Four Counties: Shahid leads the line for MK City

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In Four Counties Division 1, Mohammed Shahid helped reduce Eaton Bray to 115 all out as his Milton Keynes City side took a four wicket win on Saturday.

Bray never really got going with the bat, courtesy of Shahid’s fine spell of 4-14, ending with a caught and bowled of number 11 Michael Jarrett.

And though Bray’s James Flecknell did an equally fine job with the ball, taking 5-22, City (118-6) rarely looked in trouble as they coasted home inside 22 overs to take the victory.

Olney had a nervous finish to their game against Thurleigh, but took a winning draw.

Half centuries from Harry Warn (58) and David Livermore (57) helped the visitors to 221-5, with Thurleigh’s Brody Willerton taking all five wickets for 51 runs.

In reply, Stuart Keeping (4-27) started brightly, taking opener Christopher Wood for 0, and number three Andy Milne for the same score.

But Alastair Bailey was the man in form for Thurleigh, as he hit 76 not out to give the home side a shout.

Ricky Milne added 57 late in the day too alongside Bailey, and it looked like the home side would get home with no issues.

But Milne’s dismissal was followed by two run-outs. Overs were the real issue for Thurleigh though, as they ran out of time to reach the total, coming in 201-8.

In Division 2, a fine knock of 82 from James Bailey put Milton Bryan on the front foot against Cranfield University.

He was backed up by fellow opener Carl Wright’s 40 as they raced to 208-5.

After skittling the Cranfield top order, there was a middle order fightback from the visiting side, with Adithya Rao (43) and Yashwant Bandari (48) bringing the fight to Milton Bryan.

But once the pair left the crease, it was all downhill for Cranfield as they slumped to 160 all out to lose by 48 runs.

Westcroft lost ground on Division 3 leaders Luton Cricketers after losing to Open University by six wickets. Despite getting off to a good start, Westcroft slumped in the middle order and could only post 150.

With plenty of overs in hand, OU (151-4) saw off the total with relative ease.

Luton meanwhile were three-wicket winners against Printers. Only Vijay Baburaj’s 48 not out spared Printer’s embarrassment as they were bowled out for 135, a score Luton met (136-7) in 42 overs.

New City 2nds are top of Division 4 after beating Harlington by 83 runs.

City set 194-8 in their innings, and made light work of their opponents, skittling them for 111.

Olney 2nds took a winning draw against Wing with Wingrave.

In a game reduced to 34 overs per side, Olney scored a brilliant 217-8. The stingey Olney bowlers held Wing to 106-5, but couldn’t take the wickets to win it.

A stubborn Shenley Church End tail-end partnership marred Keith Brady’s brilliant 106 for Milton Keynes 2nds, as they had to settle for a winning draw.

Opener Brady smashed a brilliant century, featuring seven boundary fours and five maximums as MK posted 220-4.

Homer Evans got Shenley Church End off to a good start with 53, but with partners falling cheaply it left the visitors facing an uphill task. Rob Hatcher added a valuable 67, but victory always looked like a tough ask, especially when he fell to David Hand (4-23).

But despite needing just one more wicket, MK couldn’t deal the final blow as Shenley held on at 180-9.

Great Brickhill 3rds were made to sweat, but came away with victory in Division 5 over Edlesborough by just nine runs.

Setting 148-7, Brickhill bowled fiercely, but Edlesborough were keeping up with the rate.

And it came down to the wire, with just four overs remaining, Edlesborough were bowled out for 139.

Westcroft 2nds’ clash with Thurleigh 2nds was reduced to 32 overs each, but didn’t stop them winning by 59 runs.

Declaring on 162-5 with two overs to spare, (Zaheer Khan 55) Westcroft took the extra overs with the ball, and they proved vital.

Mohammad Rakheem took a sensational 5-12 as Thurleigh were bowled out for 103 in 32.2 overs to win it for Westcroft.

A poor batting display put paid to New Bradwell 2nd’ chances of victory over Elstow 2nds.

Bowled out for just 62, Elstow (65-3) made it home by seven wickets.

There was no action in Division 6, but in Division 7, New City 3rds were comprehensive winners over Edlesborough 2nds.

The home side made decent headway in the early stages of the game, with Martin McNeill taking 5-45 to dismiss most of the top order.

But number seven bat Mihir Choksi came to the crease rescued the innings for New City, smashing an unbeaten 133.

And New City’s number nine Brijesh Valambhia retired with 52 as New City posted an ominous 309-9.

But Edlesborough couldn’t have gotten off to a worse start, losing their top four batsmen for single figures.

McNeill was the saving grace for Edlesborough as he hit 50 to go along with his earlier fifer.

But with only Pete Bignall reaching double figures for Edlesborough, the writing was on the wall as they were bowled out for 118, 191 runs short of the mark.