Thame Town CC III’s – 160 all out off 41 overs
Buckingham Town CC IV’s – 188-8 off 45 overs
Buckingham Town CC IV’s produced their performance of the season on Saturday to beat Thame Town and secure promotion from Cherwell Cricket League Division Eight to spark huge celebrations after the game. Heading over to Thame, who were not only already league champions but had only lost one game all summer and had soundly beaten their visitor’s in the reverse fixture earlier in the year, Town knew they were going to have produce a performance to top anything they had achieved this summer, batting first they were reduced to ninety-six for seven where it looked like the season was to end in bitter disappointment, but a huge late partnership between Albert Johnson & Ben Cater saw Town finish on one hundred & eighty-eight, three early wickets fell in the Thame innings but Guy Holmes came out to frustrate the Town attack, passing his half century it seemed the game was slipping away but skipper Dane Tuttlebee made the breakthrough removing the run scorer and with the final four wickets then falling for just sixteen runs Buckingham were promoted, inflicting the hosts first defeat since the eighth of June.
The home side won the toss and put their guests into bat which seemed a great decision as Oscar Bones & Andy Thatcher were removed early on, from sixteen for two the away side doubled their score before Anant Peshavaria was caught with his score on six, Ade Johnson who opened the batting ticked the score along but was eventually bowled by Nicolas Humphries when on twenty-three. Luke Tory & Russell Thompson then added a further forty to steady the ship with the former making thirty-seven before he was stumped & Thompson bowled when on twenty, however a further three wickets inside six runs saw the score slump to ninety-six for seven and the odds of an away win looked bleak, but Johnson & Cater refused to be beaten and their partnership worth eighty-two brought the contest back to life. Cater top scored with forty-two until he was caught late on, Johnson finishing forty not out gave Town hope, pick of the Thame attack saw Humphries finish with three wickets for twenty-nine runs off his ten overs, Vimal Desai taking two for fifty-six.
Andy Jinman opened alongside Manil Subesinghe for Thame and were quickly removed by Matthew Dipple & Ryan Spragg respectively, Justin Avery was then run out with his score on twenty-one and the hosts were forty-two for three. But Holmes came to the crease and scored regularly alongside James McStay putting on thirty-three between them, the latter eventually caught behind off the bowling of Tory whilst Tim Lester was trapped lbw by Dipple soon after, Paddy Harris then got in an awful mix up with Holmes chasing runs and ended up stranded to be run out & at this stage Thame still needed a further eighty-seven with four wickets intact. Ian McStay teamed up with Holmes then as Buckingham toiled in the late afternoon sunshine, their pairing worth forty-two looked to turn the odds back in the hosts favour until Holmes was eventually out for sixty-eight as Tuttlebee removed his bails.
This rejuvenated the Buckingham belief, just a run later Ian McStay fell on twenty and despite adding a further fifteen runs the overs began ticking down, the game was finally put to bed as Spragg collected two wickets in the same forty-first over, Humphries caught behind for thirteen & Vimal Desai caught & bowled to signal the end of a pulsating match. Spragg ended highest wicket taker with four for forty-seven off his ten overs, Dipple taking two for eighteen off nine.
Match scorecard: http://cherwellcricketleague.com/scorecard.php?Match_ID=7717
Final league table: http://cherwellcricketleague.com/leaguetable.php?Division_ID=8
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