FCCL; Horwood up & running with brilliant victory

Great Horwood – 132-2 off 32.4 overs (25 points)

Eaton Bray – 129-9 off 40 overs (3 points)

Great Horwood got their season going on Saturday & upset the form guide with a brilliant win over Eaton Bray, winning by eight wickets which included an unbeaten 63 from Sam Willett. The visitor’s won the toss and elected to bat, reaching 129 off their allocated overs but Horwood reached their target with the loss of just 2 wickets to take the victory, their first of the season.

Eaton Bray lost their first two wickets for just 4 runs, but recovered before losing 4 wickets inside 27 runs to leave them 65-6. Again a mini recovery saw them reach 103 before their seventh wicket fell, two more fell before their 40 overs lapsed, Nick Pearson top scorer for the away side with 29, closely followed by Josh Peacock with 23 and Jaco Jacobs with 21. Robby Taylor took 3 wickets and finished on 9 overs with 4 maidens taking his 3 wickets for just 13 runs, with Haydon Morrison & Ollie Prendergast taking a pair of wickets each.

Sam Willett

Skipper Stuart Parker & Willett opened for Horwood, reaching 77 before Parker was trapped LBW on 39, Ken Cronshaw soon followed but Willet hit his 63 assisted at the opposite end by Dale Armitage to see the home side claim the win with forty-four balls to spare.

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HCPCL,D2: Dismal Town thrashed in top of the table clash

Reported By Andrew Holland

After winning the toss and putting Great & Little Tew into bat George Humphries struck early for Buckingham to remove Robbie Catling for 4. Skipper Harry Smith and Tim Wyatt saw off the opening bowlers with a partnership of 38, Smith making 24 before he was bowled by Andrew Hall. Joe White came in at number 4, and along with Wyatt found scoring slow as Buckingham kept the rate around 3 an over. Wyatt made 33 before falling to Andrew Hall as Great & Little Tew went to lunch on 96 for 3.

Andrew Hall

After the break Lloyd Brock struck some quick boundaries before Gurwinder Nagla dismissed him for 23 followed by Curtly Slatter being removed by Humphries for 16. Tom Bradbeer joined White and dominated a partnership of 64 as the visitors began to increase the rate. White brought up his half century from 93 balls as the score passed 200 but was then immediately dismissed by the returning Hall for 50. Jack Deal then removed Bradbeer for 46 from 43 balls before Hall and Humphries cleaned up the tail as Great & Little Tew lost their last 5 wickets for 16 runs to be bowled out for 217. Hall took 4 for 37 and Humphries 4 for 57.

The Buckingham reply started badly as Rob Large fell first ball to Robbie Shurmer caught in the slips trying to leave the ball. Another wicket for Shurmer and Lawrence Brock removing Ben Duckett for 8 meant after 7 overs Buckingham had been reduced to 20 for 3. Jonny Cater and Leigh Tomlinson began to rebuild the innings before Tomlinson was bowled leaving the ball for 15. Andrew Hall joined Cater and the pair saw Buckingham through to tea on 62 for 4.

George Humphries

Scoring was slow after the tea break, Cater moving on to 27 when Joe Thomas had him caught behind. Hall (17) fell in the next over to leave Buckingham 80 for 6. Jack Deal and skipper Jack Parish batted the hosts towards a draw, surviving for 10 overs and taking the score past 100. Thomas broke the partnership as Parish was caught and bowled for 12 and the end was not far away as Buckingham were bowled out by 114 to win by 103 runs. Thomas finished with 4 for 17.

Great & Little Tew
H. Smith* b Hall 24 (43)
R. Catling c Cater b Humphries 4 (7)
T. Wyatt b Hall 33 (70)
J. White b Hall 50 (95)
Lloyd Brock b Nagla 23 (31)
C. Slatter c Duckett b Humphries 16 (23)
T. Bradbeer+ c Large b Deal 46 (43)
R. Shurmer c Duckett b Hall 1 (7)
J. Thomas Not Out 11 (11)
Lawrence Brock lbw b Humphries 0 (2)
C. Gaskin b Humphries 0 (6)
Extras (4b, 2lb, 3w) 9
Total 217 all out
56.2 overs

FoW: 14-1 (Catling, 2.5); 52-2 (Smith, 13.1); 80-3 (Wyatt, 25.6); 110-4 (Lloyd Brock, 33.6); 137-5 (Slatter, 40.3); 201-6 (White, 51.4); 205-7 (Bradbeer, 52.2); 209-8 (Shurmer, 53.5); 211-9 (Lawrence Brock, 54.3); 217-10 (Gaskin, 56.2)

