Top order fails to fire for Stony

Stony's Kamran Anwar
Stony's Kamran Anwar

A collapse at the top of the order cost Stony Stratford as their torrid start to the Premier Division season continued on Saturday.

Old Northamptonians snatched the points with an 85 run victory, but it will be the visitors who felt the game was theirs for the taking after restricting the hosts to what appeared an achievable target.

Despite strong scores from opener Tom Webb, who hit 85, and 56 from Zaakir Khawaja at number four, ONs found scoring tough against a restrictive Stony attack.

The home side eventually settled on 248-6, with both Kamran Anwar and Stephen Richardson taking two wickets apiece.

But Stony’s response was almost over before it really began as the top order faltered dramatically.

Tom Heathfield rattled through James Pickles (0) and Sainath Ravikumar and then Jarrod Pretorius on his way to 3-37, while Webb took out Praveen Chandran as Stony found themselves reeling on 13-4.

Graham Simpson and Prasanna Chandran led the fight back, with knocks in the middle order dragging the visitors towards a somewhat redeemable situation.

But with runs hard to come by, and wickets falling with regularity, Richard Kaufman was the man who cleaned up the tail with 4-26, leaving Nick Allen as top scorer on 40 just watching on as partners came and went.

Stony were bowled out for 163, to leave them ninth in the Premier Division after five matches.