No place like home as Stony hold on for draw

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Stony Stratford left in-form Peterborough frustrated on two counts on Saturday, as they first sent them to the wrong venue, and then held on to earn a draw.

A wedding at Campbell Park saw Stony switch their Northants League Premier Division clash with big boys Peterborough back to Ostlers Lane, but the men from Cambridgeshire didn’t get the invitation and turned up in CMK wondering what was going on.

The message was finally received and they made their way up to Stony’s traditional base, but far from impressed with the circumstances and a feisty affair ensued.

The game would end in a draw, but not until after both sides looked good for victory at one stage or another.

Asim Butt (54) helped the visitors off to a strong start, but while he chalked up the runs, he didn’t find support easy to come by, with David Clarke (5) and Rob Sayer (2) falling cheaply to Alex Strong (3-34) and Steve Bellew (1-38)respectively.

Callum French added 39 to the modest Peterborough total before being run out by Jarrod Pretorius, and when Alex Mitchell (5) and Ashley Rogers (0) were both seen off cheaply, the visitors looked to be in a spot of bother.

Rogers fell to the bowling of Graham Simpson and he would go to be the pick of the Stony bowlers with figures of 4-55. However, it was Strong who claimed the key wicket of Lewis Bruce for 44, caught by Tom Moore just as he was picking up a head of steam.

The Peterborough lower order added some valuable runs to the scoreboard, but with the visitors dismissed for 199, a Stony win looked a real possibility.

But those hopes quickly suffered a major blow as Joe Dawborn (3-17) soon got the better of both Simpson and Andrew Miller for just 1 run apiece, before Moore fell to Ajaz Akhtar for 5.

After Russell White went for 2, Stony began to recover slightly thanks to Pretorius (25) and Nick Allen (50), but by this stage a draw was the best they could hope for.

And even that looked very unlikely when Allen became Dawborn’s third victim and Sean Rebbetts soon followed for 4.

Lewis Bruce was now the main threat to Stony’s hopes of holding on for a draw, but despite him enjoying a spell of 4-45, he would be denied by Strong (7) and Bellew (0) who remained unbeaten at the crease for the final eight overs to earn the home side a share of the points.

Stony’s first draw of the year keeps them third from bottom of the table ahead of Saturday’s tough trip to Old Northamptonians.

Division Two

Stony Stratford 2nds had a convincing 78 run victory over Northampton Saints as their encouraging start to the summer continues.

Three wickets apiece for Aaron Ashton, Oswin Peter and Joshua Whitehead did the job for Stony as they saw off Saints for just 71 in reply to the visitors’ stand of 149.

Chris Swain topped the scoring with 46, but when Saints’ Dave Prophet (4-15) tore through Stony’s lower order it looked like it might not be their day.

However, only two Saints batsmen made it into double figures – Ryan Turner taking the other wicket to fall as the visitors won the day.

Division Five

Stony Stratford 3rds were on the end of a disappointing four wicket defeat at home to struggling Cogenhoe.

Bowled out for just 96, it never looked like being the home side’s day, but they did at least make a game of it.

Rob Arnold top scored on 39 for Stony as they had a day to forget at the crease before Cogenhoe got home on 97-6.

South Northants League

Division Two

MK Air (129) were 60 run winners over Dunchurch & Bilton (69) thanks to decent knocks from Utham Kumar (46) and Surya Prakash (45), and Hanslope (118) thumped lowly Preston Bissett (17) by 101 runs – Matt Chilton (5-8) and William Giffin (5-9) the wicket takers.

Milton Keynes

Sunday League Cup

New Bradwell made it two wins out of three in the MK Sunday League Cup Group Two with a 144 run victory over Castlethorpe.

Allen Bridgeman was the star of the show as he hit an outstanding 102 for Bradwell as they reached 224-4, with Aky Hussain adding 60.

Gareth Bell then claimed 6-21 to bowl the visitors out for just 80, leaving his team top of Group Two.

Wolverton Town (260-5) top Group Four following a 46 run victory over Milton Keynes (214-7).