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SNCL Division 3: Gawcott & Hillesden name an unchanged side

After a comfortable victory on the opening day of the season, Gawcott & Hillesden skipper Alex Piggott has made no changes to his side for their home game against Braunston Paddox CC this weekend. Play starts at 13.30 at the Richard Roper Playing Field.

Gawcott & Hillesden Combined Cricket Club

 

Gawcott & Hillesden: Alex Piggott (Captain), John Richardson, Kyle Bennion, Colin Piggott, Matt Folkes, Sam Ellison, Stuart Holmes, Jonny Dale, Will Eastwood, Luke Stafford, Finley Clark.

BBFA SJC; Three Horseshoes 1-2 Loveman United

Three Horseshoes – 1
Loveman United – 2

14.04.2019

Loveman United won the Berks & Bucks Sunday Junior Cup by the odd goal in three as they saw off Three Horseshoes on a warm afternoon in Slough, leading at half time they were pegged back early in the second period however a thumping winner from Sam Holloway that keeper Sam Prendergast got to but could prevent from going in, a goal disallowed for offside & a clearance off the line were late chances of a leveller but United stood firm to lift silverware in just their second season together.

The first chance fell to Horseshoes when Chris MacDonald volleyed over after latching onto a clearance but Loveman took the lead on thirteen minutes as a deflection on a cross took the ball out to Billy Bryce to the left of the penalty box, he stroked past keeper Sam Prendergast inside the near post. Back came the reds with Tom Fifield who got away from his marker but fired high over Louie Steinbourne-Busse in the United goal, at the opposite end Ben Poynter drove straight into waiting gloves and a long ball down field saw Bradley Lonsdale away on goal however the Loveman custodian was out of his area in a flash to clear the danger.

A free kick to United saw Poynter go for the top corner forcing Prendergast to push away with both hands for a corner, just before the half hour mark a quick counter after a Horseshoes attack broke down saw Ed Jackson-Sankey explore space down the wing before delivering the perfect thirty yard cross ahead of the retreating defence to find Les Sykes who flashed across the area and wide of the back stick, MacDonald then broke free but with little options ahead of him he drove over the goal frame ahead of his team mate Ryan Tisdale following suit from a free kick from distance, Loveman went close when Ryan Millward powered over from eighteen yards.

Tom Fifield levels early in second half

Lonsdale again saw an effort fly high over the crossbar from the penalty arc as his side tried to grab a leveller before the break, Stuart Howse crossed from the flank but Tisdale could only help it on its way out for a goal kick, Lonsdale connected with a cross but from six yards he fired the wrong side of the far upright, Steve Stroud beat the offside trap to get on the end of a free kick but looped wide, & the final action saw a ball played over the Pink and Blue defence for Lonsdale to beat his marker to but fire across the face and wide. H/T: 0-1

Prendergast was under pressure early in the second half when a corner curled right down his throat saw him having to have two goes at gathering, but on fifty-four minutes the scores were level when another corner curled in found the head of Fifield who outjumped Sam Holloway to thump home. Lifted by the goal another searching ball over the United backline saw Lonsdale lose his marker and his dipping drive arrowed over the bar, in the other penalty area a pullback saw Lee Blackman control ahead of driving across the box and wide, but just past the hour mark Loveman regained their lead through Holloway.

Celebrations begin

Pressing down the left channel he got into the box before powering towards goal where Prendergast stuck out a hand but it only helped lift the ball up into the roof of the net, almost immediately came a reply when Sam Pettyfer got away however Steinbourne-Busse dived bravely at his feet at his near post to block, closely followed by Lonsdale making a run to beat the keeper and score however a raised flag denied any celebration. United substitute Alfie Sparrow fired straight at the Horseshoes custodian after losing his marker, the keeper then kept his side in the game saving brilliantly low at the base of his post from a Holloway drive.

As time ran down Fifield tried his luck from the penalty arc but only fired into the waiting gloves, in added time a corner that saw a mass of bodies go up took a deflection towards goal but on his post Rich Ayres cleared off his line to keep his sides lead intact, there was still time for a ball played into Fifield on the edge of the six-yard box that Jackson-Sankey slid in to block, as the man in red recovered and shaped to shoot the Loveman skipper got himself up and lunged in front of the shot to tip over the crossbar much to Fifield’s disbelief, a minute later Jai Hill tried to catch the keeper off his line from distance however cleared the crossbar with some ease, the game ended the opposite end with Sparrow dragging wide from eighteen yards.  F/T: 1-2

Attendance: 258

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Old Bradwell edge past Grendon

Report by Alex Gilder.

