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Home Counties : Matchday 2 round-up

High Wycombe skipper Dan Marles hit an unbeaten 154 as his side recorded their first win of the season.

Dan Marles

Marles was joined in the run spree by Conrad Louth, who hit a run-a-ball century, as Wycombe posted 364 for 4 from their 50 overs.

Conrad Louth

In reply, Slough were dismissed for 111 all out with Cameron Parsons, four for 11, the pick of the bowlers.

Cameron Parsons

Current Champions Henley recorded a nine-wicket win at Tring Park after winning the toss and electing to bowl.

Andy Rishton’s three for 32 helping bowl out the home side for 109.

Andy Rishton

Henley lost just one wicket reaching their target with Matthew Rowe making an unbeaten half century to add to his 53 last week.

Banbury returned from Horspath with a five-wicket win to make it back-to-back wins.

Shahid Yousaf top-scored with 55 while Shazad Rana batted excellently again with an unbeaten 34 to take Banbury home.

Earlier in the day, Horspath posted 188 for 7 with Tom Coleman making 49. Joe Thomas and John West taking a brace of wickets each for the visitors.

Joe Thomas

Newly promoted Datchet won again as they defeated Aston Rowant.

Datchet made 240 for 8 with Joe Barrett’s 75 and and an undefeated 62 from Vishal Aeri in form.

Aston Rowant’s run chase fell 11 runs short with Olly Birts four for 46 and Bobby Sher’s three for 43 doing the damage for Datchet.

Finchampstead defeated Buckingham by 148 runs – see report below.

HCPCL D1: Town suffer heavy home defeat

HCPCL D1: Town suffer heavy home defeat

After a delayed start which saw the game reduced to 45 overs aside Buckingham won the toss and asked Finchampstead to bat first, reports Andrew Holland.

Jack Parish

Tommie Predgen and Greg Smith opened the batting and after playing themselves in scored steadily against all of the Buckingham bowlers. Smith was the dominant partner, reaching his half century from 72 balls as the pair put on 142 for the first wicket. Predgen brought up his 50 from 81 balls before falling to Callum Price without adding to his score followed in the next over by Jack Deal bowling Smith for 69. Despite the quick wickets skipper Dan Lincoln (26 from 27 balls) and Toby Albert (37 from 30 balls) kept the scoring rate up with a partnership of 56 in 8 overs to take the score past 200. George Humphries returned to remove Lincoln who was replaced by his brother who smashed 24 from just 7 balls including 3 consecutive sixes. At 238 for 3 Finchampstead were set for a total in the region of 300 before Humphries and Jack Parish took 5 wickets for 16 runs to slow the scoring. Billy Rogers (13 not out) and Simon Bell (11 not out) saw out the final overs to take the score up to 275 for 8. Parish took 3 for 35 and Humphries 3 for 55.

Finchampstead opened the bowling with spinners in reply and both James Woodford and Rogers claimed an early wicket to reduce Buckingham to 22 for 2. Leigh Tomlinson made 14 before being bowled around his legs by Zach Jones, Woodford switched ends to pick up a second wicket before 2 wickets in an over from Darron Augustus including Jonny Cater for 23 left Buckingham 62 for 6 after 18 overs. Jack Deal (27) and Callum Price (26 off 25 balls) showed some fight for the hosts with a partnership of 54 in 10 overs to take the score past 100 and earn a bonus point, but both fell to Augustus who went on to claim a fifth wicket and take 5 for 29 before Ryan Quinn finished the innings off as Buckingham were all out for 127 to lose by 148 runs.

