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CCL D1; Buckingham Town CC II’s lose final game of season at Abingdon Vale

Abingdon Vale – 203 all out off 48.5 overs (25 points)

Buckingham Town II’s – 158 all out off 44 overs (12 points)

Buckingham Town II’s concluded their season with defeat on Saturday at Abingdon Vale, but still finish the season in a very respectable sixth place in the Cherwell Cricket League Division One table & avoid relegation which just four weeks ago looked highly improbable. Despite being 10-2 early on the home side posted 203 with Richard Pengelly taking 4-39, in reply every Town player scored runs but they fell short to lose by 45 runs but can look forward to next year and another campaign in the top flight.

Richard Pengelly took 4-39

Town won the toss and put their hosts into bat, and when Gurwinder Singh bowled Luke Maslen ahead of Callum Cater catching Tom Allen off the bowling of Matthew Thatcher, Town looked in control. However, Arthur Jones & Paul Butcher put on a superb partnership worth 73 to put the hosts right back in the game, Jones going on to make 61 off just 45 balls which included eleven boundaries before being run out by Singh.

Butcher then paired up with Amith Premkumar to add another 47 to the scoreboard until Pengelly bowled the latter, and at 130-4 the home side looked set for a high total. But just six runs later Sam Younghusband caught Butcher off James Gear when on 36, Joe Butcher then joined up with Max Owen to add a further 29 before Butcher knocked the ball back to bowler Ben Stafford, but Owen was to remain in bat to the end, unbeaten on 27.

Henry Pickford was run out by Singh, the runs then dried up as Pengelly cleared up the tail end, first removing Adam Scholey for 5, Jonathan Jenkinson was caught by Gear for 2, and finally Paul White trapped LBW for 6 signalled the end of the innings with seven balls remaining. Pengelly took four wickets whilst Singh, Thatcher, Stafford & Gear all took one apiece, but Albert Johnson the most economical with figures of 8-2-18-0.

Town opened with Ali Martin and Gurwinder Singh and they made 21 ahead of Joe Butcher removing the stump of Martin, Sam Younghusband made 8 but was then removed by Butcher, Singh going on to make 23 before he was caught off Paul Butcher, and at 53-3 there was still all to play for. Just a single run later though Thatcher was bowled by Paul White, and a good pairing worth 20 between Callum Cater & Albert Johnson was ended when the former was seen off by Paul Butcher.

Ben Stafford came in & with Johnson added 28 between them until the latter was caught by Joe Butcher, Stafford going on to make 22 off just 24 balls until he was beaten by the spin of Paul White. Skipper Steve Beck was then dismissed by Jonathan Jenkinson, leaving James Gear to pair up with Richard Pengelly and they added 18 before Gear was caught by Amith Premkumar, which left Simon Myatt to end the innings when he found Joe Butchers hands for 12.

Joe Butcher took three wickets for 39 runs off his ten overs, however Paul White claimed three wickets for just fifteen runs off his ten, with Paul Butcher & Jonathan Jenkinson both taking a brace each. Worth a mention to Oxford Downs who won the Division One title, and in eighteen games they didn’t lose a match, winning fourteen and drawing two, and along with Great Brickhill who finished second, the two teams finished a huge eighty-nine points clear of the rest of the field.

Match scorecard: http://cherwellcricketleague.com/scorecard.php?Match_ID=6090

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CCCL D1; Buckingham Town II’s skipper Steve Beck reflects back over season and final game

Buckingham Town II’s end their season on Saturday with a trip to Abingdon Vale and with just a point separating the two sides the battle is on for fifth place in the Cherwell Cricket League Division One table. However, fourth place Twyford go to Oxford Downs who are battling it out for the championship and should Twyford lose and Town win (depending on bonus points), then a fourth place finish is not out of the question. A tense week-end lies ahead for quite a few sides in the division as the season draws to a climax!

Steve Beck in action

This week Sports Shots caught up with II’s skipper Steve Beck to find out just how tough a season it’s been?

It has been tough but it was what we expected, it’s the first time Buckingham Town have had a second team in this division. We could not have started any worse than conceding 317 in the first match and having to start the game with only 9 players!!!

There have been a few other disasters over the season but we have improved, the hard part as captain comes in the 50 overs games where you have more restrictions, but certainly in the second half of the season we have had more options so that helps

What were the hopes for the team at the beginning of the season?

When we started the season back in May, if you had offered me mid-table security then I would have taken it, as the overall aims were to get the 1st team & 3rd team promoted, and thankfully the first team have achieved their goal. With them in the HCPCL Premier Division next season, it is imperative that the seconds stay at as higher level as possible. Hopefully with 2 points on Saturday we will achieve this

How did Steve keep the squad spirits up when the team went through that long spell without a win?

