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News Archive 2006 2007 2008 2009

07.11.08 - Rutland League Fixtures Announced

After Isham’s somewhat SURPRISE promotion to the 2nd division of the Rutland League, the fixtures have now been released. The Isham Tour of Peterborough 2009 begins on the 19th of April 2009, at home to Orton Park and will end on the 13th of September for the return leg.

19th April – Orton Park – Home
10th May – Yaxley – Home
17th May – March – Away
24th May – Medbourne – Away
31st May – Oakham – Home
14th June – Stamford – Home
21st June – March – Home
28th June – Ufford Park – Away
5th July – Medbourne – Home
12th July – Yaxley – Away
19th July – Barnack – Home
26th July – Newborough – Away
2nd August – Barnack – Away
9th August – Stamford – Away
23rd August – Ufford Park – Home
30th August – Newborough – Home
6th September – Oakham – Away
13th September – Orton Park – Away

06.11.08 - Isham AGM on 27th Nov

It’s that time of the year already! Not happy with what’s going on at Isham CC? Well here’s your chance to do something about it. The club’s AGM will take place on Nov 27th – 7:30pm start. As always there will be important issues to vote on so it is important as many members as possible turn up.

We look forward to seeing you there.

14.10.08 - Isham CC Video

Everyone like a good video slide show! And with the thousands of images taken at Isham cricket club this year, Shorty thought it would be a good idea to put some of them into a video for all those TOO lazy to look through the images section.


For those with coal powered computers - CLICK HERE

For everyone else with proper computers - CLICK HERE

24.09.08 - 1st XI Review From The Skipper

Most people as soon as the cricket season is over, throw their kit away into the loft and don't think of cricket again until April. Not our Courty, as he skips his job for a few days and pens his thoughts on the 2008 season.

It's a longish read so it has been put on it's own page along with a few images of the season.

CLICK HERE to read it.

24.09.08 - Images Section Update

The ever increasing "images" section has grown even more this week with the action of both of last weekend's home fixtures caught by our resident photographer

The section will be undergoing a massive revamp over the winter to hopefully speed up the loading. So please bare with the changes as and when they take place.

One of the updates includes the images from Isham's "2nd" Sunday XI against Churches Shoes - a match that took place on the 31st of August. Very sorry for not having those posted sooner.

23.09.08 - Crowds Flock For Curtain Closer

The glorious weather and the draw of Hobbsy's spud gun brought people to ground to watch Isham's Sunday XI take
on Kimbolton Hazbeans.

Isham eventually fell well short in this friendly - losing by 5 wickets. Posting 171, Isham were held back somewhat in the middle part of their innings. Despite some early monstrous blows from Josh Kentwell, and a late cameo from D. Conyard. Danksy's reverse sweep had the Hazbean players flummoxed for all of one ball, and Dave Andrews didn't moan after being given out LBW!

Kimbolton chased down the target with 7 overs to spare.

22.09.08 - Josh's Five Wickets Not Enough

The 1st XI's slide down the table after a brilliant start to the season continued on Saturday - but it wasn't due to a lack of effort as they were beaten by just one wicket by Old Northamptonians.

Batting first, Isham amassed a good score of 234 - contributions from 5 batsmen as both Ben Reid (58) and Josh Kentwell (57) both passed the half century mark, and Tim Robinson (47), Simon Court (38) and George Chudley (21) added to the total.

And despite a lack of teas, Isham continued the good form into the second innings, with Josh Kentwell and Andy Law picking up 3 quick wickets between them to leave ON's 45 for 3. But dogged half centuries from A. Walker and M. Long took the game right to the wire. And despite late wickets tumbling, M. Khawaja and S. Hill held on to the end.

18.09.08 - Last Game Of the Season

The English “summer” is drawing to a close, and everyone is trying to cling onto the last moments of warmth and sunlight. And what better way to do this than join us at Orlingbury Road for the last match of the season.

Isham’s Sunday XI hope to end the season on a high, taking on Kimbolton Hasbeanz. The two teams have already met, during the Kimbolton summer festival – the Hasbeanz running out eventual winners of the competition after some interesting officiating!

The Beanz are going to be bringing a large following to Isham so don’t let the club down and turn up for the final game of 2008! The games kicks off around 12:30pm.

17.09.08 - Uppingham Town Game Cancelled

The Zingari's fixture against Uppingham Town has been cancelled due to the 1st XI now hosting their final game of the season at Orlingbury Road.

The Zingari therefore end the season with 4 wins under their belts - their best win tally for many a season. And with the weather getting in the way on more than one occassion, that number could have been a lot higher!

The 1st XI KO their match against ON's at 12:30pm

15.09.08 - Sunday XI End Season With Defeat

The Sunday XI ended their season with a creditable 5th – creditable because the team were 6 points from the relegation 3 weeks ago! But the final result of the season was no different to so many others, as Isham slid to a 82 run defeat away to Orton Park.

Fielding first, the visitors could only take 5 wickets from their 45 overs as Orton scored consistently throughout the innings. Isham had chased down 200+ only once this season before Sunday’s game and that’s how it stayed as they were bowled out for just 140.

14.09.08 - Indians Victorious Against 1st XI

The 1st XI’s season continues to go downhill fast after a 7 wicket defeat at home to Wellingborough Indians.

Batting first Isham struggled from the off, losing Nilesh Patel to a run out, and Josh Kentwell soon after for just 3. Ben Reid remained defiant at the other digging in for 32 but it wasn’t till the 7th wicket before another batsmen scored double figures – Sunil Sukhdeo with 19.

The home side were skittled out for just 98 as Rakesh Rajani ran through the middle order taking 4 wickets.

Andrew Law struck in the first over removing Ketan Patel for 0, but the result was never in doubt as Prashant Joshi remained throughout the innings with 67, and saw the Indians home for the win.

01.09.08 - Rain Haults Sunday XI Progress

It's been the dullest summer in the county for over 100 years, and the final day of summer didn't show any signs of being any better, as the Sunday XI's trip to Oakham ended in an abandoned match. And the result would have suited Isham as it still means that they have never lost at the Lime Kilns.

The visitors posted 183 all out, with Jack Chopping contributing 94 of those runs! Kyle Smith added 25 and Josh Kentwell (19) the only other to score over double figures. Oakham could then only manage 3.2 overs in their reply before the rain ended the tie.

News wasn't too good at Orlingbury Road either, although the friendly match against Churches Shoes did end with a result, Isham finishing 2nd. The home side could only post 97 from their 30 overs - the innings not starting as well as Isham wished with Tim Waring falling on the first ball! Churches chased down the total with ease, losing only two wickets.

01.09.08 - 2nd XI Promoted to Division 5

Five wickets for Shaun Wills and a dogged 36 from Stuart Hardy saw Isham over the line away to Bugbrooke. And with news of Old Northamptonians failing to win filtering through, the 2nd XI could begin to celebrate their second successive promotion under the leadership of Peter Wills.

Bowling first Dave Hobbs struck very early on to give the visitors momentum. Ian Street (28), Russell Coles (16) and Vince Auguste (34) provided some resilience at the top order, but once they had been removed, the door was open for Shaun to rip through the lower order - ending with figures of 5 for 21.

Chasing a low total of 105, Isham wobbled with Ian Kelland and Albert Luck falling early on. But Stuart Hardy continued to stay at the crease and see the visitors over the line - up to the point he was ran out on 36, with Isham needing just 2 for victory.

01.09.08 - Perberthy Ends 1st XI Promotion

The 1st XI are now surely out of the promotion race in division 1, after a disappointing result at home to Great Houghton.

Batting first, several batsmen made promising starts, but only Simon Court (63) could convert his start to a half century as first John Phipps (4 wickets) and Greg Pearce (3 wickets) tore through the Isham batting.

And like the previous match at Houghton, it was Tony Penberthy that saw Houghton home with 89. Nilesh Patel final captured his wicket, but by then the damage was done as the visitors reached their target of 185 losing just 4 wickets.

26.08.08 - Youth Awards This Friday

It’s that time of the year when we celebrate the achievements of the youth teams during the 2008 season. The Youth awards are this Friday and start from 6pm. First there is an inter-club match with a mixture of players throughout the age groups followed by food and drink. The awards are given out around 8:30pm and then probably followed with more drinking by the mums and dads. Everyone is welcome to attend especially senior playing staff.