T. Predgen c Hall b Price 50 (83)
G. Smith b Deal 69 (92)
D. Lincoln* c Deal b Humphries 26 (27)
T. Albert c Tomlinson b Humphries 37 (30)
J. Lincoln c Hall b Humphries 24 (7)
R. Quinn b Parish 1 (5)
D. Augustus b Parish 0 (4)
B. Rogers Not Out 13 (11)
Z. Jones lbw b Parish 0 (1)
S. Bell+ Not Out 11 (11)
Extras (5b, 11lb, 26w, 2nb) 44
Total 275-8
45 overs

FoW: 142-1 (Predgen, 28.3); 147-2 (Smith, 29.4); 203-3 (D. Lincoln, 37.2); 238-4 (Albert, 39.2); 240-5 (J Lincoln, 39.4); 241-6 (Quinn, 40.4); 254-7 (Augustus, 42.1); 254-8 (Jones, 42.2)

R. Liyanarachchi 5-0-49-0 (4w)
G. Humphries 9-0-55-3 (8w)
A. Hall 9-0-35-0 (8w)
J. Parish 7.3-0-35-3 (2w)
J. Deal 9-0-54-1 (1w)
C. Price 5-0-29-1 (3w, 2nb)
R. Large 0.3-0-2-0

L. Tomlinson b Jones 14 (38)
S. Brunning c Quinn b Rogers 0 (2)
A. Hall c& b Woodford 10 (15)
J. Cater+ c Bell b Augustus 23 (35)
R. Large c J. Lincoln b Woodford 2 (6)
R. Liyanarachchi b Augustus 5 (10)
J. Deal c Bell b Augustus 27 (46)
C. Price c Bell b Augustus 26 (25)
J. Ell b Augustus 2 (3)
G. Humphries c Albert b Quinn 1 (3)
J. Parish* Not Out 0 (0)
Extras (3b, 3lb, 9w, 2nb) 17
Total 127 all out
30.2 overs

FoW: 2-1 (Brunning, 1.3); 22-2 (Hall, 6.2); 38-3 (Tomlinson, 10.6); 45-4 (Large, 13.4); 62-5 (Liyanarachchi, 17.3); 63-6 (Cater, 17.5); 117-7 (Price, 27.3); 126-8 (Deal, 29.4); 127-9 (Ell, 29.6); 127-10 (Humphries, 30.2)

J. Woodford 7-0-21-2
B. Rogers 7-0-16-1 (1w)
Z. Jones 5-0-30-1 (5w, 2nb)
J. Lincoln 4-0-22-0
D. Augustus 6-0-29-5 (2w)
R. Quinn 1.2-0-3-1 (1w)

Finchampstead win by 148 runs.

Buckingham – 5 points.
Finchampstead – 20 points.

B&B Veterans Final: MK Irish lift the first-ever Vets County Cup

MK Irish have won the first-ever Berks & Bucks Veterans Cup final as they defeated Buckingham United 5-0 at Buckingham Athletic Football Club.


MK Irish – 2019 Berks & Bucks Veterans Cup winners

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2019 Berks & Bucks Veterans Final

HCPL D2: Perkin praises “Oxford’s character” as skipper looks towards Amersham

Oxford skipper Jamie Perkin has praised his side’s character after their opening day victory over Harefield in the Home Counties Premier League, Division 2.

Jamie Perkin

Oxford posted 145 for 9 from their 50 overs with Muhammad Ayub (56) batting well. batting second, Harefield were dismissed for 114 with the home side starting with a 31-run win.

Perkin spoke highly of his side’s application.

We weren’t at our best on Saturday but showed great character with the ball. I said to the lads prior to the game I wanted to make Jordan Hill a fortress throughout the season and we have started well. Obviously there is still work to do with the bat but for our first league game I was very happy.

Next up, Oxford head to the picturesque setting of Shardeloes.

The skipper told Sports Shots;

Saturday will be another big test for us. Amersham are normally one of the tougher sides in the league and we know they are good at home. Once again it’s a case of making sure we do our jobs properly in all three aspects.

Oxford: Jamie Perkin (Captain), Owyn Tong-Jones, Fergus Nutt, Muhammad Ayub, Calvin Dickinson, Harvey Eltham, Shamilal Mendes, Freddie Simon, Richard Musk, Robert Keat, Christopher Humphreys.


