from Elliott Patterson with 54 and Harry Groome, who hit 30.
For Horton, the pick of the bowlers was Will Smith who claimed three for 54.
The villagers knew they would have to bat well to win, and they did, with Leo Carter steering them home with an unbeaten 102 from 122 balls.
Backing him up were Akash Shah who scored 40, and Charlie MacDonnell who made 36, with Horton getting home with almost five overs to spare.
Christian Davis hit an unbeaten century as morning leaders Rushden maintained their title push.
The former Northants all-rounder hit 105 as Rushden overcame Stony Stratford at Campbell Park.
In pursuit of Stony’s 244, of which Hayden Mullins hit an excellent 128, Rushden lost wickets at regular intervals but Davis’s steady hand enabled them to sneak over the winning line with just one wicket in hand.
Despite their victory, Rushden were squeezed into second place by Peterborough who picked up maximum points with a 26-run defeat of ONs.
Rob Sayer made 107 and Callum French 58 as the visitors posted 238 for five (Tom Heathfield 2-39, Aiden Fowkes 2-67), and this proved to be enough as, despite a number of decent contributions from their top order, the ONs fell short.
In the runs for the Billing Road side were Tom Webb (30), Rob White (37) and Mobushar Khawaja (47), but Paul McMahon picked up five for 62 with his off-spin as the hosts were dismissed for 212.
The struggle goes on for both Burton Latimer and Wollaston as they were beaten by Finedon Dolben and Oundle respectively.
At Hall Field, Burton were brushed aside by Finedon with the margin of victory being 107 runs.
Ben Howgego top scored with 52 in the visitors’ 214 for seven, Damon Hanney taking five for 73, and the wickets were then shared around as the home side crumbled to 107 all out.
Meanwhile, at Milton Road, Wollaston suffered their seventh reverse as Oundle claimed a four-wicket success.
Harry Ramsden was the pick of the Oundle attack with four for 37 as Wollaston totalled 190 for eight (Matthew Jones 63) and this was passed in the 43rd over, Phil Adams top scoring with an unbeaten 46.
Leg-spinner Daniel Bendon had a good day as Rushton got the better of Brixworth by three wickets.
Bendon recorded figures of six for 41 as the hosts were dismissed for 182, and although nobody made a sizeable score in the reply, the victory target was achieved in the 50th over.