 

Old Bradwell maintained their unbeaten record as they beat a spirited Grendon Rangers side 1-0, as they are proving to be the team to beat in the Spartan South Midlands Division Two.

 

Bradwell had the early chances and started the better team as Toby Craig found himself through on goal but was halted by a good recovering challenge by Charlie West. Grendon were trying to get a foothold in the game, as Luke Tavener dinked a cheeky ball over the Bradwell backline but Joe Walls could not capitalise as the keeper made a routine save. However the visitors had been the dominant team in the first fifteen minutes looking dangerous and creating chances.

 

Charlie West was running down the line like a steam train, but his touch got the better of him as he flew into a challenge with Bradwell full back Aaron Bhasin, for which the Bradwell faithful were demanding a red card. Only a yellow was shown, and from the resulting free kick David Keene’s side nearly made the opportunity count as Toby Craig, the Bradwell danger man, crossed in the ball, which found the head of Danny Rooney, but could only find the gloves of James Cox.

 

Straight after the Cox save, Craig made a nuisance of himself as he created a chance for himself but he could only blaze it over the bar. He was proving hard to handle for the Rangers backline as  he had another chance, but this time Grendon dealt with it. The yellows went up the other end, as Walls whipped a wicked ball into Dean Garrard but he could not stretch enough to get on the end of the cross. Grendon needed to capitalise on these chances as they were proving to be few a far between.

 

Bradwell made it 1-0 on the stroke of half time, as a ball in by Dan Smith was finished by Danny Rooney. Grendon failed to clear their lines as the visitors go in the happier at the break with the momentum now well and truly with them. HT 1-0.

 

Steven Jackman’s men started the second half brightly as a mix up between the Milton Keynes sides defender and goalkeeper allowed Dean Garrard through on goal, but he was denied by a spectacular last ditched challenge by the recovering Bradwell defender. Should have been 1-1 and an opportunity for Grendon to get back in the game.

 

Luke Tavener found himself with space on the flank as he floated a ball in, but Jason Riddell could not equal the score. Grendon came out the better team with them having a real go. Jackman must have given a cracking team talk. The black and whites of Bradwell wrestled some momentum back as Danny Rooney turned and shot in the box but it rocketed wide amid penalty shouts by the Bradwell faithful for handball.

 

David Keene’s team were now having the better of the chances as Jacob Wren delivered the ball which fell to the feet of Dale Collins who could only drag his shot wide of the goal. Bradwell were now well and truly on top again as Collins had another chance to make it 2-0 to Old Bradwell but was matched by the save of James Cox.

 

Substitute Mohammed Adam made an instant impact coming off the bench as he fizzed a cross into a dangerous area but was defended well by Bradwell back line, as they tried to hang on to their slim one goal lead. A couple minutes later, Ben Green made a bursting run beating Charlie West in the process and putting in a wicked cross to Toby Craig who blazed over the bar. A real chance to put the game to bed for the visitors.

 

In the final stages of the game the Bradwell number fourteen weaved through the yellows backline but could only manage to find the feet of Cox. In the last minute Grendon went for the equaliser as the corner was delivered but Adam could only head wide. The full time whistle sounds as Bradwell edge past their opponents with a 1-0 win.

 

 

 

Southern League; M.Herc driving towards Herculean second half of Ducks season

Saturday 1st December 2018

Aylesbury United v Kidlington

Southern League Division One Central

The Meadow

K.O. 3.00pm

Aylesbury United host Kidlington on Saturday in Southern League action looking to bounce back after two successive defeats against North Leigh & Corby and find themselves in the unusual position of sitting exactly five points off the play-off places and also off the relegation places. Having lost to second bottom North Leigh two weeks ago, Ben Williams men will not want a repeat to bottom place Kidlington, especially in those heavily congested lower reaches of the table where just five points separate the bottom eight places of the league that only holds twenty teams. The following four games after Saturday see the Ducks then tackle top seven sides, so a win is essential if they are to start any momentum going into the Christmas period where they then face three sides below them in the league as it currently stands. However the Oxfordshire side arrive at The Meadow this week buoyed by two successive victories and are just a win away from escaping the relegation places themselves.

