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Girls Cricket: Clarke’s amazing bowling spell give Northants U13s victory

U13 Imogen Clarke tore through the Nottinghamshire batting order on Sunday with an amazing 7 wickets off just 5 overs, with only 6 runs scored off her bowling. Northamptonshire CCC U13 girls were the eventual winners by 24 runs.

Westbury Cricket Club have 3 girls in the U13 Northamptonshire county side, with a further 5 playing for the U11’s. They have enjoyed a successful season with increased numbers across all the age groups.

Well done Imogen and the rest of the girls – a fantastic achievement.


CL Div 4: Town II Dom-inate Chearsley

Dom Pritchard picked up six for 15 as he bowled Buckingham Town II to victory in their Cherwell League, Division 4 win over Chearsley.

Pritchard’s match winning spell saw the home side dismissed for 72 all out.

Earlier in the day Harry Martin stroked 32 as Town II posted 142 all out.

Dom Pritchard

Dom Pritchard

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OCA Div 2: Advantage Horwood as they defeat Faringdon in promotion race

Great Horwood have taken the advantage in the race for the second promotion place in the OCA Division 2.

With a strong Cowley side heading the division, clubs are now realistically only playing for the second promotion place as Horwood aim to bounce back to Division 1 after being relegated last season.

Stuart Parker’s side, who were second at start of play, faced a Faringdon side who were in third position in the division.

The visitors batted first but struggled against the experienced Neil Wilkins, who returned with outstanding figures of seven for 39 from his twelve over stint. Only Nick Giles with 57 showed any form with the bat.

Horwood eased home with six wickets in hand with Neil Taylor (44) batting well before Dale Armitage’s unbeaten 43 and Josh Nix’s well-struck 47 not out gave Parker’s side a vital victory.

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OCA Div 1: Westbury victory gives them 17 point lead at the top

Westbury have a seventeen point cushion at the top of the OCA Division 1 after securing their eleventh victory of the season yesterday.

Richard Tredwell’s side eased to a 120-run victory over Charlbury and are now in pole position in the title race.

Graham Judd led the way for the home side with an excellent 74 and found good support from Sam Willett who stroked 30 as Westbury posted 192 for 8.

In reply, Charlbury had no answer to Charlie Harper who blew the visitors away with six for 9 from 9.3 overs, while Sam Stoop picked up four for 22 as they were dismissed for 72 all out.

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Graham Judd

Graham Judd

CL Div 1: Town enjoy better of Shipton draw

Winning draw for Town

Reported By Andrew Holland

Buckingham won the toss and chose to bat against Shipton at Bourton Road. Openers Ash Pearson and Steve Brunning got off to a quick start against the seamers, putting on 49 at over 5 an over. The introduction of spin from both ends slowed the run rate before Brunning was run out for 15. Buckingham managed just 9 runs in 11 overs and lost a second wicket as Shipton fought their way back into the game. Pearson was tied down by the spinners and was eventually dismissed by Sasha Barass for 38. Wickets continued to fall as Buckingham reached 114-5. In form Simon Myatt had been batting well at one end and was joined by Jack Parish. The pair added 55 in 10 overs with Myatt passing 50 before being dismissed by Barass. Parish went on to his first 50 of the season as Buckingham finished on 212-7.

Shipton’s reply got off to bad start as Simon Myatt and Callum Price both took and early wicket to reduce them to 11-2. George Seacole was solid at the other end but as in the first innings the introduction of the spinners saw regular wickets fall. The score limped to 89-6 before Seacole finally found some support in Barass. The pair added 63 at a run a ball to give Shipton an outside chance before Seacole (87) and Barass (19) fell in consecutive balls. Buckingham took a 9th wicket in the final over but couldn’t finish the visitors off as they ended 156-9. Jack Parish followed up his 50 with 5 for 55.

A. Pearson* c R. Barrett b Barass 38
S. Brunning Run Out 15
M. Thatcher c Hole b Miller 5
S. Myatt c Hole b Barass 54
C. Price c Barass b Miller 6
B. Laycock c Jennings b Barass 16
J. Parish c Jennings b Barass 50
J. Ell Not Out 13
B. Stafford Not Out 3
Extras (3b, 4lb, 2w, 3nb) 12
Total 212-7
53 overs

FoW: 49-1 (Brunning); 55-2 (Thatcher); 71-3 (Pearson); 79-4 (Price); 114-5 (Laycock); 169-6 (Myatt); 207-7 (Parish)

