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Buckingham Town CC celebrate youth success

At a recently held presentation evening, Buckingham Town Cricket Club Youth section celebrated a successful 2017 season.

The awards for 2017 were as follows:

The Charlie Saunders Award:      Ben England

U10’s – Archie Murray, Ben Joyce,Charles Dickson, William Baughan, Robin Webb.

U11A & U11B’s  – George Pearson, Elliott King, Kiran Gunatunga, Joseph Rose, Thomas Goosey, Ashton Taylor, Hugo Scudamore,  Maxwell Hicks.

U12s/U13A’s –  Finley Clark, Ben England(2) Gus Howard, Aaron Gear.

U12B’s   – Marcus Dowson, William Harrison, George Pearson, Maxwell Hicks.

U13’s  – Tom Lawer, George Hall, Adam Mitchell, William Smith.

U14’s  – Tom Robinson, James Crawford, Alex Jasper, Ollie Peacock.


Youth Cricket: Town youngsters become Bucks U12 county champions

Buckingham Town under 12 side travelled south on Sunday to play the county final against a High Wycombe team boasting 7 County players.

Buckingham Town U12 – Bucks U12 Champions

Towns youngsters had won Division 1 north finishing unbeaten as had High Wycombe in Division 1 South.

Losing the toss and being asked to bat on a green wicket openers Ben England and Aaron Gear batted sensibly with England reaching the 30 run limit to retire for the eleventh successive game , Gear fell for an excellent 23, William Jendon 27 not out and Will Glister 16 not out added runs to help the Town reach 123 for 1 from there 20 overs.

Town bowled well against some aggressive batting in the early overs Gus Howard returning 1-10 off his 3 overs , William Jendon, Ben England and Kian Brooke also picked up One wicket each. England also getting a run out, tight bowling from Thomas Woodham, Finley Clark, Will Glister and Henry Pearson meant that High Wycombe were always chasing the game, but the pick of the bowlers and man of the match was Aaron Gear who ended with figures of 3 overs 4 wickets for 8 runs he also had a direct hit run out. lewis Linford gave a faultless display behind the stumps with The fielding and bowling display being first class it proved to strong for Wycombe who were dismissed for 78 resulting in a comprehensive 45 run victory for the Talented town youngsters who add this trophy to the Northants under 10 championship they won in 2015.

The 13 man squad for the season of Thomas Woodham, Finley Clark, Ben England, William Jendon, Lewis Linford, Gus Howard, Ollie Hartigan, Henry Pearson, Callum Adron, Kian Brooke, Jack Yardley, Will Glister and Aaron Gear lifted the trophy in front of proud Parents and coaches Kevin Clark and Dean Woodham to end a perfect season.

Buckingham Town CC II’s clinch title at Nondies

Buckingham Town 2nds won their final match of the season on Saturday at Oxford & Bletchington Nondescripts and with it sealed the Cherwell Cricket League Division Two title. A scorching hot Saturday afternoon saw James Gear & Ben Stafford take four wickets apiece to bowl the hosts out for 154 off 39.1 overs, whilst a half century from Steve Brunning added to nine boundaries between Steve Beck and Ant Romaine helped the visitors to clinch the game by three wickets and add the team to the Buckingham Town Cricket Club history books by claiming promotion to Division One for the first time in their history.

Brunning acknowledges 50

Nondies with nothing to play for gave a good fighting display, frustrating the Town bowlers early on to reach 80 with just three wickets lost, Rupert Kelly & Joe Butler knocking nine boundaries between them to hit 24 & 30 respectively, but then three fairly quick wickets for no runs turned the advantage around to their guests. Again the home side dug in when Arfan Ahmed came to the crease and delighted team mates with twenty-eight off twenty-one balls including three fours and two sixes to liven the game up. The final three batsmen then all reached double figures before finally being dismissed all out for 154.

Town lost an early wicket but Romaine, Beck and Brunning took the champions elect to 127-4, before a flurry of middle order wickets fell but Jason Ell stood firm as four colleagues departed but a final wicket stand with Stafford saw them home to win the division by twelve points and cue champagne celebrations at the end of a fantastic and historic season.

