NCL ROUND-UP: Haddon deny rivals Stony to stay on title course

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East Haddon stayed on course for the division two title as the leaders drew with second-placed Stony Stratford IIs.

Haddon posted a useful score of 201 for eight, with Priyan Pushparajan leading the way with 55 and Guy Sunter adding 31 not out.

Haddon were always on top in Stony’s reply, and they eventually restricted them to 135 for seven, with Pushparajan taking two for 16 and Stuart Keeping two for 18.

Rock-bottom Long Buckby endured another miserable afternoon as they were thrashed by Saints IIs.

Saintstotalled 278 for six despite the efforts of Andrew Oliver (2-31) and Adrian Flynn (2-76), before Buckby were shot out for a paltry 94. Richard Bott was the only batsman to perform,hitting 37.

In division three, struggling West Haddon were humiliated as they were bowled out for just 45, and they lost to Heyford by 10 wickets.

Badby ended up one wicket shy of victory against Wellingborough Indians.

Ceri Roberts hit 72 not out, Stuart Bonthuys 61 and Daniel Haynes 27 as Badby amassed 220 for seven.

That was out of Indians’ reach, but they held on for the draw at 154 for nine, despite some good bowling from casey Cooper (4-59), Jack Fuller (2-28) and Bonthuys (2-34).

Struggling Long Buckby IIs suffered their 11th defeat of the season in division nine, as they went down by six wickets to Old IIs.

Steven Postlethwaite hit 49, but Buckby were bowled out for just 98, and Old eased to 99 for four.

Mid-table West Haddon IIs were beaten by seven wickets by S&L IIIs in division 13.

Olly Marriott hit 67 and Edward Barnett 24 in Haddon’s 157 all out, but it wasn’t enough as S&L sauntered to 158 for three, Daniel McNally taking two for 40.

In division 14, Badby IIs enjoyed a six-wicket success over Old IIIs in their mid-table battle. Kyle Baxter (3-8), Luke Maplethorpe (2-8) and Scott Baxter (2-23) all did their bit as Old were dismissed for 115, and Mark Mahoney (33) and Scott Baxter (26n0) then did enough with the bat as Barby replied with 117 for four.

It was another day of frustration for rock-bottom Barby IIIs as they went down by nine runs to leaders Sun Hardingstone. The top dogs were bowled out for 159, with Dom Craven (4-33), Robert Ansell (3-33) and Garrick Chandler (3-36) excelling with the ball.

Craig Leighton then scored 37 and Dave Sherwood 33 not out as Barby threatened a major upset, but they fell just short at 150 for nine.