It was a long gap between week three and week fourteen, but I have played in this league long enough especially in the timed games, to know that you need to keep picking up points week in week out.

We batted first to help take the pressure off our batting line up which was pretty fragile during the first half of the season, this meant we kept picking up points from good draws. Back in 2013 I played in a side that only won 1 match during the season but we almost finished fourth that year!

The key was to compete in the matches so everyone realised we should be in this league. We have only lost six games this year and four of those were against the two stand out sides in the division

Matthew Thatcher runs & wickets

After the losing streak early in the season, the 2nds suddenly managed two winning draws before the four game winning run they currently boast, what changed the fortunes?

The batting line up started to click and we put up 241 and 298 in successive weeks. When you have scores on the board the bowling unit have less pressure and we were able to set an attacking field.

Sam Younghusband started scoring well, Matthew Thatcher gave us stability and Adam King hit our highest individual score of the season (80) which game the team confidence and also a platform to attack from.

The Banbury game was huge though as they were in a position to win the game with 10 overs to go, but we stuck together well as a unit and got crucial wickets, Waz and Albert Johnson in his first game enabling us to get the winning draw. I think if they had beat us, the next few weeks could have been different

If results go their way this week-end, Town II’s could finish fourth in the league, how strange does that sound after the bad spell the team went through?

It sounds unbelievable after we were bottom following the hammering by Great Brickhill on week thirteen. We sat down after the game and said we need to win three games to give ourselves a chance, as it happens we have won four on the spin. I feel that with the exception of the top two sides, there is not a huge difference between the remaining eight sides, so three teams getting relegated puts a lot of pressure on everyone

So what will the plans be during the winter to plan for the 2019 season?

I think the club will be sitting down again soon after the season finishes to decide what the targets for 2019 will be. With the first team now in the Premier Division, they will have to recruit, hopefully this will increase their squad size from 12/13 to 15/16 which will in turn improve the second team.

As a second team, we need to try and attract some younger guys that are happy to play Cherwell Division 1 but push on and play Premier Cricket in the future. It is a perfect place to develop your skills, win matches and put pressure on the first team captain to pick you!!

Wasim Fayyaz leading wicket taker

So how tough a game does Steve expect at Abingdon on Saturday?

The last game of a season can always be a funny one, but we are not safe from relegation as we need 2 points so that is the first aim. The time to party will be when we are back at the club with the rest of the teams!

Abingdon are decent side who have a few match winners so you can’t turn up and take anything for granted. It should be a good game. And I know we will have a beer or two with Whitey after

Finally, we asked the captain for his stand out players this season:

We have chopped and changed a lot this season which is part of the reason we struggled for the first half of the season. And over the season everyone has had their day but the three below deserve a mention:

Sam Younghusband – Teams leading run scorer with 342

Matthew Thatcher – Since becoming available has scored 271 (averaging 39 Teams highest) and taken valuable wickets

Wassim Fayyaz – The leading wicket taker in Division 1 with 39 wickets

I would also like to thank the lads from the third team that have come in and out, sometimes on short notice to help out. Possibly the biggest single wicket of the season was taken by Richard Pengelly v Challow when Ryan Gordon was out!! I can’t believe I have just admitted that!

The team for Saturday is as follows:

  1. Ali Martin
  2. G Singh
  3. S Younghusband
  4. M Thatcher
  5. C Cater
  6. A Johnson
  7. S Beck
  8. B Stafford
  9. J Gear
  10. R Pengelly
  11. W Fayyaz

Sports Shots would like to thank Steve for his time not only this week, but for every week of this season for his previews and team lists.

CCL; Buckingham Town II’s all but secure their Division One status with win over Tiddington

Buckingham Town II’s – 221 for 7 off 42 overs (25 points)

Tiddington – 164 all out off 33.2 overs (10 points)

Buckingham Town II’s all but secured their place in Cherwell Cricket League Division One for next season with a crucial win over Tiddington on Saturday at a rain interrupted Bourton Road, thanks in main to a half century from Alex O’Dell, an unbeaten 45 from skipper Steve Beck and then some superb bowling from Wasim Fayyaz who took 6 of the wickets that saw the visitor’s beaten by fifty-seven runs. Town still mathematically need two points to ensure safety, however with batting & bowling points available no matter what the result at Abingdon Vale next week, Town are assured of starting next season back in the same division, and if they did take victory in their final game then a fourth place finish is still possible, remarkable considering just four weeks ago they looked odds on to be relegated!