J. Barrett 4-0-25-0; G. Seacole 5-0-21-0; S. Barass 23-7-72-4; S. Miller 21-2-87-2

R. Barrett c Ell b Myatt 0
G. Seacole c Myatt b Parish 87
J. Barrett c O’Dell b Price 2
C. Wood c O’Dell b Parish 10
S. Hole* c Thatcher b Parish 14
C. Brain b Parish 1
P. Jennings+ c Pearson b Parish 7
S. Barass b Stafford 19
S. Cross b Price 1
L. Hare Not Out 0
S. Miller Not Out 0
Extras (2b, 8lb, 5w) 15
Total 156-9
47 overs

FoW: 8-1 (R. Barrett); 11-2 (J. Barrett); 31-3 (Wood); 53-4 (Hole); 69-5 (Brain); 89-6 (Jennings); 152-7 (Barass); 152-8 (Seacole); 155-9 (Cross)

S. Myatt 10-3-31-1; C. Price 6-0-15-2; J. Parish 18-6-55-5; J. Gear 9-1-36-0; B. Stafford 4-1-9-1

Match drawn.

Buckingham Town – 19 points
Shipton – 5 points

OCA Div 2: Rain robs Armitage of maiden ton + Airey Cup semi-final defeat

Dale Armitage was robbed of a maiden century on Saturday while Great Horwood suffered defeat in the Airey Cup semi-final on Sunday.

Horwood were well placed to chase down an impressive total of 258 set by Watlington. Horwood had progressed to 172- 3 with 11 overs left with Armitage unbeaten on 83 when the heavens opened and forced a draw. Taylor was also set on 39 not out. The pair had added 132 after Horwood were 40-3.

On Sunday, Horwood suffered a narrow defeat to Division 1 title contenders Shrivenham in the semi-final of the Airey Cup.

Adam Armitage and Josh Nix took four wickets each as the visitors posted 170 all out.

In reply, Horwood fell twenty runs short despite Dale Armitage (42) continuing his run spree and his brother Adam (38), who topped a fine display.

Dale Armitage

Dale Armitage

CL Div 1: Town endure a ‘bad day at the office’

Buckingham Town had a bad day at the office as they suffered defeat at a Thame Town side who performed better than their seventh position suggested.

Simon Myatt

Simon Myatt


Reported By Andrew Holland

Buckingham chose to bowl first against Thame and were rewarded early on as Simon Myatt removed Mike Higgs for 8. Jason Ell picked up fellow opener Will Taylor and Thame were 38-2. Soni (41) and Deon Labscher (25) put on 49 at a run a ball before Jack Parish was introduced into the attack and removed them both in the space of 3 overs. Will Sutcliffe (27) and Alastair Thomas (22) put together another partnership, but as with those before them both failed to capitalise on a start as they fell in successive overs, Thomas being run out by a direct hit from Ashley Pearson. Wickets continued to fall regularly as Thame slipped to 191-9, but Will Rooney (41) played his shots in the final overs and, supported by George Patey (10 not out), put on 51 in the last 7 overs before being dismissed to the final ball of the innings. Thame finished on 242 all out, Jack Parish the pick of the Buckingham bowlers with 5 for 62.

With the momentum having swung at the end of the first innings, Buckingham made a terrible start to their reply as both openers were dismissed in the opening 2 overs, followed not long after by skipper Ashley Pearson. Simon Myatt, having been dropped first ball, scored freely from one end, but as the score moved past 50 Buckingham lost a further 3 wickets to leave them 58-6. Jason Ell joined Myatt and they added 49 in 6 overs as Myatt took a liking to the Thame bowling which turned to spin in an attempt to reach 20 overs and complete a game before the rain arrived. Once a game was confirmed the seamers returned and Myatt was bowled for 72 (54 balls). The innings did not last too long after that as Thame took the last 3 wickets to bowl Buckingham out for 127, Myatt and Ell (18) the only 2 batsmen to reach double figures. Sam Lachlan and Rooney took 3 wickets apiece and John Maynard 4.

Thame Town
M. Higgs b Myatt 8
W. Taylor c Platts b Ell 12
F. Soni c O’Dell b Parish 41
D. Laubscher+ c Myatt b Parish 25
W. Sutcliffe c Myatt b Stafford 27
A. Thomas Run Out (Pearson) 22
S. Lachlan* c Pearson b Parish 10
E. Barnett c& b Parish 20
W. Rooney c Parish b Gear 41
J. Maynard c Pearson b Parish 4
G. Patey Not Out 10
Extras (1b, 1lb, 18w, 2nb) 22
Total 242 all out
53 overs

FoW: 13-1 (Higgs); 38-2 (Taylor); 87-3 (Laubscher); 102-4 (Soni); 146-5 (Sutcliffe); 151-6 (Thomas); 180-7 (Barnett); 185-8 (Lachlan); 191-9 (Maynard); 242-10 (Rooney)

