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B&B ST 1R: Appleton, Menday & Owusu help Ath progress in county cup

Jordan Appleton, Jack Menday and Kevin Owusu netted the goals to send Buckingham Athletic into the second round of the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy.

Jack Menday

Neil Griffiths’ side went in ahead at the break after Appleton’s 42nd minute opener.

Clean Slate equalised before Menday put the visitors back in front at Downs Barn.

Owusu ensured the Athletic’s place in the next round with an 95th minute strike.

Thanks to Colin Howkins for the updates.

Unicorns Championship, ED: Croft spins Bucks to win with impressive debut display

A sensational bowling performance by Stephen Croft on his debut set up a convincing victory over Hertfordshire at Tring Park over the last three days.

Stephen Croft

The 21-year-old Harefield leg-spinner, playing his first Unicorns Counties Championship match for Bucks, returned the truly amazing figures 8-33 from 22 overs, as we finished our Eastern Division campaign on a high note.

Tom Hampton

Skipper Tom Hampton’s decision to bowl first appeared to pay dividends when Hertfordshire slumped to 82-7 on the first morning. But Andrew Neal’s unbeaten 78, with excellent support from batsmen 9, 10 and 11, helped them to recover to 244, with Hampton capturing 5-60.

The Bucks reply followed a similar pattern, as we slipped to 160-8 before Cameron Parsons (50) and Hampton, with 69 off just 49 balls, lifted us to 272 all out – a first-innings lead of 28.

Hertfordshire’s second innings was progressing serenely at 162-3, when Croft, having already picked up two of the first three wickets, changed ends and turned the game around with a devastating spell.  He induced a collapse that saw the visitors’ last seven wickets fall for 23 runs, to be all out for 185.  Although the pitch was showing the normal signs of wear, which would be expected late on the second day, it was by no means impossible to bat upon; Croft’s figures were the result of good bowling.

This left Bucks 158 for victory and the openers survived a nervous 20 minutes at the end of the second day. There were no dramas the following morning, as AJ Woodland (34) and Masoor Khan took the score to 94, before the departure of Woodland.  By the time that Khan was out for 68 with the score at 128 the match was effectively over, and Ed Casterton (40) and Mike Payne (10) saw Bucks home just before lunchtime on the final day.

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Bucks CCC v Herts CCC

 

 

 

BBST; Billy in a Harri to keep winning run going for Winslow United

Saturday 8th September 2018

Mursley United v Winslow United

Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy 1st Round

The Playing Field

K.O. 3.00pm

Winslow United recommence their Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy hunt this week-end with the very short trip to Mursley United, as they look to better their semi-final place of last season. Winslow were beaten that afternoon on penalties to eventual winners Saxton Rovers and will be looking for another good run in the competition, which is open primarily to clubs from steps six and seven.

Billy Harrison

This week Sports Shots caught up with defender Billy Harrison to ask how much he’s looking forward to the game:

Yes we are really looking forward to it, can’t get enough games in at the minute after winning our last three games in a row

Considering how far Winslow got in the Senior Trophy last season, is it just as important this time around?

Of course, you want to do well in all the competitions you play in, but this is one we are looking to go a long way in again

What does Billy expect from Mursley on Saturday?

We expect them to be very much up for the game and they will definitely not make it easy for us. Typical Mursley sides I’ve faced in the past have always been very hard working, and having started the season relatively well I’d imagine they would fancy their chances this weekend just like anyone else, anything can happen in cup football

We asked how Winslow will mentally prepare to play a team from a lower division?

The same way you should prepare for every game! You can’t take any game lightly or turn up with the wrong attitude at this level

Just how good a game was it at Rushden & Higham last week in the FA Vase?

That was probably one of the strangest games I’ve ever played in. To have been 4-1 up and completely in control to then ten minutes later be level at 4-4 was crazy. But very pleasing that we managed to get back hold of the game and take the win

How have the changes to the squad this season have affected the balance?

