THE Four Counties League season got off to a flying start on Saturday with a couple of surprising results in Division One.
One of those saw Milton Keynes (109) thrashed by 185 runs at home to North Crawley (294-7) who had a sensational innings from Alex Walker to thank as he hit a club record of 169 off 109 deliveries with 21 fours and 6 sixes. Colin Bonnett then took 4-22 to see Milton Keynes well beaten.
New Bradwell (146) were also shocked as they fell to a seven wicket defeat away at Eaton Bray who quickly hit 149-3 in reply.
There was better news for Newport Pagnell though as they produced an excellent bowling performance to see off Biddenham by 37 runs.
Newport were restricted to 105, but Sam Chapman inspired his side to victory by claiming 4-7 to help bowl Biddenham out for just 68.
Elsewhere there was an excellent eight wicket win for MK City (144-2) at home to Elstow (140). Asif Iqbal was the star with the ball, taking 18-3, before David Loveland hit 44 not out to see City to victory. Olney Town (102-2) had an eight wicket win over Studham (101) with Paul Smith (4-15) top of the bowling figures.
In Division Two New City MK (258-6) were winners at Aylesbury (106) by 152 runs while Cranfield University (151-8) and Milton Bryan (230-9) shared the points and Shenley Church End (88) lost out to Eggington Foresters (178) by 90 runs.
A superb innings of 72 by Sardar Ahmad helped Open University (166-7) to a three wicket win over Totternhoe (165-6) in Division Three as Willen (253-7) were made to share the spoils with North Crawley 2nds (223-5). Stuart Atkins hit an unbeaten 162 for Willen but not even that was enough for victory.
Milton Keynes 2nds (200) fell by 62 runs to Harlington (262-5) in Division Four and in Division Five there was a 15-run victory for New City 2nds (226) against Milton Bryan 2nds (211). There was also a four wicket defeat for Wolverton Town 3rds (156) away to Elstow 2nds (157-6) and a six wicket defeat for Olney Town 2nds (187-3) at Crawley Green (189-4).