HCPL D1: Town win historic first-ever Premier League match

Buckingham made a winning start to their first Home Counties Premier League Division 1 season at 2018 runners up Slough on Saturday.

Andrew Hall

Slough won the toss and asked Buckingham to bat first, with openers Callum Price and Leigh Tomlinson making a steady start with an opening stand of 32. Price survived an edge to slip which was adjudged to have fallen short of the fielder before being trapped lbw for 15. Andrew Hall came in at number 3 and dominated a second wicket partnership of 48. Saif Zaib came into the attack and bowled Tomlinson for 23, who was replaced by Jonny Cater. Hall brought up his 50 (58 balls) and again was the main man in a partnership of 61 before Cater was run out for 14. 3 overs later Rishi Sharath picked up the wicket of Hall for 83 which was the first of four wickets for 19 runs which saw Buckingham slip to 176 for 7. Russell White scored a quick 17 from 16 balls at the end as Buckingham reached 199 before being stumped off the final ball of the innings.

Saif Zaib and Nabil Shah (25) made a solid start to the run chase for Slough, putting on 47 and seeing off the opening bowlers. George Humphries came on first change and trapped Zaib lbw in his second over for 26. Skipper Jack Parish came on at the other end, and after conceding 9 in his first over, combined with Humphries to take 4 wickets for 9 runs in 8 overs as they reduced the hosts to 72 for 5. Mohammed Avas and captain Goutham Shrikrishna tried to rebuild the innings, but run scoring wasn’t easy as Humphries completed an excellent spell of 3 for 14 from his 10 overs. The pair added 30 to take the score past 100, but 2 run outs in the same over from Tomlinson and new overseas player Ranitha Liyanarachchi left them seven down and staring at defeat. Sulaiman Akhtar joined his captain and they put on 36 before both falling to consecutive deliveries to Liyanarachchi and Albert Johnson before Liyanarachchi wrapped up the victory as Slough were bowled out for 141.

C. Price lbw b Kakani 15 (22)
L. Tomlinson b Zaib 23 (74)
A. Hall c Zaib b Sharath 83 (91)
J. Cater+ Run Out (Kakani) 14 (36)
R. Large lbw b Zaib 11 (26)
R. Liyanarachchi st Noor b Sharath 7 (15)
J. Parish* b Sharath 5 (7)
J. Deal b Kakani 6 (12)
R. White st Noor b Zaib 17 (16)
G. Humphries Run Out (S. Akhtar) 1 (3)
A. Johnson Not Out 0 (0)
Extras (1b, 2lb, 10w, 4nb) 17
Total 199 all out
50 overs

FoW: 32-1 (Price, 9.4); 80-2 (Tomlinson, 22.1); 141-3 (Cater, 35.4); 157-4 (Hall, 38.5); 166-5 (Liyanarachchi, 42.4); 174-6 (Parish, 44.2); 176-7 (Large, 45.2); 192-8 (Deal, 48.2); 195-9 (Humphries, 49.2); 199-10 (White, 49.6)

I. Nawaz 8-2-22-0 (1w)
H. Kakani 7-0-32-2 (5w, 2nb)
D. Akhtar 5-0-14-0 (1w, 2nb)
S. Zaib 10-0-53-3 (1w)
S. Akhtar 10-0-29-0 (2w)
R. Sharath 10-0-46-3

S. Zaib lbw b Humphries 7 (7)
N. Shah c Parish b Humphries 25 (43)
D. Akhtar b Parish 4 (11)
H. Kakani lbw b Humphries 1 (5)
A. Ali lbw b Parish 1 (20)
M. Avas Run Out (Tomlinson) 13 (42)
G. Shrikrishna * lbw b Johnson 32 (67)
R. Sharath Run Out (Liyanarachchi) 0 (0)
S. Akhtar c& b Liyanarachchi 14 (25)
F. Noor+ Not Out 2 (3)
I. Nawaz c Johnson b Liyanarachchi 1 (8)
Extras (3b, 5lb, 8w, 6nb) 22
Total 141 all out
44 overs

