Cherwell League: Wolves close the gap at the top

Great Brickhill captain Graeme Carter
Great Brickhill captain Graeme Carter

Wolverton closed the gap at the top of Cherwell League Division 1 with a brilliant bowling performance against leaders Buckingham on Saturday.

Wolves gained 18 points with a vital 40 run victory, spearheaded by Zaheer Khan’s 4-28 which skittled the Buckingham middle order.

In truth, Wolverton’s innings with the bat was nothing to write home about. Khan, batting at 11, was Wolves’ top scorer with 35 not out as the home side struggled to get any flow into their innings.

After losing their top order very cheaply, the tail showed some signs of resistance for Wolverton as they desperately batted to make a go of it against the runaway pace setters, eventually losing the final wicket with 173 on the board.

Performing well with the bat, Khan then turned into the hero with the ball, taking out Buckingham’s middle order.

With the tail failing to wag for Buckingham, they were bowled out for 133, winning it for Wolverton.

The gap at the top is now down to 39 points.

Some dominant battling put Great Brickhill on the front foot from the off as they dominated their winning draw against Oxford 2nds.

Although Brickhill were without top runs scorers Anton De Beer and Michael Baker for the visit of Oxford, captain Graeme Carter had confidence in his side and opted to bat at the toss.

And it proved to be the right decision as Carter (36), along with Patrick Prasad (68) at the other end, got Brickhill off to a fine start.

And that they did, as Doug Aris and George Morris continued the good early work .

With some sensible batting along the way, and with wickets in hand, the pair began an assault on Oxfords bowlers with both batsmen finding boundaries with ease. Morris was eventually out for 83 and Aris went for 75 as Brickhill posted an imposing 307-7 off 53 overs.

In reply, Oxford lost early wickets as opener Pete Hasting (3-30) bowled with good control as the visitors struggled to keep up with the required rate.

In only his second 1st team game, 16-year-old spinner Ahad Khan bowled superbly to take 4-29 but Oxford held on for the draw finishing on 168-9.

While disappointed not to take the victory, Brickhill move up to fourth in the Division 1 table.