Crawley lift the title for the fifth time

MKCC's Nimesh Chavda
MKCC's Nimesh Chavda

North Crawley made it five titles in a row on Saturday as they crushed Aston Clinton by nine wickets to clinch Four Counties Division 1 again.

Taking a lead of 48 points into the final game, and with just 60 on offer, it was going to take something special for Milton Keynes to snatch the title late on, but Aston Clinton didn’t hold up their end of the bargain, bowled out for 113 as Colin Bonnett took 6-34.

MKCC's Nimesh Chavda

MKCC's Nimesh Chavda

Matt Goss (61no) and Jim Armstrong (32no) did the business with the bat as Crawley (116-1) cruised to victory, and with it the title.

Last week’s defeat to the champions-elect had knock on effects for MK though as they lost to Biddenham by four wickets.

Kaushik Sunkara was the only one to really fire with the bat as he hit 60 for MK, who posted 211.

Opener Hassen Yousef’s 78no put the visitors in pole position, and they took the victory on 212-6.

The defeat leaves MK down in third, with Biddenham getting the jump on them into second place, with just two points separating them.

But it was curtains for MK City as their relegation was confirmed by losing to New City. Asif Iqbal took 4-45, while there were three apiece for Mohammed Shahid and Ishitaq Siddiq as New City were skittled for 191.

But the replay was almost over before it began, with none of the opening six batsmen making double figures. Saqlain Siddiq tried in vain to rescue it with 57, but they were all out for 175 and resigned to life in Division 2 next season.

Elsewhere, New Bradwell (129) were thumped by high-scoring Thurleigh (314-3).

Olney Town (172) remain on course to win the Division 2 crown with a 44 run win over Eggington Foresters (128), securing their promotion in the process.

North Crawley 2nds (190) gave Olney a helping hand by beating Aspley Guise (134), with Max Jordan’s 106 the highlight.

Cranfield University are destined for life in Division 3 next season already, but still lost to fellow relegated side Stoke Hammond, while Newport Pagnell (236-9) drew with Old Bradwell (212-5).

Printers (339-7) are on the verge of winning the Division 3 title despite seeing a stubborn Shenley Church End (102-5) hold on for a draw.

It allowed Open University (267-9) to close the gap thanks to their win over Studham (111). Elsewhere, Westcroft (238-6) drew with Harlington (190-9).

Westcroft 2nds (144-7) are champions of Division 4 despite drawing with Wing with Wingrave (233-5), but cannot be promoted as their first team missed out on the chance to go up from Division 3.

Olney 2nds (270-3) crushed Eggington 2nds (42) thanks in large part to Leigh Sibley’s unbeaten 135, while MK 2nds (232-7) narrowly lost to Milton Bryan (236-3).

In Division 5, Great Brickhill 3rds (116) lost to Elstow 2nds (194-4) by 78 runs to stay fourth, while New Bradwell 2nds (169) handed themselves a survival lifeline beating MK City 2nds (109). North Crawley 3rds (88) lost to Stewkley (201-7).

In Division 6, Old Bradwell conceded their match against Newport Pagnell 2nds, though there is little to play for in the division now.

And in Division 7, Leighton Buzzard 3rds got the better of Bletchley 3rds in a draw, while Printers 2nds (256-4) were comfortable winners over Wing with Wingrave 2nds (125). Wolverton 3rds conceded to New City 3rds.