Full match scorecard here:

End of game celebrations and skipper Dom Pritchard speaks to Sports Shots: 

Match photography here:

Cherwell League Achievements:

Of the ten divisions in the Cherwell Cricket League, Buckingham Town 2nds recorded the following:-

9th most points scored with 336

7th highest score with 331 v Sandford St Martin in July

4th most runs scored with 3,183

3rd most wickets taken with 151

Player Achievments:


Ben Laycock 501 off 14 innings (1 century and 4 half-centuries, highest score 110)

Steve Brunning 381 off 11 innings (5 half-centuries, highest score 82)

Ant Romaine 370 off 13 innings (1 century and 1 half-century, highest score 144)

Steve Beck 347 off 13 innings (2 half-centuries, highest score 97)


Ben Laycock 31 wickets off 113 overs (best 4-33)

James Gear 29 wickets off 147.2 overs (best 5-8)

Ben Stafford 28 wickets off 113.4 overs (best 4-30)

Dom Pritchard 23 wickets off 106.4 overs (best 3-17)


Alex O’Dell 11 catches

Jason Ell 9 catches

Ben Stafford 7 catches

Dom Pritchard 7 catches

Team records:

Highest score 331 v Sandford St Martin

Lowest score 75 v Great & Little Tew

Highest score conceded 272 v Sandford St Martin

Lowest score conceded 86 v Challow & Childrey

Average score 182.82

Total runs scored 3,108

Total wickets taken 151

Total runs conceded 2,855

Total wickets lost 129

Highest league position 1st

Lowest league position 5th

HCPCL,D2: Town finish seventh after last-day defeat

Reported By Andrew Holland

Buckingham welcomed Chesham to Bourton Road for the final game of the 2017 season, and the visitors won the toss and chose to bat first.

Matt Rance and Andy Goddard opened the batting and scored steadily against the new ball, putting on 81 in excess of 5 an over. Rance made 40 before Lester Smart got the breakthrough. Goddard went on to bring up his 50 (64 balls), and although he lost Luke Webb for 11 he found a partner in skipper Jason Rance as the pair added 85 in 16 overs for the third wicket. Nuwan Jayasena made the breakthrough as he removed both Goddard (76) and Rance (49) caught and bowled in the same over. Jack Parish and Kallan Braid-Ball both chipped in as the innings slipped to 222 for 8 with just over 5 overs to go. Pip France took the attack to the final overs, scoring an unbeaten 42 from 26 balls to lift the score to 270 for 8.

Kallan Braid Ball

Alex Watson took the early wicket of Leigh Tomlinson (13) in response. Rob Large (23 off 26 balls) and Ash Pearson (16 off 13 balls) both tried to counter attack, but Matthew Warner removed them in consecutive overs to leave the score 59 for 3. Jonny Cater and Jack Parish came together, and put on 52 for the fourth wicket to keep Buckingham interested, but Pip France made the breakthrough removing Cater for 24, and after that the innings fell away. Parish made 49 before falling to France (4 for 22) as Buckingham lost 6 wickets for 24 runs to be bowled out for 155.

Jack Parish

M. Rance c Humphries b Smart 40 (45)
A. Goddard c& b Jayasena 76 (102)
L. Webb st Cater b Jayasena 11 (28)
J. Rance* c& b Jayasena 49 (52)
R. Pritchard+ c Cater b Parish 1 (4)
M. Eteen c Humphries b Braid-Ball 3 (7)
T. Free b Braid-Ball 9 (21)
N. Aslam c Tomlinson b Braid-Ball 6 (10)
P. France Not Out 42 (26)
M. Warner Not Out 5 (7)
Extras (6b, 5lb, 13w, 4nb) 28
Total 270-8
50 overs

FoW: 81-1 (M. Rance, 15.5); 113-2 (Webb, 22.4); 198-3 (Goddard, 37.2); 199-4 (J. Rance, 37.4); 201-5 (Pritchard, 38.4); 208-6 (Eteen, 40.6); 221-7 (Aslam, 44.2); 222-8 (Free, 44.4)

K. Braid-Ball 10-0-68-3 (1w)
L. Smart 10-0-49-1 (1w, 2nb)
J. Parish 10-1-35-1 (4w)
N. Jayasena 10-2-42-3 (1w)
G. Humphries 10-0-65-0 (6w, 2nb)