Put into bat by their guests they were barely a few balls in when the rain come down and the players were back in the pavilion, the umpires wiping four overs off the match for the delay. Openers Alex O’Dell with Alistair Martin did well keeping their concentration as they got the score up to 69 without loss before the heavens opened again and play was stopped for a second time, this time losing another six overs for the stoppage. A couple of dropped catches in the early overs were to prove costly for Tiddington as Buckingham reached 75 before the first wicket fell, Martin caught by Chris Goodman off the bowling of Neil Smith with his score on 36.

Sam Younghusband came in but failed to score as he was bowled by Neil Smith, and as the rain came down again with the score on 106 players were brought off for a third time in the twenty-sixth over, and a result looked more and more unlikely when the umpires declared the match was now 42 overs aside only. Play resumed and just five runs later Matthew Thatcher was caught off the bowling of Joseph Elliott when his partnership with O’Dell had reached 22, and in came Callum Cater who batted well and in the thirty-third over O’Dell reached his half century, before he was stumped in the very next over.

Alex O’Dell reaches half century

Cater moved on to 27 before he was caught by Will Cooper off Ben Smith but Steve Beck was looking confident when Ben Stafford came out to replace Cater, and in just three overs the pair added 24 before Stafford was caught off the bowling of Elliott. Beck was knocking the ball around for fun as Jason Ell came out to pair up with him, and the partnership added 40 runs in just three overs, including four sixes from the skipper, who finished on 45 runs off just 24 balls. Ell was caught in the final over allowing Max Sutton to don the pads, and Beck added a further ten to the Town score before the innings was done; Neil Smith, Ben Smith & Joseph Elliott all finishing with a brace of wickets each for the away side.

The rain poured down again but luckily it was during the tea interval, and as the sun came back out the teams emerged with Tiddington needing 236 to win under the Duckworth Lewis method. For anyone unfamiliar with how this method actually works, a simple explanation is laid out here courtesy of Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duckworth%E2%80%93Lewis_method

Buckingham struck in the sixth over when Will Cooper was stumped by O’Dell off the bowling of Matthew Thatcher, but Matthew Johnston & Max Smith added another 20 to the scoreboard before the former was brilliantly run out by Stafford who gathered the ball and in one motion threw at the stumps to connect and the score was 34-2. Chris Goodman came in and made ten before he became the first victim of the Town spin bowling attack, Younghusband taking the catch off Fayyaz before Ben Smith came in a proved a little more difficult to remove, his partnership with Max Smith worth 31 until Stafford removed his bails with his score on 18.

Wasim Fayyaz took 6 wickets

Fayyaz then claimed the wicket of Max Smith when he was caught by Cater, and with the score 90-5 the mood changed on the field and Tiddington were under severe pressure. Nick Pykett was joined by Rob Lutton and they added a further 16 until Pykett was caught by Thatcher, in came Patrick Knightley and alongside Lutton the pair proved stubborn to the Town bowlers as they enjoyed a companionship worth 35 until Fayyaz made the breakthrough when Lutton was caught by Ell.

Neil Smith lasted just 2 overs before Fayyaz claimed his 5’fer and Tom Weymes joined Knightley in the middle as they made a further 14 until huge confusion on the wicket saw Weymes run out by Ell, and the game was over just one run later when Knightly was caught by Ell with his score on 31. Fayyaz ended with 6 wickets for 47 runs off just 8.2 overs, taking his total wicket tally for the season to 39, an invaluable contribution towards Town’s survival.

Match scorecard: http://cherwellcricketleague.com/scorecard.php?Match_ID=6083

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

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CCL; Buckingham Town CC 2nds have Ell of a chance to stay in division

Buckingham Town II’s host Tiddington on Saturday at Bourton Road knowing victory would edge them closer to safety in the Cherwell Cricket League Division One relegation battle, whilst defeat would drag them right back into the mix, especially against a side that are below Town and with the 25 points would most likely lift them above their hosts. But Town are high in confidence with three successive wins and their guests have not won since 23rd June which ironically was when they beat Town by four wickets.

Jason Ell

This week Sports Shots caught up with skipper Steve Beck:

After three wins on the trot we have moved up the league table from bottom up to sixth.

This has given us a great chance of staying in this league for next year which will be massive for the development of the club with the 1st team playing in the Home Counties Premier League for the first time ever.

As the table is still close, we cannot sit back and relax now as we still need one more win which we will push for against Tiddington.

