Wolves slip up in their title race

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Wolverton’s chances of winning Cherwell League Division 1 took a blow on Saturday after losing to Tiddington.

Picking up just 11 points to Buckingham’s 25, the gap between first and second is 60 points with three games to go.

Wolves never really got going with the bat, as Sam Hollingshead (5-35) ran through their top order.

Zak Wade’s 46 and a vital 40 from Shahzad Mohammad, batting at nine, saw Wolves bowled out for 165 .

But the runs were proving hard to come by for Tiddington too, and it looked as though the total could be one Wolves could defend.

But the home side got off to a decent start, and from there they didn’t look back.

Jon Talbot hit 51 in the middle order, leading Tiddington to 166-8, and a two wicket win.

Elsewhere, Great Brickhill suffered a losing draw away to Thame Town.

With Brickhill fielding first, Thame batted solidly as a team as Brickhill struggled to restrict the scoring as Sutcliffe (72), Mushtaq (68) and Beard (43) helped post a competitive 255-5 off 53 overs.

In reply, Brickhill made a fine start through Anton De Beer (41) and Michael Baker (49) with Archie Hammond (42) providing good support.

But after being 120-1, the Thame bowlers applied pressure through the middle over period and with the run rate increasing due to the sixover deficit when batting second, the Brickhill batsmen had to take more risks.

This resulted in the loss of several wickets quickly leaving them 222-9 off 47 overs.

Brickhill 2nds recorded their first win for nearly twomonths and moved out of the relegation zone as they beat Kimble by seven wickets.

Electing to field, Lee Morgan (1-30 off 17) and Kieron Burke (3-66) did well to restrict the top order Kimble batsmen before young spinner Hamid Miah (4-49) bowled with excellent control and spin to restrict Kimble to 174 all out.

In reply, after losing a wicket in the first over, Brickhill put on 82 for the second wicket before Adam Harwood (28) was caught at cover.

Barry Webb and Greg MacDonald (29) continued the partnership building with Webb eventually finishing with a vital and unbeaten 85, seeing Brickhill home with seven wickets to spare in the 40th over.