Bedford Cricket Club’s 1st XI posted a record victory on Sunday afternoon as they consolidated top spot in Division Two of the Bedfordshire County Cricket League.
Their monumental 277-run victory against Clifton at The Bury is a club record, as the 1st XI have half a foot in Division One after opening up a 31-point advantage at the top.
Bedford posted 328-8 in their 40 overs, with Rohan Mehmi earning a second century in as many games with a majestic 114; ably supported by Manvir Chauhan’s 68.
One man that can never stay out the game for too long however is Shiv Odedra; Bedford’s all-rounder securing brilliant figures of 6 for 6 as Clifton were dismissed for just 51.
With closest rivals New Bradwell suffering a shock defeat against Preston – failing to chase down just 75 – Bedford now have one eye back on Bedfordshire’s second tier.
The 2nd XI are also still in the promotion hunt from Division Five and kept their hopes alive with a tight three-wicket victory at Flitwick’s 3rd XI.
Bedford restricted Flitwick to 157-7 from their 40 overs, with most bowlers getting into the wickets column, as Ramprasad Dinekar’s 53 rescued Bedford from a perilous position.
The Saturday 1st XI are also in a three-way battle for the Northamptonshire Cricket League Division Five title; and stayed in the hunt with a convincing victory against Burton Latimer.
Half centuries for Ramkumar Jayaraman (63) and Jonny Dove (60) propelled Bedford to 284-8 at The Bury on Saturday, with Dove also starring with ball in hand.
The leg-spinning all-rounder came on with the game in the balance but turned it on its head, securing 6 for 8 as he spun Burton Latimer out for 141.
Kempston Hammers had a game in hand, but spurned their opportunity on Sunday afternoon after squeezing past Loddington and Mawsley the day before.
Matt Plowman’s 72 helped set up a defendable total against Loddington and Mawsley on Saturday and the win was secured by 26 runs thanks in large to three wickets from the ever dependable Martin McLennan.
But the Hammers threw away the chance to open up a gap between them and their local rivals as they fell by a single wicket to Burton Latimer on Sunday.
Daniel Clark (48) and Ashley Field (41) helped Kempston limp to 157-7 and despite Shaun Copperwheat’s 3-34, Burton Latimer held out to escape with a one-wicket victory.
The Hammers picked up five bonus points to take to the top of the league table; the gap at just two points, with 21st August the key date where Bedford and Kempston Hammers face off at The Bury.
Tom Carr is a player and volunteer at Bedford Cricket Club.