We look forward to seeing you there.

26.08.08 - Sunday XI WIN!

It took a determined performance from Isham’s boys which saw them win their first game in six! Isham have all but staved off relegation, and are suddenly back in contention for a promotion place! Batting first Isham started strongly with knocks of 52 from Nilesh Patel, 44 from Dave Hobbs and 54 from Josh Kentwell.

Posting a challenging 196 to win, Isham had to bowl well, and despite Nilesh Patel’s first 2 overs going for 15, the first 20 overs went for just 76 runs. However Ufford’s opener Andrew Hills was getting his eye in and passed his half century just after drinks. With 15 overs remaining the visitors required just 52 runs with 6 wickets remaining. But Josh Kentwell was brought back into the attack and struck 3 times in his final allotted over and started an almighty collapse. 5 Ufford batsmen fell in 4 overs and Isham were in the box seat. The final partnership offered some resistance but weren’t scoring any runs. The final wicket of Nigel Cole fell in the 43rd and gave Isham an unlikely victory.

25.08.08 - Youth Policy Sees 2nd XI Past Old!

The 2nd XI are indebted to two fine performances from wiser heads amongst the Isham ranks. Dave Barlow produced his best figures of 5 for 33, whilst Stuart Hardy stayed till the end, scoring 51 not out and took Isham several steps closer to promotion. Old were well placed in 2nd before the start of the game and were unlucky not to win the reverse fixture earlier in the season. But they were undone by a fine performance in the field by Isham. Sunil Sukhdeo struck twice early on, Peter Wills also took two further wickets. All this was before Dave Barlow was unleashed on the visiting batsmen. The visitors were all out for just 107 and had took 44.3 overs to score them.

Isham started in a much more positive fashion, Hardy with his 51 stayed at one end, whilst Dave Hobbs was un-characteristically positive striking 33. This saw Isham very close to the line and despite losing Tim Norton, Dean Adams and Jim Lyon late on, the win was always on the cards as Tim Orsborn struck the winning four with 6 overs to spare.

25.08.08 - 1st XI Stumble At S&L

Isham’s chances of making it to the top flight of the NCL took a serious hit on Saturday when they were upstaged by S&L Corby at Occupation Road. Isham were coasting early in the game, reducing the home side to 130 for 6 – Ajaz Hussain taking 5 wickets. But overseas Jeff Simmons was not going to let the visitors have it all their own way smashing a century which included 13 fours and 1 six. Whilst Simmons was putting together his innings, he was supported at the lower end by Steve Loveland (21) and Chris Dunn (22*).

Chasing a much higher total than initially predicted, Isham set out to score 226. Losing Ben Reid for 9 didn’t help however the top order dug in as the next 4 batsmen made starts. But the lower order faltered as S&L Corby took their chances and eventually bowled Isham out for 184 – Lee Smith ending with superb figures of 14.3 – 4 – 28 – 4.

Surely now only a victory against Wellingborough Town a week on Saturday can give Isham’s 1st XI any chance of promotion to the Premier League.

18.08.08 - Goodbye to Pat / Isham Ladies Match

Long time friend to the club Pat Freestone is uping sticks and heading for Australia at the end of the month.

On Saturday the 6th of September, Pat is having a social gathering to say goodbye to the club. Food and drink will be available all evening. Please do try and attend and take the chance to say bye to an Isham legend!

And remember, this Friday, it's the women's match!!! All the funs kicks off at 6pm.

18.08.08 - Defeat Number 8 For The Sunday XI

What have Stoke City, Castleford, Surrey CCC and Isham's Sunday XI got in common? They're all going to get relegated! The Sunday XI's continued drop in form has hit new lows after another defeat to Loddington. The home side were ran away to victory by 80 runs, posting 207 from their 45 overs and then skittling Isham out for just 127 - the final 6 wickets adding just 29 runs with the bat.

The Sunday XI now hover just above the relegation zone having played more games than the teams around them.
One more win however should keep the side up - that fight to stay in division 3 begins at home to Ufford Park this coming Sunday.

17.08.08 - 1st XI Just Five Points From The Top

The 1st XI produced a superb effort to beat local rivals Kettering Town at Orlingbury Road, to keep them in the hunt for promotion to the Premier division. On a weekend when all of the top 5 teams won, it was importaint that Isham also gained a positive result.

Batting first Isham had to post a good total and were bouyed by a guttsy innings from Ben Reid, who remained at the crease for the entire innings. He finished with 56 not out, whilst skipper Simon Court added 79no, and Will Chudley on his return to action hit 39. Rhys Linnell gave the visitors some hope taking 6 wickets.

But it was the 6 wickets that Aussie Josh Kentwell took that provided Isham with the win, as he removed the tail. Gareth Basson (47), Danial O'Callaghan (42) and Rhys Linnell (32) helped to take Kettering close to their target of 241, but they ultimately fell 30 runs short.

10.08.08 - Presidents XI Run Out Winners

Isham’s Presidents Day was another successful occasion and was uninterrupted by the English summer. President Alan Robinson wished to thank everyone involved with not just the day it’s self, but those who work hard throughout the season to keep the club alive and kicking. The raffle held was very successful, with the proceeds being donated to the Cransley Hospice.

On the pitch, a reasonably strong Isham side chose to bat first and were immediately put in a solid position by an un-tested opening partnership of Peter Wills and Tim Robinson. Tim was forced to retire after being hit on the hand (again) by a sharp delivery, whilst Peter fell 2 short of his 50. Josh Kentwell and Ben Reid continued the high scoring, Ben passing his 50 despite his best efforts in trying to get out. Isham posted a challenging total of 241 from their 40 overs with 3 wickets still remaining.

After tea though the smiles were wiped from Isham’s faces as the destructive batting of Dave Clarke and Robbie Taylor saw the President’s XI home in fine style, and with 8 overs to spare! Richard Danks picked up two wickets whilst Peter Short picked up the scalp of Clarke. Karl Tapp saw the Presidents over the line, hitting a six from the bowling of Chris Perkins.

Many thanks again to the organisers, players and spectators who helped to make a great day for Isham CC and we look forward to seeing you all next season.

09.08.08 - Rain Spoils All Saturday Teams

The weather was the winner this Saturday with all 3 Saturday games being cancelled. The 1st XI may consider themselves the luckiest as they were due to visit league leaders Brixworth. They now remain only 4 points from the top of the league and have one less “tough” game” to worry about.
The 2nd XI now have a week off with no fixture, they hope that their lead of 30 points over ON’s Academy is kept in tact after the next round of fixtures. The Zingari therefore will have a plethora of players to chose from as they look forward to a trip to Leicester Teachers.

29.07.08 - The Isham Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Lock up your husbands and sons (doesn’t quite sound right), the women of Isham CC are preparing for their annual ladies cricket match! With big names throughout both squads, it is sure to be a grand evening of cricket. With the blokes resigned to standing on the patio drinking, it’s up to the women to entertain the masses!

It takes place on Friday the 22nd of August (bank holiday weekend) and will start at 6pm prompt. No doubt chef Danks will be at the helm of the bbq, and the bar will be open all evening!

04.08.08 - Sunday XI Fail Again

The Sunday XI are in need of a serious shake up after falling to their 7th defeat of the season. That’s more defeats in one season, than their last three seasons put together! This time 2nd from bottom side Brigstock were the (excellent) hosts as both sides looked to get their seasons back on track.

Isham were asked to field first, a decision that didn’t please skipper George Chudley, as half of his squad were battling “illness”. The first over didn’t bode too well as Richard Danks was dispatched for 12 runs from the first over. David Hobbs, playing in his third game in 3 days managed to keep things tight at the other end. Danks and Hobbs removed the openers in quick succession including the dangerous wicket of Trevor Erskine (20). Chris Long and Josh Kentwell also picked up a wicket each as for once Isham showed some discipline in the field. But the final 10 overs was typical Sunday XI as slopping fielding and lack of effort allowed the home side to add 62 runs.