W. Platts 5-2-13-0; S. Myatt 8-2-40-1; J. Ell 2-0-17-1; J. Gear 11-2-64-1; J. Parish 18-2-62-5; B. Stafford 9-0-44-1

B. Laycock lbw b Rooney 4
R. Large c Laubscher b Lachlan 0
A. Pearson* c Soni b Lachlan 4
S. Myatt b Maynard 72
J. Parish b Maynard 6
H. Martin b Lachlan 0
B. Stafford lbw b Maynard 1
J. Ell b Maynard 17
J. Gear b Rooney 0
A. O’Dell lbw b Rooney 0
W. Platts Not Out 8
Extras (2lb, 13w) 15
Total 127 all out
27 overs

FoW: 9-1 (Laycock); 9-2 (Large); 28-3 (Pearson); 51-4 (Parish); 53-5 (Martin); 58-6 (Stafford); 107-7 (Myatt); 108-8 (Gear); 109-9 (O’Dell); 127-10 (Ell)

W. Rooney 9-1-38-3; S. Lachlan 7-1-28-3; J. Maynard 7-2-32-4; M. Higgs 3-0-10-0; G. Patey 1-0-17-0

Thame win by 115 runs.

Thame – 25 points
Buckingham – 6 points

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CL Div 1: Team effort earns Town victory

Buckingham Town maintained their title push in the Cherwell League, Division 1 with a three-wicket victory over Oxford Downs at Bourton Road yesterday.

Team effort earns Town victory

Reported By Andrew Holland

After being put into bat Oxford Downs got off to a quick start as they scored at 5 an over in the first 10 overs for just the loss of skipper Jason Cantrill for 17. With the score on 48 Callum Price took a sharp caught and bowled to remove Crouch for 14 before Simon Myatt took 3 in 3 overs to reduce the visitors to 61 for 5. James Gear then chipped in with a wicket to leave Oxford Downs struggling. James Ellwood and Nick Rivett added 28 for the 7th wicket before taking a risky single which saw Rivett run out for 8. From that point the momentum of the innings changed. Ellwood found support in Rafiq (17) and Beer (21 not out) as he steered Oxford Downs towards a competitive score. He deserved a century but fell to Jack Parish for 98, but Beer and Smart saw the score up to 217-9 at the close.

Steve Brunning got off to a fluent start in reply for Buckingham before being caught behind for 19. Rob Large (36) and Ash Pearson (15) came together and were making the run chase look comfortable before they both fell in consecutive over to loose shots, quickly followed by Simon Myatt for 12. At 111-4 the innings wobbled but in form Callum Price and Ben Laycock steadied the innings with a partnership of 58. When Price was dismissed for 41 though it sparked another flurry of wickets as 3 went down for 11 runs. With 37 still to win Jason Ell came in and took 16 from one over to tilt the balance back towards the hosts before Laycock hit the winning runs to finish 46 not out. Ell was 21 not out.

Oxford Downs
J. Cantrill* c Ell b Price 17
F. Crouch+ c& b Price 14
W. Mehmood c Ell b Myatt 7
J. Ellwood c& b Parish 98
J. Barrett lbw b Myatt 0
T. Costley b Myatt 8
S. Roberts lbw b Gear 1
N. Rivett Run Out (Gear) 8
A. Rafiq b Parish 17
R. Beer Not Out 21
L. Smart Not Out 9
Extras (6b, 2lb, 9w) 17
Total 217-9
53 overs

FoW: 26-1 (Cantrill); 48-2 (Crouch); 48-3 (Mehmood); 48-4 (Barrett); 61-5 (Costley); 66-6 (Roberts); 94-7 (Rivett); 172-8 (Rafiq); 199-9 (Ellwood)

C. Price 9-1-51-2; S. Myatt 12-3-30-3; J. Gear 18-5-64-1; B. Stafford 5-0-22-0; J. Ell 2-0-15-0; J. Parish 7-0-27-2


S. Brunning c Crouch b Rafiq 19
R. Large c Rivett b Beer 36
A. Pearson* c Rafiq b Smart 15
S. Myatt c Ellwood b Beer 12
C. Price c Beer b Roberts 41
B. Laycock Not Out 46
J. Parish c Rafiq b Costley 4
B. Stafford c Crouch b Costley 2
J. Ell Not Out 21
Extras (4lb, 11w, 9nb) 24
Total 220-7
43.3 overs

FoW: 34-1 (Brunning); 80-2 (Large); 85-3 (Pearson); 111-4 (Myatt); 169-5 (Price); 178-6 (Parish); 180-7 (Stafford)

A. Rafiq 7-1-42-1; L. Smart 10-1-53-1; R. Beer 9-0-41-2; W. Mehmood 7.3-0-35-0; S. Roberts 8-0-23-1; T. Costley 2-0-22-2

Buckingham win by 7 wickets.

Buckingham – 25 points
Oxford Downs – 11 points