Despite silencing North Crawley’s fierce batting line-up, Eaton Bray couldn’t deal with the league leaders’ potent bowlers as they came up short on Saturday.
Looking to cause something of an upset at Rye Gardens on Saturday and throw open the title race, James Flecknell’s side looked well place after the first innings to do just that.
Four Counties top scorer Alex Walker lost his wicket for just 6, as just three of his team-mates went on to score double figures.
Flecknell was the form man with the ball, taking 4-33 as North Crawley were bowled out for 170, thanks in large part to Glenn Young’s 75.
But despite all their hard work, it wasn’t to be for Eaton Bray as North Crawley proved why they look set to win the division for the fifth year in a row.
Steve Sharpe took care of the top order taking 3-35, while Colin Bonnett (4-31) wrapped up the tail as Eaton Bray came up short of the mark on 141 to lose by 29 runs.The result leaves them fifth in the standings.
In Division 2, Milton Bryan remain in the relegation zone as they lost to promotion chasing Olney by six wickets.
Despite a spirited middle order revival from James Bailey (55) and Wayne Turner (45), Milton Bryan failed to fire on their way to 164-7.
And with each of the top five scoring 20 or more, Olney (168-4) were comfortable winners.
Eggington Foresters remain on dangerous ground too, just two places above the drop zone after losing Cranfield University despite a superb innings from openinbg batsman Ibrar Walayat.
Walayat hit an unbeaten 119 but his partners didn’t stick around with him as Eggs scored 232-9.
In response, despite Imran Younis’ 5-23, Cranfield (233-7) made it home with three wickets to spare.
Ivinghoe & Pitstone (236-5) look set for a mid-table finish in Division 3as they picked up a winning draw against Harlington (158-8).
In Division 4, Eggington Foresters 2nds (115) are bottom of the pile after their eight wicket defeat to Wilden (116-2). Wing with Wingrave (239-6) are making a late play for third after beating Milton Keynes 2nds (192), which helped Milton Bryan 2nds (193-9) who picked up a winning draw against Olney 2nds (171-7) to close the gap to safety to just three points.
Great Brickhill 3rds (202-5) are edging towards promotion from Division 5 after beating Eaton Bray 2nds (201-8) by five wickets.
In Division 7, Leighton Buzard 3rds are almost assured of a place in Division 6 with yet another victory, this time over Wing with Wingrave 2nds.
Acting skipper Andy Roberts was soon amongst the wickets with 3 in his first 3 overs. Only Barrie Childs withstood the visitors attack scoring a patient 22 from 48 deliveries including 4 fours.
Wickets fell regularly as the home batting was swept away for just 66 runs. Nixon was the only other home batsman to get into double figures with 15 not out .
Leighton’s successful bowlers were Andy Roberts 3-7; Greg Cooper 3-25; Harry Ryan 2-25 and Connor Hickman 1-6.
Town lost four wickets on their way to 67-4, with main contributions from George Fidzcuk 21, Paul Williams 12, Mark Roberts 14 no and Harry Ryan 6 no. Matt Gurney scored 5 as Leighton retain their position at the top by a margin of 91 points.