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CL,D6: Dipple leads Town III to victory

Buckingham Town III’s maintained their 4th place spot in Cherwell League Div 6 with a convincing victory over Banbury 4’s.

Batting first, Mike Taylor (56) and Vishal Valambhia (77) helped Town post 201, before Matt Dipple ripped through Banbury’s top order to finish with impressive figures of 6-9 from his 10 overs.

Matt Dipple

HCPCL,D2: First win in 5 for Town despite Nelson ton

Reported by Andrew Holland

Buckingham travelled to already relegated Great Brickhill on Saturday for the return of the 50 over games. The hosts won the toss and elected to bat first.

Skipper Mark Nelson opened the batting and scored quickly from the start forcing Buckingham to switch to spin within the first 10 overs. He dominated an opening partnership of 74 with Rubens Clinton (20) before the latter was trapped lbw by Jack Deal. Another wicket for Deal and one for Jack Parish followed to leave the score 92 for 3 when Jilesh Pattni joined Nelson at the crease. Nelson passed 50 (30 balls), and continued to score freely at one end, Pattni scoring just 1 run in the first 40 runs of their partnership. With his 17th boundary Nelson brought up an 80 ball century, and went on to make 118 (89 balls) before being run out dropping his bat as he crossed the crease. That was the first of 7 wickets in 48 balls for just 10 runs as Great Brickhill slipped from 171 for 3 to 181 all out. George Humphries was the main destroyer taking 5 wickets for 4 runs in 3 overs (including a triple wicket maiden) to finish with 5 for 35 against his former club.

George Humphries

In reply James Wagg struck early as Rob Large was bowled not playing a shot. Leigh Tomlinson (34) and Ash Pearson (28) came together and scored at close to 5 an over as they put on 70 for second wicket before both falling in consecutive overs to Wagg and Marcus Critchley. Wagg bowled his 10 overs straight through, finishing with 2 for 36, and was replaced by Drew Burrows who took 2 wickets in 2 balls in his second over as the Buckingham chase slipped to 97 for 5. Jack Parish came in to join skipper Jonny Cater, and the pair steadied the innings with a busy partnership of 48. Parish scored 22 at better than a run a ball but fell to the returning Critchley with victory in sight. Nuwan Jayasena came in at number 8 and struck three 4s and two 6s and a 14 ball 28 not out as, alongside Cater who finished 39 not out, he saw Buckingham home to a 4 wicket win.

Great Brickhill
M. Nelson* Run Out (Tomlinson) 118 (89)
R. Clinton lbw b Deal 20 (28)
G. Carter lbw b Deal 1 (8)
M. Critchley lbw b Parish 1 (10)
J. Pattni b Humphries 19 (55)
G. Morris+ lbw b Humphries 1 (18)
A. Jhala b Humphries 0 (3)
D. Burrows c Cater b Humphries 0 (1)
H. Miah Not Out 4 (16)
A. Khan b Humphries 1 (2)
J. Wagg lbw b Parish 0 (2)
Extras (5b, 1lb, 10w) 16
Total 181 all out
38.4 overs

FoW: 74-1 (Clinton, 9.3); 89-2 (Carter, 11.5); 92-3 (Critchley, 14.4); 171-4 (Nelson, 30.5); 175-5 (Pattni, 33.1); 175-6 (Jhala, 33.4); 175-7 (Burrows, 33.5); 178-8 (Morris, 37.2); 180-9 (Khan, 37.5); 181-10 (Wagg, 38.4)

K. Braid-Ball 4-0-25-0
N. Bond 2-0-20-0 (2w)
J. Deal 7-0-39-2 (2w)
J. Parish 7.4-1-26-2 (3w)
N. Jayasena 10-5-30-0
G. Humphries 8-1-35-5 (3w)

L. Tomlinson c Critchley b Wagg 34 (47)
R. Large b Wagg 0 (6)
A. Pearson c Nelson b Critchley 28 (43)
J. Cater*+ Not Out 39 (68)
J. Deal lbw b Burrows 10 (22)
A. Martin b Burrows 0 (1)
J. Parish c Pattni b Critchley 22 (21)
N. Jayasena Not Out 28 (14)
Extras (4lb, 17w) 21
Total 182-6
36.5 overs