Max Hercules

This week Sports Shots caught up with summer signing Max Hercules, and asked how he’s settled in to the club and how the move came about:

I feel that I’ve settled in to the club perfectly and so far, everything seems to be going great, it helped already knowing a few players here. I was always interested in playing for Aylesbury United, and playing under Ben for Bucks Sports Academy helped everything go through smoothly in terms of settling in

Has Max seen a difference in the level that he’s come in to and how has he adapted?

I’ve seen a difference in the teams that we play, no game is an easy game in this league and you have to be on it for ninety minutes. I’d say that I’ve just tried to play the same way as I usually do and just be confident

Have any of the United squad impressed Max, and are there any he feels could play higher level?

I wouldn’t say there was a certain individual that has impressed me the most so far, a lot of these players have, and I believe many could play in the leagues above

How were those two previous defeats and what cost Aylesbury on the day?

The North Leigh game was one to forget for us as a team, but I believe we easily deserved more from the Corby game. I don’t think we can say we lost it in certain parts of the pitch though, we play as a team, therefore we win or lose as a team

We asked Max how he’s found the support at Aylesbury, and if Cliff Hercules had come into any conversation:

I’ve heard many stories about my Dad & the support has been great so far, many of our away journeys are quite far yet lots of people still turn up to watch us play

So far Max has scored five goals, where does this stand in terms of targets?

I’m happy with the amount of goals I’ve scored this season but it’d always be good to get more. My target is to get double figures and also to provide as many assists as I can, for me they are as good as scoring a goal

What are the squad expecting Saturday from Kidlington?

We have information that shows they have a good squad, we all know that no game in this division is easy so we will have to prepare correctly for it

Finally, we asked Max what he believes the Ducks can achieve in the league this season:

We know what we need to do to keep away from the relegation places, and we would love to finish in and around the play-off places

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

SSMFL; INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF 01.10.2018 – South Midlands League update #16

THE INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF

 ‘NOWT SO QUEER AS YORKSHIRE FOLK’

BY KAREN BROWNE

 

The Views Expressed Are Solely My Own, Are Written Tongue In Cheek

And Should Be Taken With A Pinch Of Salt

 

The end of September brought about a new Government Health Warning (no it’s not about falling leaves) the latest is a warning for all clubs playing Broadfields United as for the second successive game they suffered an abandonment due to serious injuries sustained by their opponents.

 

SATURDAY’S HEADLINES

For the fifth time out of six this season Leighton Town attracted a three figure crowd at Bell Close, on the other occasion it was 99. Stotfold recorded their third successive league draw after losing their opening five league games. Tring Athletic made it six successive wins in all competitions. Codicote have now gone 11 SSML fixtures without a win, the club’s last success was back in April 2018. Berkhamsted Raiders recorded their fifth league win of the season equalling last season’s entire league campaign. Old Bradwell United conceded a goal for the first time in 517 minutes of football. The 32 games seeing 145 goals (an average of 4.53 per game). Russell Bull (Baldock Town), Jack Worbey (Langford), Robbie Carter (Buckingham Athletic), Miles Brayham (Unite MK), Luke Little (Unite MK), Jamie Eames (Bovingdon) and Sonny Devine (Leighton Town Development) all weighed in with hat-tricks.

 

29 September Stats: 32 games played of which 11 were home wins, 17 were away wins, 3 draws and 1 abandoned.

 

0% league records to date: Clean Slate and Stotfold U25.

 

(Most League Wins – all Divisions): 8 Biggleswade FC, 7 Tring Athletic, Bovingdon, 6 Arlesey Town, Harefield United, Wodson Park, FC Broxbourne Borough, Enfield Borough, Hillingdon Borough.

(Most League Draws – all Divisions): 4 Leighton Town, 3 Cockfosters, Stotfold, London Lions.

(Most League Defeats – all Divisions): 7 Hatfield Town, Codicote, 6 Wembley, Park View, Sarratt, Tring Corinthians AFC, Clean Slate, 5 Oxhey Jets, Potton United, Stotfold, Risborough Rangers, Langford.

Unbeaten:

(Premier Division League): Tring Athletic.

