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CCL Division 6: 123-run victory for Town III’s

Buckingham Town III’s came away from Eynsham today with a 123 run victory to make it two wins out of two.

Dom Pritchard

Batting first, Town got off to a solid start with an opening partnership of 105 between Mike Taylor (50) and Ryan Bell (72). Wickets then fell at regular intervals before Dom Pritchard made a quick fire 30 from 15 balls, and Town finished on 222 for 9 from their 50 overs.

Eynsham struggled against Buckingham’s tight bowling with only Sam Jones (39) and Tom Prentice (24) reaching double figures. Andy Humphries took three for 19 from his 8 overs, with Dom Pritchard, Ryan Spragg and Joe Clark taking 2 wickets apiece.

CCL Division 1: Town II’s suffer 79 run defeat

Buckingham Town II’s slipped to a 79 run defeat at the hands of Didcot this afternoon.

Batting first, Didcot amassed 225 for 7 from their 50 overs. Pick of the bowlers was Wasim Fayyaz with two for 21 from his 10 overs.

Wasim Fayyaz

In reply, Buckingham’s top four were all dismissed by George Woodley, who took four for 22 from 6 overs. Ali Martin was unbeaten on 58, but ran out of partners as Town were finally dismissed for 146.

HCPCL D1: Town suffer heavy home defeat

After a delayed start which saw the game reduced to 45 overs aside Buckingham won the toss and asked Finchampstead to bat first, reports Andrew Holland.

Jack Parish

Tommie Predgen and Greg Smith opened the batting and after playing themselves in scored steadily against all of the Buckingham bowlers. Smith was the dominant partner, reaching his half century from 72 balls as the pair put on 142 for the first wicket. Predgen brought up his 50 from 81 balls before falling to Callum Price without adding to his score followed in the next over by Jack Deal bowling Smith for 69. Despite the quick wickets skipper Dan Lincoln (26 from 27 balls) and Toby Albert (37 from 30 balls) kept the scoring rate up with a partnership of 56 in 8 overs to take the score past 200. George Humphries returned to remove Lincoln who was replaced by his brother who smashed 24 from just 7 balls including 3 consecutive sixes. At 238 for 3 Finchampstead were set for a total in the region of 300 before Humphries and Jack Parish took 5 wickets for 16 runs to slow the scoring. Billy Rogers (13 not out) and Simon Bell (11 not out) saw out the final overs to take the score up to 275 for 8. Parish took 3 for 35 and Humphries 3 for 55.

Finchampstead opened the bowling with spinners in reply and both James Woodford and Rogers claimed an early wicket to reduce Buckingham to 22 for 2. Leigh Tomlinson made 14 before being bowled around his legs by Zach Jones, Woodford switched ends to pick up a second wicket before 2 wickets in an over from Darron Augustus including Jonny Cater for 23 left Buckingham 62 for 6 after 18 overs. Jack Deal (27) and Callum Price (26 off 25 balls) showed some fight for the hosts with a partnership of 54 in 10 overs to take the score past 100 and earn a bonus point, but both fell to Augustus who went on to claim a fifth wicket and take 5 for 29 before Ryan Quinn finished the innings off as Buckingham were all out for 127 to lose by 148 runs.

T. Predgen c Hall b Price 50 (83)
G. Smith b Deal 69 (92)
D. Lincoln* c Deal b Humphries 26 (27)
T. Albert c Tomlinson b Humphries 37 (30)
J. Lincoln c Hall b Humphries 24 (7)
R. Quinn b Parish 1 (5)
D. Augustus b Parish 0 (4)
B. Rogers Not Out 13 (11)
Z. Jones lbw b Parish 0 (1)
S. Bell+ Not Out 11 (11)
Extras (5b, 11lb, 26w, 2nb) 44
Total 275-8
45 overs

FoW: 142-1 (Predgen, 28.3); 147-2 (Smith, 29.4); 203-3 (D. Lincoln, 37.2); 238-4 (Albert, 39.2); 240-5 (J Lincoln, 39.4); 241-6 (Quinn, 40.4); 254-7 (Augustus, 42.1); 254-8 (Jones, 42.2)

R. Liyanarachchi 5-0-49-0 (4w)
G. Humphries 9-0-55-3 (8w)
A. Hall 9-0-35-0 (8w)
J. Parish 7.3-0-35-3 (2w)
J. Deal 9-0-54-1 (1w)
C. Price 5-0-29-1 (3w, 2nb)
R. Large 0.3-0-2-0

