Badby lead the way

BADBY Firsts resume the lead in the Division Six title chase with a well constructed four-wicket victory away at Stony Stratford Thirds, whilst the Seconds made it a double winning weekend by triumphing over Thrapston Thirds by 50 runs at Longroods.

All went to plan for the Firsts as the opening attack of Jack Fuller and Ben Jones made early inroads, assisted by the usual excellent catching and ground fielding that had been markedly absent the week before.

Fuller was replaced by Ali Reid who continued the good work as Stony’s middle order tried to wrest the initiative back, finishing with figures of 9.2-3-35-4. Stony were dismissed for only 90 inside 33 overs, their best batting coming from Ian West with 23.

Faced with a meagre total to chase down, Badby’s openers started confidently and, despite the loss of Sabir Khawaja, were handily placed at 43-one from the first 10 overs.

But Stony weren’t going down without a fight and change bowler Neil Allen snared four wickets in as many overs to cause some alarm within the Badby ranks.

Skipper Nick Kates remained undefeated at the other end as the wickets fell, steering the “Blue Caps” home with 47 not out.

This weekend the Firsts welcome second-placed Isham to Longroods for a fixture that will go a long way to determining the Division Six title outcome.