Bedford’s batsmen cashed in on Saturday afternoon, as they posted their highest score of the season so far in thrashing Irthlingborough Town in the Northamptonshire Cricket League.
Captain Thomas Kelk top scored with 69 in a Bedford total of 291 as the batsmen made the most of a mixture of poor bowling and aggressive stroke play on a good batting pitch at The Bury.
Irthlingborough never looked like chasing the total, with Jonny Dove and the returning Liam Healey picking up three wickets apiece as the visitors were bowled out for 150; despite an entertaining 65 from visiting captain, Mark Parker.
Bedford are still 17 points adrift of local rivals, Kempston Hammers who beat table-toppers Bugbrooke by 26 runs to remain in second place.
Kempston posted 161 in this relatively low-scoring game, thanks in large to 56 from opener Nigel Thorn and 53 from the ever-consistent Ashley Field.
Richard Darwin’s 5-27 did the majority of the damage with the ball for Kempston, who are now just a single point behind Bugbrooke in a tight Division Five.
Bedford’s Sunday 1st XI went top of Division Two in the Bedfordshire County Cricket League with a comfortable five-wicket win at New Bradwell.
New Bradwell, who comfortably beat Bedford at The Bury three weeks ago, succumbed to a trial of spin by Vedant Somal who picked up 4-17, while Rohan Mehmi – on the books at Northamptonshire – secured figures of 2-16.
Luton Stonier – beginning to impress with his variations – also picked up 2-12 as New Bradwell could only muster 114.
The chase was relatively comfortable, with Mehmi and captain Arjun Manku securing a half-century stand for the first wicket, and despite a flurry of late scalps, Bedford cruised home.
There was more drama for the 2nd XI at Biggleswade, as they won by a single wicket with two balls to spare in Division Five.
Biggleswade, batting first, amassed 174 with Ben Gauge top-scoring with 62 while captain Michael Sinha (4-20) and Sam Till (3-26) bowled impressively for Bedford.
A young Bedford batting line-up, with three Under-13’s in the ranks, gave a good account of themselves, with one of them, Aaryan Berry taking his side home with 33.
The 2nd XI are up to third in Division Five, 19 points behind Harrold in second place while Eaton Bray are well clear at the summit.
Rohit Mehmi’s unbeaten 42 helped the Under-15’s to a 24-run victory at Ampthill Town on Thursday evening as Bedford extended their lead at the top of the Under-15 County North division.
Bedford posted 129-8, with Akshat Buddineni also scoring 30, while Cassius Hudson secured 2-7 in the defence, as Ampthill could only reach 105-5 in response.
The Under-13 ‘A’ side continue to sit atop of their division despite a free week, but their ‘B’ team counterparts fell cheaply at Olney Town, posting just 46 in a 55-run defeat.