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HCPCL D1: Parish’s Buckingham start preparations for top-level 2019 campaign

Skipper Jack Parish saw his Buckingham Town side prepare for their 2019 Home Counties Premier League, division 1 debut season when they started indoor nets today (Sunday).

Jack Parish

Parish’s side dominated the 2018 division 2 campaign as they took the title with a game to spare. He was reappointed at the club’s annual general meeting.

Town will hold their senior winter nets at The Royal Latin School.

All sessions are scheduled for 10am – 12.30pm on February 10th, 17th, 24th, March 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and April 7th, 14th.

The captains of the other three sides will be as in 2018; Steve Beck (2nd XI), Brij Valambhia (3rd XI) and Dane Tuttlebee (4th XI)

HCPCL T20 : Full draw, dates and venues announced!

The 2019 Home Counties Premier League T20 draw has been announced with venues and dates allocated as follows:

Rounds 1 & 2 on Saturday 4th May 2019.

The draw has now been made and is as follows:

At Banbury CC

1. Banbury CC v Great & Little Tew CC
2. Buckingham Town CC v Horspath CC
3. Winner of 1 v Winner of 2

At Wokingham CC

1. Wokingham CC v Slough CC
2. Burnham CC v Finchampstead CC
3. Winner of 1 v Winner of 2

At Aston Rowant CC

1. Aston Rowant CC v Harefield CC
2. Datchet CC v Henley CC
3. Winner of 1 v Winner of 2

At Tring Park CC:

1. High Wycombe CC v Amersham CC
2. Tring Park CC v Chesham CC
3. Winner and 1 v Winner of 2

These games, which will be played in Coloured Kit using the Pink Ball which the League will supply, will follow the ECB format of all games being played on one pitch sequentially.

Cherwell Cricket Fixtures for 2019 released

There are just 128 days until the 2019 Cherwell Cricket League season begins on the 11th May and the fixtures for the new campaign are out.

Buckingham Town II’s begin their Division 1 season at home against Cumnor, before travelling to Didcot a week later. For full listing follow this link:

Buckingham Town III’s begin Division 6 also at home when they host Banbury IV’s followed with a trip to Eynsham a week later, full listings here:

Buckingham Town IV’s begin their Division 8 season at Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts II’s and host Challow & Childrey III’s seven days later. Full list here: 

Cherwell cricket divisions confirmed for 2019

The Cherwell Cricket League have confirmed the divisional placings for the 2019 season.

Buckingham Town II’s escaped relegation towards the tail end of the season to remain in Division One, and face four new sides next year in Didcot, Dinton, Shipton Under Wychwoood & Westbury.

Buckingham Town III’s finished this year in fourth position, and face Bledlow Village II’s, Chearsley, Leighton Buzzard Town II’s & Westbury II’s as new sides for next year.

Buckingham Town IV’s finished seventh this term, and face new sides Bletchley Town II’s, Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts II’s, Stokenchurch II’s and Thame Town III’s.

The league have announced the 2019 season will begin on Saturday 11th May 2019, and hope to reveal the fixtures by the end of this year.

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HCPCL D1: Buckingham Town head to Slough for 2019 Division 1 curtain-raiser

Buckingham Town head to Slough for their inaugural Home Counties Premier Cricket League, Division 1 fixture.

Jack Parish’s newly promoted side face a tough trip to play a team who finished second in the 2018 table, just six points behind winners Henley. Despite finishing runners-up, Slough won the most league games (12) during the campaign.

All of the top flight fixtures for the 2019 season can be seen below.

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:

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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