New City put paid to myths that they couldn’t set a target and win, says skipper Kaival Patel, after a thumping win against Olney on Saturday.
After losing last week to Division One leaders North Crawley, they were keen to get back to winning ways, and did so in style to get back in contention for second place.
Despite losing the toss, New City were put in to bat. Opener Dhruv Pankhania made a decent start but flicked one off his pads straight to mid-wicket as he fell for 4. Harsh Jethra joined him back in the changing rooms shortly afterwards too as he was bowled without troubling the scorers. New City were struggling on 9-2.
But step forward Dharmesh Mistry and Amit Mulay. The hot conditions were perfect for batting, and the pair put on a real show.
Mistry reached his half century before falling to Brad Swingler for 54. But Mulay powered onwards.
Having been run out on 98 two weeks ago, the New City players held their breath while he waiting on 99. But he reached triple figures before being bowled by Stuart Keeping (4-48) for 104.
New City ended their innings on 249-9.
In reply, Mulay took opener Paul Gallyot after seeing him dropped early on for 8, and Kaival Patel took fellow top order batsman Iain Keeping as Olney wobbled.
Wickets continued to fall, but youngsters Harry Warn and Jack Watson batted superbly to take the score to around 150. Warn fell just shy of his half century, Patel taking the wicket with the teenager on 49.
With the danger man going, Arshad Mahmood (3-27) stepped up to skittle the last Olney wickets as they were all out for 182, handing a 67 run win to New City.
Eaton Bray can thank James Flecknell for rescuing victory from the jaws of defeat after their narrow two run victory over fellow relegation strugglers Cranfield.
After losing skipper Wes Hosking and number three Andy Gypps for ducks, Atif Riaz then took Andrew Norris for 4 as Bray threatened a collapse.
But opener Flecknell did well to score 46 as partners came and went - Riaz the dangerman taking 5-18.
Just Flecknell and Kerins got into double figures for Bray as they fell for what looked like an achievable target of 108.
And with ball in hand, Flecknell was the danger man again for the home side.
He took 3-27 as Cranfield embarked on a collapse of their own.
Neelabha Chatterjee was the danger man for Cranfield, but like Flecknell, found a long-serving partner hard to come by as wickets tumbled around him, though Cranfield were edging ever closer to the winning total.
But just when it looked like Cranfield were heading for victory, Nick Pearson took the final wicket of Chatterjee for 32 with Cranfield all out for 106.
The partnership between Pete Barnes (46 not out) and Marcus Goss (50 not out) was enough to see North Crawley home against Thurleigh by seven wickets.
Skipper Richard Bryce took 4-35 as Thurleigh were bowled out for 218. And after Glenn Young’s 63 at the top of the order, Barnes and Goss saw the league leaders (219-3)home.
Newport Pagnell took a winning draw against Milton Keynes City.
Lewis Hefferon hit 77 for Newport as they set 250-8. But as the MK top order collapsed, it was left up to Mohammed Shahid (48) batting at number nine to hold up proceedings. City ended their knock on 177-8.
Milton Keynes (237-7) were three wicket winners against Elstow (234-6) and pull level on points with them in second place.
Old Bradwell came out on top as the drew with New Bradwell in Division Two.
Opener Tommy Coe was unbeaten on 156 for Old Bradwell as they score 275-8. Chris Wade and David Little both took three wickets.
In response, New Bradwell took their time and batted well, but were never likely to get ahead of the run rate.
Allen Bridgeman was not out on 54, while Anthony Perry took 5-29 as New Bradwell ended on 155-8.
Big scores from David Quick (78) and Chris Beales Jnr (51) weren’t enough to prevent Aspley Guise (214-6) losing to Stoke Hammond (215-8) by two wickets.
Division Three leaders North Crawley 2nds suffered a shock eight wicket defeat at the hands of Bromham.
Sam Howe hit 44 in an otherwise disappointing innings for Crawley who were bowled out for 139, as Ben Law took 6-42.
James Lord was the key protagonist for Bromham (140-2) as he hit 66 to guide his side to victory.
Shenley Church End are still in the drop zone, but picked up a vital win against Open University.
Scoring 160-8 in their innings, Shenley’s Nick Rogers took 4-20 as OU were bowled out for 146. Param Gill’s 50 was the highlight for OU.
Printers (92-2) remain top of Division Four after a crushing eight wicket win over Drayton Parslow (91).
But Westcroft (94-2) remain in the title race after a similarly dominant win over Wilden (90). New City 2nds (160-8) lost by six wickets to Milton Bryan 2nds (161-4).
A superb 104 not out from opener Ian Hand and 88 from Ed Page put Milton Keynes 2nds (212-2 dec) in pole position before Alan Killick’s 5-32 skittled New Bradwell 2nds (131) for an 81 run win.
Olney and Great Brickhill both picked up wins to lead the way in Division Five.