Cricket round-up: Bletchley’s relegation confirmed in wet weekend

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Cherwell League

Bletchley Town’s relegation from Cherwell League Division One was confirmed in frustrating circumstances on Saturday – that pretty much epitomised their dismal season.

Away to title chasing Horspath, the game was abandoned when the rain set in midway through the afternoon, with the hosts – who went into the game sat top of the table – having already made 234-3 in 44 overs.

Bletchley had reached 34-3 after 17 overs in reply when the weather made play impossible, and both sides were left equally disappointed with the end result.

The abandoned game, and share of just 14 league points, confirmed Bletchley’s relegation to Division Two for next season, and might well have cost Horspath the title to Great & Little Tew who managed to dodge the showers for long enough to beat Buckingham.

Sat rock bottom of the table, it’s been a nightmare season for Bletchley – just not because of their poor form, particularly with the bat, but also because the men from Manor Fields have suffered some terrible luck with the weather and the inevitable points controversy that comes with it.

With two fixtures left to fulfil, Bletchley make the trip to second from bottom Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts this Saturday. Although they cannot avoid relegation, they could yet safe face by not ending the 2012 season at the foot of the table.

A couple of miles down the road, it’s been a fantastic debut Division One season for Great Brickhill who look set to finish third in the table. Their game against Oxford Downs also ended in a frustrating draw, with Brickhill on course for victory after bowling the visitors out for just 136 inside 30 overs.

But despite the home side reaching 127-7, they actually came away with fewer points to show for their efforts when the rain arrived – just nine to Oxford’s 12. A tough trip to Great & Little Tew awaits, but Brickhill don’t mind causing an upset.

In Division Two, Wolverton Town returned home early from Oxford Downs 2nds because of the weather. The home side had made just 85-5 after 32 overs when the game was called off. That means Wolves sit fifth in the table ahead of a home game against champions-elect Twyford.

Great Brickhill 2nds are on course for the Division Six title ahead of Wolverton Town 2nds after winning the top of the table battle between the two sides by 177 runs. Brickhill made 224-9 before bowling the hosts out for just 47 in reply to go 11 points clear at the top with two games still to play. Bletchley Town 2nds (128-3) drew with Cropredy 2nds (178).

Northants League

The rain stayed away for long enough for Stony Stratford Town to suffer a disappointing seven wicket Premier Division defeat away at Old Northamptonians. The visitors were dismissed for just 136 and ONs cruised to victory on 137-3, but it’s still been a good season for Stony who sit exactly in the middle of the 12-team table.

In Division Two, Stony Stratford 2nds (152) lost at home to Brigstock (208-7) by 56 runs and are still in relegation trouble, while Stony Stratford 3rds (142-9) saw their promotion hopes come to an end with a six wicket defeat at Oundle Town (144-4).

Four Counties League

MK City (234-9) were pretty much crowned Division One champions with a 96 run win over Elstow (138), despite rivals North Crawley (220-8) seeing off Milton Keynes (141-9) by 79 runs. With one game left to play, City are 20 points clear at the top.

New Bradwell (184) will finish bottom of the table after a six wicket defeat to Olney Town (185-4), while Newport Pagnell (123) lost to Eaton Bray (124-7) by three wickets and New City (142) beat Eggington Foresters (85) by 57 runs.

Cranfield University (119-2) look good for promotion out of Division Two thanks to an eight wicket thrashing of Old Bradwell (117) who could still go down.

Willen (135-8) secured promotion into Division Two with a two wicket victory against Caddington (134), but it’s Stoke Hammond who will go up as Division Three champions – their latest victory handed to them after Eggington Foresters 2nds conceded. There was also a win for Shenley Church End (50-4) by six wickets against New Bradwell 2nds (49).

Milton Keynes 2nds (121-4) pretty much secured promotion from Division Four with a six wicket win over Westcroft (117) who will finish half-way up the table. So will New City 2nds (100-5) who beat Eaton Bray 2nds (96) by five wickets.

Old Bradwell 2nds and Stony Stratford 4ths both look set to be relegated out of Division Five after defeats to Newport Pagnell 2nds and North Crawley 3rds respectively.

There was a win for Olney Town 2nds and defeat for Great Brickhill 3rds, while Wolverton Town 3rds and Bletchley Town 3rds both enjoyed Division Six victories.

>> New City were the big winners of the MK Air Cricket Club tournament last weekend.

In its seventh year, the competition was a celebration of 65 Years of Indian Independence, and there was plenty to shout about for New City as they won the tournament while boasting the best batsman in Mits Choksi and best bowler in Jai Singadia. The runners-up were Oldbrook Strikers and Anuroop Jacob of MK Stallions was the best all-rounder.