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HCPCL: Great Brickhill CC & Wargrave CC join the Home Counties for 2020 season

Great Brickhill CC, Cherwell League Champions, and Wargrave CC, Thames Valley League Champions have both accepted invitations to join the Home Counties Premier Cricket League.

Great Brickhill return after two seasons away and 2020 will be Wargrave’s first campaign in the league’s Division 2.

HCPCL, Div 1: Matchday 17


AJ Woodland


Henley remain unbeaten going into the last game of the season, following a 5 wicket victory over Horspath. Batting first, strugglers Horspath got off to a steady start reaching 202 for 5, before wickets fell cheaply and Will Eason’s side finished 217 all out from their 50 overs.In reply, after losing an early wicket, Henley reached the target comfortably with 5 wickets in hand.

In a rain affected game, second placed Banbury had a 20 run victory over Finchampstead using the DLS method. Batting first Banbury made 272 for 7 from their 50 overs, before dismissing their opponents, who were set a revised target of 240 from 40 overs, to 219 in 37.1 overs.

Datchet continued their good form with an 8 run victory over Slough. After winning the toss and electing to bat first, third placed Datchet reached 207 for 9 from their 50 overs. In a closely fought second innings Slough finished on 199 all out in 42.4 overs.

In another rain affected game, High Wycombe entertained Aston Rowant at their London Road ground. After losing the toss and being invited to bat first, Wycombe amassed a healthy 290 for 8 from their 50 overs. After being set a revised target of 241 from 37 overs, Rowant fell short, finishing on 222 for 9. Wycombe captain Dan Marles led from the front, making a strong 78 with the bat and taking 3 for 50 with the ball.

Dan Marles


A mid table battle between Buckingham Town and Tring at Bourton Road, saw the visitors come out on top. After winning the toss and electing to bat first, Buckingham closed their 50 overs on 191 for 8. Tring reached their target in 48.5 overs, thanks to a stunning 109 from AJ Woodland, who carried his bat and saw his side home to a 2 wicket victory.


Home Counties Premier League, Division 1 – Matchday 15 round-up

Henley are closing in on their third consecutive Home Counties Premier League, Division 1 title.

Victory at Buckingham Town, their eleventh in 15 outings, sees Henley now 56 points clear of second placed Banbury.

Michael Roberts – Henley

HCPCL, D1: Town lose to top of the table Henley (Reports Andrew Holland)

Lloyd Sabin’s side defeated Datchet with Joe Thomas collecting three wickets – Match Scorecard HERE

Joe Thomas – Banbury

Aston Rowant remain fourth despite their defeat at Finchampstead – Match Scorecard HERE

Bucks skipper Tom Hampton took four for 36 as High Wycombe defeated Horspath by seven wickets at London Road – Match Scorecard HERE

Tom Hampton – High Wycombe

Finally, Tring Park won a very dramatic game at Slough by one wicket off the last ball of the game.

Andy Harris

Chloe Hill

Andy Harris and Chloe Hill shared an unbeaten last wicket partnership of 23 runs, including five penalty runs for a slow over rate, to give the visitors maximum points.

Michael Payne hit 70 for Tring Park while Saif Zaib returned with three wickets for the home side.

Earlier Slough posted 228 for 9 from their 50 overs with Bucks Academy’s Scott Rolfe taking three for 16.

HCPCL D1; All Round Hall guides Town to victory

Reported By Andrew Holland

Horspath were the visitors to Bourton Road on Saturday, and after a lengthy rain delay they won toss and put their hosts in to bat in a 37 over aside game.

Asad Rafiq bowled a good opening spell in which he removed both the Buckingham openers as he reduced them to 31 for 2.  Andrew Hall came in at number 3 and after some early boundaries settled in against the Horspath spinners.  The Buckingham middle order all made starts without anyone going on to make a significant score, and although Hall went to his half century (70 balls) at the other end, with 7 overs to go the score had slipped to 124 for 6 as Lloyd Belcher finished his spell with 2 for 28 from 8 overs.  Skipper Jack Parish came to the wicket and with Hall added some quick late runs as they put on 51 in 6 and a half overs for the seventh wicket. Hall fell for 74 in the final over as Buckingham finished on a score of 183 for 7, Parish finishing 23 not out from 19 balls.