L. Tomlinson b Jones 14 (38)
S. Brunning c Quinn b Rogers 0 (2)
A. Hall c& b Woodford 10 (15)
J. Cater+ c Bell b Augustus 23 (35)
R. Large c J. Lincoln b Woodford 2 (6)
R. Liyanarachchi b Augustus 5 (10)
J. Deal c Bell b Augustus 27 (46)
C. Price c Bell b Augustus 26 (25)
J. Ell b Augustus 2 (3)
G. Humphries c Albert b Quinn 1 (3)
J. Parish* Not Out 0 (0)
Extras (3b, 3lb, 9w, 2nb) 17
Total 127 all out
30.2 overs

FoW: 2-1 (Brunning, 1.3); 22-2 (Hall, 6.2); 38-3 (Tomlinson, 10.6); 45-4 (Large, 13.4); 62-5 (Liyanarachchi, 17.3); 63-6 (Cater, 17.5); 117-7 (Price, 27.3); 126-8 (Deal, 29.4); 127-9 (Ell, 29.6); 127-10 (Humphries, 30.2)

J. Woodford 7-0-21-2
B. Rogers 7-0-16-1 (1w)
Z. Jones 5-0-30-1 (5w, 2nb)
J. Lincoln 4-0-22-0
D. Augustus 6-0-29-5 (2w)
R. Quinn 1.2-0-3-1 (1w)

Finchampstead win by 148 runs.

Buckingham – 5 points.
Finchampstead – 20 points.

HCPL D1: Town win historic first-ever Premier League match

Buckingham made a winning start to their first Home Counties Premier League Division 1 season at 2018 runners up Slough on Saturday.

Andrew Hall

Slough won the toss and asked Buckingham to bat first, with openers Callum Price and Leigh Tomlinson making a steady start with an opening stand of 32. Price survived an edge to slip which was adjudged to have fallen short of the fielder before being trapped lbw for 15. Andrew Hall came in at number 3 and dominated a second wicket partnership of 48. Saif Zaib came into the attack and bowled Tomlinson for 23, who was replaced by Jonny Cater. Hall brought up his 50 (58 balls) and again was the main man in a partnership of 61 before Cater was run out for 14. 3 overs later Rishi Sharath picked up the wicket of Hall for 83 which was the first of four wickets for 19 runs which saw Buckingham slip to 176 for 7. Russell White scored a quick 17 from 16 balls at the end as Buckingham reached 199 before being stumped off the final ball of the innings.

Saif Zaib and Nabil Shah (25) made a solid start to the run chase for Slough, putting on 47 and seeing off the opening bowlers. George Humphries came on first change and trapped Zaib lbw in his second over for 26. Skipper Jack Parish came on at the other end, and after conceding 9 in his first over, combined with Humphries to take 4 wickets for 9 runs in 8 overs as they reduced the hosts to 72 for 5. Mohammed Avas and captain Goutham Shrikrishna tried to rebuild the innings, but run scoring wasn’t easy as Humphries completed an excellent spell of 3 for 14 from his 10 overs. The pair added 30 to take the score past 100, but 2 run outs in the same over from Tomlinson and new overseas player Ranitha Liyanarachchi left them seven down and staring at defeat. Sulaiman Akhtar joined his captain and they put on 36 before both falling to consecutive deliveries to Liyanarachchi and Albert Johnson before Liyanarachchi wrapped up the victory as Slough were bowled out for 141.

C. Price lbw b Kakani 15 (22)
L. Tomlinson b Zaib 23 (74)
A. Hall c Zaib b Sharath 83 (91)
J. Cater+ Run Out (Kakani) 14 (36)
R. Large lbw b Zaib 11 (26)
R. Liyanarachchi st Noor b Sharath 7 (15)
J. Parish* b Sharath 5 (7)
J. Deal b Kakani 6 (12)
R. White st Noor b Zaib 17 (16)
G. Humphries Run Out (S. Akhtar) 1 (3)
A. Johnson Not Out 0 (0)
Extras (1b, 2lb, 10w, 4nb) 17
Total 199 all out
50 overs

FoW: 32-1 (Price, 9.4); 80-2 (Tomlinson, 22.1); 141-3 (Cater, 35.4); 157-4 (Hall, 38.5); 166-5 (Liyanarachchi, 42.4); 174-6 (Parish, 44.2); 176-7 (Large, 45.2); 192-8 (Deal, 48.2); 195-9 (Humphries, 49.2); 199-10 (White, 49.6)

