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Buckingham United FC confirmed into Spartan South Midlands Div. 2

The Spartan South Midlands Football League Division Two constitution has been confirmed and see’s Buckingham United transferred from the North Bucks & District League following a successful application.

The number of new clubs to the division totals three; Clean Slate failed re-election after finishing bottom last season with just three points, whilst Codicote drop down from the first division, and Tring Corinthians join as a new club.

Sports Shots will bring more reaction from Buckingham United over the coming days….

FCCL D2; Great Horwood CC hoping defeat was blessing in dis-Guise

Great Horwood CC host Aspley Guise this weekend looking to bounce back after last weeks defeat at New City (MK) and again look to put pressure on the top two spots in the Four Counties Cricket League Division Two table. Whilst Horwood were suffering their first defeat of the campaign last Saturday Aspley were winning just their second game of the season against Harlington with two of their opening three batsmen scoring over seventy each, these two sides now sit three places apart & are separated by just twenty-four points, this game is vital to both teams.

This week Sports Shots caught up with Horwood skipper Stuart Parker to find out how he felt last week’s game went:

Obviously suffering our first defeat of the season was disappointing but let’s hope it’s just a minor setback. We were in a strong position at seventy-five without loss but then unfortunately I was out after getting fifty-five and looking set, we struggled to build any partnerships after this. Olly Prendergast with twenty-three and Sam Krajnyk with twelve did do well to ensure we got a half decent score on the board but one hundred & forty-three all out felt below par.

That said Billy Harper again bowled brilliantly with the new ball to put us on top with five wickets for thirty-six as he reduced them to seventy-one for six, Robby did aid him with a wicket too, and at this point it looked like we’d go on and win. Unfortunately three dropped catches and deciding to give Haydon Morrison a bowl combined to quickly let their number eight get over fifty and win them the game!

And the thoughts on their visitor’s this week?

Aspley Guise at home this week. They are currently mid table and seem reliant on a few guys at the top of their order who have scored heavily thus far, so hopefully our bowling at the start will continue to bring early wickets and the lads will practice their catching beforehand! I might also have to go back to my all-rounder Olly for the spin option after Haydon’s figures last week!!

Glyn Davies returns

This week’s squad news:

We are still without Army (Adam Armitage) so just one change from last week as Glyn Davies is allowed out to play this week surprisingly so comes in for Sam Krajnyk who is at a wedding

Team:

Stuart Parker

Dale Armitage

Glyn Davies

Billy Harper

Chris McStraw

Haydon Morrison

Olly Prendergast

Simon Ridgway

Deran Taylor

Rob Taylor

Sam Willett

 

Start: 1.30pm

CCL D1; Buckingham Town CC II’s hoping to Bury recent losing streak

Buckingham Town CC II’s travel to Westbury on Saturday looking to get back on track after losing their last three league games, their hosts have a similar record having won their first game of the campaign but then losing all three since and sit one place and one point above their guests going into this Cherwell Cricket League Division One match.

This week Sports Shots caught up with Town skipper Steve Beck to find out how he felt last Saturday’s home defeat to Abingdon Vale went:

I was disappointed in the result as I think they are a team that we should be competing with at the end of the season. We started off poorly and they got off to a flyer, fifty without loss off just seven overs which has been a habit this year, we then dragged it back really well with some excellent spells from Andy Humphries who conceded just twenty-eight runs off ten overs, Nick Bond who in seven overs only conceded twenty-nine runs, Ben Curley took three wickets for thirty-three runs off five overs and Gregg Liebenberg took three for ten in his second spell with the ball to leave them one hundred & thirty-seven for seven. Then Henry Pickford came in and rescued them again and they finished two hundred and forty-one for nine, which was probably fifty too many. The response started well with Matt Thatcher and Rob Lightfoot getting us to seventy-four for a single wicket, but the loss of quick wickets and the increasing run rate made it a hard and a disappointing chase in the end

Onto this week and the short trip to Westbury, what are the team expecting?

The game against Westbury will be the first time I have played against them, although I did play for them many years ago in the mid-week league, and we know it will be tough. They are a young side that have flown up through the divisions so fair play to them. They know how to play their ground very well and have scored a lot of runs there in the past. We have some more experience back in the team this week so I see it being a close match

Alex O’Dell returns after 1st team duties last week

This week’s team news?

The club has a few players back this week so it strengthens the 1sts and 2nd XI’s

Team:

Alex Odell

David Barnes

Adam King

Matthew Thatcher

Steve Beck

Ben Curley

James Gear

Gregg Liebenberg

Andy Humphries

Richard Pengelly

Joe Bleasdale

 

Start: 12.30pm

CCL D6; Buckingham Town CC III’s skipper still doesnt know Twy his side lost last week

Buckingham Town CC III’s travel to local neighbours Twyford II’s on Saturday looking to bounce back after last week-ends narrow defeat by Chearsley, and hope that Westbury II’s slip up at Eynesbury so Town can leap frog them back to the Cherwell Cricket League Division Six table summit.