Chasing a reasonable target of 181 Isham started poor with Chris Long and James Bilson being pegged back by the opening bowlers. Overseas Trevor Erskine made up for not scoring heavily with the bat, by taking 6 Isham wickets as 4 Isham batsman failed to trouble the scorers – two of them securing a nice golden duck to end a miserable day for the visitors. Alex Brown top scoring with just 19. Isham were bowled out for 78 runs, losing by another 3 figure margin and possibly ending any hope of promotion, this coming after the news that 4 teams would be promoted from division 3!

03.08.08 - Geddington The Victors at Isham

The 1st XI’s stay at the top of division 1 was a short one as they fell well short at home to Geddington, and now sink to 3rd in the league. Fielding first Isham were getting the most out of a bowling friendly pitch as Josh Kentwell made life difficult for the opening batsmen. He picked up the wicket of James Schofield early on the decision to bowl first looked a good one. But Geddington dug in a handy knocks from Matt Knight (39). Steve Toseland (33no) and Tiann Taubenheimer (27) took the visitors to a reasonable score of 189 before Andy Law cleaned up the tail in the 46th over.

I n reply Isham were rocked by losing 3 early wickets. Josh Kentwell continued to show determination with the bat with a guttsy 43. But support at the other end was none existent as on Simon Court and Tim Robinson managed to reach double figures. All 4 Geddington bowlers picked up the wickets, with Mark Toseland picking up 3 for 32. The defeat will have dented Isham’s confidence, but they are still only 4 points behind the leaders Wellingborough Town and Brixworth, who are both on 260 points.

25.07.08 - Isham Prepare For Heartache!

The 2nd XI took one step closer to promotion with a truly awesome performance away to Towcestrians CC. Stand in captain Dave Hobbs was asked to bat first on a pitch that had given ON’s Acadamy 309 runs the week before! The home side picked up the early wicket of Stuart Hardy which caused both Albert Luck and David Hobbs to shut up shop and see off the opening bowling. After 20 overs Isham were 53 for 1 and causing sheer boredom for both players and spectators.

The game changed pace straight after drinks as David Hobbs was dropped at deep mid on causing the visitors to explode into action. Hobbs’ defensive style was a complete opposite to Albert’s flurry of strokes as runs soon piled onto the scoreboard. Hobbs finally fell for 29 and Albert soon after that with 68. But this only brought in Chris Perkins who was in no mood for defending. He bludgeoned the bowling attack and made the most of his luck, having been dropped on 5 separate occasions! His knock of 98 included eight 6s and four 4s whilst Tim Norton at the other end supported Chris with 22.

Chasing 266 for victory Towcestrians set out again to shut up shop and gain the draw. And after 10 overs, the draw looked a good bet as neither openers Hobbs or Sunil Sukhdeo could pick up a wicket. Sunil finally removed the first wicket and soon the home side’s resistance was weakening. Hobbs picked up 3 wickets whilst Samit Patel, on his Isham senior debut picked up two crucial wickets. Tim Norton, Peter Short and David Barlow also chipped in with wickets as the hosts were bowled out for 94 with 2.5 overs to spare.

29.07.08 - Sunday XI Collapse At Home

The Sunday XI Lost their 5th home game of the season after yet another disapointing effort with the bat and ball. Local rivals Loddington were the visitors and found themselves being asked to bat on a scortching hot day.
George Chudley's plan was working well with Isham pegging the visitors to 80 for 5, and Loddington captain Scott Sanders retired hurt. Richard Danks had caused most of the damage, taking 3 wickets from his 12 overs.

But an inevitable Isham collapse took place after drinks, as Will Haines (86) and then the returning Sanders (89) went awol, scoring 2s or more practically every ball. Dave Barlow had dropped Sanders on 27 - a costly drop.

Chasing a huge total of 282, Isham showed no will in chasing down the target. Albert Luck was bowled first ball, and only 3 Isham batsmen made it past two figures. Josh Kentwell (42) and Elliot Leach (35) stayed in the middle to annoy the Loddington fielders, but the futile resistance ended and Isham were all eventually all out for 123 - losing by 159 runs

27.07.08 - Isham Smash & Grab At Weekley

With victory all but likely at Boughton Park, Isham managed to throw victory away, and win it back again, after a gutsy partnership between George Chudley (38) and Josh Kentwell (41). But the work wasn't finished until the final partnership of Andrew Law and Ajaz Hussain saw the visitors home with 14 still required for the win. Chris Long, Nilesh Patel and Chris Harrison all made starts, before an almighty collapse put Isham in such a position. Ricky Joseph ripped through the batting order taking 5 wickets.

Earlier Ben Jolley (78) and Jamie Eden (43) were the only thorns in Isham's side as the other 9 Weekley batsman could not make it to double figures. Nilesh continued his good form taking 4 wickets with Josh Kentwell taking 3. With Wellingborough Town and Brixworth both failing to win, Isham now find themselves top of the pile, with 8 games remaining.

27.07.08 - 2nd XI Fall To League Leaders

It was a case of "not enough runs" again for the 2nd XI as they fell to their 4th defeat of the season, this time at the hands of league leaders Earls Barton .The 2nd XI now drop to 3rd in the league, but still cling on to a promotion place by just 7 points.

Battig first David Hobbs (18) and Stuart Hardy (22) made a solid enough start, but the rest of the batsman failed with only Tim Norton (21) adding any notable runs to the score as the home side were reduced to just 129 all out. Nathan Griggs caused most of the damage taking 4 wickets

But an likely win was on the cards after 10 overs of the Earls Barton innings. David Hobbs taking two early wickets, Charlie Henson also picking up an early wicket as the visitors found themselves at 28 for 3. But Mark Waples (60) and Chris Smart (49no) stayed firm at the crease and took Earls Barton even closer to the division 6 title.

25.07.08 - Isham Prepare For Heartache!

Friday the 1st of August is when Sir Tim Rice's Heartaches return to Isham after last season's away trip to Stonor Park. This will be the 21st meeting between the teams so please do come along for a "fun" afternoon of cricket and keep this fixture alive. A bbq will be ran after the match, and there are rumours or the karaoke machine also making a return to Orlingbury Road!

We look forward to your support.

21.07.08 - Jack Saves Sunday XI Again

The Sunday XI made hard work of chasing a low total away at
Bretton. It took another innings by Jack Chopping (36*) to see the visitors home. Chasing just 108 for victory, Isham were 18 for 1 after 10 overs, and then 62 for 6 after 25 overs, before Jack smashed 3 fours and 3 sixes to take Isham to their 8th win of the season.

Earlier, it was Chris Long who was the star of the bowling, taking 7 Bretton wickets to end with figures of 7 – 1 – 14 – 7. Charlie Henson (1) and Richard Danks (2) picked up the other wickets in a much more disciplined performance from the Sunday XI. They now look forward
to a local derby at home to Loddington this Sunday.

21.07.08 - Win Seven for 1st XI

The 1st XI jumped back up to second in the league, 10 points behind Wellingborough Town, after a solid victory away to bottom of the table side Rothwell. However Isham tried their best to throw the match away, as number 9 batsman Paul Budworth scored 75 runs and took the home side to within 37 of victory before being caught and bowled by Simon Court. Earlier Andrew Law and Josh Kentwell had put Isham in such a commanding position, taking 4 wickets each and had Rothwell reduced to 82 for 7 before the rearguard action began.

Batting first Isham reached 206 after a good opening partnership -
Ben Reid scoring 37 whilst Nilesh Patel produced another solid knock
of 66. Kentwell (42) who is finally finding form with the bat,
contributed lower down the order.

21.07.08 - Kempston Hammer Home Past 2nd XI

The 2nd XI remain 2nd in Division 6, but did not do their promotion chances any favours, after losing by 5 wickets away to Kempston Hammers. Batting first, a lot of the Isham batsman made starts, but could not get going as wickets fell at regular intervals. Peter Wills (21) and Sunil Sukhdeo (20) the only notable scores as Isham could only post 129 for 8 from their 45 overs.

In reply Kempston lost 2 early wickets giving a glimmer of hope to the visitors. But a staunch 45 from Colin Stubbs saw the home side to a valuable victory as they push to get out of the relegation zone.
15.07.08 - Kings Keys Do The Double Over Isham

The Sunday XI lost their 4th match in this season’s Rutland League campaign, as Kings Keys truly thrashed their hosts. Playing at Orlingbury Road as Kings Keys’ ground is currently ungoing building work, Kings Keys decided to bat after winning the toss. And before long it was easy to see why, as first Leo Singh (32), Imran Khan (91) and S. Singh (50) took a liking to the Isham bowling. The ‘hosts’ had reached 200 with 13 overs still remaining, and already Isham’s backs were against the wall.

