Peterborough Town secured a third maximum-points haul in a row with a 57-run win at Wollaston in the Northants Premier Division yesterday (July 11).
Town bounced back from difficult starts in both innings to keep the pressure on leaders Rushden, who also collected 30 points yesterday.
The city side remain 10 points behind thanks to a trio of outstanding individual efforts. Tim Young (89) cracked his highest score for the club as Town recovered from 19-2 and 89-4 to post a respectable 195 all out on a pitch that offered both seam movement and spin.
And Lewis Bruce claimed three wickets in four balls as the home side collapsed from 80-1 to 89-8 before a mini-rally took Wollaston to 128 all out. Bruce finished with 5-29 from 10 overs - his second five-wicket haul of the season - while spin twin Paul McMahon returned excellent figures of 4-37 from 11 overs and three balls.
It was an occasionally sloppy display from Town with too many soft dismissals when batting and too many loose deliveries early in the Wollaston innings. Young struck 14 fours and a six and found most support from McMahon (26) and Marcus Howard (23).
A. Butt c Driver b Bahra 13
D. Clarke b Coutts 3
T. Young st Pike b Perry 89
M. Howard c Howes b Coutts 23
L. Bruce c Musgrave b Howes 9
P. MCMahon lbw Perry 26
C. Milner b Coutts 0
J. Dawborn c Howes b Coutts 4
K. Medcalf not out 6
J. Smith c Pike b Coutts 4
K. Jones st Pike b Perry 3
Bowling: J. Coutts 17-5-60-5; K. Bahra 11-2-44-1; T. Howes 6-1-39-1; S. Musgrave 5-1-13-0; C. Perry 12.2-5-27-3.
N. Mosey c Clarle b McMahon 30
S. Musgrave lbw Smith 4
M. Ralph c Young b Bruce 43
C. Perry b Bruce 0
T. Howes b Bruce 0
J. Coutts c Butt b Bruce 1
S. Drage c Young b McMahon 3
S. Driver c Smith b Bruce 8
K. Bahra c Medcalf b McMahon 5
C. Pike lbw McMahon 16
D. Lawton not out 15
Bowling: J. Dawborn 8-1-37-0; J. Smith 5-0-28-1; P. McMahon 11.3-3-37-4; L. Bruce 10-2-29-5.
Oundle’s batsmen were in fine form in their drawn game with Horton House at Milton Road.
Alex Martin cracked 130 - the highest score by an Oundle player in the Premier Division - and Cameron Wake finished unbeaten on 106 to register his first ton at this level for over a decade.
Wake crashed his runs from just 78 balls with his second 50 arriving in just 18 balls. Oundle wallopped 200 from the final 24 overs to close on 292-5 declared after 53 overs.
Horton threatened to accomplish a mighty run chase at times, but eventually finished on 262-9. Oundle had 15 balls at the last pair, but couldn’t find the final wicket.
Oundle travel to Peterborough for a big derby match next Saturday (July 18).
Oundle 292-5 (A. Martin 130, C. Wake 106no).
Horton House 262-9 (A. Neat 62, C. MacDonnell 53, B. Graves 3-70, B. Hussain 2-56, P. Jeftha 2-80).