It was a brilliant performance last week with Ben Stafford and Matt Thatcher batting well to get us up to 199 and a good all round bowling / fielding performance. A similar display will give us a great chance.

Jason Ell comes in to replace Richard Pengelly in what is an otherwise unchanged side

Team:

  1. Alex Odell
  2. Ali Martin
  3. Sam Younghusband
  4. Matthew Thatcher
  5. Callum Cater
  6. Steve Beck
  7. Ben Stafford
  8. Max Chilton
  9. Jason Ell
  10. Albert Johnson
  11. Wasim Fayyaz

CCL; Buckingham Town II’s win again to set up thrilling finale to season

Buckingham Town II’s – 199-7 off 50 overs (25 points)

Challow & Childrey – 182 all out off 47.1 overs (10 points)

Buckingham Town II’s made it three wins on the bounce on Saturday when they beat Challow & Childrey at Bourton Road by just seventeen runs, in a game that went down to the wire yet again and a result either way being possible with just a minimal amount of balls left in the game. A superb half century from Ben Stafford off just 60 balls added to a great 45 from Matthew Thatcher set Town on their way to 199 off their allotted overs, Challow fought back and 64 from Ryan Gordon looked to be edging the game in their favour but the Town spinners got the wickets tumbling and some very alert wicket keeping from Alex O’Dell helped the home side clinch the victory that lifts them up to sixth in the Cherwell Cricket League Division One table.

Challow won the toss and put their hosts into bat and made an early breakthrough in the third over when Conor Jones bowled Ali Martin after the young batsmen had hit two boundaries, but Sam Younghusband came in to partner Towns other opener Alex O’Dell and the pair added 30 to the total before the new batsmen was trapped LBW off the bowling of Jones again.

Matthew Thatcher came to the crease and added a further 15 with O’Dell until the home wicket keeper going for a boundary only succeeded in finding the hands of Harry Whitehead, and at 54-3 a few nerves were obvious. But Callum Cater joined Thatcher and the partnership was worth a further 29 before Cater fell LBW to Ryan Gordon although clearly not convinced as he left the field.

Ben Stafford reaches 50

Skipper Steve Beck joined Thatcher to add 22 between them before being trapped leg before, this time off the bowling of Luke Cheshire; Thatcher was moving along nicely and as Ben Stafford joined him in the middle the pair added 33 until Thatcher suffered heartbreak being caught behind with his score on 45. Max Sutton came to the crease for his first start for the 2nds this season, and he & Stafford added a brilliant 54 between them.

Stafford reached 53 which included seven boundaries, of which three cleared the rope, in just over an hour; the last of which a four to see him over the half-century mark, then in the very next ball was bowled by Jones. In that time Sutton had also been scoring, and as Albert Johnson came out to replace Stafford just a few balls remained, Sutton ended 21 not out, and the home score on 199, Conor Jones the top wicket taker, 3-33 off his 10 overs.

Challow started well and reached 22 before Harry Kent was trapped LBW by Richard Pengelly, Harry Whitehead then joined Joe Harris and the pair added 18 until Harris was caught behind off the bowling of Albert Johnson with the scoreboard on 40. Just a run later Whitehead was bowled by Johnson, but Jack Chapman came to partner Ryan Gordon and the pair added 34 until Younghusband caught Chapman off the bowling of Wasim Fayyaz with his score on 26.

Justin Penrose was bowled by Fayyaz shortly after, and whilst Gordon was adding runs his partners were falling rapidly, James Coombs fell leg before to Fayyaz to leave Challow 89-6. At this stage Town looked confident but Gordon dug in and alongside Mark Foster the pair added 60 between them to frustrate the Town attack, Gordon reaching his half century just before Foster was eventually removed when O’Dell stumped him off the bowling of Thatcher.

Town celebrate the win

Hugh Atkinson came in and again Challow threatened to knock off the runs required, but just as their partnership reached 21 the vital wicket of Gordon came when he was brilliantly caught by Stafford off the bowling of Pengelly. Challow needing 30 to win, Town needing 2 wickets, it was now all Town on the field as they urged each other on; Luke Cheshire stood with Atkinson in the middle adding 12 between them before Johnson removed the bails of the former with his final ball of his ninth over.

Ben Stafford then came in for his final over and with his first ball watched as Atkinson advanced forward only for the ball to spin past him into the gloves of O’Dell who gratefully removed his bails to spark huge celebration on the pitch amongst the Town players. Johnson & Fayyaz finishing with 3 wickets apiece, the latter taking his tally to 33 wickets for the season to date, and proving invaluable at this crunch time of the season.

