DIVISION TWO: Northwood Town 234-5 (30pts) beat Northchurch 83 (5pts) by 151 runs
Bushnell, renowned for his opening bowling rather than his batting, carved out a magnificent 106 as Town produced more top level cricket to totally out-play the opposition.
Johanes Van Ee and Richard Doling played mean second fiddles, each grabbing five wickets to wrap up the win which took Town up to ninth in the table.
Raj Ahluwalia elected to bat but although he was dismissed early he was happy to sit and watch his batsmen take full control. Bushnell and Rohan Lee shared a steady but clinical second-wicket partnership of 160 as the consistent Lee scored a solid 67 before he was eventually dismissed as he tried to raise the tempo.
Van Ee was sent in to up the ante and he responded in typical fashion as he crashed an unbeaten 45 from just 25 balls, while at the other end Bushnell was compiling a classic opener's innings, reaching his century with a six before being dismissed at the death for a wonderful 106 off 164 balls. Town ended their innings on 234 for five and having dominated proceedings so far they were confident of finishing the game off.
Bushnell was understandably running out of steam but his bowling partners did not allow Northchurch to settle.
Van Ee uprooted the middle stump with his first ball and went on to take five for 24, while Doling produced another tremendous bowling performance to take five for 20 as Northchurch collapsed to a meagre 83 all out.
Adelighted Ahluwalia said: "It was a very confident display and we performed tremendously overall.
"Dave deserves huge credit for his knock - it's not often that a number 11 opens the batting and scores a century."
* By contrast the second XI had a day to forget as they were thrashed by 10 wickets and did not pick up a single point.
Adam Hills saw his decision to bat first back-fire as variable bounce made life tough and only battling knocks from Mike Peacock (41) and Alan Armitage (25) lifted Town to 118 for four, which became 134 all out as their lack of depth was exposed. Flitwick made light work of the target, aided by woeful bowling and fielding.
Northwood 283-8 (19pts) drew with Rickmansworth 202-9 (13pts)
A MAJESTIC hundred by Danny Rodgers laid the platform for what should have been a Northwood victory but in the end they let the chance slip quite literally through their fingers.
Rodgers made a fine 111 to help negate the absence of injured skipper Simon Noach and Northwood were hot favourites for the win after Rick-mansworth, who came to Ducks Hill Road battling relegation, slumped to 162 for nine in reply to 283 for eight.
However, the last pair dug in to add an unbeaten 60, aided by two dropped chances in the final over.
Rodgers and Ross Noach (31) put on 63 for the first wicket for Northwood and Richard Wise (27) helped take the score to 129 for two. Alex Mason (20) kept the momentum going and Paul Richardson (42) played his part in a big total which was dominated by Rodgers.
James Lewis (2-53) gave Northwood a good start with two quick wickets and although Zia Hussain (73) proved a stumbling block, spinners Raj Latchman and Andy Sharland began to make real in-roads. Latchman returned four for 70 and Sharland claimed two for 56 but the game came down to the last over and Northwood were to rue a simple drop behind the stumps and a hard chance at point as they had to settle for 19 points instead of 30. [25a0] The seconds eventually beat Sandridge by four wickets in a game that was heading for a very early finish after Ram Nandiraju and Adam Bailey, called up from the third team, ripped through the batting.
Nandiraju took four for 20 from 14 overs including eight maidens and Bailey grabbed three wickets, with Steve Hussey claiming three excellent diving catches behind the stumps.
Sandridge were on their knees at 29 for nine although the last pair put on 41 to take them up to 70. Northwood's response was nervous and they lost Nigel Hussey in the first over and several more wickets fell before Ranjit Latchman, with a very unusu-ally subdued knock, saw them home. [25a0] Paul Reeve claimed five wickets and Nilesh Patel took four for 37 as North-wood threes bowled Harpenden Dolphins out for 93 to successfully defend a total of just 125 all out. Kuram Rana (28), Paul Reeve (23), Rob Fells (18) and Richard Mackey (17) scored the runs.