FoW: 47-1 (Zaib, 12.3); 63-2 (D. Akhtar, 15.4); 63-3 (Shah, 16.2); 66-4 (Kakani, 18.2); 72-5 (Ali, 23.4); 102-6 (Avas, 33.3); 102-7 (Sharath, 33.5); 138-8 (S. Akhtar, 41.6); 138-9 (Shrikrishna, 42.1); 141-10 (Nawaz, 43.6)

R. White 7-2-26-0 (1w)
R. Liyanarachchi 8-0-30-2 (3w)
G. Humphries 10-3-14-3 (1w, 2nb)
J. Parish 7-2-20-2
J. Deal 7-0-25-0 (3w, 4nb)
A. Johnson 5-2-18-1

Buckingham win by 58 runs.

Unicorns Minor Counties: Bucks seamer Burden benefitting from Oz experience

Bucks and High Wycombe seamer Jonathan Burden believes his experiences over the winter in Australia will benefit him for the forthcoming season.

Jonathan Burden

In the Home Counties Premier League, Division 1 opener at Banbury last Saturday, Burden picked up three for 14 from ten overs in an impressive spell.

Reflecting on his winter, Burden told Sports Shots:

The team started dreadfully, before Christmas we were seventh in a league of eight.

After the break we only lost one regular season game and got into fourth place, which meant we were in the play-offs. Unfortunately, the opposition proved too strong on the day and we lost.

My own performances followed the teams. I didn’t take many wickets early on, but did very well in the middle part of the season which was white ball/coloured kit cricket. I think I ended up with 20 wickets in 14 games at an average of just over 20.

The trip down under has been a great learning curve.

My cricket has benefited hugely from the experience. The pitches in Australia were far less responsive than English ones which meant I had to alter the lengths I bowl somewhat. I also spent a lot of time working with the other opening bowler at the club, who had played some first class cricket in India, on getting the ball to swing. I’ve always struggled to do that and so it’s been hugely beneficial for my cricket. Given that the conditions for swinging the ball are far less favourable in Australia than in England, I’m hoping to see some real benefits for the upcoming season.

Unicorns Trophy 1st Rd: Andrew’s 5-star display sends Oxon to Wales for next round

GARETH Andrew’s superb five-wicket haul helped Oxfordshire record an eight-wicket win over Bedfordshire in their opening competitive 50-over clash of the season.

Oxfordshire celebrate a wicket

The all-rounder claimed 5-19 off ten overs – as well as two catches – as Oxon skittled their hosts for just 122 in 37.5 overs at Amptill CC yesterday.

Shabaaz Alam then blasted an unbeaten 76 as the visitors raced to 123-2 off just 18.3 overs.

Jonny Cater’s decision to insert the hosts proved an instant success, Andrew having Ben Howgego caught by Alam off just the third ball of the match.

Russell White then got in on the act, having fellow opener Luke Thomas caught by Andrew in the slips as Bedfordshire slumped to 9-2.

Andrew trapped James Kettleborough leg before, and although George Thurstance put up some resistance with a battling 49, none of his teammates could offer much support.

Andrew came back later in the innings to claim another three victims and complete an impressive five-wicket haul.

Joe Thomas wrapped things up by taking the final two wickets.

In reply, Alam was in no mood to hang about.

Although Harry Smith fell, his fellow opener was already in full flow.

Shabaaz Alam

Alam’s unbeaten 76 came off just 58 balls and included six fours and six sixes as Oxfordshire sped to a commanding success.

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MATCH GALLERY Bedfordshire v Oxfordshire – Unicorns Trophy 1st Round


Home Counties D1 Round-up: Matchday 1 (Saturday 11th May 2019)

The 2019 Home Counties Premier League season has started!

