Mark Lewis produced an amazing spell of bowling to inspire Long Buckby IIs to an eight-wicket win against Brigstock in division nine of the Hevey Building Supplies Northants Cricket League Division Nine.
Lewis bowled 8.3 overs and claimed five for nine as Brigstock were rushed out for just 99, with support coming from Daniel Lewis, who took two for 30.
Buckby cantered to victory in reply, with Matt Aitken (44) and Steve Postlethwaite (31no) seeing their side to 103 for two.
Long Buckby’s first team didn’t have such a good day as they were beaten by three wickets by high-flying rivals East Haddon in division two.
Richard Colton hit 35 and Sam Bevin 21 as Buckby were bowled out for 127, with Guy Sunter (3-18), Jeremy Medlin (2-24) and Jack Keeping (2-25) all bowling well for Haddon.
The promotion chasers then had struggles of their own reaching their target, but got home at 128 for seven thanks to 41 from Richard Whorton and 33 from Tom Kennedy. For Buckby, Gary Reeve took two for 29 and Adrian Flynn two for 38.
The win takes Haddon top of the table.
West Haddon rattled up a useful 207 for seven in the division three clash - but still lost by one wicket to Earls Barton. Tom Goodman made 73 and Adam Wallinger 47 as Haddon enjoyed themselves with the bat, but despite the efforts of Jake Spencer (4-46) and James Higgs (3-53), Barton squeezed home at 210 for nine to claim the win.
In division five, Badby suffered a 29-run defeat to Kettering IIs, who made 161 for eight in spite of some good bowling from Stuart Bonthuys (4-30) and Jack Fuller (3-46).
Ceri Roberts led the reply with 44, while Daniel Haynes chipped in with 26, but it wasn’t enough as Badby were dismissed for 132.
Yelvertoft’s title challenge in division six has well and truly come off the rails, and on Saturday they were hammered by 144 runs by Higham Ferrers.
Callum Bentley took four for 43 and Adam Ursell two for 41 as Ferrers totalled an imposing 226 for eight, and Yelvertoft were skittled for just 82 in reply (Andrew O’Neill 21).
East Haddon IIs suffered an even bigger defeat at Bold Dragoon in division seven, going down by 162 runs.
Stuart Keeping did his bit with the ball, claiming five for 59 as Dragoon were bowled out for 222 (Jacob Draper 2-56). And that proved to be more than enough as Haddon were shot out for 60.
West Haddon IIsa produced an excellen bowling performance to beat Old Northamptonians Vs in a low scoring encounter.
Olly Marriott was the star with the bat for Haddon, scoring 34 to steer his team to 109 all out.
ONs would have been confident of reaching that target, but Ian Smith with six for 25 ensured they were bowled out for 91 as Haddon claimed an 18-run win. David Love did his bit by taking two for 25.
In division 14, the weather was the only winner as Barby’s clash with Kettering was abandoned.
Barby had made a useful 199 for six with Nigel Hancock (65), Chey Manzella (30) and Ben Harris (29) in the runs.
Kettering were 29 without loss when the heavens opened and ended play for the day.