Andrew Hall

In reply Russell White removed both the Horspath openers inside of two overs in a superb opening spell in which he and George Humphries restricted the visitors to 28 for 2 in the first 12 overs.  Tom Cosford and Daryll Brown survived the opening spells and began to pick up the run rate against the Buckingham change bowlers.  The pair put on 95, and had begun to turn the game in Horspath’s favour when Parish had Cosford caught on the boundary for 45 and followed that with a second wicket in his next over.  Brown had reached his 50 but then holed out to Hall on the boundary for 52 as Horspath lost 3 wickets for 16 runs.  Kyle Hooper and Jay Parmar tried to rebuild the innings but the run rate was climbing steadily and when Hall picked up 2 wickets in an over Horspath were left needing 46 from the final 5 overs.  Skipper Will Eason added 17 from 16 balls at the end but Horspath ended up falling 20 runs short as they finished 163 for 8.  Hall took 3 for 41 to go with his 74 while White (2 for 13) and Parish (2 for 35) offered good support.

The result sees Buckingham climb up to 5th in the table ahead of the switch to the timed format next week as Buckingham travel to unbeaten Henley.



  1. Tomlinson c Cosford b Rafiq                           2 (19)
  2. Hulbert c Hopper b Rafiq                              10 (18)
  3. Hall c Hawtin b Eason                                  74 (98)
  4. Price lbw b Cosford                                      11 (14)
  5. Cater+ c Eason b Belcher                             12 (28)
  6. Large       c&     b Belcher                             13 (13)
  7. Liyanarachchi c Green b Eason                         0 (9)
  8. Parish* Not Out                                           23 (19)
  9. White Not Out                                                 8 (4)

Extras (3b, 5lb, 22w) 30

Total 183-7

37 overs


FoW: 9-1 (Tomlinson, 4.2); 31-2 (Hulbert, 8.3); 64-3 (Price, 14.1); 89-4

(Cater, 23.1); 122-5 (Large, 27.3); 124-6 (Liyanarachchi, 29.5); 175-7 (Hall, 36.2)


  1. Rafiq 6-0-21-2 (4w)
  2. Skelton 3-0-13-0 (2w)
  3. Brown 3-0-20-0 (1w)
  4. Cosford 8-1-27-1 (2w)
  5. Belcher 8-1-28-2
  6. Parmar 7-0-56-0 (13w)
  7. Eason 2-0-10-2



  1. O’Conner c Liyanarachchi b White                      0 (6)
  2. Hawtin+ b White                                              1 (4)
  3. Cosford c Liyanarachchi b Parish                    45 (66)
  4. Brown c Large b Hall                                     52 (70)
  5. Green b Parish                                                 3 (7)
  6. Hopper lbw b Hall                                         16 (20)
  7. Parmar Not Out                                            16 (35)
  8. Skelton b Hall                                                  1 (2)
  9. Eason* c White b Liyanarachchi                     17 (16)

Extras (4lb, 14w) 18

Total 163-8

37 overs


FoW: 0-1 (O’Connor, 0.6); 2-2 (Hawtin, 2.2); 97-3 (Cosford, 22.2); 111-4 (Green, 24.4); 113-5 (Brown, 25.5); 136-6 (Hopper, 31.3); 138-7 (Skelton, 31.6); 163-8 (Eason, 36.6)


  1. White 8-2-13-2 (3w)
  2. Humphries 7-0-24-0 (4w)
  3. Liyanarachchi 4-0-20-1 (6w)
  4. Fayyaz 3-0-26-0
  5. Parish 7-0-35-2
  6. Hall 8-0-41-3 (1w)


Buckingham win by 20 runs.


Buckingham – 20 points

Horspath – 6 points


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Home Counties : Matchday 2 round-up

High Wycombe skipper Dan Marles hit an unbeaten 154 as his side recorded their first win of the season.

Dan Marles

Marles was joined in the run spree by Conrad Louth, who hit a run-a-ball century, as Wycombe posted 364 for 4 from their 50 overs.

