Brickhill make light work of neighbours

Great Brickhill vs Leighton Buzzard
Great Brickhill vs Leighton Buzzard

Great Brickhill did themselves a huge favour not only by winning on Saturday, but by getting one over on their neighbours Leighton Buzzard.

Last week, Brickhill captain Graeme Carter described the game as a chance to seek revenge for ‘throwing away’ victory against Leighton earlier this season, and his certainly took notice as they took no prisoners.

Winning the toss, Carter put the visitors in to bat - and what a decision that turned out to be.

After two excellent back-to-back results against Twyford and Horspath, Leighton were expecting to put on a strong batting performance.

Town made a bright start with Tom Light (14) playing three excellent cover drives for boundaries before being bowled by Garth Davson.

Chris Thompson (22) and Phillip Whatmore (12) had moved the score on to 53 from 14 overs without too many apparent alarms .

Thompson then tried to pull Davson but got a leading edge and was caught by Carter from a skier.

This led to a sudden collapse of the batting as Town lost five wickets in as many overs with the score tumbling from 53-1 to 63-6.

Only Adam Culley (21) withstood the home side’s efforts and Leighton were dismissed for just 95 runs, a disappointing total after a decent start. Wicket keeper Michael Baker took four catches, with two more being taken in the slips .

Davson though proved unplayable, doing the brunt of the damage as he took 6-38 while bowling partner Peter Hastings took the remaining wickets, ending with figures of 4-32.

Town did manage to take an early wicket when Lee Selfe bowled opener Nick Cadman (4) but Anton de Beer was not going to let victory slip through his fingers.

He was in excellent form as he crashed an unbeaten 65 to guide Great Brickhill to a very comfortable nine wicket victory in just 16.4 overs.

Brickhill take 25 points and move up to seventh, whilst Leighton get just a single point from the match, and slip to ninth.

Brickhill skipper Carter said: “It was great to get our first win over Leighton and even better to do it so convincingly. “Garth Davson once again earned each one of his six wickets and it was really good to see Pete Hastings find some form taking four from the other end.

“Anton DeBeer batter exceptionally for his 65 not out, he gave Leighton no chance of defending the small total that they set us with his positive mind set but more notably his composure throughout.

“Anton has really started to show the Cherwell League what he is capable of and it’s good to have the extra fire power in the line-up after we missed him for the first five games of the year.

“The win sets us up nicely for Horspath away next week. The league is extremely tight and I expect it to be like that until the last game.

“It will make for an exciting finish for all.”

Wolverton stay second in Division Two despite only drawing against Bledlow Village on Saturday.

Barbar Raja hit a brilliant 121, while batting partner Naeem Shazadadded another 80 to the board as Wolverton ended their innings on 209-4.

Idrees Butt took 4-85 for Wolverton, but the stubborn Bledlow batsmen didn’t give up and held onto reach 190-7.

The bottom two went head to head when Bletchley met Cropredy, but a batting collapse from the away side saw Bletchley bowled out for 81.

And it took Cropredy just 13 overs to overturn the score (83-1). Bletchley remain bottom of the table 68 points adrift.