Brickhill take over top spot

Arjun Jhala takes a wicket for Great Brickhill
Arjun Jhala takes a wicket for Great Brickhill

Great Brickhill cut it close but managed to get their noses over the line to beat neighbours Wolverton by a solitary wicket on Saturday to take over at the top of Division 1.

John Iqbal was once again the star of the show with the ball in hand for Great Brickhill, taking a brilliant 5-25, as Wolverton were limited to 144 all out.

There were signs of life in the Wolverton line-up though, and for a while they looked in good shape, with Babar Raja hitting 46 and Kieran Lampard 29 before Iqbal’s haul stopped them in their tracks. George Humphries also took 3-46.

But Brickhill’s reply stuttered. Captain Graeme Carter was the top scorer on 30, while opener Mark Nelson hit 27 as wickets continued to fall as the runs slowly totted up.

Idrees Butt (5-40) and Jude Ramanadanpulle (3-33) rattled through the Brickhill order, but in the end, the visitors had enough to edge over the line on 145-9.

Elsewhere, Tiddington and Thame drew, allowing Great Brickhill to leap-frog the pair into top spot.

Patrick Prasad hit 124 for Great Brickhill 2nds as they stayed on top of the Division 4 table, beating Kimble in quick time.

Despite a strong looking 230-6 set by the visitors, Prasad’s superb knock saw Brickhill dominate with the bat, reaching 231-5 in 38 overs.

Brickhill 2nds sit top of the table, still undefeated after four games, but level with Tiddington 2nds.