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’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.
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.
Hall’s 91-ball knock helped Town to post 199 all out in 50 overs.
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.
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 was the pick of the Tring bowling with four for 41.
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