G. Humphries 17.2-4-57-4
G. Nagla 7-0-45-1 (1w)
A. Hall 15-5-37-4 (1w)
J. Deal 11-2-50-1 (1w)
J. Parish 6-0-22-0

L. Tomlinson b Lawrence Brock 15 (34)
R. Large c Smith b Shurmer 0 (1)
A. Pearson lbw b Shurmer 9 (16)
B. Duckett c Catling b Lawrence Brock 8 (9)
J. Cater+ c Bradbeer b Thomas 27 (69)
A. Hall c Thomas b Lloyd Brock 17 (46)
J. Deal lbw b Shurmer 7 (46)
J. Parish* c& b Thomas 12 (34)
R. White c Slatter b Thomas 0 (6)
G. Humphries Not Out 7 (16)
G. Nagla lbw b Thomas 2 (8)
Extras (1b, 7lb, 2w) 10
Total 114 all out
47.3 overs

FoW: 0-1 (Large, 1.1); 10-2 (Pearson, 5.1); 20-3 (Duckett, 6.5); 41-4 (Tomlinson, 12.1); 80-5 (Cater, 28.5); 80-6 (Hall, 29.2); 105-7 (Parish, 39.5); 105-8 (White, 41.5); 111-9 (Deal, 44.6); 114-10 (Nagla, 47.3)

Lawrence Brock 13-5-30-2 (1w)
R. Shurmer 16-3-51-3
J. Thomas 14.3-4-17-4
Lloyd Brock 4-1-8-1 (1w)

Great & Little Tew win by 103 runs.

Buckingham – 6 points
Great & Little Tew – 25 points

Unicorns T20: Bucks head to Shropshire with ‘outside chance’ of finals day qualification

Bucks head to Shropshire on Sunday knowing that they have to win both games and hope Berkshire drop points in order to qualify for the Unicorns T20 Finals Day.

Tom Hampton

Skipper Tom Hampton told Sports Shots:

We have a full squad and everyone is looking to finish the group stage really well.

We have played some brilliant cricket so far and put in some very good performances, one of the nicest things being that it’s been different guys performing at different times!

On the flip side two games in which we didn’t quite get it right could have have cost us a place in the next round.

We go to Shropshire knowing we have to win both games and hope that the results elsewhere go our way.

All the lads have thoroughly enjoyed the white ball cricket and I know they will be desperate to play well over the two games this weekend.

Bucks CCC: Saif Zaib (Northampton Saints), Dan Marles (High Wycombe CC) Shelvin Gumbs (Tring Park CC), Mike Payne (Tring Park CC), Garry Park (Swarkestone CC), Robin Pritchard (Chesham CC), George Russell (High Wycombe CC), Cam Parsons (High Wycmbe CC), Tom Hampton (High Wycombe CC), Uzair Amjaid (Highgate CC), Jon Burden (High Wycombe CC), Adam Dobbs, (High Wycombe CC), Masoor Khan (Clevedon CC).

Ground: Whitchurch CC, Greenfoot Lane, Whitchurch SY13 3JG. First game is scheduled to start at 11.30

It is possible that the outcome of Bucks’s league will come down to net run rate, so for interest this is how things currently stand Click HERE

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FCCL; Great Horwood CC make changes ahead of Eaton Bray visit

Great Horwood make three changes this week as they entertain Eaton Bray looking for their first win of the season. Captain Stuart Parker revealed his team for Saturday:


S Parker

D Armitage

B Bridgman

K Cronshaw

G Davies

B Harper

H Morrison

O Prendergast

S Ridgway

R Taylor

S Willett

Stuart Parker in action for Horwood

CL D6: Valambhia previews Town III’s visit of Bledlow Ridge

Brijesh Valambhia has spoken to Sports Shots as his Buckingham Town III play host to Bledlow Ridge in the Cherwell League, Division 6 on Saturday.

Brijesh Valambhia

Valambhia told Sports Shots:

Last week was a great come back to our defeat at Banbury.

We improved all parts of our game, the batting was brilliant and the bowling equally as well.

Vish Valambhia and Sam Chapman both batting with confidence and showed the depth in the squad. Aided by Aidan Ennis and myself, posting a daunting total of 301 off 53 overs.

Early wickets from Luke Tory and Iain Herbertson stepped up the game with spinners making it difficult for Sandford St Martin batsmen. We fought hard every ball right through to the end and closed the gap to promotion.

We go again this weekend against a strong side but we have yet another strong side with the return of Alex Hallows and Kev Clark. We look forward to Kev’s airport landing lights, he calls them spikes, this weekend to brighten up the field.

Town III: Brij Valambhia (Captain), Mike Taylor, Ryan Freshwater, Joe Clark,  Vishal Valambhia, Iain Herbertson, Sam Chapman, Luke Tory, Alex Hallows, Richard Pengelly, Kev Clark.

HCPCL,D2: Town include Duckett and see White & Deal return for top-of-the-table clash

Buckingham Town have named Northants batsman Ben Duckett, plus see the return of Russell White and Jack Deal in their side for the top-of-the-table clash with Great & Little Tew at Bourton Road on Saturday.

Ben Duckett

Town, who are 25 points clear at the top of the Home Counties Premier League, Division 2, have the England batsman available again. White comes back into the side after a side strain and Deal makes the starting eleven after missing the win at Dinton last weekend.

Russell White

Jack Deal

Spectators are welcome with parking available via the gate at the botttom of the ground on Bourton road. The club’s bar will also be open.