Conrad Louth

In reply, Slough were dismissed for 111 all out with Cameron Parsons, four for 11, the pick of the bowlers.

Cameron Parsons

Current Champions Henley recorded a nine-wicket win at Tring Park after winning the toss and electing to bowl.

Andy Rishton’s three for 32 helping bowl out the home side for 109.

Andy Rishton

Henley lost just one wicket reaching their target with Matthew Rowe making an unbeaten half century to add to his 53 last week.

Banbury returned from Horspath with a five-wicket win to make it back-to-back wins.

Shahid Yousaf top-scored with 55 while Shazad Rana batted excellently again with an unbeaten 34 to take Banbury home.

Earlier in the day, Horspath posted 188 for 7 with Tom Coleman making 49. Joe Thomas and John West taking a brace of wickets each for the visitors.

Joe Thomas

Newly promoted Datchet won again as they defeated Aston Rowant.

Datchet made 240 for 8 with Joe Barrett’s 75 and and an undefeated 62 from Vishal Aeri in form.

Aston Rowant’s run chase fell 11 runs short with Olly Birts four for 46 and Bobby Sher’s three for 43 doing the damage for Datchet.

Finchampstead defeated Buckingham by 148 runs – see report below.

HCPCL D1: Town suffer heavy home defeat

HCPL D2: Perkin praises “Oxford’s character” as skipper looks towards Amersham

Oxford skipper Jamie Perkin has praised his side’s character after their opening day victory over Harefield in the Home Counties Premier League, Division 2.

Jamie Perkin

Oxford posted 145 for 9 from their 50 overs with Muhammad Ayub (56) batting well. batting second, Harefield were dismissed for 114 with the home side starting with a 31-run win.

Perkin spoke highly of his side’s application.

We weren’t at our best on Saturday but showed great character with the ball. I said to the lads prior to the game I wanted to make Jordan Hill a fortress throughout the season and we have started well. Obviously there is still work to do with the bat but for our first league game I was very happy.

Next up, Oxford head to the picturesque setting of Shardeloes.

The skipper told Sports Shots;

Saturday will be another big test for us. Amersham are normally one of the tougher sides in the league and we know they are good at home. Once again it’s a case of making sure we do our jobs properly in all three aspects.

Oxford: Jamie Perkin (Captain), Owyn Tong-Jones, Fergus Nutt, Muhammad Ayub, Calvin Dickinson, Harvey Eltham, Shamilal Mendes, Freddie Simon, Richard Musk, Robert Keat, Christopher Humphreys.


Home Counties D1 Round-up: Matchday 1 (Saturday 11th May 2019)

The 2019 Home Counties Premier League season has started!

Current Division 1 Champions Henley started their season with a 18-run win over Aston Rowant.

Henley’s top order scored heavily; Matthew Rowe (73), Michael Roberts (65) and Jack Davies (50 not out).

The visitors eventually finished their 50 overs on 264 for 6.

In reply, Rowant skipper Joshua Smith hit an outstanding 127 but needed more support as his side were bowled out for 246 from 49.5 overs. Tom Nugent, four for 49, the pick of the bowlers.

Aston Rowant v Henley SCORECARD

Banbury defeated High Wycombe by 57 runs on DLS after the rain closed the game early at White Post Road.

It was the home side who were left reeling at 6 for 3, and then 57 for 7, before Shazad Rana’s defiant undefeated 37 and Ollie Wright’s 28 saw Banbury post 134 all out in 49.5 overs.

Jonathan Burden

Jonathan Burden’s excellent spell of three for 14 from ten overs supported by two wickets apiece for Tom Hampton and Cameron Parsons for the visitors.

In reply, Wycombe’s batsman found runs hard to come by as Oxfordshire spinner Joe Thomas, two for 11, bowled well.

Joe Thomas

Rain eventually took Wycombe batsmen from the field on 65 for 5 and with Umpires calling an early finish it was Banbury who secured the points.

Banbury v High Wycombe SCORECARD

Datchet marked their first-ever game at the top level with a ten-wicket success at Finchampstead.

Skipper Steven Naylor made an unbeaten 54 while fellow opener Joe Barrett finished 70 not out as Datchet eased to victory.

