Sheemar’s haul sets a new record for Bedford

Bedford's Rahul Sheemar in action
Bedford's Rahul Sheemar in action

Bedford’s first XI were comfortably beaten by high-flying Pilgrims Oakley in their Beds Invitation League Division One clash on Saturday, succumbing by eight wickets.

There were plenty of starts in the Bedford innings, with Gus Miller top scoring with 39, but no one went big as BCC posted 196.

Two wickets for Arjun Manku were the only successes in the chase as Oakley eased to 197-2.

There was success at The Bury however as the IIs crawled home by four wickets against Ampthill Town in Division Three.

Bowling first, Dilan Sheemar blew away the middle order with 5-7, becoming the youngest player to get a five-wicket haul for an adult Bedford side since the club reformed in 2006, as Ampthill were 152 all out

Syed Bukhari (57) and 40 from Charlie Hempstead did the majority of the damage in the chase, as the IIs move to fourth in Division Three.

On Sunday, there was a big game at The Bury as the firsts are going through an indifferent season in Division Three of the Bedfordshire County League.

BCC hosted top of the table Sharnbrook and batted first with Emilio Gay leading the way with 127, opening with Rahul Sheemar who scored 74 as they finished on 253-3.

In response, there were two wickets apiece for Michael Sinha, Lewis Donald, Arjun Manku and Sheemar as Sharnbrook fell for 98 and a huge 155 run win for Bedford saw them propel themselves up to fourth place.

There was drama at Cople CC as the third-placed IIs managed a stunning one-run victory against their hosts who were second in Division Six.

Batting first, BCC collapsed to 40-5 before recovering to 183 thanks in large to 42 from Craig Summers and 36 from brother Shaun.

Cople fell to 13-3 in response, but recovered with a 100 partnership, seemingly coasting to the total.

A hostile spell from Shaun Summers (2-23) turned the game however, with Syed Bukhari taking his fourth wicket in the final over as Bedford secured the vital, drama filled win, with Cople closing on 182-8 .

>> It was a dramatic week at The Bury, with important wins across the ages for Bedford CC.

Rain wiped out the U14 games on Tuesday, so the U16s kicked off the week on Thursday with a seven-wicket win over Biggleswade.

Lewis Donald and James Romans took two wickets apiece as a tight bowling display restricted Biggleswade to just 91-9.

An unbeaten 30 from Nathan Healey and 29 from Thomas Blythman took the side home with a little under three overs to spare.

On Sunday, the U10 Tigers beat Flitwick by 34 runs at The Bury but there were mixed successes for the U12 sides as the County A side blitzed through Blunham, with a huge 144 run victory.

Dilan Sheemar scored an unbeaten 52 as BCC posted a huge 227-4, while four bowlers took two wickets apiece as Blunham fell well short.

The County B side however fell 23 runs short against Pavenham & Felmersham, despite 2-8 for Joshua Stewart and 30 in the chase for Sam Wells.