FoW: 5-1 (Large, 1.6); 70-2 (Tomlinson, 15.5); 70-3 (Pearson, 16.1); 97-4 (Deal, 23.3); 97-5 (Martin, 23.4); 145-6 (Parish, 32.2)

A. Jhala 5-0-21-0 (6w)
J. Wagg 10-2-36-2
M. Critchley 8-0-51-2 (1w)
A. Khan 5.5-0-46-0 (7w)
D. Burrows 4-0-13-2 (2w)
H. Miah 4-0-11-0 (1w)

Buckingham win by 4 wickets.

Buckingham – 20 points
Great Brickhill – 6 points



SSMFL,D1: Winslow include new signing for visit to Broxbourne

By Nick Callaghan

On Saturday 12th August we travel to Goffs Lane, Cheshunt for the second of our opening 4 away games, in what will be yet another tricky fixture against an FC Broxbourne Borough side that, (much like last Saturday) we have never beaten in our history.

The lads have trained well this week and are looking to bounce back from the opening day disappointment which saw them defeated 4-2 by Broadfields United, a performance which showed nothing like what they are capable of producing, our goals coming from Aaron King and Niall Williams. If we are to get anything on Saturday then we will need to cut out the defensive mistakes which cost us so dearly last time out.

New Winslow United manager Paul Alleyne (centre) flanked by his management team of Ronnie Joe and Steve Garbutt.

While this is our second game of the campaign, this is Broxbourne’s opening league game of the 2017-2018 season, however they have been in competitive action 3 times already this season.

FC Broxbourne Borough made a great start to the 2017-2018 season as they beat South Mids Prem side Hertford Town 4-2 in the Herts Charity Shield.

They then drew with Essex Senior Premier League side Tower Hamlets 1-1 on Saturday in the FA Cup at Goffs Lane and then exited the competition at the first hurdle, as they lost 1-0 in a heated replay on Monday at the Mile End Stadium, which saw both teams reduced to 10 men, with the winner coming on the stroke of full time just as the game appeared to be heading into extra time.

Our last fixture against Broxbourne on Saturday 21st March, 2015 at The Gate resulted in a 3-1 defeat, our goal that day came from Tom Williams.

To read our match report from this game, please click here:

Our head to head record against FC Broxbourne Borough makes for pretty grim reading as we have lost the previous 3, conceding 9 goals and scoring just 3.

L FC Broxbourne Borough 2 1 Winslow United Saturday, 31 August 2013
Attendance 31

L FC Broxbourne Borough 4 1 Winslow United Saturday, 30 August 2014
Attendance 26
Our goal scorer in this game was Nathan Skelton.

L Winslow United 1 3 FC Broxbourne Borough Saturday, 21 March 2015

Unfortunately the game that took place on Saturday, 01 March 2014 between ourselves and Broxbourne was postponed and after extensive research we are unable to find the result from the game and it appears it has been wiped from all known football sites. Not sure whether this is a good thing or a bad thing, but if anyone does know the score in this game please let us know.

FC Broxbourne Borough finished 2nd and were promoted to the Premier Division in the 2014-2015 season. This is Broxbourne’s first season back in Division 1 after finishing bottom of the Premier last season winning just 4 games and gaining just 17 points from 42 games.

However, in a brighter spot for FC Broxbourne Borough last season, their amazing youth team gained national coverage (and quite rightly so) as they incredibly progressed to the 5th round of the FA Youth Cup, eventually losing to Aston Villa 7-0 at Villa Park, but they managed to beat the likes of Yeovil Town and Chester which saw them go on such a tremendous run.

In transfer news, joining us this week is ex Thame Rangers Captain and Left Back Paul Brown. Let’s all give Paul a warm Winslow welcome as he settles in to his new surroundings.

We travelled with such great numbers to the game against Broadfields and it would be great to see you all there again and as always your support is welcome, appreciated and valued.

