Henley remain unbeaten going into the last game of the season, following a 5 wicket victory over Horspath. Batting first, strugglers Horspath got off to a steady start reaching 202 for 5, before wickets fell cheaply and Will Eason’s side finished 217 all out from their 50 overs.In reply, after losing an early wicket, Henley reached the target comfortably with 5 wickets in hand.
In a rain affected game, second placed Banbury had a 20 run victory over Finchampstead using the DLS method. Batting first Banbury made 272 for 7 from their 50 overs, before dismissing their opponents, who were set a revised target of 240 from 40 overs, to 219 in 37.1 overs.
Datchet continued their good form with an 8 run victory over Slough. After winning the toss and electing to bat first, third placed Datchet reached 207 for 9 from their 50 overs. In a closely fought second innings Slough finished on 199 all out in 42.4 overs.
In another rain affected game, High Wycombe entertained Aston Rowant at their London Road ground. After losing the toss and being invited to bat first, Wycombe amassed a healthy 290 for 8 from their 50 overs. After being set a revised target of 241 from 37 overs, Rowant fell short, finishing on 222 for 9. Wycombe captain Dan Marles led from the front, making a strong 78 with the bat and taking 3 for 50 with the ball.
A mid table battle between Buckingham Town and Tring at Bourton Road, saw the visitors come out on top. After winning the toss and electing to bat first, Buckingham closed their 50 overs on 191 for 8. Tring reached their target in 48.5 overs, thanks to a stunning 109 from AJ Woodland, who carried his bat and saw his side home to a 2 wicket victory.
Report by Bob Hutt
Buckingham Town IV’s had a comfortable 56-run victory over Brackley 2nds.
After a shaky start, with Town being 21 for 4, they recovered well thanks to Luke Tory (54) and Oscar Bones (31). Skipper Dane Tuttlebee 10 not out and Kev Clark 13 not out scored useful runs at the end of the innings as Town closed on 169 for 9.
Brackley’s opening bowlers, Shiva 3-17 and Hazar 2-13, did a good job as only 30 runs came from the first 18 overs.
In reply Brackley never threatened to win and were bowled out for 113. Kev Clark three for 24, Dane Tuttlebee two for 29 and Luke Tory two for 14 did well with the ball, and there was a wicket apiece for Chris Coates and Matt Dipple.
Buckingham Town III’s came away from Eynsham today with a 123 run victory to make it two wins out of two.
Batting first, Town got off to a solid start with an opening partnership of 105 between Mike Taylor (50) and Ryan Bell (72). Wickets then fell at regular intervals before Dom Pritchard made a quick fire 30 from 15 balls, and Town finished on 222 for 9 from their 50 overs.
Eynsham struggled against Buckingham’s tight bowling with only Sam Jones (39) and Tom Prentice (24) reaching double figures. Andy Humphries took three for 19 from his 8 overs, with Dom Pritchard, Ryan Spragg and Joe Clark taking 2 wickets apiece.
Buckingham Town II’s slipped to a 79 run defeat at the hands of Didcot this afternoon.
Batting first, Didcot amassed 225 for 7 from their 50 overs. Pick of the bowlers was Wasim Fayyaz with two for 21 from his 10 overs.
In reply, Buckingham’s top four were all dismissed by George Woodley, who took four for 22 from 6 overs. Ali Martin was unbeaten on 58, but ran out of partners as Town were finally dismissed for 146.
Great Horwood continued their winning run with a 9 wicket victory over Eggerton Foresters.
Skipper Stuart Parker won the toss and elected to take to the field at Nash Road. Adam Armitage, Billy Harper and Olly Prendergast picked up 2 wickets apiece and pick of the bowlers, Haydon Morrison, grabbed 3 as the visitors were restricted to 124-9 from their 40 overs.
In reply Stuart Parker and Dale Armitage shared a 2nd wicket partnership of 123 and finished unbeaten on 49 and 56 respectively, to see Horwood to victory in just 22.1 overs.
Report by Bob Hutt
In a thrilling climax Buckingham II’s beat Twyford I’s by one run (D/L).
Inserted by Town, Twyford lost Shabaaz Alam early but Adam Bone(29) and Shahid Mahmood(44) improved matters before a middle order collapse. Faisal Khalid, 46 not out at the end, saw Twyford to a useful 227-9 from their 50 overs.
Pick of the Buckingham bowlers was spinner Wasim Fayyaz with 4-26. Nic Bond and Greg Leibenberg had two wickets and there was one for Matt Thatcher.
Buckingham made a solid start through Alex O’Dell (47) and David Barnes (23). Important runs came from skipper Steve Beck (34) and Tom Buggey(34).
As wickets fell James Gear (17no) and Jason Ell (19no) saw Town home against the odds, reaching their revised target of 217(D/L).
Pick of the Twyford bowlers was Atif Ali with 3-32.
After losing the toss and being asked to field, Stuart Parker’s Great Horwood side bowled tightly and with precision, to dismiss Cranfield University for 96 in 37 overs.
Pick of the bowlers were Simon Ridgway with 3 for 13 from his nine overs and Haydon Morrison with 3 for 16 from six.
In reply, Parker and Sam Willett were dismissed for 16 and 10 respectively, and it was left to Dale Armitage (33 not out) and Olly Prendergast (17 not out) to see Horwood home to a 25 point victory.
Report by Bob Hutt
Buckingham III’s started their new season with an easy win over Banbury IVs. Buckingham scored 239-7 from their allotted 50 overs.
Early batsmen Mike Taylor (24),Ryan Bell (15) and Vish Valambhia (22) gave them a solid start and in the middle order Joe Clark did well for his 43. At the end Dom Pritchard 22 (no) and Ryan Freshwater (43 no) saw Town reach a respectable total.
In reply Banbury struggled throughout and were bowled out for 136 in 35.5 overs. Pick of the bowlers was Ian Herbertson 4-42 and Dom Pritchard 2-22.
Stuart Parker has named his side as Great Horwood take on Cranfield University, in their first game of the season at their Nash Road ground.
Glyn Davies is unavailable and Billy Harper is carrying an injury, so Haydon Morrison comes into the side, along with new signing John O’Grady, who impressed for the 2nds last week.
Great Horwood: Stuart Parker (Capt), Adam Armitage, Dale Armitage, Sam Krajnk, Chris McStraw, Haydon Morrison, John O’Grady, Olly Prendergast, Simon Ridgway, Robbie Taylor, Sam Willett.
Buckingham Town 3rd team skipper, Brij Valambhia, has spoken to Sports Shots ahead of their season curtain-raiser, at home to Banbury 4ths.
” The first league match introduces two new signings in left-handed opener Ryan Bell, and Alex Gilder, who has joined from Great Horwood. I will be looking forward to the contribution that they bring to the squad.
We have a very strong squad, so to ensure that we push for the title this season, I hope we can start the season strongly.
I am keen to make sure we play hard and enjoy our cricket this season and also develop this young squad into a championship winning team. Our pre-season games have given us a strong start this year, so bring on Saturday, and here’s to a successful 2019″
Buckingham: Brij Valambhia (Capt), Mike Taylor, Ryan Bell, Alex Gilder, Vish Valambhia, Tom Buggey, Joe Clark, Andy Humphries, Dom Pritchard, Richard Pengelly, Ryan Freshwater.