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PSF: Griffths speaks ahead of Ath’s pre-season friendly with Crawley Green

Buckingham Athletic boss Neil Griffiths is looking forward to his side’s home friendly with Crawley Green on Tuesday (23 July) evening.

Neil Griffiths

Griffiths told Sports Shots;

We are looking forward to hosting Crawley Green tomorrow.

We are at about par for where we need to be in pre season.

We have been exceptional in front of goal but as a group our focus will be on improving defensively.

The next two games against higher level opponents represent a great challenge. Crawley Green coming off scoring 8 against a southern league outfit is impressive.

It’s the type of tests we want at this stage, I want any weaknesses we have to be exposed so we can correct them in time for the first game on August the 3rd.

We will and have improved not just throughout pre season but also as the season progresses.

Whilst the cliche of ‘results aren’t important’ is true to some extent, I certainly want to ensure we see improvements in certain area’s of performance over pre season, as the Stotfold game edges closer.

PSF: Bicknell previews Crawley Green’s visit to the Ath

Crawley Green joint manager Craig Bicknell has spoken to Sports Shots as he brings his side to play at Buckingham Athletic in a pre-season friendly on Tuesday (23 July) evening.

Craig Bicknell

Bicknell, a long-time friend and supporter of Sports Shots told our website;

When Buckingham Athletic asked me for a friendly game a while ago it was a game that I was always going to say yes to. It’s a fantastic, well-run club, with great facilities.

We thought we would leave it until the latter stages of pre season when the squad was more settled, and show them the respect they deserve and bring over a fitter and strong side.

They have a good fan base and will definitely be a good all-round game.

Our first four games we have been looking at a lot of trialists, and playing around with the squad quite a lot.

The squad has been cut from 22 to 18 at the moment, a few reserve players from last season have been doing really well and will be looked at tomorrow against a stronger opposition to see how they cope. Along with those reserves will be first team signed players for next season.

We are looking forward to what’s going to be a tough game.

Tait strokes maiden century for Oxon U17 in high-scoring Beds draw

George Tait’s maiden century in any competition was not enough to inspire Oxfordshire Under 17s to victory as they had to settle for a high-scoring draw with visitors Bedfordshire in the ECB Under 17 Championship, writes Kieren Bushnell

George Tait

Skipper Tait won the toss and opted to bat first on a superb batting track at Radley College, and he hammered a spectacular 152, including 23 fours, to help Oxfordshire to 413-6 dec in their 80 overs.
There were contributions throughout the order, with Tait’s Banbury clubmate Ben Cross adding his maiden Oxfordshire half-century, before being bowled for 53.
In response, the pitch just got better and better, allowing Bedfordshire to comfortably bat out their 80 overs, resulting in an inevitable draw.
Leading the way for the visitors was opener Fayyaz Homyoon, who struck a magnificent 149, while fellow opener Rowan Bascetta-Pollitt added 56.
Tait completed an excellent personal performance by taking 4-100 in 24 overs.
When Bedfordshire’s innings concluded at 80 overs, the teams shook hands on a competitive drawn contest.
Oxfordshire next travel to Cublington to take on Buckinghamshire in a championship game next week, before attention turns to the Royal London one-day cup.

HCPCL D1: Town fall short after horror 29 balls, reports Andrew Holland

Overnight rain meant a delayed start as Buckingham travelled to Finchampstead on Saturday, with the game eventually getting underway at 2pm with Buckingham winning the toss and asking their hosts to bat first in 43/35 over game.

George Humphries and Russell White both struck in the opening three overs to remove both Finchampstead opening batsmen for ducks as Buckingham made a fast start. Oli Soames and Billy Rogers countered with a run a ball partnership of 35, Soames making 17 before being dismissed in Tharindu Rathnayaka’s first over. 4 overs later Rathnayaka had Rogers given caught behind for 29 to leave the score 52 for 4. Skipper Dan Lincoln came in at number 6 and alongside Toby Albert went about rebuilding the innings against the Buckingham spin attack. The pair put on 47, and were looking set to push the hosts towards a good score when Jack Parish picked up Lincoln for 26 followed by Rathnayaka removing Albert 3 overs later for 21. After that wickets fell regularly as Finchampstead were bowled out inside 37 overs for 131 with Rathnayaka the pick of the bowlers as he went on to record figures of 7 for 46.

