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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).


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

SSMFL D1: Griffiths seeing good signs in improving Ath

Buckingham Athletic boss Neil Griffiths has spoken to Sports Shots as London Lions visit Stratford Fields in the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 1 on Saturday.

Neil Griffiths

The Athletic bounced back to winning ways with a convincing three points against Park View last weekend.
The Athletic manager told Sports Shots;
We were much-improved on Saturday, the scoreline more than matched our performance. We saw some of the things we have asked really taken on board. We showed more quality with ball than we have of late. It was a significant step in the right direction.

As with all new managers comes different ideas and changes in personal.

We are very much a work in progress, I mentioned after the Winslow game we need to be judged after eight to ten weeks.

We have had two heavy losses but there have been spells in those games where we have been the better side. We are still learning about the players and they are understanding what we want. Saturday’s win was a building block in the right direction.

The squad is still settling in terms of personnel. Fitness wise, the lads have been phenomenal. We have made a big thing about training commitment and training twice a week. We have done large amounts of work on right type of fitness. Credit to the players they have understood the importance and taken it on. That work will continue, the true benefits of it will come later in the winter when pitches are heavier. The summer hasn’t been easy on the pitch and the club have done all they can. The rain is good news for the pitch, some extra sessions on shape and we’ll be able to progress and go up another level. Points wise, we’ll always want more but providing we are seeing progress in understanding and performance the results will soon become a product of that.

Even this early in the season, Griffiths is aware of the significance of the forthcoming games.
We have 3 games now that become very very important. Firstly we have a home league game, we have been unbeaten at Stratford Fields so far and that has to continue. That would see us 6 games in, 3 wins, 1 draw and 2 defeats. That for me is an acceptable start with room for more.
We then have two cup games, the Berks and Bucks cup, followed up by the FA Vase. We go and have successful results in those then the start of our season soon becomes a far more positive one.
There is good news on the playing side.
Squad-wise we are slowly getting to full strength. Dan Staley is now in light training. We have four returning from holidays and a wedding. This is where the club structure is so important, being able to give players 90 mins via the development side is vital and allows us to retain the squad size we have. Jake and Ben have had a superb pre-season going into their first game on Saturday.
Kick-off at Stratford Fields is 3pm.

CL D6: Town III set for campaign finale

Brijesh Valambhia leads his Buckingham Town III side for their final Cherwell League, Division 6 encounter of 2018.

Finley Clark

Valambhia is pleased with his side’s progress.

The final game of the season! Such a good season we have had overall, an introduction of some new players will only strength the squad for next year.

This week sees the introduction of the youngest debutant in the threes in Finn Clark, who is only 13. We also see the return of Neville Pritchard behind the stumps. We hope to have a good day out and then back to the club for the end of season festivities and where we can celebrate the 1st team’s league winning performance. #homecountieschamps

Team: 1. Mike Taylor 2. Adrian Freeman 3. Raj Lall 4. Max Sutton 5. Vish Valambhia 6. Brij Valambhia 7. Joe Clark 8. Finn Clark 9. Neville Pritchard 10. Luke Tory 11. Dom Pritchard.

Sports Shots would like to thank Brijesh for his time not only this week, but for every week of this season for his previews and team lists.

Hill knock leads Worcestershire Rapids to Play-off win

Chloe Hill helped lead Worcestershire Rapids into the Women’s County Championship, Division 2 at New Road today.

Chloe Hill

The Rapids won their play-off game against their Cornwall opponents.

Buckingham-based Hill shared a 147-run opening partnership with Beth Hill before being bowled for 78 in the 29th over.

The Rapids went on to post 227 for 9 before dismissing Cornwall all out for 130 to secure a 97-run victory.

SSMFL LCT 1R: Winslow host Brimsdown in Tuesday League Challenge Trophy clash

Winslow United return to Elmfields gate to host Brimsdown in the Spartan South Midlands League Challenge Trophy, 1st Round on Tuesday evening.

Winslow United’s Elmfields Gate ground.

After being without a game at the weekend, Paul Alleyne’s side will be looking to build on their first win of the season, last time out, a 2-1 away win. Harry Dalton and Jack Bowers on target.

Kick-off is 7.45pm.

SNCL D3: Matt finish gives Gawcott & Hillesden final day derby victory

Matt Folkes helped take Gawcott & Hillesden to a final day victory with an unbeaten 59 against Preston Bissett on Saturday.

Matt Folkes

Folkes guided his side home as they finish the 2018 season third in the league and winning the South Northants League, Division 3 & 4 Cup.

Kyle Bennion (37) was also in good form as the home side reached their target after just 25.3 overs.

Kyle Bennion

Earlier in the day, Bissett posted 143 for 7 from their 40 overs with Harin Sellahewa (41) and Kevin D’Silva (32) adding an 82-run opening partnership.

Luke Stafford, two for 19, the pick of the home side’s bowling.

Luke Stafford