(Division One League): Wodson Park, Harefield United, Broadfields United.

(Division Two League): Bovingdon.

(U25 Development Division League): Buckingham Athletic Development and Berkhamsted Development.

Without a Win:

(Premier Division League): Stotfold,

(Division One League): Codicote.

(Division Two League): Clean Slate.

(U25 Development Division League): Stotfold U25.

Most Goals Scored:

(Premier Division League): 29 Biggleswade FC.

(Division One League): 33 Enfield Borough.

(Division Two League): 30 Bovingdon.

(U25 Development Division League): 14 Kempston Rovers Development.

Most Goals Conceded:

(Premier Division League): 21 Oxhey Jets and North Greenford United FC.

(Division One League): 28 Hatfield Town.

(Division Two League): 30 Clean Slate.

(U25 Development Division League): 17 Ampthill Town Development

Fewest Goals Conceded:

(Premier Division League): 5 Leverstock Green.

(Division One League): 5 Harefield United.

(Division Two League): 5 Old Bradwell United.

(U25 Development Division League): 1 Buckingham Athletic Development.

Fewest Goals Scored:

(Premier Division League): 2 Stotfold.

(Division One League): 5 Langford.

(Division Two League): 4 Clean Slate.

(U25 Development Division League): 3 Holmer Green Development U25.

 

Saturday’s Highest Attendances: 112 Leighton Town v Cockfosters, 97 Tring Athletic v Potton United and 89 Arlesey Town v Colney Heath &  Biggleswade United v Leverstock Green.

 

Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Premier Division Clubs): 211 Baldock Town v Arlesey Town, 203 Biggleswade FC v Biggleswade United and 202 Tring Athletic v Berkhamsted (FA Cup).

 

Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Division One Clubs): 351 Winslow United v Easington Sports (FA Cup), 257 Harefield United v Winslow United and 177 Buckingham Athletic v Winslow United.

 

Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Division Two Clubs): 101 Aston Clinton v Pitstone & Ivinghoe, 92 Bovingdon v Old Bradwell United and 90 Bovingdon v Sarratt.

 

Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Premier Division Clubs): 13 Jonathan Lacey (Leverstock Green) 10 Tom Coles (Biggleswade FC) 9 Luke Jones (Oxhey Jets and Lorrell Smith (Arlesey Town).

 

Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division One Clubs): 13 Tage Kennedy (Enfield Borough) 12 Leonard Farhall (Harefield United) 10 Marcus Greenidge (Hillingdon Borough).

 

Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division Two Clubs): 15 Nathan Skelton (Mursley United) 9 Albie Hall (Pitstone & Ivinghoe) 8 Stephen Dodd (Bovingdon) and Luke Little (Unite MK).

Saturday 29th September 

PREMIER DIVISION

No change at the top as Tring Athletic, Biggleswade FC and Arlesey Town all won, likewise no change at the bottom as Wembley and Stotfold played out the day’s only goalless game. Elsewhere two goals in the space of as many minutes saw Crawley Green come from behind to win at Edgware Town. It was raining goals at Oxhey Jets and not an umbrella in sight on a warm autumn afternoon as visitors Biggleswade FC were made to work hard before winning 6-4. Baldock Town were also amongst the goals with a 4-2 victory at North Greenford United FC. Leverstock Green playing only their fifth league game, due to FA competition successes, battled to a solitary goal win at Biggleswade United.  Full results and goalscorers are listed below.

 

2-1 Arlesey Town v Colney Heath (Gooch, Smith) / (Scott) Attendance: 89

0-1 Biggleswade United v Leverstock Green (Lacey) Attendance: 89

1-2 Edgware Town v Crawley Green (Moore) / (Sinclair, Morgan) Attendance: 54

2-2 Leighton Town v Cockfosters (Faulkner, McBride) / (Omutosho [2]) Attendance: 112

3-0 London Colney v Hadley (Holding [2], Cliss) Attendance: 30

2-4 North Greenford United FC v Baldock Town (Louth, Armitt) / (Bull [3], Barnes) Attendance: 55

4-6 Oxhey Jets v Biggleswade FC (Jones [2], Brennan, Gibson) / (Leavers [2], Ives, Inskip, A Marsh, Cookman) Attendance: 64

0-0 Stotfold v Wembley Attendance: 48

1-0 Tring Athletic v Potton United (Dunstan) Attendance: 97

 

