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With two games still to play the Zingari have secured promotion from Div 14 of the NCL. A home victory against Irthlingborough 3rd XI mean that the Zingari cannot be overtaken in the third promotion spot. With two fixtures left there is still the possibility of them taking the Division 14 title. Congratulation to Skipper Kishor Parmar who has led a very youthful side in a successful campaign.
The 1st XI got back to winning ways after a poor run of form in recent weeks. Away at local rivals Burton Latimer, Isham were asked to bowl first and some excellent bowling from Jake Wilson 3-15 and Damien Conyard 4-19 accompanied by some outstanding fielding meant the hosts were bowled out for 103 in 31 overs. Isham's reply got off to a stuttering start as they lost their first three wickets for five runs. Wilson and Adam then produced a hundred run unbeaten partnership to see Isham home inside 30 overs. Withe 3 games left to play the 1st XI still remain at the top of Division 1 of the NCL, 9 points clear of Wellingborough Town who they host at Orlingbury Road on Saturday in a top of the table clash.
The 2nd XI hosted Mears Ashby at Orlingbury Road. It turned out to be a day for the batsmen as the visitors set 241 for the loss of only 2 wickets. Opener Reis carrying his bat for an unbeaten 125. Isham fell short of the run chase after a promising start with Reid 59 and Luke Conyard 82. The loss of both of these slowed down the run rate and they eventually finished on 218 for 7.
Zingari Skipper KP who has secured promotion with two games remaining.
Isham Cricket Club are pleased to announce that we have secured three new Playing Kit Sponsors for the upcoming season. RK Electrical & Development Ltd, Hawkers and Isham Financial Centre will all be sponsoring the club playing kit. The club wishes to thank the new sponsors for their generous support. All playing kit will now feature the three logos and will be worn by all Isham senior sides. Links to all three businesses are now live. Please have a look at the services they offer and mention Isham Cricket Club if they can be of service to you.
We are pleased to announce that we have changed our playing kit supplier to local company Karl Sports. This will make ordering kit far easier and means we will be supporting a local business. We are also now able to get short and long sleeve jumpers. Click on the links on this page to see the new range. Karl Sports has recently expanded and have moved to a new larger shop in Kettering.
The 1st XI's unbeaten record in NCL 2015 finally came to a halt on Saturday as the proverbial wheels came off, away at East Haddon. Haddon won the toss and invited the visitors to bat first on a very dry track that started to break up right from the start. Isham posted 243 for 8 which seemed to be more than enough at tea. Robinson 50, Harrison 62 and Adam 77 not out, were the main contributors in another fine team effort with the bat. The tone for the Haddon innings was set early as opener Rose was dropped at first slip on only the second ball of the innings. After this Haddon controlled the game as the Isham bowlers struggled to find the right legnth deliveries. Too many short balls were pulled to the boundary while half volleys were also rapidly dispatched. Haddon cruised to victory in only the 36th over with the loss of two wickets. The feeling around Isham is that this year is the 1st XI's year to gain Premiership status and as luck would have it both ON's and Weekly who started the day in 2nd and 3rd place also lost which meant Isham actually extended their lead at the top of NCL Div 1 to 38 points.
The 2nd XI kept up their promotion chase in NCL DIv 6 as they won at home to Cogenhoe. Skipper Reid asked the visitors to bat and after a solid start Isham managed to pull the game back by taking regular wickets. The in form Hobbs was the pick, taking 4-49 while the other wickets were shared two a piece between Wills, Carr & Kerr. In reply the Isham inning never faultered as they set about the Cogenhoe bowlers. Lyon was the only wicket to fall for 83 as opener Parmar finished on 88 not out . A great win that keeps the 2nd XI only 16 point off apromotion place.
The Zingari made it two out of three with a win at home to Stony Stratford who started the day as the league leaders. Batting first Stony were restricted to 159 all out as the Isham Youth shone with some excellent bowling. Oliver Sharp led the way with 4- 20 followed by Sam Houghton and Ethan Kerr taking 5 between them. After loosing early wickets it was down to Priyesh Parmar - 48 and Nick Waring - 77 not out to take control giving the Zingari a superb win which meant they replaced their opponents as leaders of NCL Div 14
Drupad Parmar 88 not out
After two weeks of rain affected games it was a relief for all sides to see the sun shining. The 1 st XI were at home to Old Wellingburians, who despite being bottom of the table, had in recent years been a thorn in Isham's side. Isham lost the toss and OW's decided to bat first. Skipper Ingram, who is one of the leading scorers in NCL history opened up and at 45 for none OW's were looking comfortable. Isham needed a breakthrough and it was Ellary White who stepped up, taking the first four wickets, reducing OW's to 84-4. After the promising start OW's never really recovered. Opener Wilson came back for a second spell and took the last five wickets to wrap the innings up, 142 all out. The Isham innings started with Robinson playing in his usual attacking style. Perkins, who has been the stand out batsman of the season so far , started steadily but for once fell early for 8. Harrison came in and played his usual anchor role with some text book shots. Robinson fell for a brisk 27 and Wilson scored 15 before being trapped in front. Skipper Chudley joined Harrison and an unbeaten partnership of 52 meant Isham had secured 25 points inside 31 overs. They remain at the top of NCL Div 1 with a 23 point lead over Weekley and Warkton.