Naturally there is always going to be a bit of a transition period when there are some big changes to the squad, coming in and going out. But we’ve settled in now after a few wins and we have started to get back to playing properly again but there is still much more to come

How has the season been for Billy Harrison?

I’d like to think I’ve started relatively well but I know there is a lot to improve on in my game and that will be sure to happen under the guidance of the management & players around me

Finally, how has it been playing for Winslow United?

It’s been great so far, lots of support locally which is good to see and the lads all get on well. It can be demanding, in terms of playing & getting results but that’s only natural for players & supporters who want success

Sports Shots would like to thank Billy for his time this week.

Buckingham Senior Charity Cup – 2018-19 draw

The draw has taken place for the 2018-19 Buckingham Senior Charity Cup.

First Round

Leighton Town v Unite MK

Buckingham Athletic v Daventry Town

 

Semi Finals

Leighton Town or Unite MK v Aylesbury

Buckingham Athletic or Daventry Town v Winslow United

SSMFL D1: Ath held at home by Lions

Buckingham Athletic were held to a goalless draw at home against London Lions in the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 1 today.

Athletic

Drew Mitten had a 44th minute penalty saved for the Athletic.

FAV 1RQ: Win-slow edge nine-goal Vase away thriller

A Harry Dalton goal in extra time gave Winslow United a dramatic 5-4 win at Rushden & Higham in the FA Vase this afternoon.

Harry Dalton

Goals from Marcus Hussey, Daniel Parsons and Jack Bowers took United in at half time 3-1 ahead.

Marcus Hussey

The visitors then increased their lead, courtesy of an own goal, before the hosts fought back.

Rushden & Higham pulled three goals back to level the scores and sent the game into extra time.

It was Dalton who netted a dramatic winner to send United into the next round to play at Combined Counties League outfit Bedfont & Feltham on Saturday 15th September.

Unicorns Championship ED: Bucks host Hertfordshire in final game

Bucks CCC play their final fixture of the 2018 season when they host Hertfordshire in the Unicorns Championship, Eastern Division at Tring Park on Sunday.

Tom Hampton

The squad for the 3 day game v Hertfordshire starting this Sunday 2nd September is:

Bucks CCC: Masoor Khan (Clevedon CC), AJ Woodland (Tring Park CC), Dan Marles (High Wycombe CC), Mike Payne (Tring Park CC), Garry Park (Swarkestone CC), Teddy Casterton (High Wycombe CC), Shelvin Gumbs (Tring Park CC), Robin Pritchard Wkt (Chesham  CC), Cam Parsons (High Wycombe CC), Tom Hampton, Capt (High Wycombe CC), Jon Burden (High Wycombe CC), Stephen Croft (Harefield CC).

PLEASE NOTE ALL 3 DAYS START AT 10.30

HCPCL D2: Champions Town set to bow out at the top!

Buckingham Town finish their 2018 campaign as Home Counties Premier League, Division 2 Champions with a visit from Chesham on Saturday.

Buckingham Town 2018 Home Counties Premier Cricket League Division 2 Champions

Town go into match-day 18 with 311 points, having won twelve of their 17 games. They have an impressive 46 point lead over second placed Datchet and are 54 points ahead of Wokingham in third.

Such has been their dominance this season that they have, in truth, won the division at a canter. To put into context their achievement against the past winners of the previous three years highlights their impressive displays; Aston Rowant (290) in 2017, Horspath (308) in 2016 and Great & Little Tew (293) in 2015.

While Town have enjoyed some excellent individual displays, their opening partnership with the ball has been excellent. George Humphries (35 wickets) and Russell White (28 wickets) have given Town the upper hand early on in the opposition innings with their opponents unable to get starts.

George Humphries

Russell White

The improving Humphries will gain vital experience as he heads to Australia on the 26th September where he will play for Edinburgh Cricket Club in Melbourne over the winter.

Jack Deal (18), Skipper Jack Parish (17) and Andrew Hall (14) have also chipped in.

