Peterborough Town’s hat-trick bid off to a smooth start, Oundle well beaten, Bourne take local bragging rights in the Lincs Premier Division, milestone win for Stamford Town CC

Peterborough Town’s bid for a hat-trick of Northants League titles got off to a smooth start with a six-wicket win over Desborough at Bretton Gate yesterday (April 24).

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Peterborough Town seamer Mark Edwards leads the appeals during the win over Desborough. Photo: David Lowndes.

The visitors did well to recover from 63-5 to post 192, but Town eased home with almost eight overs to spare.

Opening batsman Chris Milner finished unbeaten on 63 after partner Josh Smith had stroked a quickfire 42 and skipper David Clarke a more sedate 32.

Oundle Town’s hopes of challenging for a first Premier Division crowd already look ambitious. They were crushed by seven wickets at Rushden & Higham.

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Saranga Rajaguru on his way to three wickets for March Town against Ramsey in Cambs Division One. Photo: Pat Ringham.

Local bragging rights in the Lincs Premier Division went to Bourne who won at neighbours Market Deeping by 95 runs on the opening day of the campaign.

A fifth wicket stand of 125 between Pete Morgan (72) and Sam Evison (71) rescued Bourne from 80-4. They went on to post a formidable 264-7 in their 50 overs. Morgan’s runs came off just 60 balls and included three sixes and eight fours.

Deeping were never in the hunt in reply despite a fine 72 from opener Josh Smith. Smith (3-43) at least enjoyed a fine all-round day.

It was also the first day of the Cambs Division One season and it was marked by a first win at this level at the first attempt by Stamford Town.

They beat Cambridge CC by eight wickets after restricting their visitors to 163-9. Brett Bennett bagged 4-31 for Stamford before Andy Hulme’s 76 not out ensured an easy win.

March Town beat Ramsey by nine runs in a Division One derny, but Wisbech were well beaten by Eaton Socon despite the best efforts of evergreen Gary Freear (3-53 & 32).

Northants League

Premier Division

Peterborough Town 193-4 (C. Milner 63no, Josh Smith 42, D. Clarke 32) beat Desborough 192 (M. Edwards 4-43) by 6 wkts.

Rushden & Higham 121-3 beat Oundle 119 by 7 wkts.

LINCS PREMIER DIVISION

Bourne 264-7 (P. Morgan 72, S. Evison 71, J. Berry 32, J. Smith 3-43) beat Market Deeping 169 (J. Smith 72, J. Malton 32, M. Kidd 4-31, J. Berry 3-24) by 95 runs .

CAMBS LEAGUE

Division One

March 194 (B. Chapman 41, S. Clarke 33, P. Nightingale 4-30, J. Cafferkey 3-27) beat Ramsey 185 (J. Cafferkey 33, S. Rajaguru 3-39, C. Young 3-42, S. Clarke 3-44) by 9 runs.

Stamford 164-2 (A. Hulme 76no, D. Stratton 35) beat Cambridge CC 163-9 (B. Bennett 4-31) by 8 wkts.

Eaton Socon 256-7 (J. Garner 4-44, G. Freear 3-53) beat Wisbech 136 (G. Freear 32) by 120 runs.