Peterborough Town, champions in four of last five seasons, started their 2015 Rutland Division One campaign with a narrow nine-run over Nassington at Bretton Gate yesterday (April 26).
A young Town were indebted to some rare runs from captain Jamie Smith (40) and good support from Marcus Howard (33) and Sheerhari Subarmonian (31) to sneak past 200, but Nassington looked set for victory when bang in-form Dan Robinson (60) and Connor Craig (45) were putting together a sizeable third-wicket stand.
But their departures prompted a collapse and the visitors were eventually dismissed 10 runs shot of victory with 11 balls to spare, Occasional left-arm twirler Callum French (3-43) was the pick of the Town bowling while paceman Smith picked up two wickets and wicket-keeper Chris Milner claimed four victims.
Oundle’s perfect start to the season is over after they lost a high-scoring clash to Bourne at the Abbey Lawns. Marc Bell, Petrus Jeftha and Jack Bolsover all passed 50 in Oundle’s 242-4, but 112 from captain Peter Morgan and 92 from Ben Stroud helped see Bourne home in the final over.
Josh Bowers and Sam Albutt both scored 62 as Wisbech won comfortably by six wickets at Stamford, while Barnack won a low scoring game at home to Eaton Socon by four wickets.
BOURNE beat OUNDLE by 64 wkts
Oundle 242-4 (M. Bell 63, P. Jeftha 62, J. Bolsover 57).
Bourne 243-6 (P. Morgan 112, B. Stroud 92, P. Jeftha 3-41, B. Hussain 3-42).
PETERBOROUGH TOWN beat NASSINGTON by 9 runs
Town 201 (J. Smith 40, M. Howard 33, S. Subarmonian 31, C. French 27, K. Judd 26, J. Pope 3-43, C. Craig 2-27, H. Bashir 2-29).
Nassington 192 (D. Robinson 60, C. Craig 45, C. French 3-43, J. Smith 2-31),
STAMFORD lost to WISBECH by 6 wkts
Stamford 170 (T. Wallis 43, T. Williams 36, L. Dave 26, S. Lem 21, T. Meyrick 4-19, L. Mallett 4-33).
Wisbech 171-4 (S. Albutt 62, J. Bowers 62, S. Prentice 3-24).
BARNACK beat EATON SOCON by 4 wkts
Eaton Socon 79