Bedford dodge the storms to pick up wins

Rahul Sheemar of Bedford.
Rahul Sheemar of Bedford.

Both Bedford sides pulled off much needed victories at the weekend as the thunderstorms lurked in the distance.

At Marston Cricket Club, the first XI faced Ampthill and posted a total of 175 thanks in large to 59 from Ramkumar Jayaraman and 33 from Daniel Geevanathan.

Five bowlers took two wickets apiece in the response, with Bedford leaving with a narrow but much-needed 22 run win.

It was more plain sailing at The Bury as Bedford II beat Blunham by 87 runs. Batting first, Matt Patterson scored a brilliant 103 with contributions from the whole order as Bedford posted 295-7 off their 45 overs.

Russell Pratt did the majority of the damage (4-33), with Naveen Chandra also taking three wickets.

It was frustrating on Sunday though, as Bedford hosted Dunstable looking for much needed points. After rain delayed the start a brilliant fielding display left the visitors crashing to 87 all out – however 4-17 for Nathan Healey and 3-16 for Mikey Sinha was in vain as the thunder arrived at tea to put paid to the game.

The second XI game was called off at Langford.

On Wednesday there was an easy 10-wicket win for the U13 cup side. Simeon Gay (5-7) was the highlight as Bedford rolled Flitwick for just 37, before Vedant Somal and Jake Brown knocked off the runs with ease.

On Sunday, there were wins for the U10 Lions and Panthers along with victories for the U12 County As and the U12 Development side. Dilan Sheemar and Alex Tunnicliffe reached the 30 retired milestone for the As in a 19-run win vs Pavenham with the Development side winning by an even tighter four runs.