George Humphries and Anton de Beer were the heroes for Great Brickhill after they led their side to victory over Tiddington on Saturday.
De Beer’s strong performance with the bat were bettered by Humphries with the ball in hand, as he took a magnificent 7-49 for Graeme Carter’s side as they won their first game of the season.
Winning the toss, home side Tiddington opted to put Brickhill in to bat - both sides seeking their first wins of the season.
De Beer was top scorer for Brickhill, hitting 69 before holing out, while captain Carter added another 30 to his side’s total.
But while de Beer controlled one end, his partners weren’t contributing much to the score, as Great Brickhill came in at 172-9. For Tiddington, Matt Johnson took 4-17.
The total looked very much achievable for bottom club Tiddington, but they hadn’t reckoned for the unplayable bowling of Humphries. It was a close-run thing though.
Humphries’ magnificent 7-49, and Julian Blackwell’s 3-39 saw Tiddington stutter their way to within touching distance of the Brickhill total, but ultimately fall short of the mark.
Frustratingly for the home side, they were well up on the run rate, thanks to Nick Pykett’s 65, when they eventually lost the final wicket for 161, having only faced 36 overs.
The victory lifts Brickhill to sixth in the table.
One place above them in fifth is Wolverton Town after they beat Banbury 2nds by just one wicket.
Banbury won the toss and opted to bat first. In a reduced game because of the wet start to the day, Banbury put on 168-7 from 40 overs, led by Edd Smith (62).
Wolverton though sensed more rain in the air, and batted rapidly to ensure their path to victory was a dry one.
However, that swashbuckling style left them vulnerable.
Kieran Lampard was the hero for Wolves, hitting a vital 87 for the visitors, but it was a nail-biting finale as Wolverton got down to their final wicket before hitting the winning runs (171-9) in 23 overs.
Great Brickhill 2nds suffered a losing draw to fellow title contenders Horley and slipped to fourth in the table.
The visitors were put in to bat by Brickhill - a decision they’d regret, with three Horley players scoring half centuries on their way to 252-5.
In reply, Brickhill were never really up with the run rate, and with regular wickets falling, had to settle for five points as they came in on 168-8.