Four Counties: Title challengers all drop points

MK vs MK City
MK vs MK City

Milton Keynes dealt MK City’s Four Counties Division 1 title chances a blow with a one wicket win at the Middleton Pavilion.

Losing their top order cheaply, MK City salvaged 178-9 from their innings, with Asif Iqbal top scoring with 42.

City batting  Pete Hendy (blue helmet) A Iqbal (red cap)'Bowling John Richardson

City batting Pete Hendy (blue helmet) A Iqbal (red cap)'Bowling John Richardson

John Richardson (38) and Nimesh Chavda (24) got MK off to a fine start, before Mohammed Shahid (4-31) scattered through the middle order, leaving the game on a knife edge.

With wickets continuing to fall, and overs running out, MK (179-9) made it over the line with five overs in hand, as tailenders Daniel Brady and Joe Fairbrother hit the winning runs.

Leaders North Crawley had to settle for a losing draw against Elstow in high-scoring game.

Some big hitting from Elstow’s Thomas Wisson (74) and Steve Reid (61) saw the home side reach 284-6.

North Crawley were without the league’s leading runs scorer Alex Walker again, but made a good start with James Armstrong (64) and Pete Barnes (70).

But Phil Johnson (4-54) took out the middle order cheaply and left Crawley with an uphill task of securing the winning runs as Crawley made it home on 239-8.

New City meanwhile bowled out Thurleigh for a fairly cheap looking 168 as Viral Shah (3-14) took care of the lower order.

But a sensational spell from Thurleigh’s Brody Willerton (4-17) ensured the top order went without much to say, as New City slumped to just 75 all out and a 93 run defeat. North Crawley’s lead is now 14 points.

New Bradwell dispatched Buckland & Aston Clinton in fine style to take over at the top of Division 2.

Joel Langley’s 4-27 saw off much of the Buckland top order, while David Little’s 3-3 at the end saw off the tail as the former leaders were all out for a paltry 73.

Although they lost four wickets along the way, New Bradwell (74-4) comfortably saw off the total to take over at the top of the division.

Cranfield University dented Aspley Guise’ promotion hopes, beating them by 56 runs.

Neelabha Chatterjee (51 not out) and Anurag Tewari (50) guided the home side to 203-8.

In reply, Aspley Guise struggled to get a foot in the game, with opener David Quick top scoring with 29. Aspley were eventually bowled out for just 147.

Newport Pagnell scored a huge 251-5 but couldn’t bowl out Milton Bryan. Liam Fox top scored with 72 for Newport, with Paul Braddy (65) and Lewis Hefferon (50) chipping in. Milton Bryan scored slowly, but held on at 141-7.

Bottom side Old Bradwell (187-3, Ross Poulter 76) shocked fellow relegation candidates North Crawley 2nds (185-9).