Waresley deliver blow to Park’s title aspirations

Waresley inflicted a damaging blow to Southill Park’s title ambitions in the Beds County League Premier Division on Sunday.

Batting first on a wearing wicket, Waresley struggled to 142 all out in their final over.

Only Ian Donald (51) managed to score heavily, with support from Dominic Farr (18) and Zac Ringrose (22).

George Darlow was the pick of Southill’s bowlers with 4-29 from his nine overs.

Southill also found conditions difficult when they batted, and with Ringrose (4-15) putting in his best performance with the ball, only Rani Thiarra (36) made much of a contribution as they were bundled out in the 32nd over for 126.

A tidy spell of bowling from Wayne Goldsmith helped Blunham to a 56 run home win over Dunstable Town.

Blunham were put into bat and scored 151, Connor Heaps the top scorer with 52.

Then Goldsmith tore into the Dunstable top order. He ended up with figures of 24-4 as Town were skittled for 95.

Biggleswade Town were victorious in a rain-affected match against Luton Town & Indians.

Luton were put into bat and got off to a flying start with Page making 24 of his 32 in boundaries before he was bowled by Wright. After conceding 32 from five overs Town pulled things back. The introduction of Twigg helped as he rolled off seven overs for 10 including the wicket of Homyoon. Smailes took two quick wickets (catches by Dagless and Waghorn) and Vyas was run out by Waghorn after slipping and being unable to regain his ground. Rain started at the end of the 26th over with Luton on 91 for 5.

It quickly turned into heavy rain with the result that the match was reduced to 28 overs each.

Luton returned and added 14 runs in their remaining overs for the loss of a further wicket.

The Biggleswade reply started with a stand of 65 between Johnson and Smith.

Johnson’s dismissal sparked a mini collapse as Biggleswade moved from 65-0 to 69-3. Smith was caught and Lawrence chipped a catch to a fielder.

However any doubts were removed by 38 run partnership between Dagless and Randall which brought Wade home in the 20th over.

In Division One high-flying Langford went down to a rare defeat at rivals Ickwell.

Ickwell batted first on the Green and ended up with 276 for 7. Ben Welch (53) had his usual opening blast. The best innings of the day for Ickwell was from Harry Fallows (83) and his seventh wicket stand with skipper Daniel Denton (49 not out) helped the home side to get to a good total.

The innings was limited to 41 overs because of a lengthy rain interruption.

In reply Langford made a good start based around the innings of Joel Craven (77) before he was well caught by Harry Fallows off the bowling of Jamie Clarke. Soon after Fallows took another astonishing catch as he dived full length to catch the ball a few centimetres off the ground one-handed and at full stretch. After this Ickwell began to take control of the game but there were some worrying moments as a series of lusty blows from Chris Gentle (31) keep the scoring moving.

But Jamie Clarke dismissed the Langford batsmen at regular intervals and finished with excellent figures of 7 -55 to give Ickwell a win by 41 runs.

Caldecote were involved in an incredible tied match in Division Two.

They batted first against Flitwick seconds and scored 250-5, Jason Welch scoring 92.

James Vallom then took 3-39 as Flitwick scored 250-8 in their 40 overs.

Sandy saw off the challenge of Ickwell seconds in Division Three. In a rain affected match Ickwell second batted first and made 126-8. Sandy passed this score in 23 overs for the loss of four wickets.