Next week Town host Tiddington who are one of the teams below them, so victory is vital as the final game see’s the 2nds travel to fourth placed Abingdon Vale knowing that will be a tough test, and not one wanted to face should they have to win to stay up.

Match scorecard: http://cherwellcricketleague.com/scorecard.php?Match_ID=6078

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CCL; Becks hoping for more bottle from his side against Challow & Childrey

Buckingham Town II’s host Challow & Childrey on Saturday at Bourton Road, as the race to avoid relegation from the Cherwell Cricket League Division One begins in earnest. With three teams almost certain to be relegated this season, Town host the side that are currently one place below them so victory is vital, especially as Tiddington play Twyford and with both those teams above Town there could be some significant moves in the league table come Saturday evening.

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

After a tight and tense win last week on a wicket that suited spinners (unplayable at times) we are now out of the bottom two places. Tom Buggey and Albert Johnson batted brilliantly to get us over the line.

Unfortunately, due to the results in the home counties it is looking like Dinton and Shipton will be relegated so we will need to finish 7th this year to avoid relegation.

With that in mind, this is a huge game for us this week as Challow are only nine points behind us and would put themselves right back in the mix to stay up if they win.

We do have a changed side this week due to a large number unavailable from the 1st and 2nd team squad (9 regulars) so it will be tough but if we show the fighting spirit we did last week I am still confident we can win and move further up the table

CCL Div. 1 table

Team:

  1. Alex O’Dell
  2. Ali Martin
  3. Sam Younghusband
  4. Matthew Thatcher
  5. Callum Cater
  6. Tom Buggy
  7. Steve Beck
  8. Ben Stafford
  9. Albert Johnson
  10. Richard Pengelly
  11. Wasim Fayyaz

Cherwell League: Saturday 11th August 2018

Division 1

Gt Brickhill 344-6 (M Nelson 179, S Gilson 63, D Aris 33no), Abingdon Vale 143 (A Jones 33).

Oxford Downs 277-4 (G Sandbach 87, F Smith 68, A Beck 43), Long Marston 230 (M Storey 87, E George Crawley 48, H Sim 30, W Mehmood 4-45, G Sandbach 3-33).

Banbury 2nd 223 (R Simpson 41, J Lambden 37, J Megson 34, C Jones 4-30, H Atkinson 4-59), Challow & Childrey 32-1 – RSP.

Cumnor 147 (A Davis 32, M Race 30, P Knightley 3-26), Tiddington 73-7. Cumnor won on DLS.

Twyford 124 (K Khalid 32, W Fayyaz 3-13), Buckingham Tn 2nd 128-8 (T Buggey 31no, M Fayyaz 3-17, Z Saeed 3-29).

Division 2

Aston Rowant 2nd 179-9 (T Cooper 100, J Reynoldson 32), Horspath 2nd 140-1 (T Beresford 63no, J Stead 33no). Horspath won on DLS.

Wolverton Tn 200 (S Akhlaq 44), Sandford St Martin 132-2 (S Dobson 79no).

Cropredy 225-9 (J Haynes 44, S Hussain 42, E Somerton 39, B Ramalingam 4-31), Oxford 2nd 83-4 (M Parry 35no). Cropredy won on DLS.

Westbury 278-4 (O Tice 102, T Gurney 75, W Gurney 70, G Benger 3-74), Leighton Buzzard Tn 218-7 (P Whatmore 136no). Westbury won on DLS.

Didcot 194 (R Underdown 39, H Bartlett 3-22, T Moore 3-25), Bledlow 78-4. Didcot won on DLS.

Division 3

Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts 222 (C Day 47, W Mohammed 46, J Butler 40, I Mohammed 4-35), Banbury 3rd 170-5 (P Taylor 50, I Mohammed 35). Nondies won on DLS.

Minster Lovell 283-9, Cublington 140.

Stokenchurch 169 (P Maddock 45, C Sears 31), Bicester & North Oxford 144-5 (D Savin 40no). Bicester won on DLS.

Gt Brickhill 2nd 204 (G McDonald 46, K Burke 38, S Roberts 3-25), Oxford Downs 2nd 96-2 (D Woods 35) – RSP.

Gt & Little Tew 2nd 150 (J Garrett 66, S Catling 33no, P Papanfus 5-37), Horley 152-3 (D Clark 64no, D Eaton 50no).

Division 4

East Oxford 227 (M Hassan 69, R Imran 48, J Davis 3-42), Tiddington 2nd 105-5 (N Dales 34) – RSP.

