Stony off to poor start at Campbell Park

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Stony Stratford’s first game at Campbell Park ended in bitter disappointment on Saturday as they lost to Wollaston by four wickets.

Put into bat, Stony got off to a reasonable start with Tom Moore hitting 40, but Graham Simpson only managed 11 on his Northants League Premier Division debut.

Chris Perry then began to dominate for Wollaston as he ripped through Stony’s middle order to claim figures of 4-34.

A couple of decent knocks from Karan Patra (13no) and Andrew Ellemore (19no) then followed, but Stony had been reduced to just 132-8 come the end of their 50 overs.

Alex Strong got Stony off to a great start by taking the early wicket of Steve Musgrave for just 3, caught by Tom Moore.

But the visitors responded well to that early set-back and soon began to tick off the runs, with Jimmy Hart leading the way on 59. By the time he fell to Ellemore, Wollaston were on course for victory at 119-6.

Hart’s departure brought David Shelford to the crease, and his unbeaten 30 got the visitors home on 136-6 inside 38 overs.

Simpson (2-23) was the pick of the home side’s bowlers.

Stony now have a week to reflect before another tough test at Wellingborough Town.

There was also a defeat for Stony 2nds (158) who lost at Earls Barton (229-4) by 71 runs in Division Two.

However, Stony 3rds (268-6) did manage a winning draw at home to Irthlingborough Town (107-9) in Division Five.

Rob Arnold was the star of the show with 83 for Stony, while Hemish Patel made 77. That was followed by a great spell from Neil Fewtrell who claimed 4-16 with the ball.