Cricket: New City leave it late to beat Eaton Bray

Eaton Bray vs New City
Eaton Bray vs New City

All the latest results from the city’s cricket teams.

Four Counties

Division One

It was a real battle of attrition as Eaton Bray took on New City on Saturday, pictured left.

New City’s bowling was wayward in the opening stages and before they knew it, Bray had 100 on the board without a loss.

Wes Hoskings made an impressive 62 with some impressive strikes and lusty blows, and with a little help from three dropped catches.

His opening partner Paul Harris also played well for a solid 40. But the breakthrough came from Amit Trivedi’s first ball and an incredible catch on the boundary from Vishal Valumbhia at long on. That prompted a Bray collapse, courtesy of a fabulous spell by Amit Mulay who skittled through the middle order. Some excellent death bowling by Krishna Pandey saw Eaton Bray all out for 202.

In reply, Amit Mulay started with some blistering shots but was out being a little over aggressive, soon followed by Dharmesh Mistry and Vishal Naik as City limped to 20-3.

Ashish Ratia and Amit Trivedi had other ideas as they steering the innings in the right direction until Trivendi retired injured. He returned later in the innings.

Ratia reached 50 in a responsible innings but fell just a ball afterwards.

Leg spinner James Flecknell was bowling a spell worthy of victory as he took 5-33 but he couldn’t do it alone.

It came right down to the final over with City needing six to win.

But having returned to the crease, Trivendi sent the ball sailing over the bowler’s head with three balls to spare, leaving him on 77 not out and giving New City the win.

It was a much more routine result for North Crawley though as they opened the gap at the top of the table. After bowling Newport Pagnell out for 81 (Steve Sharpe 4-21), they cruised to an eight wicket win.

Milton Keynes City (142) slipped into second place as they lost by 119 runs to Elstow (261-4).

Milton Keynes neededless than five overs to score 27 runs as they bowled out Cranfield for a pitiful 26 as Joe Fairbrother took 8-9.

Olney Town fell well short against Thurleigh. Chasing 262 after Andy Milne’s 166, Olney could only muster 100 as they were bowled out for a 168 run defeat.

Division Two

James McMillan took a sensational hat-trick for New Bradwell as they beat Stoke Hammond. After being bowled out for 165, McMillan (4-19) ripped through the middle order as Hammond were all out for 71 to wrap up the 94 run win.

Old Bradwell came up short against Buckland & Aston Clinton. Setting 199-5, Buckland skittled Bradwell’s lower order as they fell for 152.

Division Three

North Crawley 2nds’ bowlers looked in good nick as they beat Shenley Church End. Despite being bowled for 154, Crawley made light work of the Church End order, skittling them for just 88.

Division Four

Brian Tompkins rescued Milton Keynes 2nds with the ball as he took 5-19 against Harlington. Having failed to perform with the bat, MK set 114-9. But Tompkins led his side to a brilliant 37 run victory, bowling the opposition out for just 77.

Westcroft made light work of Milton Bryan 2nds. After being set 113-9, Andrew John hit an unbeaten 56 as Westcroft (115-1) cruised to a nine wicket win.

New Bradwell 2nds had their game with Drayton Parslow cancelled because of the conditions, while Eaton Bray 2nds conceded to New City 2nds.

Division Five

Great Brickhill 3rds moved into second place with a six wicket win over Newport Pagnell 2nds. Slumping to a disappointing 74 all out, Pagnell couldn’t defend their total as Brickhill saw them off with plenty to spare.

Olney Town 2nds bowlers did the job against Thurleigh 2nds as they won by 72 runs. Setting a competitive 179-8, with Mark Hallum’s 55, Thurleigh were skittled for 107 as John Pearson took 4-12 from just 3.3 overs.

Milton Keynes City 2nds (77-5) held out for a losing draw after being set a huge chase by Elstow (220-8).

Division Six

Stony Stratford 4ths suffered a catastrophic top order collapse against Old Bradwell 2nds. Only rescued by a lower order resurgence, Stony were bowled out for 108 as none of the top six made it to double figures.

Old Bradwell in reply lost just one wicket along the way as they cruised to a nine wicket win.

Bletchley 3rds lost cheap wickets in the middle order which ultimately cost them the win against Little Horwood (194-7). Sheridan Pretty’s 55 looked to put Bletchley on course, but four ducks in the middle order slowed the pace dramatically. They held on, and had to make do with a losing draw on 160-8.

Division Seven

Wolverton 3rds made quick runs against Ivinghoe & Pitstone 2nds to win by five wickets.

Ivinghoe had just two batsmen in double figures, but 34 wides helped them to 177 all out. In reply though, Wolverton took just 32 to overturn the score.

Northants League

Premier Division

Stony Stratford struggled against Oundle Town on Saturday, falling to a disappointing nine wicket defeat.

Petrus Jeftha was the main protagonist for Oundle as he bowled spectacularly. His figures of 7-41 helped set up victory for the home side. Bowling partner Bashrat Hussain took 3-18 as Stony slumped.

With none of the top eight batsmen reaching double figures, it was left to number nine Alex Strong (18) and number 11 Muhammad Furqan (17 not out) to salvage something from their innings as Stony were bowled out for just 60 inside 21 overs.

With little chance of an upset on the cards, Oundle made light work of the run chase. Despite losing Harry Ramsden along the way, Oundle needed just 13 overs to complete the nine wicket win.

After four games, Stony are 10th in the Premier Division, but a gap is beginning to open between them and the pack ahead.

Division Two

It wasn’t much better for Stony Stratford 2nds either as they lost by 96 runs to Brigstock. Sat Singh’s 65 helped guide the visitors side to a respectable 182 at Campbell Park as Oswin Peter took 4-19. But like their first team counterparts, the top order failed to deliver. Only Edward Tate could come away from the game with any pride, hitting 45 as Stony were bowled out for 86. The result leaves Stony sitting in the bottom two.

Division Five

James Bell’s unbeaten 103 helped Stony Stratford 3rds to a five wicket win over Isham.

The home side’s opening three batsmen fell agonisingly shy of their half centuries, but set a competitive 175-5 from their allocation.

But Bell stepped forward to the crease with conviction and rattled off his century, guiding Stony to a comfortable five wicket win to move up to sixth in the standings.

South Northants League

Division Two

MK Air’s are joint top of the Division Two table after a comfortable 69 run victory over Preston Bissett.

Arun Throppil top scored for Air with 35 as they set 147-9. But the bowlers did the job with ball in hand, skittling their opponents for just 78, as Silendra Mayekar took 3-10.

MK Sunday League

Division One

Westcroft climbed to the top of the Division One table - largely because they were the only team to win on Sunday, beating Castlethorpe by 115 runs.

John Iqbal scored 57 as Westcroft set 241-6 from their allocation. In reply though, Kashif Khan took 4-34 as Castlethorpe crumbled to 126 all out.

Division Two

MK United (281-4) thumped Milton Keynes City (148) by 133 runs to climb to the top of Division Two.

Nadeem Aftab took 5-26 as Westcroft 2nds bowled out Stony Stratford 2nds for just 67. They took just 13 overs to win by seven wickets.

Division Three

Shenley Church End (106-4)beat Woughton (104-9) by six wickets to go top the league. Aftab Khan hit an unbeaten 89 for Westcroft 3rds (190-5) as they beat Wicken (187-5) by five wickets. Wolverton 2nds also beat Willen.