Town’s batsmen have been fortunate that their bowlers have taken the game to their opponents.

Jonny Cater (449) and Leigh Tomlinson (448) lead the batting run scoring charts with Rob Large (403) and Ash Pearson (350) playing vital roles. A special mention to Steve Brunning who has stepped in and netted 258 runs in just nine knocks.

Town will head into Division 1 for what, already, is an exciting 2019 season awaitng the Bourton Road outfit.

Town: Jack Parish (Captain), Steve Brunning, Leigh Tomlinson, Rob Large, Mark Hulbert, Jonny Cater, Andrew Hall, Ash Pearson, Jack Deal, Russell White, George Humphries.

ESS D1C: Thame assistant boss looking for “more of the same” from league leaders

Thame United assistant manager Stuart Blaik is looking for “more of the same” from his Evo Stik South, Division One Central league leaders this weekend.

Stuart Blaik

That’s the message from Blaik who spoke to Sports Shots ahead of the visit of Yaxley to The ASM Stadium.

With three wins from their opening three games, Blaik openly admits he does not look at the league table this early on in the campaign but believes the standards which the team has set must be reached again on Saturday afternoon.

We have done very well and with nine points on the board we are delighted. It is early on and I believe we are still another week away from full match fitness having endured a freak summer.

We have worked hard, been disciplined and those are the basic principles that we must keep delivering.

In this league if you are not on your game and working hard you get punished.

The three league victories have only been blighted by an exit in the FA Cup to Berkhamsted.

We were disappointed to lose last Saturday and that’s not just for ourselves but also for those people who work very hard behind the scenes.

We had a goal ruled out for offside which someone, who filmed the game, highlighted that it wasn’t and that would have put us one up. We take that decision and wish Berkhamsted all the best in the next round.

The defeat was hard to take but with games coming thick and fast this early it was so pleasing that the lads showed character on Monday to bounce back with a derby win at Aylesbury United. It’s a difficult place to go but we were back at it and to keep a clean sheet and take all three points was great.

This weekend Yaxley are next up.

We don’t know that much about Yaxley but if we again focus on ourselves and work hard we can earn another win.

FAV 1RQ: Dalton eyes cup success as United confidence starts to return

Harry Dalton has previewed Winslow United’s FA Vase trip this weekend.

Harry Dalton

Dalton and his team mates go to Rushden & Higham for a Vase tie at Hayden Road. Their United Counties League, Division 1 opponents currently sit 14th in the table with one win, one draw and two defeats from their opening four games.

United came from behind in an excellent cup tie win over Brimsdown on Tuesday evening.

Again we didn’t start well just like at their place last week. We knew that we had to show more in the second half and the desire and fight from the boys just showed what we can do. To come from 2-0 down to 2-2 and to win on penalties shows a lot of character.

United’s start to the season could be associated with a hangover from last season’s success, turned into a non-promotion.

This was a difficult one to take for all associated with the club. To work as hard as we did last season to see other teams getting promoted and not relegated was tough to take. I think we have now put it behind us and have to get on with our jobs and we’re doing just that.

Things are starting to turn around for the Elmfields Gate-based club.

Personally I think I’ve had an ok start to the season. There’s still lots I can improve on and that will come. I’ve been playing in a slightly different role which I like, just behind the front man.

As a team I think we’re starting to get our confidence back. We didn’t have the best of starts to the season and missing some key players hasn’t helped but everyone’s taken responsibility in their jobs and we’re slowly getting there.

With Vase and County cup games approaching, they will play a part in the season.

Everyone loves a good cup game because anything can happen, you saw that Tuesday night. I think after the disappointment of the FA Cup everyone is bang up for this Vase game and we know it will not be easy at all. Cup runs can help us massively with confidence and I know the boys are buzzing after Tuesday so let’s see what we can do and as long as everything is left on the pitch then we should be fine.

Winslow Utd v Brimsdown