Great Brickhill hit top spot

BOWLED HIM! Jhala sends his man back to the pavilion.
BOWLED HIM! Jhala sends his man back to the pavilion.

Great Brickhill cut it close but managed to get their noses over the line to beat neighbours Wolverton by a solitary wicket on Saturday to take over at the top of Division 1.

Bowling first Brickhill restricted well in the early overs but without any breakthrough.

GOING TOP: Arjun  Jhala made the first breakthrough for Great Brickhill.

GOING TOP: Arjun Jhala made the first breakthrough for Great Brickhill.

Patience was the key and the wickets eventually started falling first for Arjun Jhala who picked up a couple and then for George Humphries who ended on 3-46.

John Iqbal would be the star for the visiting side as he took a brilliant 5.25 to reduce Wolverton to 144, leaving Brickhill with 54 overs to chase the runs down.

But it wouldn’t be as simple as that.

Wolverton bowled well throughout in their reply, taking occasional wickets to start with on a deteriorating pitch.

Idrees Butt, the pick of the bowlers (5-40) made it difficult to score.

Graeme Carter and Mark Nelson were dismissed after getting starts of 30 and 27 respectively.

Archie Hammond batted responsibly to get the team just 30 short of their target but wickets began to fall and quickly at that.

Four fell for 10 runs and it was left to the patience of Arjun Jhaja who saw his side home unbeaten after watching wickets fall at in quick succession at the other end.

Julian Blackwell’s cameo to hit the winning runs topped off an electric finish that see’s Brickhill jump to the top of the Cherwell league for the first time this season. They play Long Marston next week.

Wolverton meanwhile remain eighth in the standings after five games, and take on Banbury 2nds next Saturday.

Patrick Prasad hit 124 for Great Brickhill 2nds as they stayed on top of the Division 4 table, beating Kimble in quick time.

Despite a strong looking 230-6 set by the visitors, Prasad’s superb knock saw Brickhill dominate with the bat, reaching 231-5 in 38 overs.

Brickhill 2nds sit top of the table, still undefeated after four games, but level with Tiddington 2nds.

Meanwhile, Bletchley dropped into the bottom two after a nine-wicket thumping from Stokenchurch.

Batting first, Bletchley could only muster 143 runs before being skittled out.

And it was a comprehensive batting performance from the home side which saw them comfortably home, with openers Joe Brown (73 not out) and Arshad Latif (57) inflicting most of the damage on Bletchley.

In Division 6, Wolverton 2nds moved up to second spot with a straight forward victory against Didcot 2nds.

Glenn Dickinson took a magnificent 5-54 to rattle through the Didcot order, helping to reduce them to a hard-fought 136-9, thanks in large part to Alex Rodman’s 67.

But with little to work with, Didcot’s bowlers struggled to restrict Wolves.

Kabir Arif was unbeaten on 54 as Wolverton (142-5) cruised in 26 overs.

Bletchley 2nds suffered a similar fate as their 1sts in Division 8 as they lost heavily to Cumnor 3rds.

A man light,Bletchley bowled out for just 56 as Cumnor (57-0) eased home in 14 overs without losing a wicket.