Great Brickhill cruise to victory over Banbury

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Great Brickhill stay third in Division 1 after a comfortable four wicket victory at Banbury 2nds.

The home side batted first, but despite losing opener Andrew Sabin (4) early on, steadied their ship with knocks from Thomas Bartlett( 31), William Hawtin (51) and Edward Phillips (57).

But with the introduction of Iqbal John and Ahad Khan for Brickhill, things started to go their way.

John’s 4-60 and Khan’s 3-32 helped rattle through the lower order, with no other batsman reaching double figures before losing their wicket.

Banbury, who had reached 143-2, left the middle with just 171 runs to their name.

Brickhill made a good start too, though lost Lawrence Armstrong (13) through a run out at 36-1.

But the partnership between opener Mark Nelson (50) and skipper Graeme Carter (56) put the visitors well in control.

But similarly to Banbury’s innings, things threatened to come undone when change bowler Stuart Barr came on. Taking 3-22, Barr dismissed Nelson, Carter and Doug Aris (3) in quick succession, leaving Brickhill 141-4.

But Brickhill had plenty of wickets in hand, and were determined not to throw away the result, comfortably making it home with four wickets in tact.

Wolverton’s struggles continued though as they slumped to their third defeat in as many games, losing this time to Cumnor.

Wolves came up two balls shy of playing out their full allocation when they were skittled for 177, with Babar Raja the star of the show with a fine 55.

However, it wasn’t to be enough as Cumnor took control, coming home with a comfortable six wicket cushion behind them on 179-4.

In Division 4, leaders Great Brickhill 2nds’ top batting performance helped them to a winning draw against Kingston Bagpuize, but they’ll feel it was a victory they let slip.

Batting first, Brickhill 2nds declared two overs early on 2672-7, giving them 49 overs to bowl at the visitors.

But despite scoring slowly, Kingston were stubborn and weren’t giving up their wickets easily.

Even though they scored just 157, the kept two vital wickets at the end to hold on for a draw.

Bletchley Town meanwhile were heavily beaten at the hands of Leighton Buzzard 2nds.

Chasing a huge 237-9, Bletchley collapsed to just 115 all out.