Shiv Odedra’s maiden century for Bedford Cricket Club set up another big win in Division Five of the Northamptonshire County League on a sweltering weekend of action at The Bury.
Odedra, who has been cashing in at the top of the order in recent weeks, finally reached the coveted three figures for the first time as Bedford comfortably disposed of Kettering by 86 runs on Saturday.
Odedra (121) was the second man out in a total of 254 for Bedford; a commendable total despite an almighty collapse; as Thomas Kelk’s side lost 7 wickets for 8 runs, in crashing from 246-3.
Odedra’s ton came inside twenty overs, with Bedford looking towards a monumental total of 400 before Kettering admirably clawed it back, thanks in large to five wickets for opening bowler, David York (5-39).
Kettering’s chase started well – opener Arun Baines top-scoring with 58 – but the introduction of spin signalled the start of a collapse, with Robbie Dhesi securing 5-16 as Kettering were bowled out for 168.
Bedford CC remain second, now just two points behind Bugbrooke as they surprisingly lost at bottom of the table, Yelvertoft, with Kempston Hammers in third after a free week.
The Sunday 1st XI survived a big scare as they hosted Blunham at The Bury, finally squeezing home by two wickets to go top of Division Two in the Bedfordshire League.
Blunham could only muster 109-8 from their forty overs; opener Gavin Hall top scoring with 23 as Luton Stonier spun his way to figures of 4-12.
But Bedford did not have it all their own way in the chase, slipping to 69-6 before Jonny Dove steered them home with 29, with just two wickets to spare.
Bedford’s 2nd XI suffered the reverse, nearly defending a meagre total of 83 at Harrold.
Extras top scored for Bedford who lost wickets at regular intervals in a poor performance with the bat, but three wickets apiece for Michael Sinha and Josef Hardy nearly helped Bedford pull off a shock win.
Harrold, who also won by two wickets, extend their advantage over Bedford in second place, with Eaton Bray leading Division Five.
The Under 13’s enjoyed a good week, with both the ‘A’ and ‘B’ sides winning comfortably.
The ‘A’ side maintain an 18-point lead over Biddenham at the top after beating Olney Town by 6 wickets.
Heath Clarke was the star of the show with 4-6, with Fintan Horsman (2-2) setting Bedford well on their way to a straightforward victory.
The ‘B’ side plundered 172-3 at Blunham, with Nirmay Patel, Karanbir Benipal and Connor Brownridge all retiring with scores over 30 before Neerek Sudarshan finished the job with 3-5.
The Under 11’s were also in action at Flitwick CC and narrowly missed out on victory on the last ball, with Flitwick reaching their target of 131.
Alexander Sawyer top scored for Bedford with 36 in a total of 130, but Flitwick’s counterpart, Toby Wileman (44) took Flitwick home as they move up to second in the Under 11 County East division.
Tom Carr is a player and volunteer for Bedford Cricket Club