Reported By Andrew Holland
Harefield were the visitors to Buckingham on Saturday, and after winning the toss they elected to bat first.
Tom Day (10) and Jack Fosberry (15) opened up for Harefield and they saw through the opening half an hour before both fell in consecutive overs with a wicket apiece for Kallan Braid-Ball and George Humphries. Dhavalkumar Norotam had scored 13 when he was trapped lbw by Braid-Ball which brought Russell Petley and Lee Tyrrell to the wicket. The pair played and missed regularly, but saw off the opening bowlers and put on 38 for the fourth wicket. Braid-Ball returned to the attack to remove Tyrrell and Nuwan Jayasena chipped in with a wicket as the visitors reached 88 for 5 at lunch.
After the break Humphries struck quickly to remove Petley for 28 which brought Thomas McLeod to the wicket to join Jamie Knife. As with before the break Buckingham had both batsmen playing and missing on regular occasions, but they managed to survive and put on a partnership of 39. The partnership was finally broken when Braid-Ball removed Knife for 28 followed by skipper Jack Parish picking up his first wicket. Harefield skipper Doug King came in at number 10 and scored 24 from 15 balls to take the score up to 172 before Humphries took the final two wickets in the same over. McLeod finished 24 not out while Braid-Ball took 4 for 54 and Humphries 4 for 58.
The Buckingham response got off to a bad start as Jordan McLeod and Doug King removed four of the top five inside 10 overs to reduce the hosts to 34 for 4. Leigh Tomlinson and Jack Deal came together, and while McLeod kept the pressure on from one end they were able to score off the change bowlers at the other. The pair put on 70 to take the score to 104 for 4 at tea.
The pair moved the score onto 124 after tea before McLeod had Tomlinson caught at slip for 34. Deal went on to bring up his half century from 72 balls before he became McLeod’s fifth victim for 55. King returned to pick up Humphries and then McLeod claimed a sixth by removing Jayasena for 9. Lee Tyrrell removed Alex O’Dell and the game was finished when Thomas McLeod took a stunning one handed catch to remove Braid-Ball as Buckingham were all out for 154.
T. Day+ lbw b Braid-Ball 10 (23)
J. Fosberry c O’Dell b Humphries 15 (32)
D. Norotam lbw b Braid-Ball 13 (17)
R. Petley c Parish b Humphries 28 (70)
L. Tyrrell c Pearson b Braid-Ball 15 (32)
P. Vyas lbw b Jayasena 8 (14)
J. Knife c O’Dell b Braid-Ball 28 (58)
T. McLeod Not Out 24 (67)
A. Seymour lbw b Parish 4 (11)
D. King* b Humphries 24 (15)
J. McLeod c& b Humphries 0 (3)
Extras (3lb) 3
Total 172 all out
FoW: 26-1 (Day, 8.2); 26-2 (Fosberry, 9.5); 40-3 (Norotam, 14.2); 78-4 (Tyrrell, 24.3); 87-5 (Vyas, 27.4); 91-6 (Petley, 34.4); 130-7 (Knife, 46.5); 139-8 (Seymour, 51.5); 172-9 (King, 56.3); 172-10 (J. McLeod, 56.6)
K. Braid-Ball 17-5-54-4
G. Humphries 19-4-58-4
J. Parish 9-1-33-1
N. Jayasena 12-4-24-1
L. Gough c Day b King 8 (11)
S. Brunning c Day b J. McLeod 5 (4)
A. Pearson c Knife b J. McLeod 13 (18)
L. Tomlinson c King b J. McLeod 34 (65)
R. Large b J. McLeod 4 (9)
J. Deal b J. McLeod 55 (82)
J. Parish* Not Out 5 (18)
G. Humphries c Day b King 0 (3)
N. Jayasena lbw b J. McLeod 9 (6)
A. O’Dell+ c Day b Tyrrell 1 (11)
K. Braid-Ball c T. McLeod b King 0 (3)
Extras (11b, 4lb, 5w) 20
Total 154 all out
FoW: 10-1 (Brunning, 1.6); 14-2 (Gough, 2.4); 28-3 (Pearson, 7.1); 34-4 (Large, 9.4); 124-5 (Tomlinson, 29.3); 139-6 (Deal, 33.2); 142-7 (Humphries, 34.1); 151-8 (Jayasena, 35.1); 153-9 (O’Dell, 37.4); 154-10 (Braid-Ball, 38.2)
D. King 13.2-0-53-3
J. McLeod 17-3-42-6
L. Tyrrell 5-1-26-1 (5w)
T. McLeod 2-0-13-0
D. Norotam 1-0-5-0
Harefield won by 18 runs.
Buckingham – 7 points
Harefield – 25 points