Bedford CC’s Sunday 1st XI maintained their dominant start to life in Division Two of the Bedfordshire County Cricket League with a savage 10-wicket win in Queens Park at the weekend.
Dominic Mawdsley (63 not out) and man-of-the-match Jonny Dove (54 not out) coasted home with 18 overs remaining as they secured a huge win at Allen Park.
Earlier, Queens Park Westfield had been skittled for 122 with Dove (3-18) the pick of a strong bowling attack that also saw Vedant Somal (3-27) in the wickets.
Somal is the latest from Bedford CC’s successful youth system to rise through the ranks, culminating in a contract with Derbyshire this season where he is plying his trade for the Under-18s.
New Bradwell are up there with Bedford after also winning three of their four opening fixtures, with a key game against 2nd placed Dunstable Town coming up this week.
The 2nd XI fared less well against a strong Eaton Bray side in Division Five, falling by six wickets.
Bedford recovered well from 48-6 to eventually post 175-8 with Jatinder Mongia’s half century supplemented by Josef Hardy’s 40 giving Bedford a total to defend.
In truth, they were probably 50 runs short as Eaton Bray rarely looking troubled in chasing the total down despite two late wickets for Charlie Blythman.
The Saturday XI were the beneficiaries of a concession from Yelvertoft in the Northamptonshire Cricket League and bounce up to third with a trip to table-topping Cogenhoe to come.
The Under 11’s were also in action in Bedford colours on Sunday, as they hosted a strong Elstow side at The Bury.
Aaryan Nair’s 22 wasn’t enough to stop Elstow who coasted home by five wickets, with Jasper Horsman gaining 2-3 for Bedford late on.
Bedford Cricket Club also run a dedicated development system, and the Under 9’s were also in action in Biddenham at the weekend, falling by 82 runs.
With the warm weather set to continue this week, a whole host of games across the ages are due to take place, not least in Dunstable where the Sunday 1st XI look to extend their lead.
Tom Carr is a player and volunteer for Bedford Cricket Club