Stony saved despite final day washout

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STONY Stratford managed to avoid relegation on the final day of the Northants League Premier Division season, but the rain prevented them from ending with a win.

Stony closed the season without a win in their last 11 matches after their home game against Brixworth had to be abandoned. But results elsewhere meant the Ostlers Lane side had been saved from the drop, preserving their 10-year stay in the top flight.

Defeat to Brixworth on Saturday and victory for either Burton Latimer or Rushden would have seen Stony go down, but both their relegation rivals failed to win, meaning Burton finished bottom of the table and go down.

Going into their final game, Stony will have been grateful that their two rivals for the drop faced tough away fixtures, and Stony themselves were left staring down the barrel of another big defeat as Brixworth raced along to a total of 279 before the ran arrived.

Tom Worthington led the visitors to a commanding total with his 129 not out before eventually falling to David Avery, caught by George Humphries.

Andrew Ellemore proved to be the best of the Stony bowlers, returning 4-75 as Brixworth seized control. But as Stony’s reply started the heavens finally opened and the game finished with the home side on 40-2. Openers Steve Wharton (0) and Mihir Choksi (14) both fell to Colin Sibley, leaving Nick Allen (12) and Jarrod Pretorius (6) at the crease.