Demolishing the weaker Northants Premier Division teams has become second nature to Peterborough Town.
This was a sixth win (out of seven) for the city side and five have been won at a canter, although they had to overcome a sluggish start before beating club Horton House by seven wickets at Bretton Gate today (June 6).
The visitors, who have now lost all seven of their matches this season, took a liking to Town’s opening bowling attack and were 95-1 after just 21 overs before the slow bowling skills of Paul McMahon and Lewis Bruce enabled normal service to be resumed.
Professional McMahon bagged 6-48 from 15 overs and a ball, while captain Bruce returned figures of 3-25 from eight overs. Bruce snared top scorer Elliot Ruff for 87 and the last eight Horton batsmen failed to reach double figures as they finished 160 all out.
And that total was never going to test Town. Asim Butt rattled up a quickfire 28 before David Clarke (45) and Tim Young (44) added 74 for the second wicket. McMahon (21no) completed a decent personal day as Town moved closer to the top of the table.
The big game between Rushden and Finedon - two sides with 100 per cent winning records at the start of the day - was won by the former who are 20 points clear of third-placed Town.
Town now start a run of tough matches with a trip to Rushton next Saturday (June 13).
C. McDonnell c Clarke b McMahon 37
T. Seckington c Clarke b Dawborn 3
E. Ruff b Bruce 89
P. Kadekov lbw Bruce 1
J. King b McMahon 0
J. Leonard b McMahon 4
J. Kirk lbw McMahon 4
S. Dadge c Howard b McMahon 9
A. Smith c and b Bruce 5
A. Chalcott c Howard b McMahon 3
D. Adams not out 0
Bowling: J. Dawborn 12-3-52-1; J. Smith 4-0-30-0; P. McMahon 15.1-2-48-6; L. Bruce 8-2-25-3.
A. Butt b Kirk 28
D. Clarke c and b Adams 45
T. Young c Chalcott b Leonard 44
M. Howard not out 9
P. McMahon not out 21
TOTAL (3 wkts) 164
Bowling: A. Smith 5-0-22-0; J. Kirk 11-1-52-1; S. Dadge 5-0-27-0; T. Leonard 3.2-0-24-1; D. Adams 5-0-30-1.
Oundle cracked an imposing 285-2 in 55 overs in their Premier Division match at home to Rushton and still lost by seven wickets.
Pete Foster’s first top flight ton - he finished on 125 not out - and 61 in just 22 balls from Zeeshan Manzoor looked to have set Oundle up for a positive result, especially when Rushton took drinks after 27 overs on 104-3.
But a brilliant unbroken fourth-wicket stand of 218 between Adil Arif (131no), who has played first-class cricket for Cambridge University, and occasional Oundle player Andy Reynoldson (82no) sped Rushton to victory with nine balls to spare.
Oundle 285-2 (P. Foster 125no, Z. Manzoor 61no, B. Groom 49, A. Martin 35).
Rushton 286-3 (A. Arif 131no, A. Reynoldson 82no).