Bedford Cricket Club’s Sunday first team were ruthless in victory yesterday after skittling Eggington Foresters for just 97 as they jumped into second place in Division One of the Bedfordshire County Cricket League.
Debutant Asad Naveed secured figures of 4-24 backed up superbly by Hritik Sikand’s 3-30 as Eggington could only muster 97, despite 29 for number 11 batsman, Mohammed Saeed.
Rohan Mehmi, playing in his first game of the season for Bedford Cricket Club after leading Bedford School’s 1st XI, hit 58 from 64 balls to steer a simple chase home as Bedford now have three wins from five.
While the 1st XI won by 8 wickets, the 2nd XI’s woes continue as they suffered the same margin of defeat at home to Offley and Stopsley at The Bury.
Despite an unbeaten 64 from Jivesh Gandhi, Bedford could only creep up to 154 but 78 not out from opener Jono Evetts helped Offley and Stopsley to second in Division Four.
Dove century in vain
The Saturday 1st XI have begun life in Division Four of the Northamptonshire County League well, but suffered a seven wicket defeat to Old Northamptonians 3rd XI on Saturday after a poor batting display.
Only Jonny Dove, who scored 105, put up any resistance on a two-paced pitch as Bedford posted 178 which never looked like enough as their opponents strolled home comfortably with twelve overs to spare.
Old Northamptonians’ youngsters were particularly impressive; Shivasurya Krishna securing 4-28 with handy leg spin before seeing off the new ball and Toby Vickers causing problems with ball in hand, securing 2-48.
Elanxhezhiyan Jayaraman crashed an unbeaten 57; an innings which included five sixes to see his side home and up towards safety from the relegation zone.
The Under 15 County ‘A’ side and ‘B’ side faced up against each other in the Bedfordshire Youth League, with the ‘A’ side coming out on top by 14 runs on Thursday evening.
Rohit Mehmi’s unbeaten 32 steered the A’s to 127-3 from their 16 overs and while Mohammed Ali scored 30 not out of his own, Alex Sawyer’s three wickets kept the ‘B’ side at bay as they could only reach 113-5.
The Under 13 ‘A’ side were also victors at Harrold to keep their 100% record going while there was also a win for the Under 11 ‘B’ side at home to Blunham on Sunday morning.
Tom Carr is a player and volunteer for Bedford Cricket Club