Bedford Cricket Club’s Saturday first team were gathering momentum in Division Five of the Northamptonshire Cricket League, but this weekend brought the team crashing down to Earth with a heavy bump.
Hosting top-of-the-table Bugbrooke – the winners of last season’s knockout cup – Bedford completed half the job well, restricting their opponents to just 149.
Connor Andrews was the main man with the ball, securing 4-21 with a blistering opening spell of bowling and he was ably backed up by Jake Brown and Sam Till who took two wickets apiece.
However, the performance unravelled with bat in hand, Shiv Odedra top scoring with 24 in a total of just 59 signalling an early end to a sunny Saturday afternoon.
With no games at all for the seniors on Sunday, all eyes turned to the bumper junior program at The Bury with Under 15’s and Under 13’s both in action in league and cup.
The Under 15’s faced two games in two days, squeezing home by a single wicket on Thursday evening against Ampthill Town Under 15 ‘B’ side before travelling to Elstow in the cup the following day.
Edward Dagg top scored with 27 in the win against Ampthill and also starred with an unbeaten half century against Elstow, but the side fell 5 runs short of a strong Elstow total.
Elstow’s Evan Williams top scored for the hosts with an unbeaten 51 of his own while he was ably supported by Faheem Mahmood (29) in an Elstow total of 151.
Dagg and Charlie Faulkner put on a big partnership in the chase, but fell just short in a compelling evening’s cricket at The Warren.
The Under 13’s fared much better in both of their games, beating Ickwell by a mighty 120 runs in the cup before defeating Biddenham by 64 runs an evening later.
The cup side scored a monumental 174-7 against Ickwell, with Mustafa Mughal and Aaryan Berry reaching the 30 retired mark.
However, the star of the show was Finton Horsman who took remarkable figures of 4-1 as Ickwell could only reach 54.
Charlie Perry (28) and Mohammed Ali (26) were the two top scorers a night later as the Under 13’s reached 126-9 against Biddenham with Finton’s brother, Jasper securing 2-13 as Biddenham posted 62.
The Under 13 ‘A’ side remain top of the County North league with a 100% record from six games and face Elstow in the semi-finals of the cup.
Tom Carr is a player and volunteer for Bedford Cricket Club.