Four Counties: New City can’t take advantage of the rain

New City's Dharmesh Mistry
New City's Dharmesh Mistry

North Crawley picked up their easiest win of the season on Saturday to remain top of the Four Counties Division 1 table.

Eggington Foresters’ torrid season continued as they conceded their match against the reigning champions, though rain in the region destroyed much of the league’s play, and could’ve saved them.

With Crawley picking up a maximum 30 points, it was up to the chasing pack to do their best to keep hot on their heels.

But unfortunately for New City, it wasn’t to be as they slipped to third in the table, suffering a losing draw against Biddenham.

In a match reduced to 25 overs each, Arshad Mahmood took brilliant figures of 4-38 to keep the home side to 153-8.

But a series of wickets in the top-middle order saw New City wobble in their chase.

Dharmesh Mistry hit 56 not out, but saw too many partners come and go as the run rate climbed ever higher.

Joined by Amit Trivedi (45 not out) the pair dragged New City back into the game, but it was too late as they could only reach 136-4.

But as rain fell, MK City’s game against Olney and Thurleigh vs MK were all cancelled.

Only two games were played in Division 2, and it saw leaders Buckland & Aston Clinton take advantage.

In another reduced overs game, this time limited to 33 overs, Cranfield got off to a shaky start, losing the top three for little change.

Anurag Tewari’s 37 steadied the ship, but Neelabha Chatterjee top scored with 77 not out as Cranfield ended on 187-6.

Buckland (189-4) though rattled off the score with five overs to spare.

Big scores at the top of the order for Bromham saw them take a winning draw against North Crawley 2nds in a 20-over shootout.

Chasing 159-2, Sam Howe’s 56 was the highlight for Crawley, but they came up agonisingly short on 157-7.

In Division 3, Printers needed a brilliant bowling display to save them from defeat, and it came in the form of Purus Paran’s 5-16.

Bowled out for just 123, Printers turned ot Paran, who destroyed Trng Park 4ths’ lower order, as they were bowled out for 63.

Milton Keynes 2nds (142-6)took advantage of cancellations in Division 4 by taking a winning draw against Wilden (48-7) in a 25-overs match.

In Division 5, Great Brickhill 3rds (135-6) were four wicket winners over Thurleigh 2nds (134-9), New Bradwell 2nds (142-4) lost to leaders Whitchurch (143-8) by two wickets and Westcroft (117) beat St Andrews (88) by 29 runs.

MK City 2nds (65-4) saw off Ciblington 3rds (62) in Division 6, while Stony Stratford 4ths (163-5) couldn’t take the decisive wicket against Wing with Wingrave 2nds (115-9) and had to settle for a draw.