Reigning champions North Crawley remain the team to beat this season as they picked up a winning draw against Olney Town.
It was a fine display of batting from the reigning champions, with the top order all making good runs as Crawley asserted themselves on the game.
Despite losing opener Glenn Young for a duck, Alex Walker (30) and James Armstrong (28) steadied the ship, before big hitting from Pete Barnes (45) and Marcus Godd (66 not out) saw Crawley edging towards a big score.
Stuart Keeping and Pete Sparrow both took three wickets apiece for Olney as Crawley ended their innings on 211-7, dropping a flurry of late wickets.
Crawley’s Dean Bryce took the game on though, with a brilliant fifer to restrict the home side.
Bryce’s figures of 5-46 held up Olney enough to ensure they were never going to reach North Crawley’s score, but some stubborn batting meant they held on for a losing draw, coming in with 148-8.
Milton Keynes move up to third in Division One courtesy of a five wicket win over bottom club Newport Pagnell.
Despite losing opener Liam Fox (3) early, Paul Braddy top scored with 53 for Newport but the rest of the batsmen didn’t add much resistance.
Grant Ebrahim was the star with the ball for MK, taking 4-38 as the home side fell for 179.
The Milton Keynes response was swift. The top order all made good scores, with Nimesh Chavda hitting 50 before being trapped LBW to Brian Schmidt.
Nick Hillman (43) and Neil Gordon (42) both added valuable runs before Jalil Sear (17) hit the winning score as MK (181-5) ran home five wicket winners.
Daniel Broad was the pick of the bowlers for Newport, taking 3-39.
New City looked in total control against Cranfield on Saturday as they cruised to a 110 run victory over Cranfield University in Four Counties Division One.
Despite losing Dharmesh Mistry LBW for 9, and Dhruv Pankhania shortly after for 4, opener Amit Mulay was the anchor in the innings.
The in-form Vishal Valumbhia (40) came to the crease and looked unperturbed with some massive sixes in conjunction with some sensible batting.
But Mulay’s innings was cut short when he was run out getting his bat got stuck in the ground as he raced to get home. He went for 98 as New City declared on 256-6.
In response, skipper Kaival Patel took 3-27 as the Cranfield top order crumbled while fellow opening bowler Krishna Pandey took 2-31 to have the top order in pieces.
Cranfield’s number six Neelabha Chatterjee proved to be a tough opponent though, firing a majestic 80 not out, though his team-mates were failing to back him up.
Vishal Amratlal Valambhia took a sensational 4-4 from three overs to wrap up the innings for Cranfield, securing a 110 run victory.
Old Bradwell remain second from bottom after a poor batting performance against Aspley Guise.
Chris Beales took 4-20 as Old Bradwell were bowled out for just 99, despite Greg Poulter’s 35.
In response, Ben Savage hit 53 as Aspley Guise cruised to an eight wicket victory.
New Bradwell’s game against bottom side Studham was cancelled due to rain.
North Crawley 2nds hammered Eggington Foresters 2nds to stay top of Division Three.
Harmit Bahra was the star for North Crawley, hitting 94, while Max Jordan smashed 59 as the home side romped to 313-9.
Bahra then took the first wicket, before Richard Braybrook (2-24) and Rahkesh Mistry (2-30) took hold of the game, reducing the visitors to 79-5.
Step forward Carl Bryce though, who took a spectacular 5-40 to clean up the tail as Foresters were bowled out for 162 as Crawley won by 151.
Bromham kept up the pressure on North Crawley with a seven wicket win over Open University.
OU disappointed with the bat, scoring just 128 as Sardar Ahmad top scored with 25.
Suban Ullah took 2-17 in response, but Bromham have no problem reaching the total, losing just three wickets on the way.
The rain put paid to any chance of play between Shenley Brook End and Luton Caribbean.
Allen Bridgeman helped New Bradwell 2nds create the shock of the day as they beat Division Four leaders Printers by five wickets.
Vijay Baburaj hit 50 as Printers set 200-9, but Bridgeman’s unbeaten 83 saw New Bradwell (203-5) home.
Javed Khan was 70 not out as Westcroft (108-0) were 10 wicket winners against Drayton Parslow (107) to stay in second, while New City (92) lost by three wickets to Wilden (93-7) despite a dogged bowling performance.
Eaton Bray 2nds conceded there game against Milton Keynes 2nds.
Wing with Wingrave (107) stay top of Division Five, beating North Crawley 3rds (102) in a nail-biter.
Olney 2nds (210-7) keep up the pressure in second though with a winning draw against Great Brickhill 3rds (155-7). MK City (104) came up just short against Thurleigh (107) to lose by three runs.
Edlesborough’s (231-1 dec)Andy Tyne hit 103 not out against Bletchley Town 3rds. In reply, Bletchley were bowled out for 185 for a 46 run defeat.
Craig Jolley’s 53 wasn’t enough for Stony Stratford 4ths (157-7) to beat Lidlington (158-3).