South Northants Cricket League: More rain troubles as Charlton go top

Dan Frayne breaks through for Tows
Dan Frayne breaks through for Tows

More heavy rain caused further frustration for teams in the South Northants Cricket League this week, although Charlton were one of few sides to dodge the showers and they took full advantage.

With league leaders Middleton Cheney beaten by Wroxton elsewhere, Charlton knew victory against MK Air would put them joint top of the Premier Division and batting first, they racked up 129-9 with Majid Ali (32) top-scoring.

In reply, MK Air crumbled to a mere 72 all out with Zulifiqar Hussain taking 6-31.

The result means Charlton, Middleton Cheney and Warwick University Staff, who beat Marston St lawrence by 17 runs, are all on 146 points at the top of the table.

Elsewhere in the division, Evenley versus Byfield and Syresham against Thornborough fell foul of the weather.

There was just one match which took place in Division One, and that was over in a flash as Dunchurch & Bilton were bundled out for 79 – Tom Hall taking 5-8 – and Byfield A eased home by nine wickets.

There was more joy in Division Two, particularly for leaders Greens Norton who maintained their stranglehold over their rivals with another comprehensive victory.

This time, Matt Yuill (44) and Andre Bodily (36) did the business with the bat in Norton’s 176 all out, a score which Middleton Cheney A got nowhere near as Chris Bowmer (4-12) was the destroyer-in-chief in their 86 all out.

With both second-placed Hinton in the Hedges and third-placed Kings Sutton frustrated by the weather, Towcestrians took full advantage to move fourth as they beat rivals Silverstone.

Batting first, Rob Jones struck a half century and top scored in Tows’ 141-6 before Dan Frayne picked up tidy figures of 3-31 to reduce Silverstone to 102-7 in reply.

Wroxton A were involved in one of only two Division Three games to take place and they capitalised on their fortune by thrashing Bodicote A and going top of the table. The only other game to reach a conclusion saw Syresham A (137-3) topple Helmdon (132-9).

Division Four South was a total washout, while Division Four North had more luck with Wicken and Middleton Cheney B both picking up wins.