After a stuttering start to the season last week, all four of Stony Stratford’s senior sides got their seasons on track with wins on Saturday.
Returning 1sts skipper Alex Strong, who missed his side’s opening day defeat, was delighted with his team’s display in an emphatic 158 run win over Burton Latimer at Campbell Park.
The wicket was perfect for batting as Stony picked up first, but the young Burton side’s bowling attack was not anywhere near the calibre of last week’s opponents Finedon, but still Stony were impressive scoring 283-4 in their 55 overs.
Opening pair Tom Moore (18) and Northants youngster Vicram Sohal put on 60 in the first 20 overs before Moore fell to a catch at gully.
The arrival of Australian Hayden Mullins to the crease quickly saw the scoring rate increase and Sohal himself soon passed 50 as the runs began to flow.
Burton’s young, inexperienced attack made the mistake of bowling on both sides of the wicket and proved costly.
Mullins quickly brought up his 50 and Sohal looked on course to get to three figures before a missed reverse sweep saw him trapped in front for 79.
Akheam Fox soon followed for 1 but Jarrod Pretorius’s great start to the season continued and he and Mullins really put the visitors to the sword.
Stony scored over 100 in the last 15 overs with Mullins bringing up a chanceless 100 from exactly the same number of deliveries - only to fall to the very next ball as he edged one onto his stumps.
Pretorius was at his big hitting best and quickly reached an unbeaten 59 as Stony set a huge target for the visitors on what was still a top quality batting surface.
Burton were never going to get near their target after a slow start against Stony openers Steve Bellew and Strong.
But wickets were hard to come by for the home side in the early stages and they had to wait until the seventeenth over before Bellew got the ball rolling for Stony by having Daniel Bird smartly taken by keeper Praveen Chandran.
Aaron Ashton then claimed the first two of what is likely to be many Premier League wickets by having Burton’s own Aussie Damien Paul caught by Chandran for a duck.
Opener Will Brewster’s 43 was impressive for Burton, but when Ashton (2-27) accounted for him the visitors were struggling and then when Strong took a fantastic reflex catch at cover to remove danger man Scott Sanders for 18, the Burton innings turned into one of survival.
Stony went through the rest of Burton’s order relatively swiftly thanks to a fine spell from Ed Tate, who added to last week’s half century with 4-18.
Tate removed Burton’s last two recognised batsmen in the for of George Groenwald and Luke Odell and from this point on, only one result was likely.
With the ball spinning Strong turned to Bellew to come back with some left arm orthodox and he obliged with two more wickets, including that of last man Delargy, finishing with 3-22 from 16 overs.
Russell White took the remaining wicket to fall in what was a very strong performance from Stony.
Stony 2nds had an easy time of it at Wellingborough Indians in Division 2. They bowled the home side out for 128 thanks largely to Steve Richardson’s 5-31 and then Andrew Ellemore, who blew the tail away with an impressive spell of 3-5.
Stony won in 35 overs, with James Pickles unbeaten on 66 and contributions from Michael Dewhurst (21) and Nick Allen (23).
Bowling performance of the week for the club came from 3rds stalwart Neil Fewtrell, who’s incredible spell of 6-3 from five overs undid Wellingborough 2nds for just 71.
No fewer than seven ducks were recorded by the home side, who saw their total overcome easily by Stony for the loss of three wickets, Mahesh Suthuraman’s 29 leading the visitors home.