Walker’s smashes runs scoring record in style

Alex Walker on his way to his record-breaking innings
Alex Walker on his way to his record-breaking innings

A frightening display of batting from North Crawley’s Alex Walker ensured the Four Counties Division 1 champions ended their season with another record in the books.

Having wrapped up their fifth title in a row last week, Walker, already the league’s stop runs scorer, showed no mercy against New City as he smashed an incredible 232 or his sides 384-6.

Such was his dominance, he his 108 runs in boundary 4s alone, adding 36 more through maximums sent sailing over the boundary ropes.

Carl Bryce too hit 55 - his first senior half century- but all eyes were on Walker as he demolished the league’s record, bringing his total for the season to 1,138, a full 364 more than the next best batsman.

“Balls were flying left, right and centre,” said captain Richard Bryce. “We all know the sort of batsman Alex is , and it was awesome to watch him.

“He was beginning to tire towards the end of the innings, and balls weren’t quite making it to the boundary any more, but he was battling like he had a point to prove.

“He has played every game this season, and has been in sensational form throughout.

“It is a really great story for him and for the club, because he has come through the ranks here, and although he could bat at a higher level, he wants to stay here.”

New City’s response was tame by comparison. Three wickets each for Colin Bonnett (3-37) and Ian Gillam (3-13) ensured the champions would end on a high, bowling out New City for just 77.

Milton Keynes (242) finished second in the standings as they rounded out the season on a positive note, taking a winning draw against a stubborn Eaton Bray (196-9) side.

Olney Town lifted the Division 2 crown thanks in large part to Olli Knowles’ five wicket haul against North Crawley 2nds.

Taking 5-15, Knowles helped restrict the visitors to 121. And with Aspley Guise breathing down their necks, Olney knew nothing but victory would do.

And it was a cruise in the end, with Stuart Keeping (41 not out) and Knowles at the crease to ensure the title as Olney (123-4) won by six wickets.

Cranfield University (168) finished third as they crushed Old Bradwell (68), thanks to Ravi Ravi’s 5-15. Fortunately for Old Bradwell, Eggington’s win over Milton Bryan meant they avoided relegation by just four points.

Newport Pagnell (62-0) finished fifth as they hammered Bromham (57-7) in quick time.

Everything had already been settled in Division 3, but Westcroft (90-3) beat Caddington (89), and an under-strength Shenley Church End (110-8) lost out to Luton Caribbean (211-9).

Division 4 champions Westcroft 2nds finished their season in style beating Olney Town 2nds.

New City 2nds (185) ensured their survival with a 32 run win over Wing with Wingrave (153). It meant Milton Keynes 2nds (172) were relegated with their defeat to Drayton Parslow (173-4).

Despite leading the way for long periods this season, a late season slump meant Great Brickhill 3rds (85) missed out on promotion to Division 4, compiled by a final day thumping at the hands of Winslow (86-2).

North Crawley 2nds (196) ended sixth as they beat New Bradwell (125), though the latter avoided relegation as MK City (198-9) lost to St Andrews (202-7).

In Division 6, Newport Pagnell 2nds (88) lost to champions Lidlington (89-2) but finished fifth overall.

And Old Bradwell 2nds (95) ended one place above the drop zone as they were thumped by Thurleigh (300-6).

And in Division 7, Bletchley 3rds (36-6) finished on minus points as their seven man squad were well beaten by Printers 2nds (186-7).

New City 3rds (75) were also on negative points and lost on final day to Ivinghoe & Pitstone 2nds (278-3).