Buckingham had 40 minutes to bat before tea and lost an early wicket as Steve Brunning was trapped lbw by James Woodford for 8. Billy Rogers came into the attack for an over before the break and picked up the wicket of Mark Hulbert for 6 as Buckingham went to tea at 24 for 2.

After the break Jonny Cater joined Leigh Tomlinson and the pair looked to be in control of the match as they put on 33 in 6 overs and moved the score on to 57 for 2 with 24 overs remaining. Connor Corlet returned to the attack and with his second ball bowled Cater for 17. That was the beginning of a 29 ball spell in which Buckingham lost 6 wickets for 11 runs as they collapsed to 68 for 8. Tomlinson was run out buy a sharp bit of fielding in the gulley for 23 while Woodford picked up his second and Corlet was the main destroyer with 4 wickets for 8 runs in 3 overs including 3 wickets in a single over. Jack Deal watched most of the collapse from one end, and was joined at the crease by Rathnayaka. Together they slowly put together a partnership and began to edge Buckingham towards their target. The pair saw the score past the 100 mark, and had put on 44 when Zac Jones had Rathnayaka caught in the slips for 19. Humphries came in at number 11 and him and Deal continued to nudge the score closer, getting to within 6 runs with 14 balls of the innings left when Jones trapped Humphries lbw to seal the win for the hosts. Deal was left 28 not out while Corlet took 4 for 44.

Finchampstead
G. Smith b White 0 (9)
R. Bone+ c Cater b Humphries 0 (3)
O. Soames c Parish b Rathnayaka 17 (21)
B. Rogers c Cater b Rathnayaka 29 (36)
T. Albert c Parish b Rathnayaka 21 (42)
D. Lincoln* c Price b Parish 26 (36)
J. Lincoln c Price b Rathnayaka 11 (27)
Z. Jones c Cater b Rathnayaka 9 (17)
M. O’Donahue b Rathnayaka 3 (25)
C. Corlet c Large b Rathnayaka 3 (21)
J. Woodford Not Out 0 (0)
Extras (8b, 4lb) 12
Total 131 all out
37 overs

FoW: 0-1 (Bone, 1.3); 4-2 (Smith, 2.3); 39-3 (Soames, 8.4); 52-4 (Rogers, 12.3); 99-5 (D. Lincoln, 23.1); 103-6 (Albert, 26.5); 118-7 (J. Lincoln, 30.2); 127-8 (Jones, 34.2); 131-9 (Corlet, 36.2); 131-10 (O’Donahue, 36.6)

R. White 4-1-13-1
G. Humphries 6-1-25-1
T. Rathnayaka 15-2-46-7
J. Deal 4-0-21-0
J. Parish 8-2-14-1

Buckingham
L. Tomlinson Run Out (Soames) 23 (55)
S. Brunning lbw b Woodford 8 (25)
M. Hulbert b Rogers 6 (15)
J. Cater+ b Corlet 17 (18)
R. Large c Rogers b Woodford 5 (7)
C. Price b Corlet 0 (4)
J. Deal Not Out 28 (50)
J. Parish* lbw b Corlet 2 (4)
R. White b Corlet 0 (1)
T. Rathnayaka c Soames b Jones 19 (40)
G. Humphries lbw b Jones 6 (22)
Extras (1b, 1lb, 1w, 8nb) 11
Total 125 all out
38.5 overs

FoW: 16-1 (Brunning, 8.1); 24-2 (Hulbert, 11.5); 57-3 (Cater, 17.2); 62-4 (Large, 18.4); 65-5 (Tomlinson, 19.2); 66-6 (Price, 21.1); 68-7 (Parish, 21.5); 68-8 (White, 21.6); 112-9 (Rathnayaka, 34.1); 125-10 (Humphries, 38.5)

J. Woodford 15-3-42-2
C. Corlet 13-3-44-4 (1w, 4nb)
B. Rogers 4-1-15-1
Z. Jones 6.5-0-22-2 (4nb)

Finchampstead win by 6 runs.

