North Crawley 'get their trophy back'

North Crawley celebrate their championship win
North Crawley celebrate their championship win

North Crawley returned to the top of the mountain after regaining the Four Counties Division 1 title.

Having not won the crown since 2015, their crushing 114 run win over Eaton Bray wrapped it up with a week to spare, thanks in no large part to skipper Matt Goss’ batting on Saturday.

North Crawley had lost just three times all season heading into Saturday’s game, and knowing victory would win them the title, Alex Walker and Goss went about setting an ominous total.

The pair put on a mighty 223 for the opening wicket, with Walker falling for 80, while Goss went on to total 133.

While Crawley’s four other wickets fell cheaply, it didn not matter much as they posted 303-6 to chase.

Jamie Osborne was the pick of the bowlers for Eaton Bray, taking 2-20 from his three overs, while Josh Edwins took 2-58.

Skipper Matt Goss his a century

Skipper Matt Goss his a century

Things did not get off to a good start for Eaton Bray though as the home side fancied an early title celebration. Three wickets fell for just three runs as the visitors well to 19-3 and limped on to 55-5 before something of a rescue job from James Flecknell (77) and Nick Pearson (30) at least saw them past 100.

But three wickets apiece for Ian Gillam and Steve Sharpe, who mopped up the Eaton Bray tail, ensured the visitors came up well short, taking the 114 run win and with it the title, starting the celebrations.

Alex Walker

Alex Walker