Nass­ing­ton are set to end two decades of dis­ap­point­ment

Nass­ing­ton are on the verge of their first Rut­land Divi­sion One ti­tle for 20 years.

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport - By Alan Swann alan.swann@jpress.co.uk @PTAlanSwann

The vil­lagers beat Bourne by five wick­ets in a vir­tual ti­tle-de­cider at Fotheringay Road last week­end.

They need just a point from their fi­nal match at home to Mar­ket Deep­ing on Sun­day to clinch the top-flight ti­tle for just the sec­ond time in their his­tory.

Nass­ing­ton looked in t rou­ble when slump­ing to 20-3 in pur­suit of Bourne’s 226-9, but a fourth-wicket stand of 150 be­tween Con or Craig (78 from 70 balls) and Dan Ban­daranaike (53) set them up for a win com­pleted by Adam McDer­mott (37no from 27 balls).

Sam Evi­son had ear­lier struck 94 for Bourne. McDer­mott (4-36) also bowled well for Nass­ing­ton.

Brace­bridge Heath re­tained their Lincs Pre­mier Divi­sion crown with a game to spare with­out play­ing last week­end.

Lo­cal ri­vals Mar­ket Deep- ing and Bourne fin­ish the sea­son with a derby at Out­gang Road this Satur­day (noon). It’s still pos­si­ble for Deep­ing to fin­ish sec­ond.

Fox­ton sealed the Cambs Divi­sion One ti­tle last week­end leav­ing W is be cha nd Ram­sey to bat­tle it out for sec­ond spot. W is bech fin­ish their sea­son at home to Ket­ton on Satur­day (noon) when Ram­sey host God­manch­ester.

Old Northamp­to­ni­ans’ bid to win the Northants Pre­mier Divi­sion ti­tle was put on hold for a week af­ter rain washed out their match at Bret­ton Gate with Peter­bor­ough Town go­ing nicely on 122-3 from 30 overs.

Asim Butt con­trib­uted a stylish 61.

Town have two games in which to over­haul Fine­don in sec­ond­place. The teams meet in Fine­don this Satur­day.

Town skip­per David Clarke misses the match be­cause of ill­ness so Lewis Bruce will be in charge. Fast bowler Jamie Smith re­places Richard Ken­dall.

Town sec­onds’ fight against rel­e­ga­tion from Divi­sion One con­tin­ues with a home match against Old North amp toni ans on Satur­day.

PIC­TURE: DAVID LOWN­DES

Bourne’s Ben Stroud is bowled by Adam McDer­mott of Nass­ing­ton in the Rut­land Divi­sion One ti­tle de­cider.

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