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MK vs Elstow
MK vs Elstow
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Milton Keynes started their Four Counties Division 1 campaign in style with a 73 run win over Elstow.

Nimesh Chavda looked in great nick and top scored for the home side with 41, but the total wasn’t looking especially strong as partners came and went.

MK vs Elstow

MK vs Elstow

But a flurry of 31 runs in the final five overs saw MK reach 164-8.

In hindsight, they needn’t have worried, but at 45-0, Elstow looked very much on top of things. But four wickets apiece from Daniel Brady and Brian Tompkins tore apart Elstow’s resistance, before Daniel Ramsell saw off the final two wickets to skittle the visitors for 91.

Matt Goss and Alex Walker were on form again for North Crawley as they crushed New Bradwell by 183 runs.

The pair put on 146 for the first wicket before Walker fell for 83. Goss raced to his hundred (119) as Crawley set an ominous 292-6.

MK vs Elstow

MK vs Elstow

And the bowlers made light work of New Bradwell’s batting order, with Steve Sharpe, Ian Gillam and Colin Bonnett all taking three wickets as the visitors were 109 all out.

New City (184-9) couldn’t hold out for victory against Biddenham (187-7) despite Dharmesh Mistry’s 53, while MK City were bowled out for 113, chasing Thurleigh’s 168-9.

In Division 2, Aspley Guise showed no mercy to Old Bradwell in their clash. Chris Beales hit a brilliant 83 as Aspley Guise posted 235-6. But a superb team bowling performance restricted the Old Bradwell order to single figures as they were bowled out for just 54.

North Crawley 2nds (246-6) had to settle for a winning draw against Milton Bryan (149-9), struggling to take the final wicket.

MK vs Elstow

MK vs Elstow

Newport Pagnell returned the favour, after being hammered by Cranfield University last week, by beating the same opposition by 111 runs.

Despite setting just 169, Newport bowled out Cranfield for 58 to take the win.

Richard Beardshaw scored an unbeaten 105 as Olney (236-2) beat Stoke Hammond (34) by a massive 202 runs.

In Division 3, Open University (117-2) saw of Shenley Church End (116), Printers (112) beat Harlington (108), and Westcroft (269-9) beat Ivinghoe & Pitstone (150).

Wolverton 3rds vs Leighton Buzzard 3rds

Wolverton 3rds vs Leighton Buzzard 3rds

In Division 4, MK 2nds (182-7) beat Eggington 2nds (181-8), Westcroft 2nds (175-3) beat Milton Bryan 2nds (173-6), and New City 2nds (239-7) got a winning draw against Olney 2nds (191-7).

In Division 5, Great Brickhill 3rds (271-4) had a winning draw against Stewkley (233-8), as did New Bradwell 2nds (238-2) against Edlesborough (178-6), and North Crawley 3rds (209-4) against MK City 2nds (185-8).

In Division 6, Old Bradwell 2nds (103-8) lost to Little Horwood (202-5) and Newport Pagnell 2nds (124) lost to Thurleigh 2nds (167).

Wolverton Town 3rds came unstuck against Leighton Buzzard 3rds as they lost out by 38 runs in Division 7.

Leighton skipper Brad Gates was on good form but came up just shy of his century, falling on 98 as the visitors raced to 201-6 from their 44 overs.

In reply, Antony Bell (3-39)did most of the damage to the top order as Wolverton crumbled, while Scott Clark (5-13) cleaned up the tail in ruthless style to skittle the home side for 163.

Elsewhere, New City 3rds (196-4) beat Wilden (195-7), Aspley Guise 2nds (164-5) beat Printers 2nds (162) and Bletchley Town 3rds had a winning draw against Wing (161-5).