Great Brickhill slip to a surprise defeat

Michael Baker in the runs again for Great Brickhill
Michael Baker in the runs again for Great Brickhill

Great Brickhill’s progress up Cherwell League Division 1 was held up on Saturday, not only by rain, but by lowly Oxford Downs.

As the wet weather threatened to cause havoc to games in the area, Brickhill fell to a surprise four wicket defeat to the team which started the day bottom of the league.

Brickhill managed to pick up 10 points for their efforts though, which saw them remain in fourth place, though Wolverton climbed above them after their five wicket win over Twyford.

With rain falling before the match, both captains agreed to reduce the game to 40 overs each.

Michael Baker has been in great form for Brickhill this season, and Saturday was no exception as he led the line for the home side.

Doug Aris joined him at the crease, and the pair looked in great form.

Aris made a respectable 58, Baker though fell agonisingly short of his century, losing his wicket while on 97.

It left the home side in what appeared to be a great position on 209-5.

Brickhill’s bowlers found the conditions difficult though, allowing Oxford Downs to get a foothold in the innings.

Opportunities went awry as Brickhill couldn’t take the game by the horns, struggling to find the right areas with the ball.

An impressive knock from Wes Bartlett put the visitors on the front foot, with a free-scoring 81, backed up by James Frances’ 53.

Barlett’s quick work with the bat made it easy for Downs (210-6) to comfortably make it home in less than 32 overs.

Wolverton took advantage of Brickhill’s slip and moved up to third in the table.

Zaheer Khan took a sensational 7-22 to keep Twyford in check. Elkington reached 55 while Mahmood came up just shy of his half century on 49 as the home side reached 195-6.

In reply, Kieron Lampard hit 75 as Wolverton (198-5)cruised to their five wicket victory .

In Division 4, Great Brickhill 2nds were away to East Oxford and lost by 1 wicket.

In a reduced overs match, GBCC elected to bat but struggled against a disciplined bowling attack and slow outfield and were bowled out for 80 in 38 overs.

With batting conditions improving, Lee Morgan (6-39) & Drew Burrows (3-19) stuck to their task brilliantly but ultimately the below par score wasn’t defendable as East Oxford got home with a wicket to spare.

Four wickets apiece for Wasim Fayyaz (4-21) and Glenn Dickinson (4-10) helped Wolverton 2nds to a 65 run victory over Oxford and Blechingdon Nondescripts 2nds in Division 6.

Wolves were bowled out for just 131, but reduced their opponents for just 66.