NGL Scratch League
Northampton emphasised their title credentials with a one-point victory at defending champions Wellingborough.
With Sam Gilkes, Alex Izzard and Lewis White all enjoying big away wins, it was a 2&1 success for Gareth Parker in the opening tie and half from Dean Roberts in game three that ultimately proved decisive for Northampton.
Northants County relied on a combination of youth and experience to record their second win of the season as they defeated Overstone Park 5½-2½ at home.
Teenagers Rhys Taylor and Corey Neville took the opening two points for the hosts, Stephen Field added a half, before the County trio of Harry Larkins, Tony Lord and Tom Bullough used all their course knowledge to wrap up the win.
Kettering secured their second away victory this year with a battling 4½-3½ success at Cold Ashby.
Although the hosts bagged the first two games, Kettering maintained their composure as points from Chris Ward, Rob Stevenson, Jamie Ashcroft and Jordan Darnell, plus a half from Dean McIntyre sealed their third win in three outings.
Rushden remain point-less after four matches as they crashed to an 8-0 reverse at Staverton Park, for whom Max Hayward, David Gottsch, Paul Hammond, Russell Brown, Andrew Swain, Miles Mudge, Joshua Morris and Michael Franklin scored.
Collingtree Park opening their account for the season with a thumping 7½-½ home success against Whittlebury Park as Trevor Twelftree, Neil Abery and Ray Connolly all recorded huge wins.
Farthingstone were given more of a test by Daventry before they secured their first victory of the campaign as they edged a tight home contest 5-3.