Captain Graeme Carter has called for his Great Brickhill side to come back stronger from the shock of losing their last two Division One games.
Disappointment on a Saturday night is an unfamiliar feeling for the villagers, but it is now something they have got to get used to, playing in the top tier of the Cherwell League.
Losing has been a rarity for Brickhill in recent seasons, let alone being beaten two weeks on the trot. But that is exactly what has happened as Carter’s men fell to a 44 run defeat at local rivals Leighton Buzzard, a week after defeat at home to Shipton-under-Wychwood.
“I couldn’t tell you the last time that we lost two games in a row,” he said. “I certainly can’t remember it happening since I returned to the club.
“We bowled fairly well but the second half of the game just didn’t go our way and we lost eight wickets for 60 runs which is always going to be detrimental.”
Phil Whatmore top scored for Leighton on 82 as they hit a modest 203-8, with Brickhill’s Garth Davson (3-34) doing his best to slow the flow of runs.
Davson was then the side’s highest scorer as he reached 84 before eventually falling to Lee Selfe (4-30). But while he found good form, he had little support as Brickhill had an off day at the crease, slumping to 159 all out.
The defeat means Brickhill drop to fifth place in Division One ahead of the visit of table toppers Horspath.
“We’re now addressing the problems we encountered on Saturday. As opposed to last week, the weather forecast for the week looks great and that means we will be able to get on the ground for a good few training sessions,” said Carter.
“As I said a week ago, it’s a long season and leaves plenty of time to bounce back. I still firmly believe we have a good chance of competing with the best teams in Division One and I’m now looking forward to the challenge against Horspath.
“They’ve started the season very well but big matches call for big performances and I’m confident we’ll do better this week. Cricket can be a harsh game but from my experience it’s teams that stick together when it gets tough that pull through at the end of the year which is exactly what we plan on doing.”
Also struggling for form are Bletchley Town, rooted to the foot of the Division Two table are their shocking start to the season continued with a three wicket defeat to Cropredy at Manor Fields.
There were decent knocks from Matt Shepherd (43) and Jude Ramanadanpulle (37) but Bletchley could only manage a total of 144-9 from 53 overs.
That was always unlikely to be good enough for their first win of the summer, and so it proved as Cropredy took the points on 147-7.
By contrast to Bletchley’s misfortune, Wolverton Town have enjoyed a strong start to their Division Two campaign, but they could only manage a losing draw against Bledlow Village on Saturday.
Bledlow set Wolves a target of 232 to win, but despite the efforts of Aky Hussain (37 not out) a draw always looked like the most likely outcome, and so it proved as the home side closed on 139-7 after 47 overs.
Wolves will look to return to winning ways when they go to Aston Rowant on Saturday, while Bletchley visit Bledlow.
Great Brickhill 2nds were seven wicket winners against Kimble as their unbeaten run in Division Five continues.
Arran Aris led the way for Brickhill with an unbeaten 51 as the home team cruised to victory on 126-3 in reply to the visitors’ 124 all out – Anton De Beer (5-27) doing the damage.
In Division Six, Wolverton Town 2nds (50-8) suffered a 10 wicket defeat to Horspath 3rds (51) while Bletchley Town 2nds (56) had a 146 run defeat away to Great & Little Tew (202-7).