L. Tomlinson lbw b Watson 13 (22)
R. Large c& b Warner 23 (26)
A. Pearson c Aslam b Warner 16 (13)
J. Cater*+ c M. Rance b France 24 (36)
J. Parish c Pritchard b France 49 (78)
N. Jayasena c Eteen b France 10 (23)
V. Valambhia b Aslam 2 (8)
G. Humphries c France b Aslam 8 (22)
L. Smart st Pritchard b France 0 (5)
B. Valambhia c Watson b Aslam 0 (7)
K. Braid-Ball Not Out 0 (0)
Extras (10w) 10
Total 155 all out
40 overs

FoW: 18-1 (Tomlinson, 4.6); 50-2 (Pearson, 9.4); 59-3 (Large, 11.2); 111-4 (Cater, 22.3); 131-5 (Jayasena, 28.5); 142-6 (V. Valambhia, 31.5); 152-7 (Parish, 36.3); 153-8 (Smart, 38.2); 155-9 (Humphries, 39.3); 155-10 (B. Valambhia, 39.6)

A. Watson 4-0-22-1 (2w)
M. Warner 7-0-32-2
J. Rance 6-0-32-0 (1w)
M. Rance 5-0-21-0 (5w)
P. France 10-3-22-4 (1w)
N. Aslam 8-3-26-3 (1w)

Chesham won by 115 runs.

Buckingham – 6 points
Chesham – 20 points

CL,D2: Town II’s hold the key to their own destiny in last-day title bid

Buckingham Town II’s title challenge is in their own hands tomorrow (Saturday).

Buckingham Town 2nd XI 2017

Dom Pritchard’s side go into the final day of the season top of the Cherwell League, Division 2 table knowing a win against basement outfit Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts assures them of the being crowned champions.

Despite the team’s respective positions, Town II’s can take nothing for granted and must turn up focused and giving their best.

Town II’s travel without just one player, the unavailable Ben Laycock, who has been arguably the best cricketer in the local area this campaign; 501 runs (4 x 50s 1 x 100) and 31 wickets.

Ben Laycock

Anthony Romaine and James Gear return after holidays to boost Town’s line-up.

Full team: Dom Pritchard (Captain), Steve Brunning, Alex O’Dell, Anthony Romaine, Steve Beck, Callum Cater, Simon Myatt, Jason Ell, James Gear, Ben Stafford, Nic Bond.


Buckingham Town II’s CC v Oxford II’s CC

Buckingham Town II’s beat Oxford II’s on Saturday by seven wickets, and now face bottom of the table Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts on Saturday knowing a win will seal the Cherwell League Division Two title.

Ben Laycock & Ben Stafford took four wickets each as they dismissed their guests for 129, and in reaching their total of 130 to win, Steve Brunning reached 66 not out.

Brunning reaches 50

For match scorecard click here:

For league table click here:

For match photo’s click here:


HCPCL,D2: Weakened Town defeated at Harefield

Reported By Andrew Holland

Buckingham’s final away game of the season saw them visit Harefield who, after winning the toss, asked the visitors to bat first.

Leigh Tomlinson and Rob Large opened up for Buckingham, and scored at 5 an over early on in an opening partnership of 33. After 7 overs Harefield brought Lee Tyrrell into the attack and broke the partnership with his second delivery as he bowled Large for 21. Ash Pearson came in at number 3, and got off the mart to take him to 500 runs for the season. The pair kept the scoreboard moving at a steady rate, putting on 46 in 10 overs before the Harefield skipper Doug King picked up Pearson for 31. He followed that up with the wicket of Buckingham skipper Jonny Cater which brought Jack Deal to the wicket. Tomlinson brought up his 50 (91 balls), and the score had moved on to 148 when Tyrrell returned to the attack and removed him for 55. Tyrrell then trapped Deal lbw for 29, and although Jack Parish chipped in with 25 from 20 balls, the Buckingham innings fell away with the last 5 wickets falling for 19 runs as they were bowled out for 203. Tyrrell, King and Tom Crick all took 3 wickets.

