Leighton take home the points as their fine start continues

Leighton's Brad Gates
Leighton's Brad Gates

Leighton Buzzard 3rds continued their useful start to the season with their second victory on this occasion away against Wolverton 3rds.

In cold and windy conditions Town lost the toss and were invited to bat first for the second Division 7 game of the season.

They made a steady start with a 61 run opening partnership between skipper Brad Gates and Jacob Turley (21) before the latter was caught. Gates played some good shots as his confidence grew.

With Matt Gurney (17) playing the anchor role Gates moved quickly to his half century and then reached 98 which included 13 fours and one six.

Having almost reached the magical 3 figures he charged down the wicket, missed and was stumped to leave his team on 150-2 off 35 overs.

Alex Brown (25) kept the tempo going and a breezy 23 not out from Antony Bell at the end saw Leighton post a respectable total of 201-6 from their allotted 44 overs.

Sam Roberts then gave the visitors the best of starts with a wicket with his second delivery bowling Garrini.

However Wolverton began a recovery with a useful second wicket stand worth 88 runs between King (33) and Barnes(43).

When the score had reached 89 an excellent diving catch at mid wicket by Gurney removed Barnes off the bowling of Bell and in the same over Turley took a good catch to remove Kiani for a duck.

King quickly followed, another good catch by Gurney, and Leighton had picked up 3 quick wickets for just 10 runs.

However the home side bounced back again with Hobson cracking a rapid 39 runs.

With 10 overs remaining a draw seemed the likely outcome but Scott Clark had other ideas.

In the space of five overs he took five wickets which included two catches for wicketkeeper Mark Roberts and another for Turley.

Sam Roberts picked up the key wicket of home captain Pichowski (10) and Leighton were home and dry with just seven deliveries of the match remaining.

For Leighton Clark took 5-13, Bell 3-39 and Roberts 2-14 and they take 30 points for their efforts.

Also in Division 7, Ivinghoe & Pitstone 2nds came up agonisingly short against Edlesborough 2nds.

Edlesborough set 175-7, with Tom Lowes taking 4-42, but in reply, Ivinghoe came up a run shy of the target on 174-6 in 44 overs, having to make do with a losing draw.

Big runs at the top of the order for Eaton Bray helped them to victory in Division 1 over Buckland & Aston Clinton.

Wes Hosking (80) and Paul Harris (70) got things going for Bray as they piled on 252-4 from 38 overs. In reply though, Buckland were skittled for just 103, as Bray took the points.

Jillani Ghulam’s devastating 4-15 gifted Eggington Foresters a win over Bromham in Division 2. Restricted to just 67-8, Bromham had little chance to defend their total, with Eggs running home in style (68-1) in 6.4 overs.

Milton Bryan (149-9) batted bravely to rescue a losing draw against North Crawley 2nds (246-6).

In Division 3, Westcroft brushed Ivinghoe & Pitstone aside by 119 runs. Philip Badrick took 3-82 as the pick of Ivinghoe’s bowlers, but they’d end up chasing 269-6. It was too much though as they were all out for 150.

Eggington Foresters 2nds’ Division 4 game with MK 2nds went to the penultimate ball, but Eggs were on the losing end. Setting 181-8, MK reached 182-7 in 43.5 overs.

Jamie Westley’s 83 for Milton Bryan 2nds (173-6) wasn’t enough to help them to victory over Westcroft 2nds (175-3).

In Division 5, Richard Winchester’s 105 for Great Brickhill 3rds (271-4) helped them to a winning draw against Stewkley (233-8), but Eaton Bray 2nds (92) lost by 40 runs to Winslow Town (132).

In Division 6, Cublington 3rds were in total control against Lidlington. Chasing 185, Cubs lost just two wickets in the chase, ending on 187-2 to win by eight wickets.