North Crawley extend their lead atop the table

MK City's Tasir Hashmi is caught behind.
MK City's Tasir Hashmi is caught behind.

North Crawley opened the gap at the top of Four Counties Division 1 to 23 points as they capitalised on rivals Milton Keynes slipping up on Saturday.

Richard Bryce’s side were victorious over Biddenham in emphatic fashion, while MK lost out to Thurleigh as the title battle took yet another twist.

MK City's Yasir Hashmi is caught behind.

MK City's Yasir Hashmi is caught behind.

Alex Walker, the league’s top scorer, was once again in the runs with a knock of 84 as North Crawley posted a first innings score of 213-6.

While not the most ominous of totals, North Crawley’s bowlers certainly did enough to prevent Biddenham getting remotely close.

Ian Gillam (3-25) and Richard Bryce (4-38) did the damage for the leaders as Biddenham crumbled to 99 all out.

Elsewhere, MK were on the losing end against Thurleigh as the gap at the top opened up to 23 points. Chasing 224-9, MK were all out for 191.

MK City remain in the relegation zone as they lost to Eaton Bray.

Losing their opening three batsmen for single figures, Saqib Akhlaq (60) and Asif Iqbal (50) mounted a rescue mission to help guide City to 213 all out.

But Eaton Bray opener Wes Hosking hit a fine 88 at the top of the order to get things going for the visitors, who had plenty in hand as they closed on 215-5 to win by five wickets.

New Bradwell (130-4) took full advantage and opened the gap to the drop zone by beating bottom side Buckland & Aston Clinton (128), while New City (135-4) cruised to victory against Elstow (134).

In Division 2, Olney took advantage of Aspley Guise’s shock defeat to Milton Bryan to close the gap at the top of the table to 25 points.

Peter Sparrow took a remarkable 6-21 as Newport Pagnell were bowled out for just 76 - a total Olney needed just 19 overs to rattle off.

Cranfield University (203) crushed Bromham (42) by 161 runs as Ravi Ravi went one better than Sparrow, taking an incredible 7-10, and played his part in a run out.

Old Bradwell (208-5) held on for a draw against Eggington Foresters (278), thanks to a vital unbeaten 118 from Ross Poulter and 47 from fellow opener Tommy Coe.

North Crawley 2nds stay third as Stoke Hammond conceded.

Division 3 leaders Printers took a thumping at the hands of Westcroft.

Asad Shah took 6-18 as he tore through the Printers order, reducing them for just 88.

The reply took Westcroft 25 overs as they scored 90-4 to win.

Open University took full advantage to close the gap as they beat Ivinghoe & Pitstone.

Asif Shah scored 52 as OU set 212, but Ivinghoe were skittled for 149.

Shenley Church End (137-4) were six wicket winners over Tring (133)as Richard Fletcher took 5-18.

In Division 4, Westcroft (254-4) sit pretty atop the pile after beating New City 2nds (115), thanks in large part to Naeem Khan’s 107.

MK 2nds (204-7) lost to Wilden (207-7) despite a solid knock of 68 not out from Chris Gravestock.

Matt Bacon’s 84 not out put Olney 2nds (278-4) in pole position against Drayton Parslow (49), as Mark Hickman (4-16) and Andrew Griffin (5-16) did the damage with the ball.

In Division 5, second placed Great Brickhill 3rds (144-9) could only draw with MK City 2nds (239-8).

Elsewhere, New Bradwell 2nds (35) were thumped in remorseless style by Elstow (272-6).

And North Crawley 3rds (173-9) lost out to St Andrews (176-7).

And in Division 7, Printers 2nds (228-6) beat New City 3rds (121) by 107 runs as opener Steve Field top scored with 82.

Also in Division 7, Wolverton 3rds (139) didn’t put enough on to prevent Wing with Wingrave 2nds (140-6) from taking victory, while Bletchley Town 3rds conceded their match against Wilden 2nds.