Four Counties: New City cruise past Olney

Olney vs New City
Olney vs New City

New City are up to third in Four Counties Division 1 after a comfortable seven wicket win over Olney Town on Saturday.

Arshad Mahmood was in imperious form with the ball, taking 4-7 in his four overs - which included three maidens - while Kaival Patel added 3-19 as Olney were skittled for just 64.

Stuart Keeping did his level best to give the home side a fighting chance, but despite taking 3-13, the total simply wasn’t enough to keep Olney in with a chance, as New City came home 67-3 in less than 16 overs.

Leaders North Crawley made similarly light work of Biddenham to stay top of the table. Three wickets apiece from Ian Gillan (3-5 off 1.4 overs) and Steve Sharpe (3-26) saw Biddenham slump to 66 all out. Crawley (68-2) shot off the runs in 13 overs.

John Richardson picked up fifer against Eaton Bray as Milton Keynes won by 68 runs.

Kaushik Sunkara top-scored for MK with 37 as they posted 161-9 from their innings. But with the ball, Richardson took 5-24, destroying Bray’s middle order as they collapsed to 93 all out.

MK City picked up their first win of the season against Egginton Foresters. Ishtiaq Siddiq’s excellent 6-15 made light work of Eggington who were skittled for just 40 - a total City (46-3) scored in less than nine overs.

In Division 2, Ben Savage’s 134 for Aspley Guise keeps them on top of the table as they crushed Newport Pagnell by 104 runs.

Savage led the way for Aspley, but the rest of the order faltered on their way to 197-9. They needn’t have worried though as Matthew Funge took 4-16 to reduce Newport to 93.

Cranfield University are down to fourth after losing away at North Crawley 2nds by six wickets. Fakre Ali hit 66 for the visitors, but Mark Perrin took 5-33 as Uni were bowled out for 154. But 52 from Liam Greenwood and 44 not out from Sam Howe saw Crawley (159-4) home.

New Bradwell (130) were narrowly defeated by Bromham (131) by a single run, while Old Bradwell’s game with Stoke Hammond was cancelled.

Jalil Butt and Saud Shah were the heroes for Westcroft as they were 184 run winners against Caddington to lead Division 4.

After a flying start, Butt hit 95 not out from number four as Westcroft dominated the Caddington bowling attack, declaring on 275-4. And Shah took over from there, taking 5-32 as Caddington were bowled out for 91.

OU’s game with Tring was cancelled, and Luton Caribbean conceded against Printers.

Division 4 was hit hard with the on-and-off rain, with Shenley Church End vs Drayton Parslow and Harlington vs Milton Keynes 2nds both cancelled.

New City 2nds (201-8) were comfortable 82 run winners over Olney 2nds (119).

North Crawley 3rds’ Division 5 game with Westcroft 2nds was cancelled, as Great Brickill 3rds move up to second after a devastating eight wicket win over Eaton Bray 2nds.

Gary Phillips was in stunning form with the ball in hand, scattering the Bray lower order as he took 5-16, reducing the home side to 59 all out. Adam Boad was 26 not out and Matthew Ward added a further 21 for Brickhill (60-2).

And New Bradwell (87) lost by three wickets to St Andrews (89-7).

Rain destroyed most of the action in Division 6 too, but Stony Stratford 4ths’ game with MK City 2nds survived. Craig Coxton hit 52 for Stony as they scored 196-8. Neil Allen took 4-16 in the reply, reducing City for 100 all out for a 96 run win,

In Division 7, Buckland & Aston Clinton 2nds (153) took a winning draw against Printers 2nds (121-7).