Walker adds another ton as Crawley take top spot

MK City vs New City
MK City vs New City

An Alex Walker century led North Crawley back to the top of Four Counties Division 1 as they crushed Buckland & Aston Clinton by 129 runs.

Walker’s 119 fired the home side into control in the first innings, as they set 227-4.

MK City vs New City

MK City vs New City

Buckland were light on numbers, and lacked weight in their batting line-up too. Things never really got going, and were quickly throwing their wickets away, sat at 17-3 very early on.

Steve Sharpe (3-37), Ian Gillam (2-24) and Colin Bonnett (3-8) helped see off the order, reducing Buckland for 98 to retake the lead of the division.

They took over from Milton Keynes, who lost by 66 runs to Biddenham.

Chasing 193-9 (Daniel Brady 3-54), MK never really got going, despite opener Nimesh Chavda’s 44. With little resistance shown down the order, MK were bowled out for 127, dropping them to third in the league.

New Bradwell (171-9) didn’t score enough to prevent Thurleigh (175-4) from moving into second in the table, while in the week’s picture game, MK City and New City managed to get some play in before the rain clouds forced the game into abandonment.

New City were on the ropes at 38-3, but the game was halted after just 13 overs and the sides shared the points.

Olney Town took over at the top of Division 2, thanks to a nine wicket win over Eggington Foresters. Four wickets for Mark Hickman saw Eggington all out for 101, which Olney (103-1) easily saw off in 18.3 overs. They went top as Aspley Guise’s match with North Crawley 2nds was rained off.

Stoke Hammond (109) saw off Cranfield University (101) in a low-scoring thriller, while Old Bradwell and Newport Pagnell was also abandoned.

In Division 3, Westcroft missed the chance to close up to leaders Printers as they could only draw with Harlington.

Setting 184-5, thanks to Harry Singh’s 59 and Faheem Aftab’s 65, the pair went on to take five of Harlington’s wickets to reduce them to 138-9, though not enough to secure the victory. They trail in second by 50 points.

Great Brickhill remain well on top of things in Division 5 as they beat Elstow 2nds by 10 wickets.

Adam Boad was the man on form for Brickhill, taking 4-22 as he ripped through the Elstow order, backed by Austin John’s 3-16 to limit the hosts to 120.

In reply, Boad hit 43 at the top of the order along with partner Chris Jones, who rattled off an unbeaten 51, as Brickhill (121-0) eased to victory.

And in Division 7, Printers 2nds and Wing with Wingrave 2nds played out a relegation zone thriller. Wing’s Simon French scored 63 as the visitors posted 212-7.

In reply, Robert Ibbotson’s 56 was the highlight for Printers, though they were well behind the rate and ended with a draw on 169-7.