Great Brickhill close the gap at the bottom despite defeat


Cherwell League

Division One

Great Brickhill remain bottom of the Division One pile after they were beaten by Oxford 2nds by five wicketgs on Saturday.

Despite Arran Aris’ half century for Brickhill, they could only manage 161 as they were bowled out two overs shy of their full allication.

Evans and Vandyk were the danger men for Oxford, taking three Brickhill wickets each.

In reply though, it look just 36 overs for Oxford (162-5) to take victory with Morgan top scoring for the visitors on 36.

Great Brickhill take eight points from the match and close the gap to Leighton Buzzard above them to just one point but are still stuck to the bottom of the league.

Division Two

Bletchley Town 1sts were cast further adrift at the bottom of Division Two after they lost by 43 runs to Tiddington.

Picking up just four points from the affair was made worse by Aston Rowant’s eight wicket win over Cropredy, adding 25 points to their score, opening the gap to Town now to an ominous 28 points.

Tiddington opened the innings, and straight away went after the Bletchley attack.

Matt Maule fell just shy of his half century, hitting out on 49, while Will Cooper added an unbeaten 69 as the visitors settled on 181-5.

Bletchley skipper Wasim Fayyaz picked up three wickets but was expensive, conceding 76 runs.

In reply, Bletchley never really got going. Matt Shepherd scored a valuable 67 but reliable partners weren’t forthcoming.

Sam Hollingshead (4-35), and Ian Pykett (3-38) were doing the damage for Tiddington, and the writing was on the wall early.

Bletchley eventually succumbed on 138, 43 runs shy of the mark.

It was a similar tale for Wolverton as they took on runaway league leaders Cumnor on Saturday.

Wolves are still well in the mix for the second place battle, with Bledow Village losing to Abingdon Vale, who look set to make the fight a four-way.

Cumnor were first to the crease, but only scored 163 as they were bowled out.

Khan took 3-22 while Butt added 2-20 as the league leaders looked vulnerable at the change.

Carl Thompson (34) and Tom Ingram (27) were top scorers with the bat for Cumnor, and they carried on their form with the ball in hand by destroying any chance Wolverton had of snatching a victory.

Thompson’s 5-70 and Ingram’s 4-47 saw Wolverton come up just short, skittled for 142 to secure a 21 run win for the visitors.

Wolves pick up seven points and remain fourth in the standings.

Division Five

Great Brickhill 2nds lost ground on leaders Leighton Buzzard 2nds after they could only manage a winning draw against Twyford 2nds on Saturday.

Batting first, Brickhill were very much on the front foot. Haerwood crashed a brilliant 71, while Chapman and Morris added 36 apiece as Brickhill ended their knock on 236-6.

Ben Elkington was the pick of the Twyford bowlers, going for an expensive 3-71.

He was top scorer with the bat for the home side too, scoring 49 as Twyford proved stubborn.

The partnership of Ed Blight (38 not out) and Lee Hodges (35 not out) eventually saw them home for a losing draw, scoring 197-6.

Division Seven

Bletchley Town 2nds are suffering a similar fate to their counterparts in the 1sts team as they sit bottom of Division Seven following a four wicket defeat to East Oxford 2nds.

But Bletchley’s batsmen hardly covered themselves in glory as they collapsed in dramatic fashion.

East Oxford bowlers Ishaq (3-12) and Malik (3-10) reduced Bletchley to just 78, leaving them an uphill task to get anything from the game.

But Bletchley’s bowlers certainly gave it their all and almost did enough to force a positive result.

While East Oxford (79-6) scored quick runs, they dropped six wickets on they way to victory inside 16 overs.

Bletchley 2nds are now six points adrift of Oxford Downs 3rdsat the bottom of Division Seven.