DIVISION ONE

With both the top two clubs, FC Broxbourne Borough and Enfield Borough, tasting defeat Harefield United leapfrogged them to go top with a 4-0 win at league newcomers Buckingham Town. Wodson Park surrendered their 100% league record as visitors Winslow United held them to 3-3 draw, the hosts levelling right at the death. Codicote remain rooted to the bottom as they went down 0-3 at promoted Park View. Rayners Lane continued their fine away form as eased their way to at 4-1 success at London Lions. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

 

3-0 Brimsdown v Hatfield Town (Florence [2], Harris) Attendance: 20

A-A Broadfields United v Amersham Town (Abandoned due to a serious player injury)

4-1 Buckingham Athletic v FC Broxbourne Borough (Carter [3], Appleton) / (Bowers) Attendance: 48

0-4 Buckingham Town v Harefield United (Clifton [2], Farhall, Jordan) Attendance: 60

3-2 Hillingdon Borough v Enfield Borough (Unknown) / (Browne, Opoku) Attendance: 34

1-4 London Lions v Rayners Lane (Arnold) / (Hastings [2], Blagden, Etienne) Attendance: 17

3-0 Park View v Codicote (Botchey [2], Price) Attendance: 25

3-3 Wodson Park v Winslow United (Ennis, Todd, Towers) / (Brindley [2], King) Attendance: 40

 

BEDS SENIOR TROPHY First Round

Both the SSML sides booked their place in the Second Round as they both defeated Beds County League Premier Division opposition, Bedford winning 3-1 against AFC Oakley M&DH while Langford hit six at Marston Shelton Rovers. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

 

3-1 Bedford v AFC Oakley M&DH (Butler [2], Sherwood) / (Unknown) Attendance: 25

2-6 Marston Shelton Rovers v Langford (Unknown) / (Worbey [3], Bridge, Edwards, Todd) Attendance: Unknown

 

DIVISION TWO

With the Division’s top two involved in cup action the focus turned to the chasing pack to reduce the deficit on the leaders and none more so than at Pitstone & Ivinghoe as they welcomed Berkhamsted Raiders. Pitstone, unbeaten in the league at the start of play, failed in their quest as the visitors edged a tight game by the odd goal in three as leapfrogged their hosts to move into second place (their highest position since joining the SSML). Totternhoe also came up short when going down at home to Old Bradwell United. No change at the bottom as both Tring Corinthians AFC and Clean Slate both suffered home defeats to The 61FC (Luton) and Unite MK respectively. The latter’s 6-0 success was the club’s highest away win since changing their name. MK Gallacticos were also amongst the goals as they eased re-election fears with a 5-0 home win over league new-boys Sarratt. Full results and goalscorers listed below.

 

0-6 Clean Slate v Unite MK (Brayham [3], Little [3]) Attendance: 15

5-0 MK Gallacticos v Sarratt (Ahmed, Smith, Mahmoud, Dahie, Atherton) Attendance: Unknown

1-2 Pitstone & Ivinghoe v Berkhamsted Raiders (Hall) / (Lamboh, Norman) Attendance: 30

1-3 Totternhoe v Old Bradwell United (Hennem) / (Green [2], Valentine) Attendance: 40

0-3 Tring Corinthians AFC v The 61FC (Luton) (M Sinclair [2], Adam) Attendance: 10

 

DIVISION TWO CUP First Round

A surprisingly defeat at home for high flying Mursley United as last season’s beaten finalists Aston Clinton booked their place in the Second Round with a 2-1 win. New Bradwell St Peter FC pushed the league leaders Bovingdon all the way in a high scoring tie at The Recreation Ground, the host’s finally going down 3-5. Full results and goalscorers listed below.

 

1-2 Mursley United v Aston Clinton (Skelton) / (Brown, Collins) Attendance: 22

3-5 New Bradwell St Peter FC v Bovingdon (Davey, Hutchinson, Crossley) / (Eames [3] [2 pens], Dodd, Wilson) Attendance: 38

 

UNDER 25 DEVELOPMENT DIVISION

Buckingham Athletic Development took full advantage in a curtailed league programme due to County Cup fixtures, the club won the battle of two unbeaten sides with a solitary goal success at Holmer Green Development U25 and thus moving to the top of the table. The day’s other league fixture saw Berkhamsted Development maintain their unbeaten record with a 3-1 home success against bottom of the table Stotfold U23. Full results and goalscorers listed below.

