Biddenham captain, Ross Cunningham helped steer his side to a tight two-wicket victory against leaders Biggleswade to close the gap at the top of Division One of the Bedfordshire County Cricket League.
Cunningham’s unbeaten 65 helped Biddenham recover from 124-7, chasing Biggleswade’s 194-8 in what is a key victory in the chase for the Division One title.
Cameron Smith had earlier top scored for Biggleswade with 46, and while Jimmy Hart secured figures of 4-35, it was not enough for the visitors, who saw their lead at the top of Division One cut to 13 points.
Bedford Cricket Club are hot on the heels of Biddenham in third after comfortably seeing off bottom club Lutonians 2nd XI.
Bedford scored 195 in Luton, with Jonny Huggins top scoring with 44 and while youngster Zaid Faleel scored a half-century, a flurry of late wickets from Rohit Mehmi (4-26) and Manvir Chauhan (3-27) saw Lutonians dismissed for 133.
Bedford now sit two points behind second-placed Biddenham with the two teams facing off next week, while leaders Biggleswade travel to Ickwell, who could still mount a late playoff challenge.
Bedford’s Saturday side all but safe
It’s been a rocky season for Bedford Cricket Club’s lone Saturday XI but last week’s 12-run victory at Caribbean Utd was backed up with a 4-wicket victory against Isham to all but guarantee safety.
They need six points from their final two league games to get over the line, after Jonny Dove’s stellar all-round performance helped them to victory on a blistering Saturday at The Bury.
Bedford Cricket Club turned red for the Ruth Strauss Foundation, a charity set up by former England captain, Sir Andrew Strauss in order to help grieving young families who lose a parent.
Bedford did well to keep Isham to 174 all out on a good batting track at The Bury, with Dove securing 4-41 with his leg spin, while Arjun Manku and Shiv Odedra claimed a brace of wickets apiece.
A couple of early wickets threatened to unsettle Bedford, but Dove’s 83 from 75 balls was a masterclass in going through the gears as he guided his team home, ably supported by captain Thomas Kelk’s 35.
Sunday 2nds fighting for their life
Bedford’s Sunday 2nd XI need to win all of their remaining games to secure their Division Four status and have stayed alive thanks to a 43-run victory against Eaton Bray.
Hafeez Rehman’s scintillating knock of 55 from 33 balls gave Bedford a target of 144 to defend, and while it seemed under par, Eaton Bray fell to 34-8 in response.
Three wickets apiece for Aaryan Berry and Sam Richardson did the majority of the damage but a ninth wicket partnership of 65 put some Bedford nerves on edge.
Two late run outs killed off the game though, with Eaton Bray falling for 101 and Bedford still alive in the relegation fight, with Langford and Old Warden still to face, who both sit directly above them.
The Under 15’s secured their divisional youth title in midweek with a win against closest rivals, Ampthill as they defended 138.
You can continue to donate to the Ruth Strauss Foundation here, with the charity’s main event kicking off on Wednesday to coincide with England’s first test match against South Africa.
Tom Carr is a player and volunteer for Bedford Cricket Club