NCL ROUND-UP: White and Heathfield hit centuries as ONs get their season off to a flyer
On the first day of the truncated campaign, White hit 130 from 97 balls and Heathfield 113 from 99 as ONs posted a huge 323 for five in their 40 overs at Northampton School for Boys.
Both players hit four sixes, while White added 18 fours and Heathfield 10 boundaries as Brixworth's bowlers toiled.
There were three wickets for George Napier, including White and Heathfield, but he also went for 70 runs from his six overs, while Oliver Pearce took two for 62 from eight overs.
Brixworth were never in the hunt in their reply as they made 169 for six, mainly thanks to 83 from 90 balls from Harry Gouldstone.
James Hill was the pick of the ONs bowlers, taking three for 28.
Overstone Park hosted reigning champions Peterborough in their first game in the top flight, and they were beaten by six wickets.
James Sales hit 76 to guide Park to 179 for six in their 40 overs, with Danny Mohammed and Lewis Bruce both taking two wickets.
Borough were reduced for 48 for three in reply, but then eased to victory at 183 for four with Bruce hitting an unbeaten 51 and David Clarke 70.
Matthew Cannon was the pick of the Park attack, claiming three for 28.
Finedon Dolben suffered a 33-run defeat at Geddington, who posted 214 for seven thanks to 66 from Northants batsman Richardo Vasconcelos and 40 from Jack Parker, with Ed Hodgson starring with the ball for the visitors as he snared five for 26.
Finedon were in all sorts of bother in reply as they slumped to 45 for six, and although Chris Todd (51n0) and Tom Brett (45) tried to turn things round, they fell short at 181 for eight.
For Geddington, Adil Arif (3-22) and Luke Thomas (2-25) did most of the early damage.
Desborough Town hosted Horton House in their first game of the season and were winners by 43 runs.
The home side recovered from 91 for six to post a testing 196 for nine, with crucial late runs from Jake Bindley (49) and Lewis Ward (30no), with Jay Parmer (3-39) the most potent of the Horton attack.
Horton's reply was similar to Borough's in that they were reduced to 90 for six, but there was to be no late order rescue mission for them as they were bowled out for 153 despite 40 from Mark Wolstenholme.
Sam Harris led the bowling honours for Desborough with three for 25.
Finally, Rushden & Higham were six-wicket winners over Oundle at Short Stocks.
Daniel Robinson top scored with 51 as Oundle were bowled out for a below-par 145 in 31.5 overs, as Callum Nicholson claimed four for 40, and there were two wickets apiece for Robin Thapar, Chris Law and Shiv Patel.
Another Northants man, Emilio Gay, then got to work with the bat for Rushden as he hit 74 from 85 balls to help his team to 147 for four to win with more than seven overs to spare.
Don't miss this week's paper, out on Thursday, for a full round up of the results from all 12 divisions of the NCL.