Current Division 1 Champions Henley started their season with a 18-run win over Aston Rowant.

Henley’s top order scored heavily; Matthew Rowe (73), Michael Roberts (65) and Jack Davies (50 not out).

The visitors eventually finished their 50 overs on 264 for 6.

In reply, Rowant skipper Joshua Smith hit an outstanding 127 but needed more support as his side were bowled out for 246 from 49.5 overs. Tom Nugent, four for 49, the pick of the bowlers.

Aston Rowant v Henley SCORECARD

Banbury defeated High Wycombe by 57 runs on DLS after the rain closed the game early at White Post Road.

It was the home side who were left reeling at 6 for 3, and then 57 for 7, before Shazad Rana’s defiant undefeated 37 and Ollie Wright’s 28 saw Banbury post 134 all out in 49.5 overs.

Jonathan Burden

Jonathan Burden’s excellent spell of three for 14 from ten overs supported by two wickets apiece for Tom Hampton and Cameron Parsons for the visitors.

In reply, Wycombe’s batsman found runs hard to come by as Oxfordshire spinner Joe Thomas, two for 11, bowled well.

Joe Thomas

Rain eventually took Wycombe batsmen from the field on 65 for 5 and with Umpires calling an early finish it was Banbury who secured the points.

Banbury v High Wycombe SCORECARD

Datchet marked their first-ever game at the top level with a ten-wicket success at Finchampstead.

Skipper Steven Naylor made an unbeaten 54 while fellow opener Joe Barrett finished 70 not out as Datchet eased to victory.

Earlier in the day, Finchampstead were all out for 125 all out in just 36.1 overs. Olly Birts collecting four for 26.

Finchampstead v Datchet SCORECARD

Former South African international Andrew Hall stroked 83 as he helped take Buckingham Town to a 58-run victory in their inaugural top-flight game.

Andrew Hall

Hall’s 91-ball knock helped Town to post 199 all out in 50 overs.

George Humphries

Slough had a steady reply before the introduction of Town’s 2018 player-of-the-year, George Humphries, three for 14, put the visitors on top. Jack Parish and Jack Deal each took a brace of wickets as Slough were dismissed for 141.

Slough v Buckingham Town SCORECARD

Horspath started their season with a 33-run win over Tring Park.

Will Eason elected for his Horspath side to bat first after winning the toss.

Tom Cosford

Oxfordshire batsman Tom Cosford (62) top scored as Horspath made 191 all out. Cosford shared vital partnerships with his captain and Mark Skelton in the final third of the innings.

Andy Harris

Andy Harris was the pick of the Tring bowling with four for 41.

AJ Woodland

In another rain-effected game, Tring had Bucks duo of Charlie Macdonell (28) and AJ Woodland (61) make early runs but they were eventually bowled out for 160. Skipper Eason picking up three for 31.

Tring Park v Horspath SCORECARD

NCL D1: Stony look to kick-start their season

Stony Stratford will be looking to kick-start their season when they host Weekley & Warkton at Campbell Park on Saturday.

Stony sit bottom of the table after their opening two games.

Last week Dean Bryce’s four for 24 was the only real highlight in the six-wicket defeat to East Haddon. Stony were dismissed for 90 all out.

Stony Stratford:

Jamie Baxter (c)
Blayde Capell (wk)
Ben Arnold
Dean Bryce
Rowan Carstensen
Mitchell Gaitskell
Irfan Marofkhail
James Pickles
Arvind Ramesh
Sainath Ravikumar
Graham Simpson

HCPL D1: High Wycombe skipper previews 2019 campaign

High Wycombe skipper Dan Marles spoke with Sports Shots during pre-season and looked forward to the 2019 campaign.

High Wycombe Cricket Club

Marles, who takes over from Nathan Hawkes, reveals his new signings, including Slough duo Conrad Louth and Bobby Sher, who will strengthen the ranks at London Road.

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First game for Wycombe is a trip up the M40 to face Banbury.