Eaton Bray miss out on top four spot after Biddenham defeat

Eaton Bray's Josh Edwins
Eaton Bray's Josh Edwins

Eaton Bray look set to miss out on a top four finish in Four Counties Division 1 after a disappointing batting performance against Biddenham.

David Morrish’s knock of 116 for Biddenham made the home side’s scorecard read much better than it really was, as only three made more than single figures on the way to 228 all out.

Andrew Norris was the pick of the bowlers, taking 4-41, but it was Ian Jones’ single over, bringing with it three wickets for two runs, which was the highlight of the innings.

But Bray simply didn’t fire with the bat. Six batsmen were back in the pavilion with zero to their name, and only Josh Peacock’s 54 was worthy on note.

Jahangir Ahmed was the pick of Biddenham’s bowlers, taking 4-16 as Eaton Bray were all out for 139.

It means they stay fifth in the table, 38 points behind Thurleigh in fourth.

An incredible unbeaten century from Peter Young guided Milton Bryan to a 114 run win over Newport Pagnell.

Young’s 158 not out put the visitors in full control with a knock of 249-2, with James Bailey falling agonisingly short of his half century on 49.

Despite Paul Braddy’s 54 at the top of the order, an under-strength Newport side, which only featured nine players, was skittled for 135.

The win leaves Milton Bryan just one point adrift of Division 2 safety, thanks in part to Eggington Foresters’ thrashing at the hands of league leaders Aspley guise.

Eggington were bowled out for just 64 in their innings, leaving Aspley Guise with the simple task of chasing it down, which they did so in 12.4 overs to win by eight wickets.

Ivinghoe & Pitstone are comfortably fifth in Division 3 thanks to their straight forward win over Caddington by six wickets.

Rhys Carey took 4-24 as he helped Ivinghoe bowl out the home side for just 126.

The response was swift as Ivinghoe (127-4) made it home at the loss of just four wickets.

Wing with Wingrave (166-7) moved up to third in Division 4 with a three wicket triumph over bottom club Eggington Foresters 2nds (166).

Milton Bryan 2nds are edging away from the relegation zone after their winning draw with Drayton Parslow.

Big knocks at the top of the order from Sam Houghton (47) and Sean Grieg (45) put the visitors in control, while Nish Pitigala (59) was the top scorer as Bryan came in on 222-9.

Drayton Parslow opener Irfan Javed hit 64 at the top of the order but he simply didn’t have any support as the home side scored 171-9.

Great Brickhill 3rds slipped off the top of Division 5 after they lost to St Andrews by three runs.

Chasing 166-7, Brickhill came undone by Darrell Whitworth (3-19) and Alan Perkins (4-25) to fall just shy on 163.

They slip to third in the table, but are just nine points adrift of leaders Elstow.

Eaton Bray 2nds look set for the drop after losing to MK City 2nds by 80 runs.

Chasing 257-6, Eaton Bray came up short on 177, despite 66 from Joe Moss.

Leighton Buzzard 3rds clinched the Division 7 crown despite not playing a game this week.

Torrential rain on Thursday and Friday made the pitches at Pages Park impossible for play to go ahead, meaning their game with Printers 2nds was cancelled.

Aspley Guise 2nds’ win over New City 3rds though means the gap at the top is reduced to 76 points, but with only 60 points on offer in the remaining two weeks of Four Counties action, it means Leighton now cannot be caught and will be playing Division 6 cricket next season as champions.

Elsewhere in the division, Ivinghoe & Pitstone 2nds bowled brilliantly to beat Wing with Wingrave 2nds by seven wickets.

Ryan Bailey’s 5-13 ripped through the Wing order as they were all out for 107. The response was a swift one, as Ivinghoe (108-3) reached the total in 27 overs to wrap up the victory, as Kevin Woodhouse top scored with 41.