Isham then just completely fell apart in their reply, as the top 4 batsman failed to score a single run. After two overs Isham were 3 wickets down with just two runs (byes) on the board. Coming in at number 5, Jack Chopping decided to put an end to the drubbing in usual fashion – smashing 69. Josh Kentwell continued his form with the bat with 44, and the pair took Isham past 130. Still well short of the target and with very little batting to come, the inevitable defeat came in the 28th over – Isham falling 168 runs short of their target.

14.07.08 - Josh Punishes Horton House

The 1st XI put together back to back home wins - this time comfortably seeing off Horton House. Isham were indebted to a fine bowling spell from Josh Kentwell who then followed up his figures of 4 wickets for 20 runs, with a fine knock of 70. Nilesh Patel also played a major part to the win, taking 3 wickets and adding 30 to Isham’s score.

Batting first, Horton House struggled with a damp pitch – only 4 batsman making double figure scores. Alistair Craig (40) and Jack Johnson (32) the only two notable scores as Horton could only manage 158 all out. In reply Isham lost only 3 wickets chasing down the target – it was hard work though, taking 48 overs until Josh final hit the winning run.

2nd XI News - The 2nd XI completed the perfect day for the club, beating Bugbrooke St Michaels 74 - report to follow.

14.07.08 - Good Day For Zingos

The Zingari notched up another win, this time against Loddington & Mawsley. Batting first, Isham couldn’t have made a better start, with Eliott Leach and Gary Richards making light work of some wayward bowling. The Zingari found themselves in uncharted territory, posting 69 runs in the first 10 overs! Elliott managed 54 runs before falling to Ian Yates, This however brought in Pat Freestone who carried on his fine form with the bat, adding 68 to the score and pushing the Zinagri past 200.

Chasing 211 for victory, the hosts started brightly enough with Nicholas Williams and Rhys Alford scoring at will. It took a tight spell of 6 – 2 – 12 – 3 from Peter Short to tie the batsman down, whilst Dominic Conyard and Eithen Lantz also picked up 3 wickets a piece from their allotted 8 overs. Isham ran out comfortable winners, by 52 runs.
09.07.08 - Jazz Included In England Academy

Jasmine Titmuss has been selected in a strong, 14-player England Academy squad to play two 50-over matches and a Twenty20 match against international opposition ahead of the full international women’s series later this month.

Talking to the Northants CCC website, Jazz spoke of her delight at being given such an opportunity.

“I am thrilled to be a part of such a group of player’s. As a player with ambition, this is a big step forward in achieving what I am hoping to achieve and a step to hopefully playing international cricket. The exposure you receive by playing at this level and competing against international sides can really kick start your career. I am hoping for some good results to catch the eye of the senior side’s selectors.”

07.07.08 - More Sunday Runs for Jack

A quickfire 63 from Jack Chopping was the highlight of the Sunday XI's victory over Bretton at Orlingbury Road. With the weather looking positively dreadful, it was amazing that any play was possible. But play did start on time and Isham took no time in turning the screw.

Fielding first Isham managed to restrict the visitors for just 62 runs from 20 overs. But the following 10 overs saw Bretton add 70 runs and began to threaten posting a decent total. A heavy shower late on ment the innings was shortened to 42 overs, and Josh Kentwell and Jack Chopping tightened up the bowling to leave Isham requiring 182 from 42 overs.

The innings couldn't have started any worse, when Ben Garlick was bowled first ball by M. Rowell. But Isham rallied and soon they were well on their way to victory with knocks from Albert Luck (21), Chris Perkins (34) and James Bilson (23*). Jack Chopping came in at number 6 to speed up the run chase - smashing 63 not out, an innings that included 6 fours and 3 sixes

06.07.08 - Reynolds Guides 1st XI Past ON's

The 1st XI topped up on the Alka Seltzer and Red Bull and recovered from Friday night's summer ball to overhaul Old Northamptonians 2nd XI at Orlingbury Road. And it was Richard Reynolds who stared, taking four wickets and scoring his first 50 for the club.

Fielding first to the delight of most of the players, Isham were buoyed by the early run out of Jack Newton for just 2 runs. But Alex Walker (23), Marcus Silver (46) and Simon Caunt (26) dug in to add to Isham's headaches. But Reynolds and Nilesh Patel began an onslaut on the ON's batting. The final 7 wickets fell for just 31 runs and ON's were all out for the low total of 157.

Nilesh's poor form with the bat continued as he fell to Afaq Babber for a duck. At the other end Albert Luck scored 31 before a swift stumping from Peter Caunt brought the end of his innings. But Richard Reynolds (50) and Simon Court (36) brought Isham within touching distance of the require target - Josh Kentwell hit the winning runs, with 23 overs still remaining.
02.06.08 - Isham Edged Out In Thriller

Isham were left thinking what might have been, after a thrilling contest against local rivals Finedon. Chasing a relatively low target of 140 for victory, Isham found themselves requiring 11 runs from the final 10 balls, but Finedon skipper Chris Goode showed his class in the final over, leaving Isham short of their target by 4 runs.

Bowling first, Isham welcomed the return of Josh Kentwell’s bowling. However ‘the Punisher’ was immediately targeted by openers Jonathan Dunne and Andy Roberts. Nilesh Patel was brought on as a replacement and made an impact, removing 3 Finedon wickets in his first over. Two overs later he also took the prized wicket of Isham ‘old boy’ Jack Chopping to end with figures of 4 for 26. But Finedon captain Chris Goode steadied their innings and reached 51 in fine style. Another ex Isham sunday player Greg Evans added 22 to the score to give the visitors a total to defend.

Isham’s run chase started well enough with Ben Reid and Tim Robinson putting on 33. Tim retired hurt on 32 during the 7th over after trying to reverse sweep opening bowler Will Sneath. Chris Harrison and Richard Reynolds helped to get Isham close to the winning total but both were ran out in quick succession leaving new batsmen Simon Court and Chris Perkins requiring 40 from the final 5 overs. Chris fell to Jack Chopping for 10 whilst at the other end Simon was struggling against Chris Goode. Then a moment that almost swung the game to Isham - Simon hitting the ball hard to wide long on; when he and Josh Kentwell turned for a third run, the throw-in eluded all the fielders and the ball trickled over the boundary, giving Simon and Isham seven valuable runs.

This took Isham to within 11 runs of the target with 10 ball remaining, but Finedon turned to their skipper to pull them through and he did just that, going for just 6 runs in his final over.

30.06.08 - Brown and Hobbs Hold Their Nerves

Isham’s Sunday XI edged a thrilling contest away to Ufford Park. Chasing 223 for victory, Isham were cruising home to a resounding victory at 202 for 5 and 15 overs remaining. Chris Long and Ben Garlick built a strong platform for the innings – putting on a first wicket partnership of 79. Whilst Jack Chopping was enjoying some “friendly bowling”, smashing 55 from just 19 deliveries - an innings that included 8 sixes! Even when Jack holed out to deep mid on, Isham still looked set for victory. But a flurry of wickets left the final partnership of Alex Brown and David Hobbs needing 13 for victory. Despite several scares and a dropped catch, Hobbs drove the winning run with 2 overs to spare.

Earlier, Isham found it tough in the field, Alex Brown was the pick of the bowlers taking two wickets from his 7 overs.
29.06.08 - Penberthy Stars Against 1st XI

Ex Northants all rounder Tony Penberthy was the hero of the day with a knock of 128 not out, helping visitors Great Houghton chase their target of 209. Batting first Isham weren’t helped by losing two quick wickets, Nilsh Patel falling for a duck and Chris Harrison for 3. Ben Reid (33), Tim Robinson (35), Josh Kentwell (30) and new boy Chris Long (45) all helped to take Isham past the 200 mark and give the home side a total to defend.

