Pressure on at the top of the league as MK beat Bray

MK's Joe Fairbrother
MK's Joe Fairbrother

Milton Keynes kept the pressure on North Crawley at the top of Four Counties Division 1 by beating Eaton Bray by two wickets.

Just 26 points separate MK and the reigning champions, with the chasers having a game in hand over their title rivals.

MK vs Eaton Bray

MK vs Eaton Bray

Eaton Bray were the visitors to the Pavilion on Saturday, and were quickly looking at a hiding to nothing as they slumped to 34-4 by a rampant MK as Daniel Ramsell and Joe Fairbrother took two wickets apiece.

Andrew Norreis (42) and Darren Kerins (67) rescued the innings somewhat, but the visitors were eventually skittled for 186 as Kaushik Sunkara took 4-23 to take out the tail.

MK made a good start, with Nimesh Chavda (37) and David Garner (63) putting on 65 for the opening wicket.

Batsmen were heading back to the pavilion far too regularly though as Bray threatened to get themselves back into the title mixer once again.

But despite being eight down, MK managed to get over the line (189-8) and take the win.

It was far more routine for North Crawley, who crushed New City by 136 runs.

Prolific opening pair Alex Walker (38) and Matt Goss (64) once again got the champions off to a good start, but once dismissed, their fellow batsmen failed to fully fire. Starts for Sam Chapman (22) and Steve Sharpe (25) helped Crawley to 236.

But it was more than enough to defend as New City fell apart at the seams. With the wickets shared among the five bowlers, only three New City batsmen made double figures, and were reduced for just 100.

New Bradwell have given themselves breathing room at the bottom of Division 1 with a four wicket win over MK City, who remain in the drop zone. Saqib Akhlaq was unbeaten on 64 as City were 183 all out. Despite Mohammed Shahid’s best efforts, taking 4-36, he could do nothing about New Bradwell (187-6) from taking the win.

Olney Town sit atop Division 2 thanks to a superb bowling display from Olli Knowles.

His 7-24 saw North Crawley 2nds all out for just 94, a total Olney (97-6) made hard work of overcoming, with Richard Braybrook (4-12) doing his level best to hold them up.

Newport Pagnell (162) spring a surprise by beating Bromhan (85) , while Cranfield University beat Old Bradwell.

Printers (192-9) beat Open University (92) by 100 runs to stay top of Division 3, while Westcroft (269-7) kept up the pressure in second beating Caddington (142). Shenley Church End (87) were under-strength and over powered by Luton Caribbean (220-9).