This week Sports Shots caught up with Town skipper Brij Valambhia to gauge his thoughts on last week’s defeat:

Last week was a disappointing result as we played well below our usual high standard, we made several errors in the field and some decisions didn’t go our way. All the batsmen got starts but no one managed to convert unfortunately, just a bad day at the office. They caught us on an off day

Onto this week’s game at Twyford, how does the team view this game?

This week is a local derby against our old foe Twyford. We are looking to bounce back stronger and better than last week, we see Ryan Bell and Tom Taylor returning to the squad which only strengthens our line-up. I know the guys hated the loss and therefore will be eager to make up for it, I have said this before but I am very lucky to have such a hard working bunch in the team who always give it one hundred per cent. Twenty-five points will be the target and I hope to see us bounce back straight away

Dom Pritchard took 2-32 last week

Team:

Mike Taylor
Ryan Bell
Alex Gilder
Vishal Valambhia
Greg Wise
Ryan Freshwater
Joe Clark
Dom Pritchard
Brijesh Valambhia
Ryan Spragg
Tom Taylor

 

Start: 12.30pm

Newport Pagnell Town FC to hold raffle for youth section

Newport Pagnell Town Football Club are offering raffle tickets for some unique prizes all in aid of the youth section of the club.

Have you ever dreamt of having your company name on the whole of the Newport Pagnell Town Football Club youth kit?

Ever wanted your company name on one of the stands on the main pitch?

Now is your chance!!!

We are holding a raffle for Newport Pagnell Town Football Club for the 340 + youth players that we have under the NPTFC umbrella.

1st Prize – NPTFC Youth Home kit Sponsor

2nd Prize – NPTFC Youth Training/Away Kit Sponsor

3rd Prize – A stand named after the winning company within the first team pitch

4th Prize – A match against a NPTFC senior team (First/Reserves/Woman’s team)

Plus added benefits! Take a look at the site for full details including ticket pricing & draw date

Link to site: www.nptfcyouthkit.co.uk

Anyone interested should contact: kit@nptfc.co.uk

Date set for this years Buckingham Charity Cup AGM

Winslow United BSCC Winners 2019

The date for this years Buckingham Charity Cup annual general meeting has been set with full details below in their statement:

The Charity Cup AGM has been arranged for Thursday 27th June at Buckingham Athletic FC with a  7:30pm start.

All clubs who participated in this season’s competition are required to send a representative.

Please be aware any continuing member club failing to be represented at the AGM without satisfactory reason being given, shall be fined £20.00 in accordance with the fines and fees tariff

Buckingham United FC seeking away friendlies

Buckingham United FC, Berks and Bucks FA affiliated, and new to the Spartan South Midlands Football League Division Two for this season (subject to FA approval), are looking for “away” friendlies for the following dates

 

Saturday 13th July

Saturday 20th July

Saturday 3rd August

 

Please email any enquiries to: buckinghamutdfc@gmail.com

CCL D1; Buckingham Town CC II’s suffer home defeat to Abingdon Vale

Buckingham Town CC II’s – 144 all out off 38.5 overs
Abingdon Vale CC – 241-9 off 50 overs

 

01.06.2019

Buckingham Town II’s fell to defeat on Saturday at Bourton Road to Abingdon Vale by ninety-seven runs, with players called up to the first team & three dropped catches during the Vale innings Town were simply beaten by the better team. Abingdon had four players who scored well on a hot afternoon although a mid order collapse did see the scores slump from ninety-eight for two to one hundred & thirty-seven for seven but from there the visitor’s rallied to set a good target for their hosts to chase, losing an early wicket Buckingham dug in briefly but as soon as the wickets started to fall the game was sewn up with more than ten overs still available, a brilliant spell of five for twenty-seven from Tim Chilvers seeing off the Buckingham tail end.

Amith Premkumar & Byron Byrne opened for Abingdon & made thirty-eight before the former was trapped lbw by Thatcher, Charlie Tomlinson then came in to share sixty with Byrne before he fell to Greg Liebenberg, from there the hosts took five wickets for just thirty-nine runs until an inspired fifty-three from Henry Pickford saw his side finish on two hundred & forty one with a wicket remaining; Greg Liebenberg & Ben Curley both finished with three wickets each.

Greg Liebenberg took three wickets for Town

Town opened with David Barnes & Robert Lightfoot but with the former bowled by Vale skipper Joe Butcher with score on just seven, Matthew Thatcher then came to the crease & alongside Lightfoot the pair added sixty-seven until Thatcher was given lbw. From seventy-four for two it soon became eighty-nine for five, skipper Steve Beck & Ben Curley added nineteen before two wickets for three runs again turned the screw, Liebenberg with Nic Bond added twenty-four as a brief resistance but with Chilvers taking all five of the last wickets in just short of six overs, the points were heading back to Oxfordshire.