The defence started well, Andrew Law trapping Shiraz Chaudhy LBW for 0 in his first over. But this only brought in Penberthy who was in no mood to be friendly towards the Isham bowling. Great Houghton did leave it right to the end to hit the winning runs, waiting to the last ball of the 48th over.

Nilesh made up for his batting display, picking up 3 wickets.

29.06.08 - 2nd XI Have Luck On Their Side

Albert Luck was the key man in the 2nd XI’s innings, scoring 62 runs. However Isham’s innings didn’t start too well, losing Ian Kelland, Stuart Hardy and Chris Perkins cheaply. But Albert joined Tim Norton (26) at the crease and together they brought Isham’s innings back on track. Debutante Ajaz Hussain and Andrew White scored a quick 33 between them to give 2nd XI’s score some credibility.

It was those runs that would win the match for Isham as St Michaels 74 were bowled out, falling 30 runs short of their target. Ajaz was the pick of the bowling picking up 4 wickets in his first match for the club. Skipper Pete Wills took two wickets.

18.06.08 - Sunday XI Continue to Stutter

The Sunday XI are in need of a win quick, as their promotion chances were dealt another blow, this time by Medbourne. Boosted with likes of Jack Chopping and Charlie Henson, Isham could have been forgiven thinking they had a good chance of picking up 20 points. But similar to the 1st XI the day before, Isham batted first, and lost wickets early to put them on the back foot. At 44 for 4, things looked bleak for Isham but a gritty 5th wicket between Josh Kentwell (32) and George Chudley (22) would allow Isham's lower order to throw the willow late on. Albert Luck did just that smashing 42 not out.

But only setting 177 on a decent pitch and fast outfield, Isham had their work cut out and both Troy Smith and Steven Lilley pounced on some early wayward bowling. Not content with smashing boundaries, Lilley smashed the ball in the direction of George Chudley's fingers (who at the time was bowling). Immediately it became apparent Chudley was injured and could not continue in the match.

With only 10 men, and not enough runs to play with, Isham were up against it and despite Richard Danks claiming two wickets, Andrew Holyoak (61) and Thomas Driver (50) comfortably saw the visitors home.
16.06.08 - 1st XI Lose Out to Wellingborough

Wellingborough Town took all the spoils in a rain affected match at Orlingbury Road. Batting first, Isham were faced with a half prepared pitch and damp outfield. To make matters worse, Tim Robinson fell for his second golden duck of the season in the 2nd over. Chris Harrison and Nilesh Patel soon followed and Isham were in dire straights early on.

Ben Reid (25) and Josh Kentwell (24) added some resistance but scoring was slow and when big hitters George Chudley and Simon Court failed in their attempt to up the tempo, Isham were again in a poor position. Chris Perkins (29) and Jim Lyon (20) took Isham past the 125 mark late on in the innings.

With only 134 runs to defend, Isham were boosted with the early wicket of Richard Curtis - falling to skipper Simon Court, but Tim Coleman (25) and Vishai Thanki (23) built a platform for the Wellingborough middle order to hit the winning runs.

16.06.08 - Michelle Sparkles at Towcester

Isham's trip out to Towcester race course was a very profitable night for one person, walking away with a £1000 and the crown of 'best dressed' lady of the night!

Michelle Barlow's own creation wowed the judges last Thursday night, giving them no option but to send the cheque Isham's way.

Isham website tried to get a few words from Michelle, but she is unfortunately too busy, already working on her next dress... Watch out ladies at Cheltenham!

Congratulations to Michelle, and to husband derv for getting the bubbly in!
16.06.08 - Sunday XI Update

Isham's Rutland League match against Desborough was cancelled on Sunday due to Desborough being unable to field a team.

However, Isham will have to concede a match - their John Wilcox game against Bourne this coming Sunday due to a fixture clash.

This weekend the Sunday XI look to regain top spot of the league when they entertain Medbourne.

16.06.08 - 1st XI Notch Up Win Number Four!

The 1st XI are having a superb start to the season, as they put Wellingborough Indians to the sword to win by 6 wickets.
The home side could only post 98 all out as Andy Law and Nilesh Patel did most of the damage with the ball.

Isham's reply faired better with Ben Reid and Nilesh putting on 32 for the first wicket. Simon Court helped to see the team home with a quick fire 26.

Overseas Josh Kentwell pulled up with a side strain after just one delivery. With Wellingborough Town visiting Orlingbury Road this weekend, his injury will cause a headache for the skipper.

16.06.08 - 2nd XI send S&L Bottom of Div 6

Teams from S&L Corby will be sick of Orlingbury Road as this time their 2nd XI lost to Isham.

David Wakelin (49) was their only batsman to keep the scorer occupied as 8 other S&L batsmen could only manage single figure scores. The visitors were eventually bowled out for just 120 with Andrew White, Dave Hobbs, Kyle Smith and Tim Norton all picking up two wickets.

In reply Ian Kelland (29) and Dave Hobbs (46) got the run chase off to a fine start. Albert Luck hit the winning runs as Isham once again cement their 2nd position in Division 6, whilst S&L Corby now prop up the table.

08.06.08 - Fun In The Sun At Kimbolton

Many thanks to all those who took part or turned out to support the Twenty20 festival at Kimbolton. It was a really good day and we can certainly hold the moral high ground for not taking it too seriously. Names will be taken if anyone wants to take part in next year's event......

I'm not sure how much was raised on the day but all the proceeds of the event will go to the Upside Down Sports Club which provides sporting facilities for disabled children.

Also, whoever took my training top home can they please give it back!! T hanks again for turning out.


To See Pictures From Sunday - CLICK HERE

08.06.08 - 2nd XI Cling On For Draw

Isham’s 2nd XI needed to dig deep away to Old, to gain a losing draw. Bowling on a damp but firm pitch, Isham looked to gain an early advantage and did just that with Dave Hobbs striking in the 2nd over. That was to be Isham’s only joy all the way to the 29th when Pete Wills removed John Cuthbert (43) with some intuitive bowling. Isham managed to claim 4 more wickets and kept the hosts down to 173.

In reply Isham started strongly with Ian Kelland and Dave Hobbs racing to 30 for no loss from 6 overs. But Hobbs was undone by the bowling of Jon Rose and Isham’s innings began to collapse. Stuart Hardy and run machine Chris Perkins fell for ducks, and Tim Norton fell soon after for 11. Thoughts of victory were turning to holding on and both Kyle Smith and Andrew White dug in to help gain Isham two extra points. Wickets tumbled right at the end, but the three Peters (Wills, Wildman and Short) hung on to the end.

08.06.08 - 1st XI Back On Track

The 1st Xi got back on track and strengthened their 2nd position in division 1 of the Northants County League. S&L Corby were the visitors to wet and miserable Orlingbury Road and were asked to field first. Isham’s innings stuttered throughout as Carl Braithwaite tore through the top order. Simon Court (86) and Tim Robinson (21) restored some order before Tim fell, again to Braithwaite, caught and bowled. It took a stand of 71 between Court and Andrew Law to put together respectable score of 175.

In reply Isham were also quick to strike with the ball - Andrew Law and Richard Reynolds both picking up 4 wickets. Only two S&L batsmen could reach double figures as Isham restricted the run chase. The final wicket fell at the start of the 43rd over and Isham’s 1st XI picked up their 3rd victory of the campaign.

02.06.08 - Sunday's Demolition Derby

Salt, TCP and Deep Heat were all added to Isham’s “weekend wounds” on Sunday, as Oakham destroyed Isham’s Sunday XI – winning by 213 runs! On a pitch where 120 would have been a competitive score, Isham lost their heads and fell apart as Oakham punished poor bowling and dire fielding. Sunil Sukhdeo and Chris Long started proceedings very well, keeping Oakham down to 38 from the first 10 overs. Peter Short continued the tight bowling going for less than 4 an over. But the home side were still wicketless after 22 overs and Oakham took full advantage. Richard Danks finally took the first wicket by bowling Kevin Huxtable, The second wicket fell next ball, James Booth was caught by Elliot Leach (who was arguably Isham’s best fielder of the day). But opener David Ramshaw was still going strong and continued to bludgeon the Isham bowling. Josh Kenwell picked up two wickets as did Albert Luck, to give Isham three bowling points.

