Bedford CC humbled by New Bradwell in top of the table clash

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Bedford Cricket Club’s Sunday 1st team faced a harrowing defeat by high-flying New Bradwell at The Bury at the weekend in a top of the table clash in the Bedfordshire County Cricket League.

The 1st XI have largely had things their own way in Division Two; with only the rain scuppering a 100% record, but that changed when fellow challengers New Bradwell came to town.

New Bradwell have been piling on the runs in their games, and that form didn’t change as they posted 234-4 at The Bury, with Chris Timms (82) and Kieran Lampard (62) scoring at a hefty rate.

Jake Brown and captain Arjun Manku got a brace of wickets each in what was a tough afternoon in the field.

Chasing that target was always going to be a challenge; Shiv Odedra’s 79 proving to be in vain as Bedford lost comfortably by 88 runs.

New Bradwell go top of Division Two with 6 wins in 7 games, but Bedford do have a game in hand over their opponents, and two games in hand over second placed Dunstable Town 2nds.

The 2nd XI were due to travel to Biggleswade Town, but were victims of the weather, with both teams gaining ten points in Division Five.

The Saturday XI game didn’t go to plan either, as Thomas Kelk’s side made the short trip to Kempston Hammers in Division Five of the Northamptonshire County League.

With the game just about going ahead due to Friday’s deluge, scoring was tricky, with Bedford amassing just 91 with youngster Rohit Mehmi top-scoring with 23.

Ashley Field was the man-of-the-match for the Hammers; his figures of 3-15 dismantling the top order before his 38 not out saw his side home after an early wobble from the hosts.

The youth sides however fared much better as they escaped the midweek rain to post important wins in both league and cup.

The Under-15’s hosted Harrold on Thursday evening, managing to post an imposing target of 157-6, with Rohit Mehmi (33) and Thomas Kennedy (32) posting a big opening partnership.

Danny Hewidge and Charlie Gordon returned the favour as Harrold got off to the perfect start, but 3-12 for Thomas Nicol in the middle overs stifled the run chase, with Harrold falling by 55 runs.

The Under-13s have reached the final of the county cup competition after avenging last week’s defeat to Elstow.

Alfie James’ 2-6 from his opening four overs set Bedford on their way to restricting Elstow to 100-6 before Charlie Perry’s 26 helped his side home by six wickets.

The Under-13 ‘A’ and ‘B’ sides also faced off at The Bury in league action, with the ‘B’ side providing a scare for their ‘A’ counterparts, before succumbing by just 10 runs.

Mustafa Mughal, who made his senior debut last weekend, proved to be the man-of-the-match with 23 runs in the ‘A’ sides total of 123 as well as 2-3 opening the bowling.

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