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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.

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HCPCL D2: Champions Town set to bow out at the top!

Buckingham Town finish their 2018 campaign as Home Counties Premier League, Division 2 Champions with a visit from Chesham on Saturday.

Buckingham Town 2018 Home Counties Premier Cricket League Division 2 Champions

Town go into match-day 18 with 311 points, having won twelve of their 17 games. They have an impressive 46 point lead over second placed Datchet and are 54 points ahead of Wokingham in third.

Such has been their dominance this season that they have, in truth, won the division at a canter. To put into context their achievement against the past winners of the previous three years highlights their impressive displays; Aston Rowant (290) in 2017, Horspath (308) in 2016 and Great & Little Tew (293) in 2015.

While Town have enjoyed some excellent individual displays, their opening partnership with the ball has been excellent. George Humphries (35 wickets) and Russell White (28 wickets) have given Town the upper hand early on in the opposition innings with their opponents unable to get starts.

George Humphries

Russell White

The improving Humphries will gain vital experience as he heads to Australia on the 26th September where he will play for Edinburgh Cricket Club in Melbourne over the winter.

Jack Deal (18), Skipper Jack Parish (17) and Andrew Hall (14) have also chipped in.

Town’s batsmen have been fortunate that their bowlers have taken the game to their opponents.

Jonny Cater (449) and Leigh Tomlinson (448) lead the batting run scoring charts with Rob Large (403) and Ash Pearson (350) playing vital roles. A special mention to Steve Brunning who has stepped in and netted 258 runs in just nine knocks.

Town will head into Division 1 for what, already, is an exciting 2019 season awaitng the Bourton Road outfit.

Town: Jack Parish (Captain), Steve Brunning, Leigh Tomlinson, Rob Large, Mark Hulbert, Jonny Cater, Andrew Hall, Ash Pearson, Jack Deal, Russell White, George Humphries.

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.

CL D6: Town III set for campaign finale

Brijesh Valambhia leads his Buckingham Town III side for their final Cherwell League, Division 6 encounter of 2018.

Finley Clark

Valambhia is pleased with his side’s progress.

The final game of the season! Such a good season we have had overall, an introduction of some new players will only strength the squad for next year.

This week sees the introduction of the youngest debutant in the threes in Finn Clark, who is only 13. We also see the return of Neville Pritchard behind the stumps. We hope to have a good day out and then back to the club for the end of season festivities and where we can celebrate the 1st team’s league winning performance. #homecountieschamps

Team: 1. Mike Taylor 2. Adrian Freeman 3. Raj Lall 4. Max Sutton 5. Vish Valambhia 6. Brij Valambhia 7. Joe Clark 8. Finn Clark 9. Neville Pritchard 10. Luke Tory 11. Dom Pritchard.

Sports Shots would like to thank Brijesh 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.

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HCPCL D2: Champions Town Deal defeat with Parish Hall celebration

Reported By Andrew Holland

After clinching the league title the week before Buckingham visited second place Wokingham on Saturday still in a position to influence the second promotion spot.

Andrew Hall

Buckingham were put in to bat by their hosts, and both Leigh Tomlinson and Steve Brunning fell to the opening bowlers as they were reduced to 25 for 2. Andrew Hall came in at number 3, and alongside Jonny Cater put on 44 for the third wicket before the later was caught on the boundary for 17. Rob Large, fresh from a ton the week before, looked in good touch, dominating another partnership of 44 when he was bowled by Paul Dewick. With the innings poised at 113 for 4, skipper Jack Parish came in at number 6, and with Hall began to build a partnership. As the partnership grew the scoring rate began to increase, with both Hall (85 balls) and Parish (44 balls) going past 50 as the Wokingham bowlers struggled to contain the scoring. The pair had put on 118 at better than a run a ball when Dewick broke the stand with Parish caught on the boundary for 69 (58 balls). Several more wickets fell as Buckingham sought quick runs including Hall for a top score of 83 as the innings closed on 272 for 8 with Jack Deal finishing 15 not out (14 balls).

Jack Parish

Wokingham started strongly in reply, Stuart Parsons (31) and Jack Wood (37) putting on an opening stand of 71 and scoring at 5 an over against the opening bowlers. Both fell in consecutive overs to Lester Smart and Jack Deal though as the run rate began to slow. Dan Housego and James Bird (21) took the score past 100 before again wickets in consecutive overs to Deal and Jack Parish saw both batmen back to the pavilion. Three more wickets fell shortly after to leave the hosts 133 for 7 and struggling. Alfie Carter, batting with a runner after injuring himself in the field, put on 30 with Ian Muirden (30) before becoming Parish’s fourth victim and when Deal returned to remove Muirden the score was 179 for 9. Some late hitting from Dewick (36 not out from 30 balls) and Lewis Sharp (22 not out from 29 balls) brought the scores closer together as they shared an unbeaten stand of 52 in 8 overs but they game was already won as they innings closed on 231 for 9 to give Buckingham a 41 run win.

