Goss fires Crawley to another win in title race

Old Bradwell vs Aspley Guise
Old Bradwell vs Aspley Guise

North Crawley crushed New Bradwell by 147 runs on Saturday to remain top of Four Counties Division 1.

Opener Matt Goss top scored on 86, with Sam Chapman adding 50 of his own as the champions posted 263-6.

New Bradwell lost opener Kieran Lampard, forced into retirement, for just 2 and it went downhill from there. Two wickets each for Dean Bryce, Richard Bryce and Steve Sharpe put Crawley in control, while Colin Bonnett took care of the rest with 3-11 to see off New Bradwell for 116.

Former leaders MK are fourth after cruising past Elstow. Jalil Sear took 4-15 as MK bowled out the hosts for just 109. In reply, David Garner hit an unbeaten 61 as MK (115-3) won by seven wickets.

Despite a fine batting performance from New City, scoring 205, they were always up against the ropes against Biddenham who scored 303-3 to win by 98 runs. MK City (205) remain in the drop zone after losing to Thurleigh (206-4).

Olney are top of Division 2 with a 10 wicket win over Stoke Hammond. But hot on their heels are Aspley Guise (189-7) after beating Old Bradwell (187-9) by three wickets.

North Crawley 2nds (251-9) came across a stubborn Milton Bryan side (214-5) as the pair drew.

Printers (168) stay top of Division 3, despite drawing with Harlington (133-9). Open University’s Sardar Ahmad took a remarkable 6-29 as his side beat Shenley Church End.

Ahmad made light work of the opening five batsmen as Shenley collapsed to 137 all out. In response, despite Shiv Meeda taking 4-30, OU (138-6) cruised to a four wicket win.

Shahid Anwar’s 65 couldn’t help Westcroft (213-9) beat Ivinghoe & Pitstone (214-6).

In Division 4, leaders Westcroft 2nds faced a nail-biting finale as they narrowly saw off Milton Bryan 2nds.

Posting 195, Haroon Butt and Humza Sheikh both took three wickets for Westcroft, but Milton Bryan still took the game to the wire, eventually falling nine runs short on 188.

MK 2nds (175-5) beat Eggington Foresters 2nds (174) thanks to 55 from Julian Newman, while Olney 2nds (128-8) beat New City 2nds (127).

Great Brickhill 3rds (191-8) remain top of Division 5 after beating Stewkley (190-6).

North Crawley 3rds (172-8) beat MK City 2nds (122) by 50 runs, though New Bradwell 2nds (182) came up short against Edlesborough (240-7).

In Division 6, Little Horwood and Old Bradwell 2nds played out a lesser-spotted tie.

Little Horwood ended their knock on 166-9, with Mani Ramasamy taking 3-32. And despite a dreadful start, Old Bradwell made it to the same score before being bowled out with plenty of overs in hand.

In Division 7, Wolverton 3rds (106) were well beaten by Leighton Buzzard 3rds (194), Aspley Guise 2nds (75-3) crushed Printers 2nds (72) and Bletchley 3rds (27) were hammered by Wing with Wingrave (226-5).