Leighton up to fourth with second win

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Leighton Buzzard secured their second win of the season on Saturday as they snuck past Long Marston at Bell Close.

Having narrowly beaten Wolverton last week to secure their first Cherwell Division 1 win of the campaign, Leighton doubled their margin of victory to two wickets, but left it late in the day again as they successfully chased down Long Marston’s 201-9.

Town won the toss and invited the visitors to bat first.

Opener Shepherd (74) survived an early confident appeal for a leg before wicket decision and then went on to play a variety of attacking shots.

He scored 12 fours and a six and dominated his teams batting effort.

A number of batsmen made a start but were dismissed fairly cheaply.

These included Storey (24) Beesley (18) Lyons (17) and West (14). Long Marston totalled 201-9 from their 53 overs.

Leighton’s successful bowlers were Tom Light (3-49), Lee Selfe (2-56), Alan Priestley (2-37) and Dan Scott (1-36).

Town now had 47 overs to reply and made a dismal start losing Francis (2) Thompson (17) Light (0) Culley (0) and Roberts (2). Home skipper Phil Whatmore could only look on as the score tumbled to 44-5 from 14 overs.

However a spirited revival began with Scott (22) in a partnership worth 56 runs with his captain and Town were soon up to 100-6 by the half way stage. Jack Kempster (17) then kept the momentum going in another half century partnership in just 7 overs .

The scoreboard showed 151-7 with 14 overs to go when Selfe walked out and the possibility of a home victory loomed into sight.

He soon made his presence felt with 3 fours as the home fans got noisier. Whatmore clubbed 2 huge sixes and the victory push was on .

Progress stalled with just 2 runs coming from 4 overs late in the innings but Selfe then took nine runs off three deliveries from Toovey and Town were home to a victory which two hours earlier seemed highly unlikely.

Selfe ended on 23no and Whatmore hit 10 fours and two sixes in his match winning effort of 74 not out.

For the visitors Toovey (2-72) Beesley (2-32) Butler (1-47 and Bee (1-30) were the wicket takers.

Leighton get 25 points and move into fourth spot in the top league.

Great Brickhill stay third in the table after a comfortable four wicket victory at Banbury 2nds.

The home side batted first, but despite losing opener Andrew Sabin (4) early on, steadied their ship with knocks from Thomas Bartlett( 31), William Hawtin (51) and Edward Phillips (57).

But with the introduction of Iqbal John and Ahad Khan for Brickhill, things started to go their way.

John’s 4-60 and Khan’s 3-32 helped rattle through the lower order, with no other batsman reaching double figures before losing their wicket.

Banbury, who had reached 143-2, left the middle with just 171 runs to their name.

Brickhill made a good start too, though lost Lawrence Armstrong (13) through a run out at 36-1.

But the partnership between opener Mark Nelson (50) and skipper Graeme Carter (56) put the visitors well in control.

But similarly to Banbury’s innings, things threatened to come undone when change bowler Stuart Barr came on. Taking 3-22, Barr dismissed Nelson, Carter and Doug Aris (3) in quick succession, leaving Brickhill 141-4.

But Brickhill had plenty of wickets in hand, and were determined not to throw away the result, comfortably making it home with four wickets in tact.

In Division, Leighton Buzzard 2nds made the short journey to Bletchley looking for their first win of the season and were victorious by a margin of 122 runs.

The home side won the toss and Leighton batted first. They lost some early wickets but experienced Rob Scott (41) was a steadying influence in holding the innings together. Scott and Alfie Ruston (62) put together a half century partnership when needed and the latter then added a further 64 run partnership with James Raine (46 not out).

This took Town on to an excellent effort of 237-9 from 53 overs. Brown was the pick of the home side bowlers with 4-53.

Yogesh Mistry then shattered the home side batting line up taking 5 wickets in 20 deliveries for just six runs.

Gareth Benger (3-32) and Ant Bell (1-21) also took wickets. There was a brief flurry from Brown (29) at the end of the home side’s innings bit they were dismissed for 115 runs.

Mistry’s fine bowling effort of 5-18 from 8 overs did the real damage for the visitors who bag 25 points for their efforts whilst the home side take 5.

Great Brickhill 2nds’ top batting performance helped them to a winning draw against Kingston Bagpuize, but they’ll feel it was a victory they let slip.

Batting first, Brickhill 2nds declared two overs early on 2672-7, giving them 49 overs to bowl at the visitors.

But despite scoring slowly, Kingston were stubborn and weren’t giving up their wickets easily.

Even though they scored just 157, the kept two vital wickets at the end to hold on for a draw.