Biggleswade victors in East Beds Shield replay


Biggleswade won at Potton in their replayed East Beds Shield match on Tuesday after the original fixture ended in a tie.

Sean Stevens and Kelvin Macfarlane opened and negotiated the first two overs before a dramatic third over saw Stevens lift James Gauge to George Bascom and Dan Hall run out without facing a ball.

Laura Charter had Martin Waker caught by Joe Randall and the innings began to disintegrate. Matt Twigg bowled James Howlet and then removed MacFarlane and Niall Hamshere (both caught behind by Kevin Wright in his midweek keeping role).

When Charter had Dave Salmon caught by Twigg three wickets had fallen with the score on 47, and seven wickets had fallen by the 10th over.

Gauge removed Andrew Bage and Owen Shackleton with successive balls before Bruce Ditcham bowled Tom Hearn to end the Potton innings on 59.

Kevin Wright and Randall opened the Biggleswade reply, Randall departed early (caught and bowled Ramohan Bhogal) but Wright and Lawrence moved the score on steadily.

When the score reached 44 Wright was bowled by Howlett for the day’s top score (28). Twigg came in and was unfortunate to be run out backing up when Howlett deflected a fierce Lawrence drive on to the stumps at the non striker’s end. Lawrence was caught by Howlett off Hamshere before Biggleswade reached their target in the 13th over.

On Friday Eaton Socon, 153-3 off 16 overs, beat Southill 148 for 2 off 16 overs by five runs. Langford conceded to Cople.

Waresley and Caldecote will play their tie on June 16.