Leighton stretch legs at top of league

Leighton Buzzard 3rds' Harry Cootes.
Leighton Buzzard 3rds' Harry Cootes.

Leighton Buzzard 3rds sit pretty atop Four Counties Division 7 with their fifth win out of five on Saturday.

Their latest victims came in the form of New City 3rds.

Leighton batted first and there were major contributions from Matt Gurney (39), Mark Roberts 62 not out and Sam Roberts with 51 as they scored 206-5 from 44 overs

New City started well with an opening stand worth 40 runs but then fell apart somewhat as Gurney took 5-11 in 5 overs. Andy Roberts (2-23) Alex Axford (2-14) and Andrew Parker (1-23) took the wickets as the home side faded to 77 all out.

Leighton get 30 points for their efforts, and already lead Edlesborough by 50 points.

Elsewhere in the division, Wing with Wingrave 2nds (88) came up well short chasing down Edlesborough 2nds’ 160-9.

In Division 1, Eaton Bray lost ground on the leading group by losing to second placed Thurleigh.

Bray put in a solid batting display, namely from Josh Peacock (63) and Paul Harris (47) to help the visitors to 219-6.

But a strong performance from the home side (221-6) saw them home with three overs in hand.

In Division 2, Milton Bryan (147-9) held on at the end of their innings to take a draw with Cranfield University (210-8).

Eggington Foresters 2nds’ batting left their bowlers little to work with in Division 4 against New City 2nds. All out for 156, Eggs managed to take five wickets in reply, but New City (160-5) eased to the win.

Bryn Reynolds’ 72 for Milton Bryan 2nds (238-7) guided them to victory over Wilden (234-8), while Wing with Wingrave (139) came up agonisingly short chasing Olney 2nds’ 140-9.

In Division 5, Great Brickhill 3rds (168-5) lost to Edlesborough (169-6), while Eaton Bray 2nds (109-3) eased past North Crawley (107).

In Division 6, the 10 men of Stoke Hammond 2nds(153-7) beat Cublington 3rds (152).