Oundle’s perfect start to the 2015 Rutland League Division One season is over after they lost a high-scoring clash to Bourne at the Abbey Lawn on Sunday.
Marc Bell, Petrus Jeftha and Jack Bolsover all passed 50 in Oundle’s 242-4, but 112 from Bourne captain Peter Morgan and 92 from Ben Stroud helped see Bourne home in the final over.
Peterborough Town, champions in four of last five seasons, started their campaign with a narrow nine-run over Nassington at Bretton Gate.
A young Town were indebted to some rare runs from captain Jamie Smith (40) and good support from Marcus Howard (33) and Sheerhari Subarmonian (31) to sneak past 200, but Nassington looked set for victory when bang in-form Dan Robinson (60) and Connor Craig (45) were putting together a sizeable third-wicket stand.
But their departures prompted a collapse and the visitors were eventually dismissed 10 runs shot of victory with 11 balls to spare, Occasional left-arm twirler Callum French (3-43) was the pick of the Town bowling while paceman Smith picked up two wickets and wicket-keeper Chris Milner claimed four victims.
Josh Bowers and Sam Albutt both scored 62 as Wisbech won comfortably by six wickets at Stamford.
Stamford won the toss and chose to bat but it didn’t go quite to plan with the whole side bowled out for 170.
Tom Wallis made the top score of the Stamford innings with 43 before being caught by Matt Esser off Tom Meyrick’s bowling.
Skipper Tom Williams added 36 before being bowled by Lyndon Mallett who four wickets for Wisbech as the Stamford tail collapsed.
Tom Meyrick also took four wickets for just 19 runs.
Down the road Barnack won a low scoring game at home to Eaton Socon by four wickets.
Uppingham’s opponents Medbourne conceded their match.
BOURNE beat OUNDLE by 4 wkts
Oundle 242-4 (M. Bell 63, P. Jeftha 62, J. Bolsover 57).
Bourne 243-6 (P. Morgan 112, B. Stroud 92, P. Jeftha 3-41, B. Hussain 3-42).
PETERBOROUGH TOWN beat NASSINGTON by 9 runs
Town 201 (J. Smith 40, M. Howard 33, S. Subarmonian 31, C. French 27, K. Judd 26, J. Pope 3-43, C. Craig 2-27, H. Bashir 2-29).
Nassington 192 (D. Robinson 60, C. Craig 45, C. French 3-43, J. Smith 2-31),
STAMFORD lost to WISBECH by 6 wkts
Stamford 170 (T. Wallis 43, T. Williams 36, L. Dave 26, S. Lem 21, T. Meyrick 4-19, L. Mallett 4-33).
Wisbech 171-4 (S. Albutt 62, J. Bowers 62, S. Prentice 3-24).
BARNACK beat EATON SOCON by 4 wkts
Eaton Socon 79