Bedford Cricket Club are one of seven teams across Bedfordshire competing in the county’s first hard ball cricket league, and were the first to play a fixture against Hitchin last week in a first for the club.
Bedford, along with Elstow, Ampthill Town, Luton Town and Indians, Luton Women’s and Girls and Lutonians CC make up the seven team division as Bedfordshire Cricket look to build on the growing love for the game across all sectors of society.
The first game of the new season was an eventful one with some fantastic individual displays on show in the Super Eights format as Bedford fell narrowly by 19 runs to a strong Hitchin outfit.
Hitchin chose to bat first in murky early evening conditions, and compiled 308-3 (with both teams beginning their innings on 200), as wickets for Lucy Sellers and Vicki Barrett were backed up by some strong fielding.
Halima Abdu, arguably Bedford’s player of the match, top scored alongside Barrett but Bedford fell just short on 289-5 after some late run outs helped Hitchin.
The Women have a break before a double header at The Bury against Hitchin and Lutonians on the week beginning 20th June.
Tough weekend for 1st XI’s
A strong bout of unavailability heavily affected the 1st XI’s at the weekend as both the Saturday and Sunday sides fell away from home.
On Saturday, the 1st XI travelled to Irchester attempting to keep hold of top spot in Division Four of the Northamptonshire Cricket League, but fell by 43 runs.
Fifty extras in the Bedford bowling effort proved pivotal as Irchester fell from 120-2 to 183 all out thanks in large to four wickets apiece for spin twins Luton Stonier and Jonny Dove.
Dove also earnt a stunning first ever hat-trick as Bedford pounced after the drinks break, but wayward bowling in the opening overs let Irchester off the hook.
They posted 183 and Bedford looked to be coasting home thanks to 48 from Ramkumar Jayaraman and 43 from Dove, but a flurry of middle order wickets from Jack Woods (6-24) bowled Bedford out for 143.
The Sunday 1st XI were further depleted as they were thrashed at Biggleswade by 156 runs.
Jimmy Hart’s 124 anchored a fantastic innings for Biggleswade as they posted a challenging 254 from their 40 overs with Jake Brown securing 3-47.
Bedford never got going, losing regular wickets and eventually falling for just 98 thanks in large to Ross Fensome’s 5-13.
Akshat Buddineni (30*) and Edward Dagg (32*) helped the Under 15’s to a seven wicket victory against Ampthill on Thursday night as they chased down the host’s 121 with a little under five overs to spare.
Ameer Ali and George Kelly had earlier posted unbeaten 30s for Ampthill in a strong batting display for both sides but Bedford’s superior run rate saw them home.
Elstow piled on the runs in the Under 13 section on Tuesday evening, posting a mighty 159-0 against Bedford, winning by 29 runs to go top of the Under 13 table.
There were also victories for Bedford’s Under 11’s on Sunday morning, with the ‘A’ side beating Blunham by 48 runs and the ‘B’ side beating Harrold by three wickets.
Tom Carr is a player and volunteer for Bedford Cricket Club