Such a target with a weakened batting side was always going to be an uphill struggle, but losing three wickets in the first four overs didn’t help matters. Chris Long (16) and Chris Perkins (27) were the only notable scores of the innings, as five Isham batsmen scored ducks, and the entire innings was over in just 16 overs. Oakham now leapfrog Isham to go top for now, but this crushing defeat may have a longer lasting affect on the Isham Sunday XI.

01.06.08 - Kettering Cruise To Victory

Poor fielding and horrendous bowling was to blame for the 1st XI as they let Kettering score freely and allowed them to post a challenging 275 from 50 overs. Isham started well enough, Josh Kenwell taking the wicket of Vijay Sisodia early on. Shaun Wills also caused the Kettering batsmen problems and was unlucky not to take more than the wicket of Gareth Basson. But Kettering weren’t in the mood to be dominated as Rob Starsmore (82) sent the ball to all parts of the ground. And with help from Danial O’Callaghan (42) and Gareth Basson (38), the score rocketed past 200 with 13 overs still remaining. Rhys Linnell (36) continued the hard hitting to help put Kettering in a commanding position.

In reply the visitors were always against it, and losing wickets at regular intervals didn’t help the situation. Chris Harrison dug in for a guttsty 65, and George Chudley kept an unlikely victory alive with 44. But the target was always too big to overcome and with only three wickets left, Isham tried to bat out for the draw. But two quick wickets for Mark Allbright left Isham staring down the barrel. Andrew Law fell on the last ball of the 45th over as Kettering wrapped up the victory. Isham need to get back on track ready for the visit of S&L Corby next week.

01.06.08 - 2nd XI Lose By 5 Runs

The 2nd XI faired no better on Saturday, despite going in for tea needing just 102 runs for victory. Bowling first the 2nd XI used the conditions to keep the runs down. Alex Silver (39) offered some resistance for ON’s 4ths, but at the other end wickets tumbled with Peter Wills, Dave Barlow and Pete Wildman all picking up two wickets a piece.

The run chase didn’t start too well for the home side - Ian Kelland, Chris Perkins and Kyle Smith were all dismissed with single figure scores. Tim Norton and Andrew White grafted to take the home side to within 37 of the total. But three wickets fell with the score on 65 and Isham collapsed despite rearguard action from Dave Hobbs and Dave Barlow. Old Northamptonians 4th XI won by a mere 5 runs.

27.05.08 - Raunds First Up In Twenty20

The fun of the Twenty20 is back with the first round draw being made for the Northants Cricket League, Hevey Building Supplies Twenty20 Cup – quite a mouthful. Isham can look forward to entertaining Raunds Town at Orlingbury Road on Tuesday 17th June.

Meanwhile in the John Wilcox Cup, Isham’s Sunday XI will have to wait and see who they play in the next round as Stamford’s tie against Bourne was rained off on Sunday.

26.05.08 - Unbeaten Run Ends For 1st XI

The 1st XI surrendered top spot after a disappointing defeat at home to Brixworth. Having been put into bat, the innings didn’t start particularly well when Tim Robinson’s off stump was sent cart-wheeling in the 2nd over. Chris Harrison (63) and Ben Reid (22) steadied the ship before Ben was trapped LBW by Devon Malcolm. Skipper Simon Court boosted the total by adding a quick fire 68 which included 11 fours and 2 sixes.

Chasing a target of 213 to win, the visitor started slowly, losing Russell Parsons early on to Andy Law, but Chris Richmond and Fred Newborough were in no mood to lose their wickets cheaply – Richmond making 59, whilst Newborough ended unbeaten on 104. Isham need to pick themselves up quick for their trip to Kettering.

26.05.08 - Zingari On Top In Local Derby

Steve Jackson and Kishor Parmer were the stars of the show, as Isham Zingari ran out comfortable winners against Pytchley. ‘Jacko’ resisted some tight Pytchley bowling to pass his half century, whilst with the ball Kishor ripped through the lower middle order to end with superb figures of 4 for 17.

Batting first Isham posted 169 from their 40 overs. Pytchley fell short of their target by 29 runs. The Zingari can take some confidence into their next game, a tough away tie against Houghton on the Hill.

20.05.08 - Sunday XI Through To Quarter Finals

Isham's Sunday XI have made it through tot he quarter finals of the John Wilcox Cup without having to bowl a single ball! Opponents Desborough have already conceeded the game due to not being able to field a team.

Isham can now look forward to a tough away tie against either Stamford, or old title rivals Bourne. The match is due to take place on the 22nd of June when Isham are due to entertain Medbourne in the Rutland League.

19.05.08 - Kings Keys Topple Sunday XI

A feisty affair between Isham and Kings Keys resulted in the Sunday XI losing their first game of 2008. Chosing to bat first, the home side could only struggle to 164 for 9 from their 45 overs despite an opening partnership of 53 from George Chudley and Chris Long. Chris reached his 50 in after 20 overs and looked set to add to his score before being bowled by A. Ali.

With a low target to defend Isham had to bowl and field well. For the majority of the game they did just that with Josh (the Punisher) Kentwell, Dave Hobbs and Albert Luck all bowling tight spells, but the luck deserted the team and Kings Keys hit the winning runs with 11 balls to spare.
The Sunday XI need to pick themselves up ready for next week’s cup fixture away to Desborough.

19.05.08 - Second XI Beat The Rain!

On a day when the 1st XI were hampered by the weather, the 2nd XI braved the elements (and the wrath of the groundsman) and ended up winners against Bugbrooke. Fielding first and without skipper Pete Wills, Isham restricted Bugbrooke from the off with tight opening spells from Andrew White and Dave Hobbs. It needed Dave Barlow though to make the impact on the Bugbrooke batsman, as he ripped out the middle order and finished with 4 for 30. Shaun Wills also picking up a couple of wickets.

Chasing 118 from a reduced number of overs (27), Isham reached the target at a canter with run machine Chris Perkins reaching another half century, and Ian Kelland remaining unbeaten on 46. The 2nd XI are now second in division 6, 10 points off the top.

13.05.08 - Saturday Images On The Website

On Saturday, Isham's resident photographer spent the best part of the afternoon enjoy the Pedigree available at the club and taking the odd photo (253 to be precise).

Obviously not every photo could be posted on the website but a collection of the best ones are available in the Isham Images part of the website. Anyone wanting a CD with the entire collection should contact Shorty:

13.05.08 - Groundsman Breakfast On Saturday

Isham Social Secretary and all round good egg Chris Scopes has organised a groundsmans breakfast for this coming Saturday morning. It will start at 9:15am and will have hopefully digested by the time players run out onto the pitch in the afternoon!

Tickets are £7.50 which will include a mighty breakfast, coffee and the usual Isham banter throughout. Tickets are limited so please get in contact with Chris as soon as possible -
Tel: 07973 366037 or E-mail:

12.05.08 - Sunday XI Do It The Hard Way

The Sunday XI are going to have to learn to kill off games after being ran close by a Brigstock side who rarely looked like they could win the tie at Orlingbury Road. After the 1st XI’s run fest the day before, the Sunday XI carried on with Chris Perkins (71) and Jack Chopping (75) handing out running practice to the visitors. After 45 overs the home side posted a monster 249 runs.

And it got better when Richard Danks struck in the 2nd over. Jack Chopping followed up with a wicket 3 overs later. And despite Trevor Erskine (40) and G. Singh (40) putting up a fightback, the visitors were still 113 for 4 from 26 overs. But sloppy fielding coupled with thoughtless bowling allowed the I. Sharp (75) and O. Maturna (51) to run riot and bring the run rate down to just 5 and over with 7 overs to spare. But Albert Luck right at the death ended Brigstock’s charge with a wicket maiden – I. Sharp falling after Chris Perkins held onto the catch at deep mid on. The final final 5 overs went for just 14 overs as the home side cleaned up their act and proved why after 4 games they are top of the pile.

Isham – 249 for 8 (45 overs)
Brigstock– 240 for 6 (45 overs)

11.05.08 - Harrison and Eaton Seal the Win

Isham’s 1st XI go top after a comprehensive victory over Weekley & Warkton at Orlingbury Road. Two sublime performances from Chris Harrison and Gareth Eaton effectively sealed the victory. Weekley were dealt a blow early on when skipper Andy Tilley left the field injured after just 13 overs of the game. A fired up Chris Harrison and Will Chudley took advantage of the situation and put on a huge 4th wicket partnership. Will in his first game for the 1st XI this season hit a quickfire 56 but star of the innings Chris ended unbeaten with 110 – his first century since joining the club.

