Leighton Buzzard got their season off to a disappointing start as they were knocked out of the National Cup to Leicestershire side Kibworth.
The two-time Cup winners travelled to Bell Close on Sunday for the opening round of the tournament, but were comfortable winners.
The visitors won the toss and invited the home side to bat first. They were soon in trouble as wickets fell on a regular basis and at 38-5 from 12 overs the signs were ominous. Dave Roberts (24) showed some resistance and a 57 run partnership between Lee Selfe (37) and Tim O’Leary gave a little more respectability to the score. The innings closed on 136 all out from 42 overs.
With a modest total to defend Town gave it their best shot. Jack Kempster and Dan Scott took early wickets to give Leighton some hope.
Alan Priestley bowled visiting skipper Craven (31) and Tom Light took 3 wickets for 6 runs in 4 overs but Kibworth coasted to victory on 139-6 with overs to spare.
Elsewhere, Leighton Buzzard 3rds got their Four Counties Division 7 campaign off to a winning start against New City 3rds.
The visitors won the toss and put Town in to bat.
They made a bright start with a 47 run opening partnership between Brad Gates (33) and Jacob Turley (22) before the latter was bowled. Gates soon followed but that brought Ben Smith and Alex Brown to the wicket.
After playing some cautious shots initially they began to show an array of attacking shots which kept the scoreboard rattling along. In the space of 20 overs they added 151 runs with Smith making 83 and Brown 85.
Both were dismissed close together but Leighton were able to close their innings on 272-6 from their allocation of 44 overs.
That proved to be for too much for the visitors who soon began to lose wickets. Sam Roberts led the charge for the home side taking 3-5 in 4 overs.
Antony Bell 2-6 and Michael Hearne 2-26 joined in and there was one wicket each for Andy Roberts, Ben Turley and James Raine.
New City were dismissed for 74 runs to leave Leighton claiming a maximum 30 points from the victory.
Eggington Foresters were victorious on their return to Division 2 as they beat North Crawley 2nds by 51 runs.
It looked like it could be touch and go when Foresters were bowled out for 149 in their innings.
However, Eggington rallied and bowled brilliantly to skittle Crawley for just 99 to take their share of the spoils.
Milton Bryan’s season didn’t have such a good start though as they were beaten by Bromham by six wickets.
James Barrington stood out with the bat as he hit 40, but with little support, Bryan were bowled out for 145.
Bromham made light work of the total, cruising home (148-4) inside 35 overs.
In Division 3, Ivinghoe & Pitstone crushed an under-strength Shenly Church End by seven wickets.
Shenley’s Richard Fletcher hit 61 in the only highlight of an otherwise poor innings as the visitors were back in the pavilion with just 101 to their name. Rhys Carys did most of the damage, taking 3-18.
In reply, Darren Badrick got 50 as Ivinghoe (103-3)comfortably made it home in just 16 overs.
In Division 4, a 120 run partnership between Westcroft 2nds’ Azhar Zafar and Naseem Sheikh put Eggington Foresters 2nds to the sword.
Chasing 248-5, Eggington were bowled out for 165.
Milton Bryan 2nds (175-9) lost by four wickets to MK 2nds (176-6), despite Jamie Wesley’s 5-37.
Great Brickhill 3rds got off to a winning start in Division 5 against Borth Crawley 3rds. Half centuries for Adam Harwood (53), Matthew Ward (67 not out) and Glenn Burrows led to Brickhill’s 239-5. Crawley were all out for 193.
Also in Division 5, Eaton Bray 2nds (137-6)were four wicket winners over MK City 2nds (134).