 

3-1 Berkhamsted Development v Stotfold U25 (Stevens, Kelly, Lee) / (Champkins-Drein [pen]) Attendance: Unknown

0-1 Holmer Green Development U25 v Buckingham Athletic Development (Golding) Attendance: Unknown

 

BEDS INTERMEDIATE CUP First Round

A good day for the SSML sides as four of the five in action progressed to the Second Round, the only blemish was in an all SSML affair where AFC Dunstable U21 proved too strong for league newcomers Kempston Rovers Development 6-1. The other three SSML clubs were amongst the goals as Ampthill Town Development, Leighton Town Development and Biggleswade United U23 hit nine, seven and six respectively in booking their Second Round places. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

 

6-1 AFC Dunstable U21 v Kempston Rovers Development (Hughes [2], Ilunga [2], Troughton-Smith, Andrews) / (Bakogeorge) Attendance: Unknown

4-6 Cople & Bedford SA v Biggleswade United U23 (Hughes [2], Banton, Canzano) / (Jeffrey [2], Agyemang, Mosley, Benham, Campbell) Attendance: Unknown

1-9 Farley Boys v Ampthill Town Development (Unknown) / (Unknown) Attendance: Unknown

0-7 Sandy v Leighton Town Development (Devine [3], Andrews, Owen, Ruston, Till) Attendance: Unknown

 

AND FINALLY

Former SSML striker Jefferson Louis has signed for Southern League Premier Division South side Chesham United. The move for the 39 year old journeyman makes it his 42nd transfer of his 22-year career. He made his Football League debut for Oxford United in 2002, making over 50 appearances for them until 2004, which he also managed to do for Wealdstone ten years later. In 2008, Louis also played for Dominica in a World Cup qualifier against Barbados.

Louis during his Banbury days

His full list of clubs are (to date) –

Risborough Rangers, Thame United, Aylesbury United, Thame United (second spell), Oxford United, Woking (loan), Gravesend & Northfleet (loan), Forest Green Rovers, Woking, Bristol Rovers, Hemel Hempstead Town, Lewes, Worthing, Stevenage, Eastleigh, Yeading, Havant & Waterlooville, Weymouth, Maidenhead United, Mansfield Town, Wrexham, Crawley Town, Rushden & Diamonds (loan), Gainsborough Trinity, Darlington (loan), Weymouth (second spell), Hayes & Yeading United, Maidenhead United (second spell), Brackley Town, Lincoln City, Newport County, Whitehawk (loan), Brackley Town (second spell), Hendon, Margate, Lowestoft Town, Wealdstone, Staines Town, Oxford City, Banbury United, Chesham United, Farnborough and Chesham United (second spell).

If only Risborough Rangers had a future sell on clause……

SSMFL,D1: Ath share goalless draw curtain-raiser

Buckingham Athletic shared an opening day goalless draw with Rayners Lane on Saturday.

Buckingham Athletic FC

Neil Griffiths’ side took a point from the encounter on a hot afternoon at Stratford Fields.

MATCH DETAILS

SSMFL D2: MK Gallacticos FC are still looking for away friendlies on Sat 28th Aug, Wed 1st Aug & Sat 4th Aug

MK Gallacticos FC are still looking for away friendlies on Sat 28th Aug, Wed 1st Aug & Sat 4th Aug. Happy to play any side in Step 7 and above. Please contact Zakir on 07739471364

CCLD1; Staff, King & Singh in return for Buckingham Town II’s v Long Marston

Buckingham Town II’s host third place Long Marston on Saturday at Bourton Road, in the reverse of the fixture from back in May that saw Town’s only victory of the season to date.

Sports Shots caught up with Town skipper Steve Beck ahead of the game:

As you can see we have a much-changed side from what we have had out previously this season. Adam King makes his first start of the season now back from Stowe & Northants duties and will be pushing for a place in the first team. Ben & Gurwinder have dropped down from the firsts and will have good opportunities to get some overs under their belts.

After a good performance last week which saw us post our second highest score of the season so far, confidence should be up going into the game against a team we beat earlier in the season.