Buckingham – 6 points
Finchampstead – 25 points

PSF: Buckingham El Classico sees Ath defeat United

Entertainment was plentiful as the Athletic defeated United 13-2 in a Buckingham El Classico pre-season friendly at Stratford Fields this afternoon.

Harry Dalton

A United penalty miss was sandwiched between two Athletic goals in the opening few minutes. A trend which continued on a sunny afternoon in the heartland of the town.

Aaron King

Aaron King scored in the first minute before the visitors were awarded a penalty. Sonny Devine’s spot kick hit the post and came straight back to him. He put away the rebound but with no other player touching the ball in between it was disallowed.

Harry Dalton made it two on six minutes.

In the 23rd minute Matt Cruse netted number three but within sixty seconds United had another penalty. This time George Lawrence saw his spot kick saved by Josh McAdoo.

Cruse (26) and Dalton (28) bagged goal four and five for the home side before Cruse completed his hat-trick on 33 minutes.

Matt Cruse

King scored on the stroke of half time to make it seven-nil at the break.

Penalty save – Josh McAdoo

United, with their two missed penalties also had Matt Carr hit the crossbar, before George Armstrong finally hit the net for United.

Cruse scored twice to make it nine taking his personal tally to five.

Dalton and King both completed hat-tricks before Zee Mawemba scored again for United.

Zee Mawemba

King finished off the scoring with number thirteen, his fifth.

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SNCL D3 & 4 Cup Final: Holders Gawcott & Hillesden aiming to retain the trophy

Gawcott & Hillesden skipper Alex Piggott has spoken with Sports Shots as his side look to retain the South Northants Cricket League, Division 3 & 4 Cup on Sunday.

Alex Piggott

Gawcott & Hillesden travel to Chipping Warden to compete in a cup final where their opposition will play on their own pitch. 12.30pm start.

Piggott has skippered the side to their fourth cup final in as many years.

I think it’s a fantastic achievement to reach a fourth final in a row, and it’s rich rewards for all the effort that this squad of players have put in.

Gawcott & Hillesden – South Northants League, Division 3 & 4 Cup winners 2018

Gawcott & Hillesden have been firing and are currently top of the Division 3 table.

If you asked what my ambitions were at the beginning of the season, then it would have been a league and cup double. As it stands we are in a fantastic position on achieving our targets but we know we need to remain focused on getting the job complete. This season has been fantastic in terms of match winning performances coming from all over the squad, which was mainly helped by the reinforcements we made over the winter.

Piggott revealed his side and spoke of their opposition.

We keep the same team that beat Gayton in the semi final .

Having played them a few times over the last few years we know they are quite an all round team, fairly similar to ourselves. Having played them earlier in the season, and falling to a narrow defeat despite missing a few key players, the players should be confident that if we perform to the best off our ability then there’s no reason why, we shouldn’t be picking up a 2nd successive cup trophy.

In closing the skipper added.

A massive thanks to Sports Shots and all our friends and families for their continued support.

Gawcott & Hillesden:
Alex Piggott (c)
John Patterson
Colin Piggott
Matthew Folkes
Kyle Bennion
Sam Ellison
Jonny Dale
Luke Stafford
Stuart Holmes
Chris Dickens (wk)
Nathan Holmes

Gawcott & Hillesden – South Northants Cricket League, Division 3 & 4 Cup winners 2016

PSF: Winslow impress in Dunstable friendly victory

Winslow United produced an impressive display as they defeated Dunstable Town 4-0 in a pre-season friendly on Thursday evening.

George Tomlin (left) with his deputy Julian Robinson

George Tomlin took charge of his first-ever game at Elmfields gate with new assistant manager Julian Robinson alongside him in the dugout.

United took the lead as Shayne Almond’s free kick was deflected into the net.

Tomlin’s side produced some slick passing and movement but had Sam Ashmead on hand as the goalkeeper made two very good saves.