Set a target 258 for victory, Weekley got off to a poor start when Isham overseas Josh Kentwell found the edge of Jacob Palmer’s bat in the 7th over. And the day got worse when Gareth Eaton was brought into the attack. Ben Jolley (27) and Craig Ferguson (27) began to steady the visitor’s ship, but a rampant Gareth Eaton struck five times to end with figures of 9 – 2 – 34 – 5 and helped seal the win for the home side.

For Full Report - CLICK HERE

Isham – 257 for 3 dec. (43 overs)
Weekley & Warkton – 138 all out (35.4 overs)

11.05.08 - 2nd XI Beaten at Earls Barton

The 2nd XI lost out away to Earls Barton in a match where they simply didn’t get enough runs. Dave Hobbs (35) and Stuart Hardy (34) opened the innings strongly, but took up too many overs in the process. In form Chris Perkins and Kyle Smith couldn’t add to their season’s run tally and coupled with tight Earls Barton bowling, the visitors could only post 154 from the 45 overs.

David Howe (35) and George Brooks (41) and Chris Smart (31) scored the majority of the runs required for Earls Barton. In form Peter Wildman took two wickets to help secure a bowling point for Isham.

Isham – 154 for 7 (45 overs)
Earls Barton – 155 for 3 (38.2 overs)

30.04.08 - Twenty20 Festival

An Isham XI will take part in the Kimbolton Castle Twenty20 Festival on Sunday, June 8. The fundraising event includes a three-way T20 competition followed by an open-air concert in the evening.

Players are needed to fill the shirts of the Isham side. Already confirmed - and more than filling the shirts - are Jim Lyon, Richard Danks and club captain Simon Court. If anyone else fancies a game please make themselves available for selection by emailing Jim at:

We will be the first side in action starting at 10.30am and a very good day should follow on. Food and drink will be available all day.

Players get in free but spectator prices are adult: £5, youth (12-18) £3 - under-11s go free, family £15 (two adults, three youth).

04.05.08 - Perkins Ends Good Weekend with Ton

Chris Perkins topped off his good performance on Saturday with a century away at Desborough in the Rutland League. Jack Chopping also joined in the batting fun with 83. He then followed up with the ball taking 4 wickets from his 8 overs.

Josh Kentwell removed Desborough’s dangerous overseas who was attempting to win the game single handed for the home side. Alex Brown took two wickets in his second and star boy Chris Perkins took a wicket with his first ball of the 2008 season to top off a good day for the Sunday XI.

Isham – 254 for 7 (45 overs)
Desborough – 135 all out (26.3 overs)

03.05.08 - Isham “Older” Boys win it for Seconds

Stuart Hardy returned to league cricket in style with 78 and Pete Wildman achieved his best ever figures of 8 for 15 as Isham 2nd XI eased to victory away to Great Oakley.
Batting first the visitors started poorly, losing Dave Hobbs after just 4 balls into the game. But Ian Kelland (51) and Chris Perkins (52) supported Stuart Hardy and together posted a strong score of 204.

With runs in the bag, skipper Pete Wills was allowed to experiment with the bowling and found the answer just after drinks with Pete Wildman bowling from the pavilion end. From 83 for 1, Great Oakley could only put on another 47 runs with their remaining 9 wickets as Wildman tore through the batting order and surely put his name forward for the end of season bowling award.

Isham – 204 for 3 dec. (43 overs)
Great Oakley – 130 all out (39 overs)

03.05.08 - George Sparkles Through the Gloom

The 1st XI managed to hold on for a draw against Rothwell Town after finding themselves 117 for 5, chasing a target of 232. George Chudley’s knock of 77 turned the game on its head and with 7 overs to go and 4 wickets in hand, an unlikely victory looked on the cards. But 3 quick wickets for Shaun Parker in conditions that can only be described as “dark” pegged Isham back and the final partnership of Dean Adams and Andy Law held out for the draw.

Earlier Stephen O’Brien (78) and Adam Loake (81) frustrated the home side as Isham couldn’t get that first wicket until the 35th over! Andrew Law was the pick of the bowlers with 15 – 1 – 65 – 3.

Rothwell – 231 for 6 (50 overs)
Isham – 220 for 9 (49 overs)

02.05.08 - Kids Go For Free at Northants

On Monday, May 5th 2008, Northants Entertain Ireland in the F&P Trophy. The ECB's Cricket Roadshow will be in attendance giving young cricketers a fantastic opportunity to learn a bit more about the game and what the ECB does. As an added insentive, under 17s will be allowed into the ground for FREE!

So take an opportunity to watch some first class cricket and have a look around the various exhibits. Gates open at 10:00am at the county ground.

For further information on the ECB Cricket Roadshow, visit:

30.04.08 - Reminder About Player Details

Just a quick reminder to those who haven't already, to fill in their details on the play-cricket website. Only a handfull of members at Isham already have and this is causing a minor headache to team captains and our club secretary. Please help us out on this matter.

Also on the play-cricket website will be upto date player stats throughout the season and full scorecards. Anyone who would like to keep and eye on how they are doing over the course of the season need to click here:

28.04.08 - Rain Stops Isham’s Winning Run

The weather was ultimately the winner as the Sunday XI looked very much on course for another win in the Rutland League. Home side Medbourne posted a challenging 206 runs from the 45 overs on a slow, low track. The bowling attack of Jack Chopping and Josh Kentwell could only manage one wicket between them as the Sunday XI leaked runs at all parts of the ground. But a steady opening partnership of Chris Long and Kyle Smith got Isham’s run chase off to a fabulous start which was continued by the hard hitting of Jack Chopping (56) which included 4 sixes. Jack finally holed out at deep mid on just as the rain came down with Isham needing only 53 runs from 16 overs, and with 7 wickets remaining.

Medbourne – 206 for 3 (45 overs)
Isham – 153 for 3 (28.5 overs)

27.04.08 - Super Shaun Almost Steals Victory

Shaun Wills’ heroics in the field very nearly saw Isham’s 2nd XI over the line against Old Towcestrians. With the visitors cruising to victory at the halfway point of their innings, it took a sublime performance from last season’s club captain to peg back Towcestrians with impeccable figures of 8 – 3 – 8 – 6. But the last wicket eluded the 2nd XI and the match ended as a winning draw to the home side. Shaun earlier had scored a quick fire 25 with the bat and was only outscored by Ian Kelland (38).

Isham 2nd XI – 156 all out (44.4 overs)
Towcestrians 2nd XI – 143 for 9 (45 overs)

27.04.08 - New Boy Josh Helps To Seal Win

The 1st XI edged a thrilling game away to Horton House on Saturday, winning by just one run. Batting first, the visitors could only manage 146 from their 50 overs, a total which at tea didn’t seem enough. But
a disciplined performance in the field coupled with a fine bowling performance from overseas Josh Kentwell (14 – 3 – 42 – 4) earned Isham the victory. Earlier with the bat, skipper Simon Court top scored with 31. Wellingborough Town were the only other side in division one who could register a 20 point win on the opening weekend.

Isham 1st XI – 146 for 9 (50 overs)
Horton House – 145 all out (34.2 overs)

21.04.08 - Sunday XI Kick Off With a Win

The Isham XI started the 2008 season with a win, at home to Orton Park. But things didn’t go all Isham’s way as Orton Park dug in with both bat and ball on what was damp dark and damp day at Orlingbury Road. Simon Court and Richard Danks stared with the ball for Isham whilst debutante Chris Harrison top scored with 41 with the bat. J. Clifton was Orton Park’s outstanding player of the day, taking 5 wickets and top scorer with the bat.

For the full match report – CLICK HERE

15.04.08 - Season Starts This Sunday!!!

The 2008 season kicks off on Sunday the 20th of April when Isham's triumphant Sunday XI face Orton Park at Orlingbury Road in the Rutland League. A strong team is due to be put out on Sunday as Isham attempt to gain promotion for a third successive season in the Rutland League.

Your support is always welcome so join us at Orlingbury Road and help the team hit the season running!