Shipton-under-Wychwood 2nd 171 (C Panter 34, M Furness 3-12, P Tervet 3-29), Thame Tn 2nd 172-1 (R Carr 64, H Thomas 44no, M Furness 37no).

Abingdon Vale 2nd 48 (B Madden 6-35, D Delport 4-12), Witney Mills 50-1 (S Haselgrove 30no).

Charlbury 124 (B Forrester 33, Jude 5-19), Bletchley Tn 126-5 (G Rabbani 52no).

Brackley 337-4 (J Rowland 80no, M Lowe 73no, E Carpenter 64, L Stone 54), Long Marston 2nd 66 (D Smith 3-7, K Cartwright 3-8).

Division 5

Kimble 272-6 (U Khan 80, B Rose 55, J Foster 42), Leighton Buzzard Tn 2nd 114 (R Krynauw 57).

Chearsley 175 (A Crichton 48, M Ricketts 31, E Davie 4-34), Cumnor 2nd 176-5 (D Driscoll 69, A Hodder-Williams 32, O Deans 30no).

Aston Rowant 3rd 181-8 (P Plumridge 39, J Revill 35), Didcot 2nd 120-7 (I Demain 47, K Beesley 44). Aston Rowant won on DLS.

Horspath 3rd 225-7 (S Kulkarni 100no, C Holmes 46, F Abbas 32), Dinton 2nd 195-7 (A Khan 48, E Lloyd 39, S Aqeel-Hussain 38no, N Bukhari 38no, E Ward 3-25). Horspath won on DLS.

Kingston Bagpuize 322-9 (A Verdin 110no, J Smith 56, D Warner 50, A Husein 3-47), Cropredy 2nd 175-8 (A Husein 56, G Buckingham 41, H Leather 36, S Bullen 4-37). Kingston Bagpuize won on DLS.

Division 6

Eynsham 65 (A Dawson 5-16), Challow & Childrey 2nd 61 (S Hollingshead 6-10, S Jones 3-46).

Oxford 3rd 154-9 (B Carey 43, D Wyatt 4-36), Horley 2nd 136-3 (P Moon 38no, M Tubb 36no). Horley won on DLS.

Banbury 4th w/o Twyford 2nd.

Bledlow Ridge 357-5 (B Keeping 108no, H Ahmed 90, M Dakin 49), Minster Lovell 2nd 54-1 – RSP.

Buckingham Tn 3rd 239-5 (V Valambhia 70), Sandford St Martin 2nd 147-5 (G Pearson 66, C Simpson 56, A Humphries 3-26). Buckingham won on DLS.

Division 7

Horspath 4th 237 (H Shorter 81, M Naylor 46, P Hicks 31, M Livingston 5-23, P Humphreys 3-55), Aston Rowant 4th 86-1 (J Atkins 34no) – RSP.

Westbury 2nd 202-8, Bledlow Village 2nd 138-3 – RSP

Gt & Little Tew 3rd 62 (K Hafeez 4-7), East Oxford 2nd 63-3.

Wolverton Tn 2nd 246-5 (H Tanveer 104, B Boddy 50), Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts 2nd 115-7 (Z Mahmood 3-18) – RSP

Didcot 3rd 103 (M Clark 6-17), Bicester & North Oxford 2nd 106-7 (S Evans 3-26).

Division 8

Buckingham Tn 4th 191-9 (A Johnson 53no, A Peshavaria 33), Charlbury 2nd 118-2 (A Shah 39no, A Glass 44no, M Lyver 3-35, E Norton 3-38) – RSP.

Abingdon Vale 3rd 202-8 (G Ellis 70, J V D Merwe 33no, J Shearer 4-59), Long Marston 3rd 50 (R Newman 4-12 inc hat-trick, R Berry 4-13).

Oxford Downs 3rd 173-9 (T Collins 110, R Timms 4-41, A Armand 3-27), Brackley 2nd 69-7 (S Wilson 4-19) – RSP.

Shipton-under-Wychwood 3rd 119 (G Nelson 31, T Hannaby 4-47, M Gregory 3-32), Challow & Childrey 3rd 120-0 (M Baker 65no, B Cox 49no).

Cublington 2nd 69 (A Srinivasaraghavan 5-15), Witney Mills 2nd 72-1.

Division 9

Bledlow Ridge 2nd 233-3 (I Murdoch 91no, J Angell 91), Stokenchurch 2nd 95-6 – RSP.

Bletchley Tn 2nd 224-9 (P Rusling 64, G Hendry 58, A Ifchikar 34, T J Scrase 3-19, N Walker 3-61), Kingston Bagpuize 2nd 44-1 – RSP.