Jack Deal

Buckingham now lead the division by 46 points from Datchet who climb above Wokingham into the 2nd promotion spot.

Buckingham
L. Tomlinson c Dewick b Sharp 4 (11)
S. Brunning c Parsons b Muirden 14 (26)
A. Hall c Muirden b Sharp 83 (119)
J. Cater+ c Carter b Clark 17 (25)
R. Large b Dewick 28 (35)
J. Parish* c sub (Khalid) b Dewick 69 (58)
R. White c sub (Khalid) b Muirden 4 (7)
J. Deal Not Out 15 (14)
G. Nagla b Muirden 1 (2)
G. Humphries Not Out 6 (6)
Extras (8lb, 17w, 6nb) 31
Total 272-8
50 overs

FoW: 12-1 (Tomlinson, 2.5); 25-2 (Brunning, 7.6); 69-3 (Cater, 16.6); 113-4 (Large, 26.2); 231-5 (Parish, 43.5); 240-6 (White, 45.4); 249-7 (Hall, 46.6); 253-8 (Nagla, 47.4)

L. Sharp 10-1-46-2 (1w)
I. Muirden 9-1-45-3 (5w, 2nb)
J. Clark 9-1-71-1 (8w, 4nb)
S. Myles 10-2-25-0 (2w)
P. Dewick 10-0-50-2 (1w)
J. Bird 2-0-27-0

Wokingham
S. Parsons*+ b Smart 31 (53)
J. Wood b Deal 37 (57)
D. Housego c Cater b Deal 12 (21)
J. Bird c Tomlinson b Parish 21 (17)
S. Myles b Parish 14 (17)
A. Carter c Hall b Parish 16 (27)
B. Myles lbw b Parish 3 (8)
J. Clark b White 2 (6)
I. Muirden st Cater b Deal 30 (35)
L. Sharp Not Out 22 (29)
P. Dewick Not Out 36 (30)
Extras (1lb, 6w) 7
Total 231-9
50 overs

FoW: 71-1 (Parsons, 17.6); 73-2 (Wood, 18.5); 102-3 (Bird, 23.5); 106-4 (Housego, 24.6); 126-5 (S. Myles, 29.2); 130-6 (B. Myles, 31.1); 133-7 (Clark, 32.2); 163-8 (Carter, 37.3); 179-9 (Muirden, 42.1)

G. Humphries 10-0-54-0 (2w)
R. White 10-0-53-1 (3w)
L. Smart 9-1-35-1
J. Deal 10-0-34-3
J. Parish 10-0-50-4 (1w)
L. Tomlinson 1-0-4-0

Buckingham win by 41 runs.

Buckingham – 20 points
Wokingham – 8 points

CL D6: Valambhia aiming to enjoy final two fixtures for Town III

Brij Valambhia has spoken as his Buckingham Town III play Challow & Childrey II in the Cherwell League, Division 6 tomorrow.

Brijesh Valambhia

After the disappointment of last week’s defeat as that saw promotion completely slip from our hands we play top of the league and just aim to enjoy the remaining 2 games and finish strong.

Last week saw Matt Dipple take an absolute stunner in the outfield on the edge of the boundary, a catch worthy of the IPL highlights reel. Mike Taylor turned his arm over for the first time this century and probably the final time, as he has taken a week off to recover from his 1.1 over spell.

1. Sam Chapman 2. Ryan Freshwater 3. Raj Lall 4. Kev Clark 5. Vish Valambhia 6. Brij Valambhia 7. Joe Clark 8. Andy Humphries 9. Richard Pengelly 10. Kallan Peshawaria 11. Dom Pritchard.

HCPCL D2: Newly crowned Champions Town head to Wokingham

Newly crowned Home Counties Premier Cricket League, Division 2 Champions Buckingham Town head to play Wokingham in their penultimate fixture of the 2018 season.

Buckingham Town 2018 Home Counties Premier Cricket League Division 2 Champions

Andrew Hall and Steve Brunning come into the side in place of Ash Pearson and Jason Ell from the side that won the title at Great & Little Tew.

 

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.

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