14.04.08 - Notes From the Skipper

Isham's illustrious 1st XI captain Simon Court wishes to remind you that senior OUTDOOR nets begin this Thursday evening. With the light still not brilliant past 8pm, he asks that you get to Orlingbury Road at around 6:15pm for a 6:30pm start.

There is a new grass wicket specifically produced for netting whilst there are also a few new features that Simon has up his sleeves for later on. With the new facilities available netting will prove beneficial to ALL Isham cricketers, and it is worth your while attending.

Courty also wishes to express his thanks to all those that helped out at last Sunday's ground tidy up. The sightsceens have been cleaned up and given a new coat of paint, as have the changing room doors and our new storage container. The nets at the bottom of the ground are also in a much better shape. All this has been done for the member's benefit so please show some appreciation when you get the chance.

14.04.08 - Youth Registration Night

Just a reminder that Friday evening (18th of April) is the Youth Registration Night.

All youth players for 2008 are asked to attend so that you will be eligible to play during 2008. The older members of Isham CC are also asked to attend, as part of the "team bonding" that is being put into place by 1st team skipper Simon Court!

Registration starts from 6:30pm till around 7:30pm. The drinking part of the evening will probably then continue until the wee small hours!

04.04.08 - Work Party This Sunday

The season is now only 15 days away and Orlingbury Road needs a few "touch ups" get it ready for the opening clash between the 1st and 2nd XI.

So a work party has been organised for Sunday the 6th of
April so that a large proportion of the jobs can be done. All equipment will be supplied although it would be appreciated if anyone with additional items such as paint brushes, rollers, shovels etc. could bring them along.

The "fun" starts at 9:00am although those who make it for 8:30am will be treated to a bacon buttie or two.

We hope to see as many Isham members there as possible - remember many hands make light work!

02.04.08 - Outdoor Nets To Start Soon

With the nights getting longer and hopefully a little warmer, Isham have now arranged for outdoor nets to start taking place.

The final indoor netting session at Christopher Hatton school takes place on Thursday the 10th of April (8:30 - 10:00pm)
and the first outdoor net will take place the following Thursday - starting around 6pm.

Many thanks to those who have helped to set up our new netting cage, and also to our illustrious groundsman Des for cutting a strip which is purely for netting / practice.

30.03.08 - Welcome to Josh Kentwell

Isham are delighted to announce that their overseas player
for 2008 will be Josh Kentwell. Josh, 23, is from Canberra, Australia and has been playing 1st grade cricket for Canberra for the past 6 seasons. He represented his state side at Under 14s through to Under 19s.

He has played in the Circket Australia Cup and has came across a few characters like Justin Langer, Shane Watson, Michael Beavin and Cameron White.

He is an opening bowler with good pace, having taken 50 wickets for Canberra over the past two seasons and scored over 600 runs.

Last season he played Colchester & East Essex CC and helped to see them promoted to the Essex Premier League.

We all wish Josh the very best of luck throughout the 2008 season,

05.03.08 - 1st XI vs 2nd XI Season Opener!

It is VERY IMPORTAINT that all Isham players register on the play-cricket website before the start of the 2008 season. League rules now state that you must be registered on the website or you will be un-elligable to play.

Simply click onto select the 'Members' section and then 'click here to register'. All information should be filled in but especially important is an address and date of birth.

05.03.08 - Steady Start to Swan Song For Flem

Stephen Fleming scored 41 before falling to Ryan Sidebottom - Alistair Cook making an unbelievable catch at gully.

England restricted the Kiwis to 282-6, Northamptonshire's Monty Panesar taking the wicket Jamie How who fell 8 runs short of his 100. Ross Taylor and Bredon McCullum both reached their 50s before the end of play.

21.02.08 - Youth Registration Night

Part of Isham CC's tradition is the p*ss up the Friday night before the start of the competitive season! This year is no different, with Isham's YOUTH REGISTRATION night planned
for the 18th of April 2008.

All youth players for 2008 are asked to attend so that you will be elegable to play during 2008. The older members of Isham CC are also asked to attend, as part of the "team bonding" that is being put into place by 1st team skipper Simon Court!

Registration starts from 6:30pm till around 7:30pm. The evening will then start soon after.

22.02.08 - 1st XI vs 2nd XI Season Opener!

It didn't happen last year because of...erm...rain. So we'll try again this year as the might of the 1st XI take on the newly promoted 2nd XI.

The match takes place at Orlingbury Road on Sat 19th of April 2008.

20.02.08 - Annual Gentleman's Dinner

Another gentle reminder about the Annual Dinner - tickets are as you read being printed and will be available from John Scopes very shortly. £23 for adults, £17 for youth.

The year's dinner takes place on the Friday, 4th April with guest speaker Canon Bruce Hawkins in attendance.

Please once again attend and show your support for the star performers of 2007, and for Isham CC.

20.02.08 - Youth Nets

For those unaware, youth nets take place at the Wellingborough Drill Hall, on Thursdays, between 6pm and 8pm and both the under 11 and under 13 age groups are welcome to come.

Each week is an alternate age group (ie under 11s one week, the under 13s the next week). Thursday 21st Feb is the turn of the under 13s, with the next net session for the under 11s taking place on the 28th of Feb.

Contact John Bilson for further details.

04.02.08 - Johannes Makes England Sweat!

Isham's 2004 Overseas Johannes Myburgh proved to be the only
thorn in England's side, as the visitors cruised to an easy victory against Canterbury. The 13 a side warm up game is part of England's warm up before the one day and test series against New Zealand kicks off next week.

Johannes' knock of 87 included 10 x fours and 1 x six, before he was eventually ran out by Paul Collingwood. Myburgh also took part in a second fixture against England the following day, but only reached 10 before being caught behind off the bowling of Chris Tremlett.

Thanks to for the image.

01.02.08 - Website Overhaul

You may have already noticed a few changes to the website, but over the coming weeks, the site will be taking on a new look ready for the 2008 season.

During that time the website may appear to not work properly, or NOT AT ALL during the transition from one website to the other. The web dude apologises for any inconvenience, and hopes to have everything working ASAP.

18.01.08 - NETS Reminder

Just another reminder to EVERYONE at Isham CC, or anyone who would possibly like to join Isham, that nets have now started - every Thursday evening at the Christopher Hatton School in Wellingborough.

Nets start at 8:30pm to 10:00pm and will take place every Thursday until further notice.

For £2.50 you can shake off those winter blues and face some exceptional bowling from the up and coming stars of the club... as well as some of the fallen ones!

We hope to see you there

14.01.08 - Tough Start to 2008 For 1st XI

Isham have a tricky opening fixture in Division 1, as they travel to Horton House who were relegated from the Premier Division in 2007. Simon Court will be looking for a full squad to chose from in the opening weeks, with key games against Rothwell and Weekley and Warkton following the Horton fixture.

The full 1st XI fixture list is now avaiable on the website.

14.01.08 - Promoted 2nd XI Start At Home

Divison six new boys Isham 2nd XI face Towcestrians CC at home on the 26th of April. The team also end the season at home, with a tasty tie against Great Oakley.

The Isham Zingari's fixture list is filling nicely, with a potential four saturday home fixtures available to them if things fall into place. They currently start their season on the 3rd of May away to Southwick, although it is hoped they will kick off 2008 at Orlingbury Road - more details to follow.

ALL Fixture are now available on the website.

04.01.08 - Annual Gentleman's Dinner

Already its 2008 and things are already taking shape for the up and coming 2008 season.

The annual awards dinner is always a super opportunity to catch up with one and other, whilst also offering some praise towards the star performers of 2007.

The year's dinner takes place on the Friday, 28th March with guest speaker Canon Bruce Hawkins in attendance.

Further information will follow shortly so keep an eye on the website.

04.01.08 -NETS Reminder

Brush down the pads and oil the bats - nets start this Thursday!

For those who find themselves a little out of condition after
the Christmas period, why not spend a gentle hour at the
Christopher Hatton School in Wellingborough.

Nets start at 8:30pm to 10:00pm and will take place every Thursday until further notice.

Prices haven't been confirmed yet, it will probably be around the
£2 - £3 mark which is excellent value. Hope to see AS
MANY of you there as possible.

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