Thorne in the side helps MK City win

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FOUR COUNTIES LEAGUE: Two teams are enjoying a 100 per cent starts to the season after making it two wins from two games in Division One.

MK City and Olney Town lead the way after both secured convincing victories in their latest outings. City were winners by 50 runs at Studham while Olney recorded a 96 run win at home to Newport Pagnell.

City set a target of 201-9 after the hosts won the toss and put them in to bat. Chris Timms (50), David Loveland (41) and John Iqbal (52) got City off to a great start after opener Jin Lall fell for just four.

Studham got off to a reasonable start in reply but soon started to wobble when Chris Thorne (4-42) began to wrip through their order, with support from Ian Bostock (3-32) as the hosts soon fell for 151 after just over 40 overs.

Olney’s victory against Newport Pagnell came even more comfortably as they set a target of 214-9 as eight of their order made double figures, with Graeme Hacking the best of the bunch on 43. He was bowled by Danny Broad who put up the best defence for Newport with 2-28.

Gary Hefferon and Utham Kumar were out for just nine between them as Newport began their reply, and their remaining batsmen didn’t do much better as they fell for just 118, thanks mainly to Andrew Griffin (3-11) and Stuart Keeping (3-14) who accounted for their two openers.

The season may have started well for Olney and MK City, but the same can’t be said for Milton Keynes who fell to a second defeat in as many games at home against Elstow. The hosts set a target of just 128 after Dharmesh Mistry (47) was one of just three to make it into double figurers.

Elstow made very hard work of winning though as Grant Ebrahim (4-34) started the fightback. But despite his efforts, and those of Daniel Ramsell (2-32), the away side eventually did enough and finished on 131-7 for a three wicket success.

North Crawley (276-8) picked up their first win of the season after an extremely entertaining match against Biddenham (261-5). The hosts declared after a superb knock from Alex Walker (130), before the visitors salvaged a few points by holding out, thanks mainly to Tajvir Gill (120 not out) who did his best to upstage Walker.

Old Bradwell (209-7) got off to a losing start to their Division Two season as they fell by seven wickets away to Caddington (211-3) while Shenley Church End’s poor start to the season continued with defeat away at Cranfield University. The visitors made just 123-8 and Cranfield sealed their a five wicket victory - and their first win of the season - on 125-5.

At the top end of the Division Two table, New City (MK) made it back-to-back wins to start the new campaign with a 165 run home thrashing of Aylesbury Town who lost for a second time this term.

After winning the toss at Great Linford, Aylesbury put the hosts into bat, but soon regretted that decision as Jay Singadia hit 86 - including 15 fours - to get New City off to a great start. More great knocks down the order from Amit Mulay (53) and Ashish Ratia (62) helped their side make 269-4.

Graham Tennant fired off a quick 61 to give Aylesbury a chance but after he fell victim to Kaival Patel, it was left to Amit Mulay (5-24) to mop up and seal the win, with the visitors all out for 104.

Alan Quelch (78) top scored for New Bradwell 2nds (271) on their way to a draw against Eaton Bray 2nds (237-5) in Division Three while Open University made it two in two when they beat Willen by four wickets.

Willen’s openers Robbie Whittaker (50) and Stuart Atkins (53) got their side off to a great start after OU won the toss and put them in to bat, with their side reaching 224-6. However, despite a dodgy start, OU recorded the win, thanks mainly to Sardar Ahmad who led the way for them on 53 as his team reached 225-6.