A sensational knock from Garth Davson wasn’t enough for Great Brickhill to upset the form books and beat league leaders Horspath.
Davson’s bludgeoning 169 was the highlight of the match and didn’t deserve to be on the losing side as the Division One champions elect flexed their top order muscles.
Batting first, Brickhill must’ve thought they were back to their old ways again, with runs coming quickly.
Despite losing wickets, Davson looked in unstoppable form, passing his 50 in style.
The runs kept on coming for the Brickhill man and he was soon celebrating his century and then 150 as he batted his way to 169 before falling.
Keeping a partner at the other end seemed to be a problem for Davson though, especially against Horspath’s Patrick Foster.
The quickie took care of most of the Brickhill wickets, finishing with fine figures of 6-81.
But Davson found some stability with Greg Macdonald, who chipped in with a valuable 41 as Great Brickhill made it to 272-8 at the close of the innings.
At the tea break, Brickhill could have been forgiven for having a spring in their step, having taken the league leaders on in fine style.
But their enthusiasm was about to be wiped out Robbie Easton and Joey Todd who took the game by the scruff of the neck.
Easton came up just shy of his ton, falling on 98 while Todd put on another 73 as Horspath took control.
It was shaping up to be a close finish. Horspath lost just three wickets, but still had the dangerous Shahbaz Ali at the crease, who raced on to an unbeaten 87.
And with four overs to spare, Horspath (273-3) completed the seven wicket win.
Great Brickhill took just eight points from the affair, but deserved so much more from the performance.
Wolverton Town stay second in Division Two after a solid win over Aston Rowant.
Aky Hussain (35), Zak Wade (34) and Babar Raja (32) were the top scorers for Wolverton as they were bowled out for 212.
And with the ball in hand, Shahzad took 5-60 to skittle through the Aston Rowant line-up, while Idrees Butt added 3-22 as the visitors were bowled out for 91, resulting in a 121 run win for Wolverton.
But Bletchley’s woes continued on Saturday as they were thrashed by Bledlow Village.
Skittled for just 63, it took Bledlow less than seven overs to knock off the winning runs, doing so with seven wickets in hand.
Bletchley look set for life in Division Three next season, now 74 points back of Cropredy with four games remaining.
Rivals Leighton Buzzard 2nds and Great Brickhill 2nds battled it out for top spot in Division Five, and it was Great Brickhill who took the honours.
First team regular Anton DeBeer made an appearance for Great Brickhill, and he was the star of the show, impressing with both bat and ball.
His 3-31, along with Glenn Burrows’ 3-37 and Adam Boad’s 3-42 restricted Leighton to 130 as they were bowled out. Only Steve Baines made worthwhile runs for the visitors, top-scoring with 42.
And DeBeer was shining light for Brickhill with the bat too. Despite losing opener Jon Cook for 34, DeBeer looked in dominant form, smashing an undefeated 92 as Brickhill looked in total control, taking not just victory (131-1) in 19 overs, but also taking over at the top of the table.