Squad from:

Aaron White, Jack Bowers, Jack Page, Mitchell Collins, Paul Brown, Marcus Hussey, Michael Donkor, Kevin Mealor, Sean Coles, Daniel Delderfield, Harry Hertitage, Grant Karwacinski, Alex Kedzierski, Simon King (c), Aaron King, Tom Brindley


OCA,D1: Horwood edge to enthralling victory

For the third week in a row Great Horwood were involved in an enthralling game that went right to the wire, as they eventually beat Stonesfield by 3 wickets with 4 balls to spare.

After losing the toss Horwood were asked to field and for the first time this season openers Josh Nix and Adam Armitage were unable to find an early breakthrough, as Stonesfield negotiated the first 10 overs adding 40 runs. It was the introduction of Dale Armitage that got Horwood into the game as he was introduced early and picked up the first wicket in his 2nd over and followed this up with a second in his next over to reduce Stonesfield to 42-2.
A 3rd wicket partnership of 67 saw Stonesfield pass 100 in the 28th over until Haydon Morrison grabbed his 1st wicket of the day. Horwood, and Morrison in particular, were able to continue to pick up wickets on a regular basis to stem the Stonesfield flow in the latter overs as he finished with 5-40 from his 12 overs, aided by four catches from Dale Armitage.

There was also a further wicket for Dale Armitage (3-41) and one apiece for Nix and Adam Armitage as Stonesfield were all out in the last over for 173.

In reply Horwood openers Stuart Parker and Sam Willett got the innings off to a comfortable start as they shared an opening stand of 96 in 24 overs and Horwood looked to be cruising to victory. However Parker was caught for 31 and Willet fell four overs later for 55 and with the score just over 100 there was still work to do. Dale Armitage looked comfortable however Morrison fell cheaply and Nix then went for 15 and Horwood were 144-4 with 8 overs remaining. Armitage was then given out in controversial fashion to leave the game in the balance.
Chris Mcstraw was at the crease and after seeing his side home the previous week again looked in control. Despite losing Olly Prendergast and Adam Armitage,  McStraw was able too see his side home for the 2nd week in a row as he finished with 15 not out as Simon Gale got the boundary Horwood required in the final over.

This weekend Horwood are without a game Saturday but entertain Oxenford in the Airey Cup quarter final at Nash Road on Sunday.

CL, D8: Town 4ths up to third

Buckingham Town 4ths moved up to 3rd in Division 8 after a brilliant run chase on Saturday.

After some indifferent performances in the batting department in recent weeks Town welcomed Oxford 4ths to the lovely North Marston ground.

Winning the toss and asking Oxford to bat seemed a good decision as Oxford were soon four wickets down for 1 run. Skipper Kevin Clark with 3 wickets and Dane Tuttlebee with the other.

Oxford then went on to make 221 for 7 with Ben Cater and Joe Clark picking up a wicket each, with Clark also getting a run out.

Faced with the largest run chase in 4th teams short history 16 year old Fin Lee 57 and the experienced Club chairman Ade Johnson 41 set a great platform with a superb opening stand. The dismissal of Lee then set off a flurry of wickets losing 4 for only 10 runs.

Joe Clark and Cam Harrington then settled things down and re- ignited the run chase before Harrington was dismissed for 32 with Clark still at the crease.

Joe Clark

Town reached the target with 3 balls to spare with the 15 year old Joe Clark finishing 56 not out, his maiden fifty in senior cricket for Buckingham in an innings including 8 fours.

A great run chase and a great all round team performance leaves the 4ths in a strong position to continue the quest for back to back promotions.

This week they welcome Bledlow Ridge 2nds to Gawcott  looking for revenge after a heavy defeat on the opening day of the season.

CL,D2: Town II’s strengthened by returning Romaine & Beck + new signing Turner

Buckingham Town II’s skipper Dominic Pritchard has spoken to Sports Shots ahead of his sides opening game of their Cherwell League campaign, when they travel to Sandford St Martin.

Pritchard told Sports Shots;

As a result of the club as a whole strengthening in all areas over the winter, all of our sides will be looking to push for promotion this season.

Kieran Turner

In the II’s this week we are strengthened by 3 new signings. Kieron Turner, who has joined us from Bletchley Town, Steve Beck who, after several years at Banbury, has returned to his home town club and Anthony Romaine who, having had a short break from cricket, has returned to Bourton Road.