I. Nawaz 8-2-22-0 (1w)
H. Kakani 7-0-32-2 (5w, 2nb)
D. Akhtar 5-0-14-0 (1w, 2nb)
S. Zaib 10-0-53-3 (1w)
S. Akhtar 10-0-29-0 (2w)
R. Sharath 10-0-46-3

S. Zaib lbw b Humphries 7 (7)
N. Shah c Parish b Humphries 25 (43)
D. Akhtar b Parish 4 (11)
H. Kakani lbw b Humphries 1 (5)
A. Ali lbw b Parish 1 (20)
M. Avas Run Out (Tomlinson) 13 (42)
G. Shrikrishna * lbw b Johnson 32 (67)
R. Sharath Run Out (Liyanarachchi) 0 (0)
S. Akhtar c& b Liyanarachchi 14 (25)
F. Noor+ Not Out 2 (3)
I. Nawaz c Johnson b Liyanarachchi 1 (8)
Extras (3b, 5lb, 8w, 6nb) 22
Total 141 all out
44 overs

FoW: 47-1 (Zaib, 12.3); 63-2 (D. Akhtar, 15.4); 63-3 (Shah, 16.2); 66-4 (Kakani, 18.2); 72-5 (Ali, 23.4); 102-6 (Avas, 33.3); 102-7 (Sharath, 33.5); 138-8 (S. Akhtar, 41.6); 138-9 (Shrikrishna, 42.1); 141-10 (Nawaz, 43.6)

R. White 7-2-26-0 (1w)
R. Liyanarachchi 8-0-30-2 (3w)
G. Humphries 10-3-14-3 (1w, 2nb)
J. Parish 7-2-20-2
J. Deal 7-0-25-0 (3w, 4nb)
A. Johnson 5-2-18-1

Buckingham win by 58 runs.

CCL Division 1: Town II’s edge thrilling opening day derby

Report by Bob Hutt
In a thrilling climax Buckingham II’s beat Twyford I’s by one run (D/L).

Alex O’Dell

Inserted by Town, Twyford lost Shabaaz Alam early but Adam Bone(29) and Shahid Mahmood(44) improved matters before a middle order collapse. Faisal Khalid, 46 not out at the end, saw Twyford to a useful 227-9 from their 50 overs.
Pick of the Buckingham bowlers was spinner Wasim Fayyaz with 4-26. Nic Bond and Greg Leibenberg had two wickets and there was one for Matt Thatcher.
Buckingham made a solid start through Alex O’Dell (47) and David Barnes (23). Important runs came from skipper Steve Beck (34) and Tom Buggey(34).
As wickets fell James Gear (17no) and Jason Ell (19no) saw Town home against the odds, reaching their revised target of 217(D/L).
Pick of the Twyford bowlers was Atif Ali with 3-32.

CCL Division 6: Town III’s make a solid start to their 2019 campaign

Report by Bob Hutt
Buckingham III’s started their new season with an easy win over Banbury IVs. Buckingham scored  239-7 from their allotted 50 overs.
Early batsmen Mike Taylor (24),Ryan Bell (15) and Vish Valambhia (22) gave them a solid start and in the middle order Joe Clark did well for his 43. At the end Dom Pritchard 22 (no) and Ryan Freshwater (43 no) saw Town reach a respectable total.

Joe Clark

In reply Banbury struggled throughout and were bowled out for 136 in 35.5 overs.  Pick of the bowlers was Ian Herbertson 4-42 and Dom Pritchard 2-22.

CCL Division 6 – Buckingham Town 3rds entertain Banbury 4ths in season opener

Buckingham Town 3rd team skipper, Brij Valambhia, has spoken to Sports Shots ahead of their season curtain-raiser, at home to Banbury 4ths.

Brijesh Valambhia

Valambhia stated:

The first league match introduces two new signings in left-handed opener Ryan Bell, and Alex Gilder, who has joined from Great Horwood. I will be looking forward to the contribution that they bring to the squad.

We have a very strong squad, so to ensure that we push for the title this season, I hope we can start the season strongly.