The second innings started superbly for Buckingham as Kallan Braid-Ball took 4 wickets in his opening three overs to reduce the hosts to 24 for 4. Dan Ogden and Tyrrell came together and managed to see out the remainder of Braid-Ball’s opening spell, finding scoring easier against the other bowlers. Run rate was never an issue in the chase as they were able to score regular boundaries, and first Ogden (81 balls) and then Tyrrell (72 balls) passed half centuries in a stand of 140. Braid-Ball returned to claim a fifth wicket and removed Tyrrell for 54 to finish with 5 for 31 from his 10 overs, but Ogden saw his side home with an unbeaten 117 from 142.

Kallan Braid Ball

L. Tomlinson c Knife b Tyrrell 55 (101)
R. Large b Tyrrell 21 (20)
A. Pearson c T. McLeod b King 31 (41)
J. Cater*+ lbw b King 8 (16)
J. Deal lbw b Tyrrell 29 (42)
J. Parish b Crick 25 (20)
A. O’Dell c& b J. McLeod 1 (8)
N. Jayasena c Knife b King 6 (8)
N. Bond Not Out 7 (5)
B. Valambhia b Crick 0 (1)
K. Braid-Ball c Knife b Crick 2 (3)
Extras (4b, 4lb, 8w, 2nb) 18
Total 203 all out
44 overs

FoW: 33-1 (Large, 7.2); 79-2 (Pearson, 17.3); 102-3 (Cater, 23.4); 148-4 (Tomlinson, 35.2); 165-5 (Deal, 37.2); 184-6 (O’Dell, 40.4); 184-7 (Parish, 41.3); 192-8 (Jayasena, 42.6); 197-9 (Valambhia, 43.3); 203-10 (Braid-Ball, 43.6)

J. McLeod 7-0-32-1 (1w)
T. Crick 5-0-26-3
L. Tyrrell 8-2-30-3 (2nb)
S. Morris 6-0-29-0
D. King 7-1-20-3 (4w)
D. Ogden 10-0-47-0 (3w)
T. McLeod 1-0-11-0

P. Vyas c Cater b Braid-Ball 15 (15)
D. Norotam lbw b Braid-Ball 4 (3)
T. McLeod c Large b Braid-Ball 0 (3)
D. Ogden Not Out 117 (142)
R. Petley lbw b Braid-Ball 0 (1)
L. Tyrrell lbw b Braid-Ball 54 (85)
J. Knife+ Not Out 8 (19)
Extras (1lb, 7w) 8
Total 206-5
44.4 overs

FoW: 6-1 (Norotam, 0.5); 16-2 (T. McLeod, 2.2); 24-3 (Vyas, 4.4); 24-4 (Petley, 4.5); 164-5 (Tyrrell, 36.4)

K. Braid-Ball 10-2-31-5 (2w)
N. Bond 4-0-37-0 (4w)
J. Deal 10-1-30-0
N. Jayasena 10-0-52-0
J. Parish 8-2-31-0 (1w)
B. Valambhia 2.4-0-24-0

Harefield won by 5 wickets.

Buckingham – 6 points
Harefield – 20 points

CL,D6: Dipple leads Town III to victory

Buckingham Town III’s maintained their 4th place spot in Cherwell League Div 6 with a convincing victory over Banbury 4’s.

Batting first, Mike Taylor (56) and Vishal Valambhia (77) helped Town post 201, before Matt Dipple ripped through Banbury’s top order to finish with impressive figures of 6-9 from his 10 overs.

Matt Dipple

CL,D2: Town II edge closer to title with big win

Buckingham Town II are edging closer to the Cherwell League, Division 2 title.

Dom Pritchard’s side went twelve points clear with a comprehensive 146-run win at Bledlow Village on Saturday.

With two games remaining Town II’s are in the box seat to play Division 1 cricket next season for the first time in their history.

After Alex O’Dell (27) and Steve Brunning (55) gave Town II’s a good platform it was Steve Beck (61) and Ben Laycock (51) who took their side on before a few lusty late-order blows by Jason Ell (30 not out from 22 balls) helped post an impressive 271 for 7.

Ben Laycock

Ben Laycock and Nic Bond then blew away the top order to leave Bledlow Village reeling at 5 for 4, from which they never recovered.

Town II worked their way through the visitors batting with a strong bowling display; skipper Pritchard and Ben Stafford removing the rest as they took their last wicket with the score on 125.

