First met second in Four Counties Division One this Saturday, and it was table toppers North Crawley who came away victorious.
A second innings century from opener Alex Walker put Richard Bryce’s men in the box seat for the title as they hunted down Milton Keynes’ 207 first innings score.
Having lost the toss and put in to bat, MK got off to a flying start with openers Sam Haggar and Nimesh Chavda putting on a solid opening partnership to give the home side a fine starting block.
Chavda eventually struck out to a neat caught and bowled by Steve Sharpe for 40, before he struck again to get Haggar for 65.
With the two dangermen out, Crawley found their form with the ball and began to work their way through the MK order.
Dean Bryce took care of Nick Hillman (12) and Neil Gordon (11) as he took 3-30, while Ian Gillam took 4-52 as MK’s lower order put up little fight.
Grant Ebrahim, batting at nine, did show some resolve though, battling hard for his 30 late in the innings, helping the home side recover to 207 all out.
And despite losing opener Sam Murphy to Joe Fairbrother for 0, North Crawley, led by Walker, scored rapidly.
Walker hit a brilliant 113 before Fairbrother, who took 3-54, struck again but the damage had been done.
Marcus Goss and Max Jordan hit the winning runs as Crawley 210-4) recorded a six wicket victory.
The result means Crawley move a step closer to retaining their title once again, while MK slip to third in the league after Elstow’s victory over Cranfield.
Robert Tebbutt was in fine form for Elstow as he took a remarkable 6-24 to reduce a low-on-numbers Cranfield side to just 71 all out.
And it took Elstow just 8.5 overs to knock off the runs to complete the eight wicket win.
It was a tight affair in Newport Pagnell as they took on New City, but ultimately both lost out to the rain.
A great partnership between Harsh Jethra (79) and Amit Mulay (82) put New City in great shape as they declared on 263-4, looking at the ominous skies above.
Newport Pagnell managed to get 30 overs in before rain eventually put paid to a result, and they were looking in good form with it.
Paul Braddy hit a fine 70 for the home side, who also had opener Liam Fox unbeaten on 39 before the rain came down. Newport ended on 179-4, but with the weather wreaking havoc, the match was abandoned.
Eggington Foresters battled their way back into the Division Two promotion spots after a five wicket win over mid-table Aspley Guise.
Yasir Abbasi took 4-26 for Eggington as Aspley Guise were skittled for 134.
And despite losing early wickets, Yoginder Swaroop hit an unbeaten 59 as Foresters (138-5) made it home with plenty to spare.
New Bradwell’s game with Biddenham went the way of the weather, abandoned midway through the second innings.
Biddenham set an ominous total, scoring a huge 297-6 from their 44 overs.
In response, New Bradwell were six wickets down with 177 on the board when the rain came down, prompting both sides to admit defeat and abandon the game.
Like their 1st team counterparts, North Crawley 2nds still leave the way in Division Three after a crushing defeat of Tring Park 4ths.
Richard Braybrook took 5-30 as Crawley ripped through the Tring order, giving themselves just 80 runs to record a win.
And they did so in style, without losing a wicket, courtesy of Liam Greenwood (45) and Joe Mitford (20).
Four wickets apiece for Richard Fletcher (4-43) and Simon Sidwell (4-54) weren’t enough for Shenley Church End as their match against Eggington Foresters 2nds was rained off.
Foresters posted 210-9 in their innings, but in response, Shenley looked in trouble at 124-7 despte Lal Patel’s 45. Both sides receive 10 points each, but Shenley remain in the relegation zone.
Open University remain sixth in the table after losing to promotion fighting Caddington.
Batting first, OU were bowled out for 198, but batting just in front of the run rate, Caddington crossed the line (202-9) with two overs remaining.
Printers are top of Division Four despite losing to New City 2nds by five wickets.
Three wickets from Krishnanand Pandey put New City on top as they restricted the leaders to 177-9, with Vijay Baburaj top scoring on 41.
But New City made light work of the total, scoring 179-5 in just 30 overs to complete the shock victory.
Dave Hand took 3-22 as Milton Keynes 2nds (131-6) beat Wilden (130-9) by four wickets.
Bowlers Iqbal John (5-15) and Haroon Butt (4-14) did the damage for Westcroft as they beat New Bradwell 2nds (102) by nine wickets.
In Division Five, North Crawley 3rds (88) were soundly beaten by Elstow (89-3) by seven wickets and Newport Pagnell 2nd (109) lost by six wickets to Wing with Wingrave (110-4).
Rain forced several Division Six games into abandonment, including Stony Stratford 4ths against St Andrews and Little Horwood against Old Bradwell.
In Division Seven, Wolverton 3rds conceded their game against Aspley Guise 2nds.