Kimble 2nd 243 (R Shah 65, A Singh 47, U Riaz 38, J Morris 33no, A Boyd 3-56), Tiddington 3rd 112-2 (C McCaig 51, N Pickup 31no) – RSP.

Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts 3rd w/o Oxford 4th.

Cumnor 3rd 206 (J Clapton 74, O Gray 44, D Hicks 30, T Hester 5-35), Thame Tn 3rd 113-5 (Z Hussain 48) – RSP.

Division 10

Shipton-under-Wychwood 4th 107-8, Thame Tn 4th 108-1 (M Fellowes 58no, T Dabber 34).

Dinton 3rd w/o Bicester & North Oxford 3rd.

Minster Lovell 3rd 138 (J Tempest 40, K Read 3-26), Eynsham 2nd 95-3 (S Osborne 35) – RSP

Cropredy 3rd w/o Abingdon Vale 4th.

Chearsley 2nd w/o Westbury 3rd.

CCL D1; Buckingham Town CC II’s beat Twyford to leave destiny in their own hands

Twyford – 124 all out off 30.4 overs (9 points)

Buckingham Town II’s – 128-8 off 40.2 overs (25 points)

Buckingham Town II’s have found some form just at the right time of the season, as their second successive win on Saturday saw them beat Twyford and the points lifted them out of the dreaded bottom two of the Cherwell Cricket League Division One table. With this season looking likely to see three teams relegated they are still not safe, however their three remaining games see them host Challow & Childrey who are a place below them next week-end, the following week they host Tiddington who are a place above them, and then finish with a trip to Abingdon Vale who are currently three places above them but only by eighteen points. So tight is the division that now Town are just nineteen points off fourth place!

Wasim Fayyaz 7-5-13-3

Town won the toss and put their hosts into bat, Shabaz Alam started well but with the score on 25 Matthew Thatcher made the breakthrough with the wicket of Adam Bone, the batsmen who made 142 in the reverse fixture was removed without scoring. Twelve runs later and James Gear removed Alam and with both openers gone Shahid Mahmood & Ben Elkington put on 20 before Sam Younghusband caught Mahmood off Thatcher, & Albert Johnson removed Elkington and Twyford were 76-4.

Two runs later saw Wasim Fayyaz bowl Atif Ali, and the same bowler then took the wicket of Zabihullah Saeed before Johnson took Mohammed Fayyaz and Town were well on their way. Khurram Khalid then settled his side down as he partnered Jake Duxbury and they added 33 between them before Fayyaz struck again to claim Khalid with his score on 32, leaving Twyford 124-8. At this stage Ben Stafford was called into the attack and within four balls the innings was over, as he removed both Edward Selby Lowndes and then Sam Roberts to match the brace of wickets of Thatcher & Johnson, but the pick of the bowling was Fayyaz as he ended with figures of 3 wickets for just 13 runs off 7 overs, 5 of which were maidens.

Town reached 15 before Alex O’Dell was caught behind off Saeed, but Gurwinder Singh and Sam Younghusband took the score onto 54 before Singh fell to Fayyaz when on twenty-eight. Just 12 runs later Younghusband was trapped LBW by Ali, Simon Myatt was bowled by Fayyaz for 1 and Thatcher was stumped leaving Town 70-5 still needing another fifty-five runs to win. But Thomas Buggey played at the crease for almost an hour and twenty minutes from there, he and captain Steve Beck added 19 before the skipper was caught off Fayyaz, Stafford was trapped LBW by Saeed, and Gear was bowled by the same bowler. Town now needed 24 to win whilst Twyford needed 2 wickets!

Albert Johnson with Thomas Buggey saw game home

A final partnership saw Johnson come in and he & Buggey saw Town home, their paring making 27 to seal the win, Buggey ending 31 not out having played with five different companions at the crease. Saeed & Fayyaz both ending with 3 wickets each, but it was Buckingham who took home the twenty-five points.

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Buckingham Town CC II’s hoping SMS sends message to Twyford

Buckingham Town II’s travel to Twyford this Saturday, hoping to build upon last week-ends confidence boosting win over Cumnor and earn more points in their fight to escape the relegation places in the Cherwell Cricket League Division One dogfight.

When these two sides met at Bourton Road back in June it was a feast of runs as they shared 498 between the two innings which concluded in a winning draw for Town. On that day skipper Steve Beck made 71, Matthew Thatcher reached 45 and for Twyford Adam Bone hit a superb 142.

