Centuries for Taylor and Ord in crushing victory

Caldecote v Grafham. PNL-150605-103542002
Caldecote v Grafham. PNL-150605-103542002

Langford batsmen Phil Ord and Thomas Taylor smashed centuries as their side crushed Biggleswade seconds in the Beds Invitation League on Saturday.

Opener Ord made 114 andTaylor 127 before retiring. The side made a huge 358-5 in their 45 overs.

Biggleswade were always going to struggle in reply and although opener Paul Wyatt made 48 the wickets fell at regular intervals and they were pegged back to 124-8, Andrew McCarthur taking 3-32 and Dean Taylor 2-14 off seven overs.

Clifton seconds were able to snatch victory at neighbours Henlow. Runs were not easy to come by in this Division Two fixture as Henlow kept it tight, Scott Spicer 3-26 and Oscar Fas 2-38 both bowling well.

Jacob Barnes, 19 , and Adam Ryan 28 made decent contributions. It was not until the last ten overs when Ricky Monaghan was joined by Lewis Bridge that Clifton hit the accelerator pedal.

Monaghan batted with a mixture of grace and aggression for 70, and young Bridger smashed three sixes and five fours in his rapid knock of 45 to set up a good total of 204.

Henlow started well with Adrian Crawley, 70, and Oscar Fas, 28, getting them off at a gallop. Wayne Bilcock with 39 continued the batting effort and Henlow looked to be cruising to an easy victory.

Youngster Kieran Jones 22-1 and Monaghan 21-1 both bowled well, but it was Clifton’s seventh and eighth bowlers that did the damage as Henlow simply collapsed. Liam Chalkley 23-5 and veteran Neil Blannin 17-2 both produced excellent spells of slow medium bowling, Henlow unable to deal with the pace taken off of the ball.

This was youngster Chalkley’s first fivefer, a man of the match performance, as Henlow finished 13 runs short.

In Division One Old Warden cruised to an eight wicket win in a low scoring match against Kempston Methodists. Old Warden’s bowlers had the visitors pegged back to 47-8 but late runs pushed Methodists to 86-9. Ed Holland took 3-17, Ben Dove 3-16 and Steve Howells 2-18. Opener Ross Sample was unbeaten on 51 as Old Warden chalked off the runs inside 16 overs.

Divison Three action saw Caldecote host Grafham. Caldecote batted first and Sameen Saafi top scored with 24 in a modest 82-9 total. Graham passed that with four wickets in hand with Joe Gauge, Tim Leathers and James Wright each taking two wickets.