It has reached a point where we need to string a run of results together to help us move up the league and away from the relegation places. I believe this is possible if we can keep putting teams out with this strength in depth

Gurwinder Singh

Team:

  1. A Odell
  2. A King
  3. S Younghusband
  4. M Thatcher
  5. S Beck
  6. C Cater
  7. G Singh
  8. B Stafford
  9. S Myatt
  10. A Johnson
  11. W Fayyaz

OCA League: Results, scores & performers Saturday 14th July 2018

Division 1

E&W Hendred 214 (A Francis 61, B Jenkins 3-50, D Wiskin 3-53), Wootton & B 167 (M Glover 41, C King 37no, N George 5-28).

Marsh Gibbon 220-7 (R Shipperley 43, J Leonard, A Robinshaw 4-56), Faringdon 183-7 (J Tomes 56, A Johnson 40).

Stonesfield 239-8 (G Redknap 72, D Farrant 63no, J Burns 34, A Khan 5-52), Westcott 237-9 (T Burcham 59, A Khan 38, R Ullah 30, S Litten 3-53).

Wolvercote 179 (T Stewart-Liberty 88, R Pratley 3-51), Witney Swifts 181-5 (C Fisher 53no).

Oxenford 142 (R Gedera 71, M Adil 3-26), Yarnton & Cowley 143-8 (W Azad 39, H Hiscock 5-41).

Division 2

Cairns Fudge 163 (P Hammond 34, R Wastie 3-30, B Lucas 3-40), Stanton Harcourt 167-7 (B Lucas 78no, R Wastie 37, J Clark 3-27).

Chipping Norton 203-7 (C Karwita 56, J McGeown 30no), Hanborough 110 (R Taylor 34, J McGeown 3-17, M Elliott 3-24).

Wantage 129 (D Spencer 78no, S Hanson 5-21, S Wilkes 4-23), Middleton Cheney 133-5 (S Twynham 61, C Merry 44, B Martin 3-43).

Watlington 223 (S Strong 69, R Garimella 45, O Lewis 30), Tetsworth 187 (S Babu 45, R Patel 31, A Patel 30, O Lewis 4-41).

Division 3

Bampton (J Payne 31, J Blackford 3-30, K Ramzan 3-40), Kidlington 166-3 (S Kalyan 65no, C Woods 34).

Chadlington 145-8 (M Lambert 49no, D Kavanagh 3-25), Brill 146-5 (A Wynd 84no, C Atlas 4-42).

Broughton & NN 232-7 (A Parsons 126no, D Paterson 31, J Gooder 4-44), Dorchester 235-3 (C Graney 99, A Redhead 86no).

Marcham 172-9 (S Armstrong 85, J Thompson 4-36, M Kalyan 3-19), Risinghurst 176-4 (M Kalyan 77, L Bandhu 60no).

Kilkenny 276-3 (C May 104no, D Gordon 82, R Craddock 55no), West Ilsley 213-5 (A Barnes 112no, A Bloor 31, D Gordon 3-49).

Division 4

Combe 317-5 (R Nicholson 153, J Lenthall 68, M Westerby 30), Sunningwell 210 (N Lovell 96, P Bramwell 45, M Eeley 5-61, D Gardner 3-57).

Radley w/o Ducklington.

Steventon 229-9 (P Armstrong 54, M Sortur 50, R Knight 3-56), Hook Norton 205 (D White 85, P Armstrong 3-34, S Thompson 3-36).

Uffington 127-9 (D Painter 43, S Winskill 3-17), Shrivenham 131-4 (M Key 3-43).

Division 5

Kennington 203 (I Pullen 55no, J Spencer-Matthews 52, P Beckley 4-92, A Bateman 3-33), E&W Hendred 2nd 206-7 (I Clewley 52, A Cooke 47, L Richards 30, D Robson 3-77).

Kidlington 2nd 183 (A Oliver 76, J Launchbury 33, N Sadler 4-62, R Glenny 3-60), Wolvercote 2nd 184-3 (T Manzoor 62, C Potter 60, D Jones 38no).

Oxenford 2nd 165 (C Rainer 41, R Rowley 37, B Rendell 5-39, M Hall 3-47), Freeland 166-7 (M Buckingham 74, D Simpson 35, A Ali 4-37).

Swinbrook 96 (N Pothercary 34, H Zaman 7-16), Tetsworth 2nd 99-3 (R Stapleton 51).

