Sabir hits an undefeated century

West Haddon,fast bowler Matthew Dallow .
West Haddon,fast bowler Matthew Dallow .

AN UNDEFEATED ton from Badby’s Sabir Khawaja helped Badby Firsts secure a four-wicket win over Weldon in Division Five.

In reply Weldon’s Matthew Hay hit a useful half-century knock of 54.

Badby bowlers David Marlow (five-40) and Stuart Bonthuys (four-26) made useful contributions.

West Haddon’s Neil Humphrey batted his way to an impressive 46 but it was not enough to prevent his side losing by 38 runs to Rushden Town Seconds.

In reply, Rushden’s Barry Eales (42) and Ben Warren (26) helped along the run-rate.

Haddon’s Matt Dallow returned bowling figures of five-31 and Robson Kightley three-27.

Rushden’s Steven Chessum (five-17) and Gary Small (three-32) were also impressive in this Division Three encounter.

Long Buckby Firsts battled their way to a 37-run success against Earls Barton Firsts in Division Two.

Buckby’s Adrian Flynn (five-25), Philip Wallace (three-23) and Gary Church (two-15) provided useful bowling contributions.

In the same division, East Haddon Firsts suffered a defeat by one wicket at the hands of Weekley and Warkton Firsts.

Best batting for Haddon was Stuart Keeping (40) while Weekley’s Jacob Palmer (34), Andy Tilley (25) and Reg Griggs (17) made their presence felt.

Craig Burger (five-29) and Simon Pearson (three-26) were impressive bowling for East Haddon.

In Division Three Heyford Firsts worked their way to a winning draw against Irchester Firsts.

Heyford’s Matthew Baker (73) and Simon Legge (63) kept up the run-rate and in reply Irchester’s Nathan McDonald (49 n.o), Joe Morton (43) and Craig McDonald (41 n.o.) made useful contributions. Craig and Nathan McDonald put together an unbroken fourth-wicket stand of 107.

Irchester’s Charles Cotter took four wickets.

In Division Six, Earls Barton Seconds beat Ashby Timken Firsts by eight wickets in a low-scoring encounter.

Undefeated totals from Barton’s Matthew Reece (38 n.o.) and David Howe (29 n.o.) helped their side to victory. Barton’s Waheed Yaqub returned impressive bowling figures of five-11.

In the same division, accurate bowling by Ian Ward, three for 21 in 10 overs and Andrew Ward, one for 29 in 12 overs, tied Yelvertoft down. With a weakened team they settled for a draw against Gretton Firsts and eight points.

Yelvertoft were playing their first match of the season due to recent rain.

John Eccles (50 n.o.) hit an undefeated half century and Will Negus added 39.

In reply, Gretton’s James Bates (55), Andrew Ward (49) and Michael Park (28) helped along the run-rate.

Will Negus (five-36) and Adrian Ratnayake (three-53) were impressive bowling for Yelvertoft.

Kislingbury Temperance suffered an 119-run loss against Oundle Town with Oundle’s James Chambers hitting 82 and Jack Bolsover 73.