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