Father and son combine to bring title within reach

Dean Bryce takes a wicket for North Crawley vs MKCC
Dean Bryce takes a wicket for North Crawley vs MKCC

North Crawley took a huge stride towards their fifth consecutive Four Counties Division 1 crown with a crushing win over title rivals Milton Keynes.

Skipper Richard Bryce and son Dean took three wickets apiece, while there were two each for Steve Sharpe and Ian Gillam as MK crumbled to just 64 all out.

Dean Bryce

Dean Bryce

Just two batsmen made it to double figures for MK, who look safe in second place, despite Biddenham creeping up behind in third place.

Joe Fairbrother, working with barely a total to defend, took the only wicket of the North Crawley innings, trapping Matthew Esh LBW, but opener Alex Walker hit an unbeaten 44, backed up by James Armstrong on 20 not out, as North Crawley cruised to the win inside 12 overs.

And with a lead of 48 points, and just 60 on offer, North Crawley look set to retain the title once again.

Elsewhere in Division 1, New Bradwell (126-4) made light work of Elstow (124), as Neil Blenkin took 4-32, and Charlie Mew scored 58 not out to complete the win six wicket win.

MKCC's Neil Gordon

MKCC's Neil Gordon

Olney Town kept up the pressure on Division 2 leaders Aspley Guise despite not playing as opponents Bromham conceded before a ball was bowled.

Cranfield University (166) took over in third though after beating North Crawley 2nds (59) to leapfrog them.

Peter Young hit an unbeaten 158 for Milton Bryan (249-2) as they crushed Newport Pagnell (135-8), while Greg Poulter (5-30) and Jimmy Daniel (4-33) did the business for Old Bradwell (101-4) as they reduced Stoke Hammond for just 96.

Printers remain top of Division 3, but slipped up against Luton Caribbean.

Bowled out for just 130, Caribbean (131-6) did the business in quick time to win by six wickets.

It opened the door for Open University (151-6) to close the gap at the top to 38 points, and they did so in beating Westcroft (150) by four wickets.

Shenley Church End (134-9) lost to Studham (187-3) by 53 runs but are safe from relegation.

Westcroft 2nds (197-6) moved to within a point of the Division 4 title after beating title rivals Wilden (196-9) by four wickets.

Milton Keynes 2nds stay in the drop zone after their game with Olney 2nds was abandoned, while New City 2nds (184) lost to Whitchurch (197-9) by 13 runs.

Great Brickhill 3rds slipped off the top of Division 5 after they lost to St Andrews by three runs.

Chasing 166-7, Brickhill came undone by Darrell Whitworth (3-19) and Alan Perkins (4-25) to fall just shy on 163.

They slip to third in the table, but are just nine points adrift of leaders Elstow.

George Nelson hit 72 for MK City 2nds (257-6) as they beat Eaton Bray 2nds (177) in the battle in the relegation zone.