Steve Beck

Everyone has had a good preseason, which made selecting the side difficult and a few players were unlucky to miss out. However it does strengthen the III’s who face Twyford in their first game.
My team this week is:
Anthony Romaine
Steve Brunning
Steve Beck
Ben Laycock
Callum Cater
Steve Lewis
Kieron Turner
James Gear
Ben Stafford
Alex Odell
Dom Pritchard


Minor Counties: Oxon select side to face Berkshire

This is the selected Oxfordshire CCC side to face Berkshire at Bicester & North Oxford CC (OX26 1TH) on Sunday 7th May (start 11am):

JA Cater (capt/wk) (Buckingham Town CC)
LM Bethell (Aston Rowant CC)
M Machan (Sussex CCC)
WJ Eason (Horspath CC)
HE Eltham (Oxford CC)
JLN Garrett (Great & Little Tew CC)
LC Ryan (Spencer CC)
LM Sabin (Banbury CC)
HGK Smith (Great & Little Tew CC)
JCR West (Banbury CC)
OTM Wright (Banbury CC)

Richard Kaufman is unavailable due to work commitments, so Matt Machan comes into the side. Any support on Sunday would be much appreciated by the team and we look forward to seeing you there.

CL,D6: Dipple previews Town III’s local derby Cherwell curtain-raiser

Buckingham Town III team skipper, Matt Dipple, has spoken to Sports Shots as his side play host to Twyford II’s in the opening game of their Cherwell League campaign.

Matt Dipple

Dipple said;

We’re looking forward to getting the season started. Last season was successful in that we achieved the highest ever league position of the 3rd team, and we want to improve on that by achieving promotion this year. We’ve got a strong squad so we really feel that’s an achievable goal.

Matt Dipple (c)
Matt Thatcher (vc)
Frank Johnson
Richard Pengelly
Anant Peshavaria
Kallan Peshavaria
Tim Riley
Mike Taylor
Luke Tory
Brijesh Valambhia
Greg Wise (wk)

Minor Counties: Bucks name team to take on Suffolk

The Bucks team to face Suffolk CCC at Tring Park CC this Sunday 7th May is:
Masoor Khan (Cleveden CC), AJ Woodland  (Tring Park CC), Saif Zaib (Northampton Saints CC), Shelvin Gumbs (Tring park CC), Garry Park (Swarkestone CC), Mike Payne (capt) (Tring park CC), Rob Pritchard (Tring park CC), George Russell(wk) (High Wycombe CC), Matt Rance (Chesham CC), Cam Parsons (High Wycombe CC), Tom Hampton (High Wycombe CC)

Play starts at 11.00.

CL,D8: Clark looks ahead to Town 4th’s Division 8 campaign

Buckingham Town’s 4th team skipper Kev Clark has spoken to Sports Shots ahead of his sides opener against Bledlow Ridge II’s.

Clark said;

After promotion last season the BTCC 4th  team are looking forward to starting life in Division 8 of the Cherwell league.

As with any 4th eleven, the team will be subject to change on a weekly basis but I am confident we will keep a core of players for the season, with a mix of some very experienced players and talented youth.

The playing additions to the club in the higher teams will  ultimately help with the strengthening but we have lost two key players from last years title success, Chris Hardy has moved away from the area and talented youngster Jack Beasley is now playing his cricket at Marston St Lawrence in the South Northants league. Ian Herbertson is missing through injury as well.

Tom Taylor

Youngsters Tom Taylor and Joe Clark played a big part last year and will look to push on this season to put pressure on the players in teams above. Both lads have been selected for Bucks at age group level this season.

The strength of the club is shown in the fact that the standard of team we are fielding on Saturday is very good. We have some strong sides to play this year and know it will be tough.

We had a good run out in pre-season against Gawcott and 8 of this weeks team have had some game time all ready this season which is a rarity in a 4ths eleven.

To play a 2nd eleven side in our first game will be a good marker for the season so lets hope we hit the ground running.
Kevin Clark (capt)
Ben Cater
Ade Johnson
Ernie Mcdade
Russell Thompson
Nalin Angammana
Joe Clark
Tom Taylor
Olly Drage
Dane Tuttlebee
Cameron Harrington (wk)