Still all to play for as seasons climax

Patrick Prasad
Patrick Prasad

Wolverton’s chances of winning Cherwell League Division 1 remain slim, despite gaining ground on leaders Buckingham on Saturday.

Wolverton’s patient victory over Thame by six wickets saw them close the gap to leaders Buckingham to 51 points, but with two games remaining, the chances of snatching a late title are now remote.

Idrees Butt took 5-27 as Wolves restricted the visitors to 132-9.

But while it took Wolves 37.2 overs to see off the score, it was comfortable in the end for them, doing so with six wickets in hand, as Abbas Riaz top scored with 32.

Wolverton face Great Brickhill and Twyford in their remaining two games.

Great Brickhill set a massive total against Twyford, but were left frustrated with a draw.

Patrick Prasad scored 101, with huge knocks from Archie Hammond (60 not out) and captain Graeme Carter (58) as Brickhill scored 312-4 dec.

Twyford looked on course with the run rate, with the extra overs as Shahid Mahmood scored a whopping 134 for the visitors. But Arjun Jhala (4-59) helped Brickhill remain on the front foot, though they couldn’t take the decisive wicket, as Twyford (295-9) held on. Brickhill climb the table to seventh.

In Four Counties Division 1, North Crawley returned to the top of the table courtesy of a dominant win against Olney.

Alex Walker’s sensational form returned with a huge 125 as Crawley declared on 243-8, with Stuart Keeping taking 4-22.

In reply, Olney had no answer to the devastating Steve Sharpe, who took 6-14 as Olney were reduced for just 38.

Crawley, dislodged just a week earlier from the top, took over pole position again as Elstow lost at Milton Keynes.

Nick Hillman top scored for MK with 65 as the hosts set 244-8.

With Elstow knowing the lead was at stake, they couldn’t handly Daniel Ramsell, who took 4-23. Despite two knocks in the 40s, Elstow were all out for 178, handing the lead back to North Crawley with just one week remaining.

Elsewhere, Eggington Foresters (85) were thumped by New City (88-1), MK City (229-9) beat relegation strugglers Biddenham (189) thanks to Ishtiaq Siddiq’s 5-41.

Aspley Guise and New Bradwell will battle it out for the final Division 2 promotion place going into the final week.

Joe Tomlin scored 69 for Aspley Guise (183-8) as they saw off Old Bradwell (142), courtesy of a spectacular 7-32 from David Quick.

New Bradwell (122-2) remain in the promotion hunt though with an eight wicket win over Cranfield (121-9).

North Crawley 2nds (111-7) saw off Milton Bryan (109) thanks to 53 from Max Jordan and a five wicket haul for Sam Howe, and Newport Pagnell (218-8) made light work of Stoke Hammond (139).

It’s still all to play for in Division 3 between Printers, Westcroft and Luton Caribbean at the top.

And in Division 4, Shenley Church End secured promotion, beating New City 2nds by seven wickets.