Ty Deacon showed quick feet before drilling a low shot into the corner of the visitors goal to take his side in two goals ahead at the break.

Ty Deacon

Changes at half-time saw Dunstable come more into the game in the second period but it was United who continued to impress.

Charlie Abrahams made it three before Ricky Gwilliam slid in at the far post to wrap up an excellent display.

A crowd of around 120 were impressed with what they witnessed.

Winslow United: Sam Ashmead, Jack Page, Alex Little, Alex Kedzierski, Ryan Freshwater, Paul Brown, Ricky Gwilliam, Kieron Schmidt, Ty Deacon, Mitchell Collins, Shayne Almond.

Winslow United Pre-season 2019:
Saturday 13th July 2019:

Bletchley Park 1 Winslow United 8
Ty Deacon (5), Jack Page, Ricky Gwilliam, Alex Kedzierski.

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Bucks Academy win Tom Orford Trophy opener

Daniel Ogden and Teddie Casterton both hit centuries, while Suliamin Akhtar was among the wickets as Bucks Academy recorded a 44-run win over Free Foresters Academy this week.

Dan Ogden

The three-day game in the Tom Orford Trophy saw Bucks elect to bat after winning the toss.

Harefield opener Ogden, who performed well in pre-season for the Bucks first eleven, batted superbly as he scored 133 at the top of the order. He found good support from Scott Rolfe (84) and John Bowers (66) as they declared on 341 for 6 from 78.1 overs.

In reply, the visitors totalled 327 for 8 from 76 overs with Akhtar taking three for 38, while Stephen Croft and Mohammed Choudhry both picked up a brace of victims.

In the second innings Casterton stroked 118 as Bucks declared on 385 for 9 in 100 overs. Aizaz Ahmed (75) and Jack Rodnight (51) both making useful middle-order runs.

Teddie Casterton

Foresters Academy gave an excellent chase but fell just short.

Akhtar, Croft and Samiullah Sajid all picking up three wickets each.

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Oxon U17s make terrific start to 2019 ECB season

OXFORDSHIRE Under 17s made a terrific start to their 2019 ECB season as they picked up victories in both the ECB two-day championship and Royal London one-day cup on a three-day trip to Shropshire.

George Tait

They beat their hosts by an innings and 17 runs in the Specsavers County Championship match at Bridgnorth, before squeezing home by two wickets on the Duckworth Lewis Stern method on Thursday.

In the championship match, Oxfordshire lost the toss and the home side opted to bat first, but with spinners George Tait and Ethan Davie both bowling superbly, Shropshire were restricted to 244 all out in 72.3 overs.

Freddie Smith

Oxfordshire batted positively in their first innings reply, skipper Tait top-scoring with 93 and Freddie Smith hitting 79. Down the order, a fine knock of 50 not out from Dan Hall, plus 35 not out from Ben Cross and 31 from Prav Chahal saw Oxon to 350-6 declared, giving them a lead of 106. Tait then claimed 5-23 in Shropshire’s second innings for a match total of 9-103 as Shropshire fell to 89 all out to ensure Oxfordshire secured the maximum points available.

In the Royal London Cup match 24 hours later, Oxfordshire were made to fight until the very last ball to secure a thrilling two-wicket win.

Again the home side won the toss, and posted a useful 230 all out in their 50 overs, Tait claiming 3-31 and Cross 3-21.

Oxon got their reply off to an excellent start as Luke Maslen (59) and Smith (50) shared 109 for the first wicket. But with regular rain breaks, the target was eventually revised to 191, and the home side turned the screw, taking wickets at regular intervals.
Dee Jarvis and Josh Taylor both held their nerve, with Dee scoring 10 not out under pressure. Josh hit the winning runs to secure the most thrilling of victories off the last ball.

Written by Kieren Bushnell

SSMFL D1: Ath secretary Howkins awarded Spartan South Midlands League ‘Secretary of the Year’

Buckingham Athletic secretary Colin Howkins has been awarded the Spartan South Midlands League ‘Secretary of the Year’.

Howkins was presented with the award at the recent league annual general meeting.