All three senior sides walked away with comfortable victories in a dominant weekend for Bedford Cricket Club in the Bedfordshire County Cricket League and beyond.
With the weather returning to more familiar British territory, the risk of rain was negated by both Saturday and Sunday sides with convincing performances.
The Saturday 1st XI, looking to bounce back from consecutive defeats, hosted Rushton at The Bury and did just that with a conclusive 8-wicket win.
Rushton chose to bat first but were left to rue that decision as they were dismissed for just 76; Jake Brown doing the majority of the damage with 4-16 with all the other bowlers chipping in.
The chase was relatively simple despite the loss of two early wickets as the Saturday side move up to fifth in a tight Division Five.
The Sunday 1st XI are going well in Division Two of the Bedfordshire County Cricket League and continued their fine form with a 6-wicket win at local rivals, Kempston Hammers.
Despite a promising opening partnership from the Hammers, Bedford managed to turn the screw, with Jonny Dove’s leg spin gaining him figures of 4-22 as Kempston were dismissed for 176.
Just like their Saturday colleagues the day before, the chase started gingerly but Tom Blythman steadied the ship before smashing his way to 96, before being caught on the boundary going for a much-deserved century.
Jonathan Huggins’ unbeaten 54 saw his side home with 13 overs remaining in what was a confident chase and returned Bedford to the promotion places.
Blunham Under-15’s were the victors in the County North league with Oscar Jewers (30) and Edward Briers (30) helping the hosts to 107-6.
Despite 26 runs for Ananya Vaidya, Bedford could only muster 71 in response as Alfie Allen secured 3-16 for Blunham.
The Under-13 County ‘A’ side continue to run through their league, with another impressive victory as they also faced Blunham, with Aaryan Berry (30) and James Hardy (27) helping Bedford to 158-8.
Charlie Perry’s 2-6 helped dismiss Blunham for 69, despite a confident innings of 35 from the Blunham opening batsman, Samir Lockhat.
The Under-13 ‘B’ side however fell to a strong Queens Park team, with the hosts easily chasing down Bedford’s total of 56 with five overs to spare.
Tom Carr is a player and volunteer for Bedford Cricket Club