I am keen to make sure we play hard and enjoy our cricket this season and also develop this young squad into a championship winning team. Our pre-season games have given us a strong start this year, so bring on Saturday, and here’s to a successful 2019″

Buckingham: Brij Valambhia (Capt), Mike Taylor, Ryan Bell, Alex Gilder,  Vish Valambhia, Tom Buggey, Joe Clark, Andy Humphries, Dom Pritchard, Richard Pengelly, Ryan Freshwater.


HCPL D1: Town skipper previews first-ever top division fixture at Slough

Buckingham Town skipper Jack Parish knows his side are “relishing the new challenge” as the club plays their first-ever Home Counties Premier League, Division 1 fixture at Slough on Saturday (11th May).

Buckingham Town 2018 Home Counties Premier Cricket League Division 2 Champions

Town cantered to the title and promotion, but a big step up will provide a tough test in the forthcoming campaign.

Town have added Ranitha Liyanarachchi, a Sri Lankan all-round seamer, who played at Cove in the Thames Valley League in 2018. To read more about the new man at Bourton Road – CLICK HERE

Rob Large makes the Town team after injury, while young spinner Albert Johnson is also included.

Speaking to Sports Shots on Thursday evening, Parish said:

As we embark on our first season in the Home Counties premier league, I think I speak for all the lads when I say we are relishing the challenge of playing against some of the best league cricketers in the country.

With this we certainly need to improve across the board to remain successful. We have dropped way too many catches in pre-season, whilst only batting and bowling well in short spells.

The good news is that we pretty much have a full squad to pick from this weekend with Ranitha (Liyanarachchi) arriving earlier today, so we hope to see immediate improvements and get off to the best possible start away at Slough.

Town: Jack Parish (Captain), Leigh Tomlinson, Ash Pearson, Andrew Hall, Jonny Cater, Rob Large, Ranitha Liyanarachchi, Jack Deal, George Humphries, Russell White, Albert Johnson.

HCPCL T20 Regional Finals Day: Banbury defeat Town to progress to T20 last four

After Banbury completed a comfortable 10 wicket win over Dinton to start the day Buckingham took on Horspath in the second semi-final, and after losing the toss were invited to bat first.

Ash Pearson got the Buckingham innings off to a quick start with 26 off 17 balls in an opening stand of 34 with Steve Brunning. The introduction of Mark Skelton broke the partnership as Pearson was caught behind, followed by Jay Parmar picking up the wicket of Brunning. Andrew Hall and Jonny Cater came together and put on 47 in 6 overs before Darryl Brown came into the attack and removed Hall for 24 (24 balls). Cater picked up the rate as the innings came towards a close, bringing up his half century from 32 balls before hitting 37 from the final two overs to guide Buckingham to 169-4 in their 20 overs. Cater finished 82 not out from 41 balls.

Russell White struck in his first over in reply, bringing Brown to the wicket with Tom Cosford. The pair quickly got themselves in and scored quickly against the Buckingham bowlers, putting themselves comfortably ahead of the run rate. First Cosford (28 balls) and then Brown (39 balls) brought up half centuries as they put on 125 for the second wicket and reduced the run chase to 37 from 37 balls. Skipper Jack Parish returned to the attack and broke the partnership as he trapped Cosford lbw for 59. Although Brown was still there runs dried up at the other end as the new batsman struggled to score against Buckingham’s death bowlers. Jay Parmar fell to Albert Johnson for 6 before Hall removed Brown for 70 (56 balls). Greg Liebenberg bowled the final over and picked up a wicket as well as only conceding 4 runs as Buckingham restricted Horspath to just 26 in the final 6 overs to claim a 10 run victory.

A. Pearson c Wilkinson b Skelton 26 (17)
S. Brunning b Parmar 13 (21)
A. Hall c Wilkinson b Brown 24 (24)
J. Cater+ Not Out 82 (41)
L. Tomlinson b Belcher 8 (12)
J. Parish* Not Out 4 (6)
Extras (3lb, 8w, 1nb) 12
Total 169-4
20 overs

FoW: 34-1 (Pearson, 4.6); 52-2 (Brunning, 7.5); 99-3 (Hall, 13.3); 124-4 (Tomlinson, 16.5)

L. Manley 2-0-11-0
T. Cosford 4-0-39-0
M. Skelton 1-0-12-1 (2w)
J. Parmar 3-0-18-1 (1w)
A. Rafiq 4-0-26-0 (3w, 1nb)
K. Hopper 1-0-16-0
D. Brown 2-0-7-1
L. Belcher 3-0-37-1 (2w)

