NCL ROUND-UP: Cory and Khawaja are too hot for Horton to handle

Martyn Cory and Zaakir Khawaja turned on the batting style as Old Northamptonians thrashed Horton House by 190 runs in the Northants League Premier Division on Saturday.
PLAYING STRAIGHT - action from Saints' premier division win at Oundle (Picture : Kit Mallin)PLAYING STRAIGHT - action from Saints' premier division win at Oundle (Picture : Kit Mallin)
PLAYING STRAIGHT - action from Saints' premier division win at Oundle (Picture : Kit Mallin)

Cory led the way for the Billing Road side, smashing a blistering 167 not out including 10 fours and 10 sixes, while Khawaja chipping in with an excellent 94 – his innings being ended by a run out!

The pair led ONs to a massive 293 for five, with only Will Smith (2-54) having bowling figures he will want to look back on.

Horton were always up against it, and they crumbled under the pressure of facing such a big score as they were dismissed for 103, with 25 from Thomas Leonard their best effort.

Zed Babar was the star man with the ball for ONs, claiming five for 17 while Aiden Fowkes took three for 12.

The win sees ONs sitting fourth in the table, 32 points adrift of leaders Finedon Dolben, who were six-wicket winners over Wellingborough Town.

Saints are still second, 18 points off top spot, after they eased to a six-wicket win at Oundle, with Mark Wolstenholme the all-round star.

Firstly, Wolstenholme took three for 39 and Jake Higginbotham four for 45 as Oundle were bowled out for 168.

Wolstenholme then helped ease Saints home with an unbeaten 30, supporting Alec Swann who led the way with a patient 80 not out from 144 balls.

Elsewhere, it was a bit of a struggle for Stony Stratford and Brixworth.

Stony at least escaped with a draw from their clash with Peterborough.

Posh made 199 all out, with the pick of the Stony bowlers being Graham Simpson who took four for 55 and Alex Strong with three for 34.

Stratford struggled in reply, but 50 from Nick Allen and 25 from Jarrod Pretorius just about ensured they held on for a share of the spoils at 129 for nine.

Brixworth were thrashed by 10 wickets by Wollaston.

Callum Berrill with 29 was the only Brixworth player to make serious headway with the bat as the villagers were dismissed for 134.

That proved no problem for Wollaston, and opener Matthew Jones in particular, as his 106 not out saw Wollaston storm home at 136 without loss.

In the other game, Rushden and Burton Latimer drew.

Full NCL round-up in this week’s Chronicle & Echo

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