Despite silencing North Crawley’s fierce batting line-up, Eaton Bray couldn’t deal with the league leaders’ potent bowlers as they came up short on Saturday.
Looking to cause something of an upset at Rye Gardens on Saturday and throw open the title race, James Flecknell’s side looked well place after the first innings to do just that.
Four Counties top scorer Alex Walker lost his wicket for just 6, as just three of his team-mates went on to score double figures.
Flecknell was the form man with the ball, taking 4-33 as North Crawley were bowled out for 170, thanks in large part to Glenn Young’s 75.
But despite all their hard work, it wasn’t to be for Eaton Bray as North Crawley proved why they look set to win the division for the fifth year in a row.
Steve Sharpe took care of the top order taking 3-35, while Colin Bonnett (4-31) wrapped up the tail as Eaton Bray came up short of the mark on 141 to lose by 29 runs.
Milton Keynes’ David Garner hit 121 as they kept up the pace by beating MK City.
Garner was joined by opener Nimesh Chavda (64) to put on the brunt of MK’s 236-5, before they took out City for 212.
In a battle at the other end of the table, New City (136-8) survived against New Bradwell (135) to win by two wickets.
In Division 2, Olney kept up pressure on leaders Aspley Guise by beating Milton Bryan by six wickets.
Despite a spirited middle order revival from James Bailey (55) and Wayne Turner (45), Milton Bryan failed to fire on their way to 164-7.
And with each of the top five scoring 20 or more, Olney (168-4) were comfortable winners.
Cranfield University overcame a Ibrar Walayat century to beat Eggington Foresters.
Walayat hit an unbeaten 119 but his partners didn’t stick around with him as Eggs scored 232-9.
In response, Neelabha Chatterjee hit 94 not out as Cranfield (233-7) made it home with three wickets to spare.
North Crawley 2nds (213-8) are third after beating Old Bradwell (211-8) by two wickets, and Newport Pagnell won when Stoke Hammond conceded.
Printers (214-9) remain top of Division 3 after beating Studham (59), while Open University (257-9) are second after crushing Tring (120). Westcroft (91-4) made light work of Shenley Church End (90).
In Division 4, leaders Westcroft 2nds (170-7) dropped points against Whitchurch (210-8) but remain on top.
New City 2nds (192) lost to Drayton Parslow(228), Olney 2nds (171-7) drew with Milton Bryan 2nds (193-9) and Milton Keynes 2nds (192) lost to Wing with Wingrave (239-6.
And Great Brickhill 3rds (202-5) are edging towards promotion from Division 5 after beating Eaton Bray 2nds (201-8) by five wickets.