For match analysis: http://cherwellcricketleague.com/match_analysis.php?MatchID=7019

For league table: http://cherwellcricketleague.com/leaguetable.php?Division_ID=1

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New Buckingham United manager gives thoughts & plans for season ahead

Buckingham United Football Club announced recently the appointment of Sean Devine as their new manager for the coming season along with John Walton agreeing to become his assistant, the pair working together last season at Leighton Town development which ended in success as their young side lifted the Spartan South Midlands Development Challenge Trophy with a solitary goal victory over Stotfold.

Sean Devine with cup winning Leighton Town development side (image: Natalie Walton)

This week Sports Shots caught up with the former Leighton Town development gaffer to ask for his initial thoughts after landing the job:

Both myself and John are excited and happy to be being given the opportunity to coach / manage at this level, and being part of a club that is looking to move in the right direction

When did they apply for the roles, and what were their opinion after meeting the club:

We applied for the job not long after our season had finished, when we met Matt (Hawes) and Adam (Bray) their enthusiasm for the direction that they want to take the club was unbelievable which really sold it to both of us

What has been Sean’s football career to date?

Wow that might take a while lol, I was a pro for around fifteen years playing for teams such as Millwall, Wycombe Wanderers & Exeter City, I also had a stint playing in the Australian ‘A’ League, I also represented Ireland B

What are the immediate plans for the summer now, and what help will he bring in?

To recruit a few new faces to add a bit more depth and strength to the current squad, plan pre-season training & games, and make sure we are ready for the start of the season. John Walton will be helping me as we worked together last season at Leighton Town and John also gave me the opportunity to get back into football, he also has a lot of contacts in the area and a lot of respect in the game. We may also look at bringing in another coach to assist with training & match days etc

Does Sean have any South Midlands experience & what are they expecting?

We have quite a bit of experience at this level as John has managed at this level before, and we were both with Leighton Town who were part of their development league. We feel it’s the next level up for us as its first team football but not too much of a big step too soon. The league will no doubt be competitive and we have got to make sure we are ready

What are the plans for the season at this stage?

To gain promotion and win a trophy, also to develop players who want to learn and progress

In terms of the squad, how many players can they retain and bring in?

We have been told that ten of last year’s team want to start with us pre-season and we are looking to bring seven or eight lads from our development team over to the club, then we also have five or six confirmed who want to come down pre-season who have played at this level or higher

How does Sean describe the way he manages, and what style of football do his sides play?

Approachable, we want to support players and create a positive attitude amongst the group, with lots of question and answers as we like players to problem solve, ask them the question. We like to play an attacking style of football with a high tempo and energy

Finally does the new manager have thoughts for the people of Buckingham United?

We are looking forward to the coming season for all the teams involved with the club and want everyone to feel welcome and be part of a growing club. There will be an open training session (date TBC) for us to also look at what players may be in the local area or close to it that may be good enough to play at this level

Sports Shots would like to thank Sean for his time this week

FCCL D2; Great Horwood CC slip to first defeat of season at New City (MK) CC

New City (Milton Keynes) CC – 144-7 off 28.4 overs
Great Horwood CC – 143 all out off 37.4 overs

Billy Harper took a 5fer

01.06.2019

Great Horwood suffered their first defeat of the season at New City on Saturday despite another half century from skipper Stuart Parker and a 5fer for Billy Harper, a similar bowling feat from Manjit Singh helped keep the visitor’s score down & then with the bat the same player struck fifty-seven to steer the home side to victory. Despite the defeat Horwood remain in third place in the Four Counties Cricket League Division Two, but the chasing pack have closed the gap and the weekend saw the top two play each other where top of the league Printers beat Newport Pagnell to maintain their one hundred per cent start to the campaign.

Horwood won the toss & elected to bat first, the captain made fifty-five before being bowled by Singh, Olly Prendergast made twenty-three, Sam Willett made seventeen & Sam Krajnyk making twelve were the only batsmen to reach double figures, Singh ending the day with five wickets for twenty-five runs of his eight point four overs.

Saqlain Ishtiaq opened for New City and made twenty-one but his team mates fell cheaply until Viral Shah made thirteen before being trapped lbw, Singh came in to bat at eight and made an unbeaten fifty-seven to see his side bag the points, Harper finishing with figures of five wickets for thirty-six runs off his nine overs.

For match scorecard: http://4ccl.play-cricket.com/website/results/3851404

For league table: http://4ccl.play-cricket.com/website/websites/view_division?id=83514

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