Division 6

Dorchester 2nd 153-8, Letcombe 110.

Chalgrove 123 (R Armstrong 39, N Little 33, R Kumar 4-18, J Cole 3-22), Risinghurst 2nd 127-3 (R Naik 70).

Chesterton 188 (J Appleton 55, W Coles 4-49, D Quinn 3-23), Wolvercote 3rd 170 (G Appleton 4-43, V Manwalkar 3-47).

Chesterton w/o Wootton & BH 2nd.

Division 7 North

Chipping Norton 2nd 307-7 (E Phipps 105, N Wallington 75, A Dark 36, U Dogar 3-58), Kidlington 3rd 76 (J Owen 5-26).

Hook Norton 2nd 150 (O Raisbeck 52, J Davis 39, M Oldfield 4-30), Deddington 2nd 154-9 (C Buckingham 48no, O Roberts 39, J Davis 3-12, J Weaver 3-42).

Stonesfield 2nd 156 (B Hayes 58, J Souch 3-13, A Walker 3-28, J Woodward 3-43), Stanton Harcourt 2nd 160-5 (J Souch 50no, A Walker 38no, R Graham 35, D Taylor 3-69).

Westcott 2nd 213-8 (P Bateman 96, M Herriott 36, A Bakhtiar 4-48, S Rathee 3-65), Oxenford 3rd 140 (E Durbin 52, L Jeacock 4-10).

Division 7 South

Kennington 2nd 101 (G Liddiard 4-14, S Cornish 3-20), Faringdon 2nd 107-1 (S Smith 57no, S McDowall 38no).

Watlington 2nd 161 (M Taylor 37, J Saunders 34, M Davies 4-29), Harwell International 162-5 (A Hussain 42).

Steventon 2nd 110 (S Hawkes 32, C Wood 4-9), Kilkenny 2nd 111-0 (J Trinder 66no, I Jenkins 30no).

Sunningwell 2nd w/o Marcham 2nd.

CL; Buckingham Town II’s battle all to no a-Vale

Buckingham Town II’s – 123-8 off 48 overs (6 points)

Abingdon Vale – 198 all out off 51.1 overs (18 points)

Buckingham Town II’s drew with Abingdon Vale on Saturday with both sides were in good positions during the afternoon to win the game but both sides struggled to remove each other’s tail end; Town reduced their visitors from 84-3 to 100-5, but Vale reached 198 before finally being bowled out, in return the hosts slumped from 24-3 to 63-7 but again the tail end dug in, and Matthew Thatcher hit a superb 41 & merged a good partnership with James Gear that saw the pair remain unbeaten and seeing out their allotted overs to tie the game.

Abingdon won the toss and elected to bat, William Barker & Amith Premkumar started well until Jason Ell bowled & caught the former with the score on 27 in the fifth over, with Premkumar run out shortly after. Vale then added a further 46 runs before Simon Myatt making his first start of the season took the third wicket with the score on 84. Myatt struck again and a James Gear LBW reduced Vale to 100-5 and Town looked in control, but in came Paul Butcher who steadied the ship and made 55 before being caught behind by Alex O’Dell off Myatt, Wasim Fayyaz took three wickets but Abingdon tail ender Paul White ended 22 not out as his side reached 198 before their final wicket fell. Myatt & Fayyaz both ended with 3 wickets apiece.

O’Dell & Alistair Martin opened for Town after the break as the scorching hot sunshine bore down, and by the ninth over the home side were 24-3 with O’Dell, Sam Younghusband & Martin all out. Captain Steve Beck came in to partner Thatcher and the pair looked solid until Beck was caught quite brilliantly single handed by William Barker diving away to his right. Vishal Valambhia lasted two balls before falling LBW, and just nine runs later Town were 62-6 when Sam Chapman was bowled by Arthur Chapman. Ell fell LBW in the next over and Myatt made 7 before being caught and then things looked bleak, 78-8 and a further sixteen overs to face with two wickets left.

Matthew Thatcher hit 41 not out

But Thatcher still stood in the middle, and his partnership with Gear saw the remaining overs out, Gear finishing 23 not out and their partnership worth 45 runs. Joe Butcher finished with 4 wickets for 41 runs off 16 overs the highlight for Abingdon.

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