The game starts at 11.30am.

Town: Jack Parish (Captain), Leigh Tomlinson, Ben Duckett, Andrew Hall, Jonny Cater, Rob Large, Ash Pearson, Jack Deal, Russell White, Gurwinder Singh, George Humphries.


HCPCL,D2: Town move clear at the top with comfortable win


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Dinton v Buckingham Town


HCPCL,D2: Pearson praises Town and has a desire to keep striving for success

Ash Pearson has spoken to Sports Shots as Buckingham Town prepare to entertain Great & Little Tew in a top of the table clash in the Home Counties Premier League, Division 2 on Saturday.

Ash Pearson

Pearson, who was named Town’s 2017 Players’ Player of the Year and Batsman of the Year, guided his side to victory with an unbeaten half century at Dinton last Saturday.

He told Sports Shots:

As you can see from the results to date and our current position at the top of the table it would be safe to say it’s going pretty well! We are a side high on confidence and that has come from winning games.

The key aspect for me is we’ve been clinical so far, there have been some moments in games where individuals have needed to stand up and perform when we’ve needed it most and they have. Perhaps in the past, we may have been guilty of not fronting up enough in those crucial moments.

This team is different, there is a hunger to win and there is a real strength in depth in all disciplines of the game.

Of course, we all know it’s a long season with a lot of cricket to be played. We are not getting ahead of ours as their will be sterner tests ahead but for sure collectively we are all really enjoying our cricket at the moment, we will continue take it game by game and if we all perform as we know we can then we’ll end up on the winning side more often than not.

Much has been made of Town’s winter recruitment, which has added quality to the squad. With the likes of Andrew Hall and Russell White joining, plus acquiring Ben Duckett to play Premier League cricket, which benefits both parties, the Bourton road side are clearly making positive noises.

The former Town skipper believes the club is in a good place.

I’ve been fortunate enough to have played in a number of good Buckingham sides over the years. I think if you are looking at the squad in terms of depth and talent then I would suggest that this is the best squad that has been assembled. We have some very good cricketers in the 2nd XI pushing hard to get into the 1st XI and perhaps in years past we haven’t had that competition for places. To be fair, it’s a similar set up with that competition for places from the 1st XI through to the 4th XI which can only be a very positive sign for the club as a whole.

Buckingham Town’s Ash Pearson celebrates a half century at Oxford on Saturday 21st April 2017.

Pearson is continuing to strive on both a personal and team level.

The new skipper has come in with a clear idea of what he wants us to achieve this year as a team. As well as this, each player has been set personal targets so of course we are all striving to reach these targets as quickly as possible and that is promotion to division 1 of the Home Counties Premier League.

With being one of the longer serving players and best pals with the skipper, I do tend to get preferential treatment, quite rightly, so from memory my target is to spend as much time as possible sunning myself in España and to generally just ensure that Team Large keep winning the football week in, week out!

Seriously though, the goal for me is to be more clinical when I’m batting. Perhaps guilty in the past getting starts and not converting so it would be good for me to get back in the habit of making 100’s.



Sports Shots exclusive; Grendon Rangers new boss + chairman interviews

Grendon Rangers last week announced the appointment of Steve Jackman as their new manager ahead of the 2018/19 season, and this week Steve kindly agreed to speak exclusively to us to outlay his thoughts and plans for the new season, click on the screen below to view:

Sports Shots also this week caught up with Grendon chairman Paul Jackman on the appointment:

I know that all of our committee are delighted that Steven, aka Blocky or ‘Jacko’ to everyone, has agreed to take on our first team in the Spartan South Midlands Division Two. He is a native of Grendon and as such I am sure he will help us achieve our mission which is to be ‘the club of choice in this area’.

He has a long experience of non-league football including playing at step two, and coaching at step four which I believe will be enormously useful to the squad in terms of improving their performances and probably commitment also.

His experience has inevitably generated a large network of contacts in the game which I hope he will use to good effect

Steve Jackman

Steve also had a special mention for his former club AFC Dunstable this week:

I also wish to thank everyone at AFC Dunstable for allowing me the opportunity to work there for the last four years. I must especially mention the manager Steve Heath and chairman Simon Bullard, great people and a great club

Sports Shots would like to thank Steve and Paul for their time this week

SSMFL,DD: Ath U25 appoint Beaumont as assistant manager

Buckingham Athletic U25’s are delighted to announce the appointment of Spencer Beaumont as development team assistant manager.

Spencer brings with him a wealth of experience both as a player and as a manager having most recently been the manager of Great Linford in the North Bucks Premier Division. In his playing days Spencer played for the likes of Buckingham Town, Potterspury and Great Horwood so he is very familiar with football in the local area.

Spencer had this to say about joining the club:

I’m am looking forward to entering a well run club supporting two good and up coming managers and I think that the mixture of youth and experience will win the day.

Everyone at Buckingham Athletic wishes Spencer a warm welcome and we hope that he really enjoys his time here and can help the development team win some silverware.