Carter and Aris end Wolves’ title bid

Graeme Carter
Graeme Carter

Great Brickhill ended Wolverton’s chances of winning Division 1 with a brilliant victory on Saturday.

Batting first, Brickhill lost two wickets in the first over before Doug Aris joined Graeme Carter to rebuild the innings with counter attacking cricket, putting on 170 before Carter was eventually bowled out for an agonising 99.

Aris continued his work but he was also bowled short of his ton for 97 as Great Brickhill posted a competitive 253-8 off 53 overs on a green wicket.

In reply, all of the Great Brickhill bowlers showed excellent control as Wolverton’s batsmen lost regular wickets whilst trying to keep up with the run rate, Pete Hastings (3-19) and Julian Blackwell (3-33) were the main contributors as Wolverton were bowled out for just 95 in 35 overs.

It means Buckingham are now out of reach for Wolverton, who remain second in the standings, but it couldn’t be much tighter in the race for second.

Wolverton have 238 points, but Tiddington and Great Brickhill are just nine and 19 points behind respectively.

Bletchley’s dismal season continued on Saturday. With their relegation to Division 4 already confirmed, only Phil Rusling could hold his head high, scoring 53 of Bletchley’s 87 before they were bowled by Didcot (89-4).

Great Brickhill 2nds dropped into ninth position in Division 4 after a five wicket loss away to a strong Witney Mills side.

Asked to bat, Brickhill made a solid start with Patrick Prasad not looking troubled until he was bowled for 27.

A combination of good bowling, bad running and poor shot selection, only John Cook (30) and Ahad Khan (21) showed resistance as Brickhill were bowled out for 119 off 50 overs.

In reply, Witney Mills showed aggression but 2 early wickets from Lee Morgan improved the outlook before Dan Swindells (64 not out) took the game to Brickhill and showed that the total was not enough as the score was chased down for the loss of five wickets in 28 overs.

It is still all to play for on the final weekend as a win for Brickhill next week against East Oxford would see them safe from relegation.

In Division 6, Wolverton 2nds batted well to score 226-5, but it wasn’t enough to beat Long Marston 2nds (228-8).