Earlier in the day, Finchampstead were all out for 125 all out in just 36.1 overs. Olly Birts collecting four for 26.

Finchampstead v Datchet SCORECARD

Former South African international Andrew Hall stroked 83 as he helped take Buckingham Town to a 58-run victory in their inaugural top-flight game.

Andrew Hall

Hall’s 91-ball knock helped Town to post 199 all out in 50 overs.

George Humphries

Slough had a steady reply before the introduction of Town’s 2018 player-of-the-year, George Humphries, three for 14, put the visitors on top. Jack Parish and Jack Deal each took a brace of wickets as Slough were dismissed for 141.

Slough v Buckingham Town SCORECARD

Horspath started their season with a 33-run win over Tring Park.

Will Eason elected for his Horspath side to bat first after winning the toss.

Tom Cosford

Oxfordshire batsman Tom Cosford (62) top scored as Horspath made 191 all out. Cosford shared vital partnerships with his captain and Mark Skelton in the final third of the innings.

Andy Harris

Andy Harris was the pick of the Tring bowling with four for 41.

AJ Woodland

In another rain-effected game, Tring had Bucks duo of Charlie Macdonell (28) and AJ Woodland (61) make early runs but they were eventually bowled out for 160. Skipper Eason picking up three for 31.

Tring Park v Horspath SCORECARD

HCPL D1: Horspath captain looking to improve in 2019 as they head to Tring Park

Horspath captain Will Eason has spoken to Sports Shots as his side head to Tring Park for their 2019 league opener.

Will Eason

The man at the helm at Horspath has Darryl Brown returning as the club’s overseas, while all-rounder Jay Parmar and batsman Kyle Hopper join from West Bromwich Dartmouth and Oxford University,respectively.

Darryl Brown

Eason told Sports Shots:

Our Pre-season has gone very well which will hopefully stand us in good stead for the 2019 season.

We have made some good additions to the squad and there is a healthy competition for places, which can only help us gain positive results, as we would love to improve on where we finished in the table this season.

On Sunday, Horspath go to last year’s runners-up in the Royal London Club Championship, Stanmore after defeating Chesham in the previous round.

Horspath: Will Eason (Captain), Rob Eason, Tom Coleman, James Phillips, Darryl Brown, Tom Cosford, Jay Parmar, Kyle Hopper, Mark Skelton, Asad Rafiq, Lloyd Belcher.

HCPCL D1: Preview of the rest of the Home Counties top division 2019

Reigning Home Counties Premier League, Division 1 Champions Henley have won the league the past two seasons and are the benchmark side.

Saif Zaib, the Northants and Bucks batsman, who bowls left-arm spin, will play the 2019 campaign at Slough.

Aston Rowant, who finished third in 2018, have signed new overseas player in wicket-keeper/batsman Hayden Rossouw.

Skipper Josh Smith has also recruited John Fitzjohn from Horspath and Elliot Matthews, who has been playing Cherwell League cricket for Didcot.

Banbury have been busy strengthening over the winter with Shahid Yousaf joining the White Post Road-outfit as their new overseas. Yousaf scored 777 runs in the league last season at Slough and picked up 19 wickets.

Joe Thomas

Oxfordshire spinner Joe Thomas and Joe White have joined from Great & Little Tew, while Joe Wadham (Taunton St Andrew’s) and Dave Eaton (Horley) have also joined.

Finchampstead have named their side to face Datchet at Finchampstead Park as 1. Dan Lincoln (c), 2. Tom Predgen, 3. Simon Bell (wk), 4. Toby Albert, 5. Ryan Quinn, 6. Darron Augustus, 7. James Woodford, 8. Zac Jones, 9. Greg Smith, 10. Billy Rogers, 11. Josh Lincoln.

Datchet step up along with Buckingham Town, a side they defeated in pre-season, to play at the top level for the first time after being in Division 2 for four years.

HCPCL D1: New skipper Marles discusses all things High Wycombe

New High Wycombe Cricket Club skipper Dan Marles has spoken to Sports Shots ahead of the Home Counties Cricket League, Division 1 season.

Dan Marles

Marles reveals new arrivals at London Road and discusses the club’s aspirations for 2019.