Stony Stratford’s Northants Cricket League Premier Division season is meandering towards a tame finish after they were on the receiving end of an absolute thumping at Rushton on Saturday
The game had a real end of term feeling about it and after being walloped for 276 in just forty overs, Stony’s bowlers could have been excused for wishing it was the last game of the season.
Ben Mansell’s 116 off 85 balls was the highlight for Rushton, who also had James Kettleborough’s 71 to thank for their mammoth total.
Stony’s bowling figures were best left forgotten, Steve Bellew’s 2-81 in 17 overs indicative of how it went for the visitors with the ball.
It didn’t get much better with the bat either. After Rushton declared with only four wickets down, they left Stony 66 overs to get the runs, but there was never any danger of that happening after the impressive Mark Jackson claimed three early wickets, including the in form Vicram Sohal for a first ball duck.
The one bright spot on an otherwise disappointing afternoon for Stony was the innings of young Kevin Wijesinghe.
The young Sri Lankan batted with real poise, firstly against a hostile spell from Jackson and then against Rushton’s array of spinners. He completed a fine half century before drilling a catch to Tom Collett off the bowling of leg spinner Dan Bendon.
Bendon’s leggies also proved too much for Stony’s lower order who limped past the batting bonus point mark of 125 before being dismissed eventually for 135.
Elsewhere in the league, defending champions Peterborough retained their title with an emphatic win in a decider at Finedon and Wellingborough Town were relegated to Division One despite a surprise win at Wollaston.
Rushden are promoted back to the Premier Division after a two year absence.
Stony 2nds grabbed defeat from the jaws of victory against promotion chasing East Haddon at Campbell Park.
A fabulous spell of 6-35 from Steve Richardson saw the visitors bowled out for just 134 in 40 overs, giving Stony plenty of time to knock off a small total on a flat wicket.
But, they were undone by another fine spell from Haddon’s Priyan Pushparajan who’s remarkable figures of 5-11 from 14 overs swung the match back into his side’s favour.
Andy Miller top scored for Stony with 21 as they fell well short on just 100.
Stony 3rds lost out in a nail-biting finish against Wellingborough Indians 2nds. Stony made 185 thanks to 53 from both Michael Brown and Ned Whitney.
The Indians looked to be cruising early on thanks to 50 from Tony McCourtie, but a late rush of wickets meant that they had to rely on their last pair to get over the line, which they did in the end with an over and a half to spare.