The 2nd XI were away to Mears Ashby in NCL Div 6. Winning the toss, the home side elected to bat first . Wills made an early break through removing opener Gunasekara for 0. This however did not lead to a flurry of wickets and Ashby steadied the ship moving to 60. Skipper Reid turned to Hobbs to bowl some of his stump to stump medium pace and it proved to be a game changing decision. Hobbs followed up with 7-39 off 11 overs, tearing through the Mears Ashby batsmen. Ashby lost their last five wickets for 15 runs and finished on 138 all out as they were unable to deal with Hobbs' accuracy. It is not always easy chasing down a small total and this proved to be the case. Skipper Reid and keeper Brown, scored 42 and 39 respectivley which accounted for a large amount of the chase, but the rest of the team struggled. It was ironically left to number 9 Hobbs to hit the winning runs as Isham passed their target in the32nd over, 8 wicket down. The win means they remain in fourth, one spot off a promotion place.
The Zingari couldn't complete the triple as they lost to Stoney Stratford. Batting first they made 123 all out with debutant Martyn Hicks top scoring on 49. Stoney were never really troubled in the chase, loosing only three wickets, two of which fell to Peter Short. Despite the loss the Zingari remain third in NCL Div 14 in a promotion place.
On another rain affected Saturday the 1st XI were involved in a mix up of rules away at Wellingborough Town that ultimatley cost both teams the chance of scoring more points. Batting first, Town's inning was inturupted by rain and tea was taken early. On resumption both sides were informed there were 28 overs left to play.Wellinmgborough finished their 50 overs on 185-7 leaving Isham 19 overs to bat. During the change of innings the two sides were wrongly informed by the umpires that there was no win/loss or draw available to either team and they were only playing for bonus points. This in effect ended any interest in the game as the two teams played out 19 overs of meaningless cricket. Post game follow ups have resulted in the umpires admitting they got it totally wrong. The 1st XI remain leaders of Div 1 and are still 22 points clear of secong place.
At Orlingbury Road the 2nd XI were also affected by the poor weather, playing Caribean United who won the toss and decided to bat . A rain interupted innings finished with Utd scoring 169-9 off 37 overs. The 2nd XI had only 30 overs to chase down the total but it was always too much and they finished on 127-7.
The Zingari were away to Great Oakley 3rd XI . Oakley carried on their recent run of form with the bat, scoring 247-6 off 42 overs. Such a high score was always going to be a challenge and the Zingari fell well short - all out for 92 inside 27 overs. Despite the loss they remain at the top of Div 14.
On the first wet Saturday of the season the 1st XI game at home to Burton Latimer was called off before a ball was even bowled. Only one game in Division 1 had any play which means that Isham reamin 24 points clear at the top of the table.
The 2nd XI eventually managed to take the field in a game reduced to 23 overs each, away at Irthlingborough. Batting first in tough conditions for both sides they notched up 151 for 6. The top 6 all contributed in what was effectivley a T20 bash. Arron Langley 41 not out & Jim Lyon 36 leading the way. As tea had already been taken early, Irthlingborough went straight out to bat. An early wicket from Wills removed skipper Whiting in the first over. Fellow opener Pashler soon followed with Kerr taking a catch off Parmar. The next four batsmen all made starts and got into double figures but tight Isham bowling from Wills, Parmar & Langley with the wet ball meant none of them went on to make a big score. With the run rate soaring, Boro had no option but to hold out for the draw. A flurry of four late wickets was not quite enough as the home side finished on 106 for 8. The result leaves the 2nd XI in the hunt for promotion.
The biggest winners of the day were the Zingari who had no game scheduled. The rain meant only one other game took place in Div 14 so they remain 13 points clear at the top despite not playing.
Aaron Langley - 2 wickets & 41
Week 8 - 1st XI rained off, 2nd XI get winning draw & Zingari stay top despite no game!