Town welcome back three players this weekend, and Sports Shots caught up with Beck ahead of the game:

After the good, albeit nervous victory against Cumnor, we have kept ourselves in the survival hunt. The league is very tight this year with the bottom five teams covered by 25 points which is 1 win, and the bottom seven teams are separated by just by 41 points. With 100 points yet to play for, I believe any of the bottom seven sides could still be relegated with the likely hood of three going down this season.

I think we need to win 3 of the last 4 games and this will be tough but certainly achievable with a little luck.

We have a few missing this week with Jack Deal and Jason Ell promoted to the first team to ensure they achieve their goal of promotion, but the return of (Ben) Staffy, (Simon) Myatt and G (Gurvinder Singh) is a boost

Steve Beck v Twyford 09.06.2018 with Adam Bone watching on

Team:

  1. Alex Odell
  2. G Singh
  3. S Younghusband
  4. M Thatcher
  5. S Beck
  6. T Buggy
  7. S Myatt
  8. B Stafford
  9. J Gear
  10. A Johnson
  11. W Fayyaz

The match starts at 12.30pm

CCL; Buckingham Towns II’s clinch vital victory over Cumnor

Buckingham Town II’s – 195 – 7 off 47.2 overs (25 points)

Cumnor – 194 all out off 51.1 overs (11 points)

Buckingham Town II’s recorded their second win of the season on Saturday in a thriller at Bourton Road, and the points lift Town off the foot of the Cherwell Cricket League Division One table and gives them a fighting chance of staying in the division going into the last four weeks of the season. The game exploded into life from the first ball, and a steady innings from the away side saw them bowled out for 194 with eleven balls to spare, in return the hosts lost an early wicket but worked hard in the blazing sunshine and despite wickets falling they reached their target with just four balls of their innings remaining.

Cumnor won the toss and elected to bat first; Alex Davis faced the first ball only to see Callum Price remove his stumps but his replacement Joseph Dale soon started scoring runs although the other opener for Cumnor Alex Hodder-Williams was caught behind by Alex O’Dell off the bowling of Price with the score on 27.

William Bull came in and between he and Dale the pair enjoyed a brilliant 59 partnership until heart break for Dale when he was caught by Sam Younghusband off the bowling of Albert Johnson with his score on 47. Max Mannering came in and hit a brace of boundaries in his four balls faced before he was caught by Jason Ell off Johnson.

Tom Powell was soon to follow when he was bowled by Wasim Fayyaz as the spin took a hold on the Cumnor middle order, but Bull remained defiant and easily reached his half century. Sam Cross was bowled by Johnson as his partnership with Bull reached 34, but with the score on 132-6 the visitor’s dug in and frustrated their hosts for a spell, Rupert Kelley came in and added a further 44 runs with Bull before he was stumped by O’Dell as Johnson claimed his fourth of the day.

Wasim Fayyaz took 4 wickets

As Bull looked set for a century he was stumped by O’Dell off Fayyaz with his score on 88, but a fully deserved round of applause greeted him on his return to the pavilion. Thomas Lydford-Brace lasted just two balls before he was bowled by Fayyaz and Barney Hodder-Williams became Fayyaz’s fourth victim and the innings was finished. Johnson & Fayyaz both taking four wickets each, Price taking the early 2 wickets in his five overs.

Price & O’Dell opened for Buckingham and put on 18 before Price was trapped LBW off the bowling of Davis, in came Younghusband and with O’Dell the pair added a further 26 runs before O’Dell was bowled by Alex White. With the score 44-2 any nerves were settled by Younghusband and the incoming Jack Deal as the pair enjoyed sharing 69 runs between them getting Town over the 100 mark.

Younghusband looked set for his half century until he was caught by Hodder-Williams off Mannering with his score on 48, he was replaced by Matthew Thatcher who had an early scare in his first over when a catch was deemed not out by the umpire despite a huge appeal from Cumnor, but Deal was stumped by Hodder-Williams off Davis soon after & Callum Cater faced just two balls before being given LBW off Mannering after a long pause from the umpire.

Skipper Steve Beck

Suddenly the score was 128-5 but Town captain Steve Beck came in to partner Thatcher and the pair steadied the ship once more as they added 44 between them, scoring freely until Beck was caught by Bull off Cross with Town still needing twenty-three more runs to win. Jason Ell came in and with Thatcher knocked a further 14 off the target before Thatcher was caught by Powell.

With just twelve balls left James Gear came in to partner Ell, and between them they hitting the winning runs with just four balls left of the game. Alex Davis, Max Mannering & Sam Cross all took a brace of wickets each, but it wasn’t enough as Town took the maximum points to move above Banbury who lost to Oxford Downs.

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