Cricket: Half century from Aris guides Great Brickhill to win

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Great Brickhill skipper Graeme Carter was relieved to get the club’s first win of the season on the board after beating Thame on Saturday.

There have only been two games this season, but Great Brickhill already find themselves second in the Cherwell League Division One standings - albeit level on points with three others.

While the grey ceiling across the region threatened rain all afternoon, the weather held off long enough for the game to be played.

Despite losing the toss, Great Brickhill’s batsmen did the damage as they set an ominous total for Thame to chase, finishing on 215-6 - Doug Aris top scoring with a valuable 53.

On a tricky surface, the bowlers went after the Thame attack, barely giving them an inch as they took wickets at regular intervals.

With the wickets shared out among the seamers, Thames were skittled for just 95, as Brickhill celebrated a 120 run victory.

After the game, Carter said: “I was disappointed to have lost the toss on Saturday morning but fortunately this gave our batters a good chance to get some time at the crease in what might have otherwise been a low scoring game.

“No-one in our side really took the game away from Thame but it was good to see that we dug deep on a slightly tricky deck, avoided losing wickets in clusters and put a solid total on the board.

“I was again pleased with Patrick Prasad who has recently joined the club as he set a good platform with his 37 at the top of the order.

“It was also good again to see Doug Aris play very sensibly for the teams top score of 53.

“A real positive for me from the bowling performance was that with the ball swinging about the wickets were shared between all five of our seamers.

“There are still a number of things that I would like us to improve on for next weekends home fixture against the other ex-home counties team, Shipton but on the whole it’s been a really positive start to our 2013 League campaign.”

Brickhill play host Shipton-under-Wychwood this Saturday.

Division Two sides Bletchley and Wolverton go into their derby match on Saturday on losing form after a poor weekend for both sides.

Bletchley’s disappointing start to the Division Two campaign continued on Saturday as they collapsed against Challow and Childrey.

Despite restricting the hosts to 158-9 largely thanks to a tremendous Sam Newman spell of 6-59.

But a dramatic collapse with the bat saw Bletchley fall well short of the mark, crumbling to 86 all out, despite 33 from keeper Matt Shepherd.

The defeat means they’re rock bottom of the table after two games.

It wasn’t much better for their cross-town rivals Wolverton Town as they too slumped to defeat against Cropredy.

After bowling out the hosts for what looked like an achievable 154, with Ahsan (3-25) and Shazad (3-40) the pick of the Wolverton bowlers, the batsmen simply didn’t perform.

Jamie Jennings took 5-31 as Wolverton were all out for 117, despite a knock of 47 from Atif Akhlaq.

In Division Five, Great Brickhill 2nds were six wicket winners over Thame 2nds, with Lee Morgan’s 5-21 restricting Thame to just 105 - a total Brickhill overcame in just 28 overs.

Sandford St Martin 2nds forfeited their Division Six game against Wolverton 2nds.

And Bletchley 2nds were bowled out for just 75 in Division Seven as Long Marston 2nds cruised to a nine wicket win.