Wolves bitten by Buzzards

Wolverton vs Leighton Buzzard
Wolverton vs Leighton Buzzard

It was a low-scoring affair when Wolverton took on Leighton Buzzard on Saturday, but it was a dramatic one as Wolves left with their tail between their legs.

Having lost on the road to Tiddington last week, Wolves were looking to pick up their first win of the season back as Osborne Road.

Wolverton take a wicket against Leighton Buzzard.

Wolverton take a wicket against Leighton Buzzard.

However, they were met with a Leighton side keen to improve on some poor fielding in their opener against Great Brickhill.

Jack Kempster continued his impressive start to the season with an excellent spell of hostile swing bowling. With batsmen playing and missing Leighton set an early attacking field with four slips and a gully in place.

This proved a successful tactic as wicketkeeper Tim O’Leary took two early catches and Antony Francis another as the visitors gained the upper hand.

Wolverton seemed intent on playing limited over style cricket as they wanted to hit every ball for a boundary.

Lampard (23) and Potter (20) tried to steady the innings. Sam Roberts, bowling straight and a good length achieved two LBW decisions as the visitors continued to buzz around the field.

Spinner Lee Selfe tempted batsmen into playing rash shots and picked up three quick wickets.

Fellow spinner Tom Light took a wicket with his first ball and apart from some late fireworks from Butt (20 not out) Wolverton’s innings was over after 26 overs for 118 runs.

Wolverton bowlers Idrees Butt and Zaheer Khan were determined to make a game of it though. Chris Thompson(0) played on and Light (2) skied one off the edge of the bat and was caught at cover.

Francis (14) and skipper Phillip Whatmore (31) took the score on to 34 before the former was bowled.

Culley was out first ball and Leighton were 34-4 with fast bowler Khan claiming all of them. This brought Dave Roberts to the wicket as Leighton reached the tea at 58-4 .

Opening bowler Butt returned to the bowling attack and Whatmore was caught, Scott was stumped down the leg side and Kempster was adjudged caught -all in the space of 11 deliveries as Leighton found themselves 79-7.

Selfe followed 10 runs later leaving Leighton needing 30 runs to win with just 2 wickets and 47 overs remaining.

David Roberts stood firm whilst the chaos occurred at the other end of the wicket.

He was joined by number 10 Sam Roberts who played some excellent defensive cricket which allowed Dave Roberts to continue to play some aggressive shots.

They gradually and patiently began to take the initiative away from Wolverton.

The score inched forward -and the tension mounted for the Leighton players and supporters as the home sides lead gradually reduced.

With their partnership worth 28 runs from 9 overs and with just two runs needed for victory Dave Roberts pulled a full toss straight at mid wicket and was caught for an excellent 54 runs which included seven boundary fours.

It was down to the last wicket pair of O’Leary (1 no) and Sam Roberts (7 no) to see Leighton over the line and it duly arrived when the latter smashed a four to leave the visitors happiest with a one wicket victory.

The result leaves Wolverton eighth of 10 after the opening two fixtures.

Great Brickhill’s good start to the season continued on Saturday with a 68 run home win over Cumnor.

The hosts posted 273-7, thanks in large part to Anton De Beer’s 50-ball 82, and 50 from Mark Nelson.

Cumnor’s response was hindered though by a brilliant spell from George Humphries, who though proved expensive, took 5-94 as the visitors were reduced for 205.

Great Brickhill sit third in the table.