There was a real run-fest at the Recreation Ground as North Crawley and Milton Keynes went head-to-head in Four Counties League Division One.
North Crawley opener Alex Walker hit 115, with 13 boundary 4s, ably supported by a quick-fire 68 from Sam Chapman to guide the home side to 278-5.
And it certainly proved to be a batsman’s wicket as MK set about the run chase. Despite the early wicket of Tom Hilson (1), Sam Hagger (59) and Nick Hillman (42) steadied the ship before Jalil Sear (50) added more valuable runs to the chase.
Unfortunately for MK though, they couldn’t quite keep up with the run rate, falling short on 242-7.
Viral Singh took 5-16 as New City beat Newport Pagnell by four wickets.
Mick Page top scored with 45 for Newport as they set 174-7. But a fine innings from New City opener Amit Mulay (72) helped the home side on their way as they reached 175-6 to secure the win.
In stark contrast, it was a low scoring encounter at Cranfield as they lost by seven wickets to Elstow.
Stuart Robson took 4-21 as Cranfield were reduced to 91 all out – a total Elstow (92-3)cleared in just 24 overs.
A fine display with the ball from Olney’s Stuart Keeping reduced Milton Keynes City to just 53 runs as they lost by four wickets.
Keeping’s 6-16 turned out to be the match winning performance, though there were a few nails being bitten in the Olney camp as they lost six wickets of their own in the chase, ending on 54-6.
New Bradwell were bowled out for just 91 as they lost by three wickets to Buckland & Aston Clinton (93-7).
North Crawley 2nds made it hard for themselves against Tring Park 4ths as they won by two wickets.
Tring’s opener Nick Wake hit 57 not out but his support crumbled around him as the home team could only muster 114-9 at the close of the innings.
While the run rate was easily met by Crawley (116-8), wickets fell regularly, though they managed to take the win, albeit eight wickets down.
Open University’s game with Caddington was cancelled.
Brian Tompkins was the star for Milton Keynes 2nds with both bat and ball as they beat Wilden by three wickets.
Tompkins took 3-19 as Wilden were bowled out for 92, and added 39 with the bat as MK (93-7)made it home in 25 overs.
An unbeaten century from Harry Singh helped Westcroft cruise to victory over New Bradwell 2nds.
Singh (100 not out) was supported by John Iqbal (75) as Westcroft posted an ominous looking 253-3.
New Bradwell offered little in response, losing both openers without troubling the scorers. And with only two batsmen in double figures, could only score 120 before being bowled out to lose by 133 runs.
Printers kept up their fine early season form with a huge 131 run win against New City 2nds.
Razzan Mohamed top scored for Printers with 79 as they declared on 215-5.
Thiyagalingam Shafa proved unplayable with the ball in hand though, and his figures of 4-20 were enough to skittle New City for just 84, despite a solo knock of Rajeev Marwaha 34.
Olney Town 2nds beat Milton Keynes City 2nds by 87 runs to go top of Division Five.
Setting 196-9 with the bat, Olney bowled City out for 109 to move into top spot.
They leapfrogged Wing with Wingrave in the table, whose game against Newport Pagnell 2nds was cancelled.
Old Bradwell were six wicket winners over Little Horwood to move out of the relegation zone.
Only Claude Cox impressed with the bat for Horwood, but his 52 was all they had to shout about as they were skittled for just 99. Luke Moore was the pick of the bowlers, taking 4-13.
Old Bradwell made light work of the run chase, reaching 102-4 to secure the six wicket win.
Bletchley 3rds’ match against Lidlington was cancelled.
Wolverton Town 3rds’ openers did the damage as they cruised to victory over Caddington 2nds to move into second place in Division Seven.
Caddington were bowled out for 131 as Hasnat Tanveer claimed 3-14. But with the bat Tanveer remained unbeaten on 54, with fellow opener Mohammed Queshi run out for 71, laying the foundations for a nine wicket win.
It was a hugely disappointing afternoon for Stony Stratford as they collapsed to a 144 run defeat to Northampton Saints.
What makes the result embarrassing is that all the hard work had already been done by the bowlers, who restricted Saints to 187-9. Steve Bellew was the pick of the bunch for Stony with figures of 3-30, with eight maidens to his name.
However, a spectacular spell from Saints’ Jake Higginbotham saw Stony capitulate. He took an incredible 8-19 from his 11 overs to skittle Stony for just 43, without a single player getting into double figures.
The result means Stony slip to 10th in the top division.
It was much better news for Stony Stratford 2nds though, who extracted an equally convincing victory over Rushden Town 2nds.
Paul West was in unstoppable form as he clattered 108 from 133 balls, ably joined by fellow opener Michael Avery who added 53 to the scores. It meant Rushden would have to chase 232-7.
While West was in imperious form with the bat, it was Aaron Ashton who couldn’t be stopped with the ball. His figures of 5-15 spelled the end of any hopes Rushden had of mounting a decent run chase.
Though they fought back with a 39 partnership for the sixth wicket, Rushden were eventually skittled for just 91 – some 141 shy of the mark, lifting Stony 2nds to eighth in the standings.
Stony Stratford 3rds suffered a similar fate to their counterparts in the first team as they were bowled out for just 45 on the way to a 103 run defeat at the hands of Badby.
Despite bowling the hosts out for 147, Stony found Stuart Bonthuys unplayable as he took an incredible 9-12 to send Stony packing.
MK Sunday League
Westcroft are now sitting pretty at the top of Division One after a hard-fought victory over MK United.
It was a low scoring encounter but full of drama, as wickets fell cheaply. Ishtiaq Siddiq returned 5-28 as United were bowled out for just 58.
But M Shahzad also took a fifer to skittle Westcroft’s top order for single figures.
But a mature innings from Zaheer Khan (33 not out) eventually guided Westcroft (62-6) to the victory.
MK Badshah’s went down by 129 runs to Old Northamptonians and sit bottom of Division One.
Zaakir Khawaja hit 92 for Northamptonians as they set 266-7. But Badshah’s were bowled out for just 137 in reply.
New Bradwell were also victorious over Wolverton.
MK United 2nds remain unbeaten in Division Two after a 57 run win over Westcroft 2nds.
Setting 187-9, Walid Malik took 4-21 for United as Westcroft came up short, bowled out for just 130.
It came right down to the wire between Aylesbury Town 3rds and Westcroft 3rds as the pair went head-to-head for the Division Three top spot.
Sami Sami hit 61 for Aylesbury as they were bowled out for just 108, with Omer Hanif taking 5-17 in his six over stint.
Aylesbury had a mean wicket taker in their midst too though, as Waqar took a fantastic 6-35 in his 10 overs to devastate the Westcroft top order.
With fellow bowler Ijaz taking 3-16, Westcroft came up agonisingly short, bowled out for 99, giving Aylesbury a nine run victory.