Laycock, three for 19, Bond, two for 24 , Pritchard three for 37 and Stafford, two for 32 doing the damage.

Match scorecard LINK

Cherwell League, Division 2 table LINK

Bledlow Village v Buckingham Town

HCPCL,D2: Town do the double over Shipton

By Andrew Holland

Buckingham welcomed Shipton to Bourton Road on Saturday, and after winning the toss asked the visitors to bat first.

Kallan Braid Ball

Lester Smart, playing his first game of the season for the 1st team, struck in his first over as he had Craig Wood caught behind by Jonny Cater. Simon Hole and Charlie Miller put on 23 for the second wicket before Smart and Kallan Braid-Ball ripped the heart out of the Shipton batting as they took 6 wickets for 9 runs in 11 overs to leave the score struggling at 36 for 7. Smart bowled his 10 overs straight through, finishing with impressive figures of 4 wickets for 9 runs with 5 maidens. Harry Davies (13) and Skipper Charlie Brain (25) offered some resistance with a partnership of 41 for the 8th wicket, but when George Humphries bowled Davies the end came quickly. Braid-Ball returned to pick up his 4th wicket, finishing with 4 for 30 from his 10 overs before Humphries (2 for 19 from 8.4 overs) finished the innings off to bowl Shipton out for 81.

Jack Deal

Leigh Tomlinson made a quick start to the Buckingham chase, scoring 24 in an opening stand of 38 before becoming the first of 5 wickets for Anupam Sanklecha to fall in five overs which reduced the hosts to 58 for 5. Jack Deal and Jack Parish came together and saw out Sanklecha’s spell (5 for 31 from 10 overs) before scoring against the other bowlers. The pair put on 26 at close to a run a ball to see Buckingham over the line to complete a double over Shipton, Deal top scoring as he finished 26 not out.

Shipton Under Wychwood
C. Wood c Cater b Smart 2 (7)
S. Hole c Cater b Braid-Ball 11 (26)
C. Miller+ c Cater b Braid-Ball 9 (21)
A. Sanklecha lbw b Smart 1 (10)
I. Lewis c Cater b Smart 0 (2)
B. Norgrove c Jayasena b Braid-Ball 0 (14)
H. Davies b Humphries 13 (46)
S. Cross c Tomlinson b Smart 3 (15)
C. Brain* c Parish b Braid-Ball 25 (39)
S. Harris c Pearson b Humphries 0 (14)
S. Miller Not Out 4 (10)
Extras (2b, 1lb, 6w, 4nb) 13
Total 81 all out
33.4 overs

FoW: 4-1 (Wood, 1.4); 27-2 (C. Miller, 6.5); 28-3 (Sanklecha, 9.3); 28-4 (Lewis, 9.5); 30-5 (Hole, 10.5); 33-6 (Norgrove, 14.5); 36-7 (Cross, 17.5); 77-8 (Davies, 29.1); 77-9 (Brain, 30.3); 81-10 (Harris, 33.4)

K. Braid-Ball 10-1-30-4 (3w, 4nb)
L. Smart 10-5-9-4 (1w)
G. Humphries 8.4-3-19-2
J. Parish 5-0-20-0 (2w)

L. Tomlinson b Sanklecha 24 (30)
R. Large c Miller b Sanklecha 10 (22)
A. Pearson c Brain b Sanklecha 1 (11)
J. Cater*+ lbw b Sanklecha 0 (1)
J. Deal Not Out 26 (38)
A. Martin b Sanklecha 4 (19)
J. Parish Not Out 7 (10)
Extras (2lb, 8w, 2nb) 10
Total 84-5
21.4 overs

FoW: 38-1 (Tomlinson, 8.2); 43-2 (Large, 10.1), 43-3 (Cater, 10.2); 46-4 (Pearson, 12.1); 58-5 (Martin, 16.4)

A. Sanklecha 10-0-31-5 (6w)
S. Harris 4-0-22-0
H. Davies 4-3-9-0 (2w, 2nb)
S. Miller 2.4-0-18-0
C. Brain 1-0-2-0

Buckingham win by 5 wickets.

Buckingham – 20 points
Shipton – 5 points