Intense disappointment and frustration enveloped Bretton Gate today (September 19) as the Northants Premier Division finally drew to a close.
Peterborough Town have such high standards that a second-place finish is seen as disappointing, but their six-wicket win over Geddington had far more serious ramifications for the visitors.
Geddington had to win to have any chance of avoiding an immediate return to Division One, but even an out-of-form Town side far too strong.
Captain Lewis Bruce and fellow off-spinner Paul McMahon claimed five wickets apiece to ruin a Geddington innings that had started quite brightly. Their final score of 147 was below par and after a wobble from 70-1 to 74-3, Town cruised home with plenty in hand.
Tim Young, who discovered some steady form at number five towards the end of the season, finished unbeaten on 37. Paul McMahon (22no) was with him at the end after Asim Butt had contributed an entertaining 35 earlier in the innings.
Town’s pace ace Joe Dawborn didn’t add to his outstanding tally of 67 wickets, but he still finished five clear of the next most prolific bowler, team-mate McMahon who finished with 62 victims.
Town finished 35 points behind champions Rushden, a flattering margin as the league winners lost their last two matches after clinching top spot.
M. Steele c Clarke b McMahon 20
K. Potter c and b McMahon 44
H. Bell st Milner b Bruce 9
C. Murdoch c and b Bruce 2
T. Raubenheimer lbw McMahon 8
K. Morrison lbw McMahon 13
J. Key b Bruce 5
M. Neave lbw Bruce 27
D. O’Callaghan c Jones b McMahon 4
C, Judd not out 10
N. Wilson c Smith b Bruce 2
Bowling: D. Sayer 7-0-28-0; J. Dawborn 9-2-17-0; K. Jones 5-0-24-0; P. McMahon 17-2-55-5; L. Bruce 14.2-3-23-5.
D. Clarke c Neave b Murdoch 17
L. Bruce b Morrison 9
A. Butt c O’Callaghan b Morrison 35
M. Howard c Morrison b Raubenheimer 13
T. Young not out 37
P. McMahon not out 22
TOTAL (4 wkts) 151
Bowling: J. Key 7-1-18-0; K. Morrison 10-0-49-2; C. Murdoch 10.2-3-36-1; T. Raubenheimer 7-1-37-1.
Oundle finished seventh in the 12-team Premier Division after losing their final game heavily at Northampton Saints.
Saints piled up 255-4 and quickly reduced Oundle to 26-7 before lower order men Ben Graves (27), Richard Cunninghgam (29) and Bshrat Hussain (25) offered up some resistance.
Oundle were eventually dismissed for 127 to complete a 128-run defeat.
Northampton Saints 255-4 (J. Collins 112no, C. Dolley 74, M. Wolstenholme 51, J. Bolsover 2-51, B. Hussain 2-53).
Oundle 127 (B. Graves 37, R. Cunningham 29, B. Hussain 25, M. Wolstenholme 4-32).
City side Khalsa have been relegated from Cambs Division Two after Division One champions Godmanchester failed in their bid to win promotion to the East Anglian Premier League today.
Khalsa are one of three teams relegated from Cambs Division Two.