T. Coleman b White 7 (7)
T. Cosford lbw b Parish 59 (37)
D. Brown c Pearson b Hall 70 (56)
J. Parmar c White b Johnson 6 (13)
K. Hopper Not Out 4 (6)
M. Skelton c Cater b Liebenberg 0 (2)
W. Eason Not Out 1 (2)
Extras (1b, 4lb, 4w, 3nb) 12
Total 159-5
20 overs

FoW: 8-1 (Coleman, 1.1); 133-2 (Cosford, 13.6); 149-3 (Parmar, 17.3); 154-4 (Brown, 18.4); 156-5 (Skelton, 19.3)

J. Parish 4-0-32-1 (1w)
R. White 4-0-18-1 (1w)
J. Deal 1-0-18-0 (1nb)
G. Liebenberg 3-0-24-1 (2nb, 1w)
A. Hall 4-0-21-1 (1w)
M. Hulbert 2-0-26-0
A. Johnson 2-0-15-1

Buckingham won by 10 runs.

Banbury won the toss and elected to bat first in the regional final, and skipper Lloyd Sabin made a solid start alongside Tom Bartlett. The pair put on a strong opening partnership, although with the exception of one over conceding 20 runs Buckingham kept the run rate under control. The pair put on 89 when Hall picked up the wicket of Bartlett for 37 (37 balls) in the 13th over. Parish came back to remove Yousaf while Sabin brought up his half century from 43 balls before being stumped off Mark Hulbert in the next over. Olly Clarke scored a quickfire 30 (19 balls) at the end with Joe White (11 not out) as Banbury pushed on up to 146 for 3 in their 20 overs.

Buckingham’s reply got off to a slow start as the Banbury bowlers started well. Olly Clarke took an early wicket as he had Brunning stumped for 13 which brought Hall to the wicket. Alongside Pearson he put on 41, and began to accelerate the run rate with 6’s in consecutive overs as the chase was reduced to 76 from 51 balls. When both Pearson (25) and Hall (32) along with Cater fell in the space of 7 balls though Buckingham slipped to 75 for 4. After that regular wickets fell as the run rate climbed with only Hulbert (14 off 10 Balls) making double figures after the top 3. The Banbury bowlers shared the wickets around with Sabin (2 for 5) and Olly Wright (2 for 14) the pick of the bowlers as Buckingham were bowled out in the final over for 123 to lose by 23 runs.

L. Sabin* st Cater b Hulbert 53 (48)
T. Bartlett c Cater b Hall 37 (37)
S. Yousaf c White b Parish 5 (6)
O. Clarke Not Out 30 (19)
J. White Not Out 11 (13)
Extras (1b, 2lb, 4w, 3nb) 10
Total 146-3
20 overs

FoW: 89-1 (Bartlett, 12.2); 101-2 (Yousaf, 14.3); 106-3 (Sabin, 15.1)

J. Parish 4-0-23-1
R. White 4-0-25-0 (1nb, 2w)
A. Johnson 1-0-11-0
A. Hall 4-0-21-1
G. Liebenberg 3-0-38-0 (2nb, 2w)
M. Hulbert 4-0-25-1

A. Pearson st Rana b Yousaf 25 (33)
S. Brunning st Rana b Clarke 13 (16)
A. Hall c Thomas b Wright 32 (24)
J. Cater+ c Tait b Wright 3 (5)
L. Tomlinson b Sabin 8 (8)
M. Hulbert b Yousaf 14 (10)
J. Deal Run Out (Clarke) 4 (8)
J. Parish* c Beer b Sabin 2 (3)
R. White c Yousaf b Clarke 7 (4)
G. Liebenberg Run Out (White) 5 (4)
A. Johnson Not Out 6 (5)
Extras (1lb, 2w, 1nb) 4
Total 123 all out
19.5 overs

FoW: 30-1 (Brunning, 6.2); 71-2 (Pearson, 11.4); 73-3 (Hall, 12.1); 75-4 (Cater, 12.5); 97-5 (Hulbert, 15.4); 99-6 (Tomlinson, 16.3); 101-7 (Parish, 16.6); 111-8 (White, 17.6); 112-9 (Deal, 18.2); 123-10 (Liebenberg, 19.5)

L. Sabin 2-0-5-2
O. Wright 3-0-14-2 (1w)
J. Thomas 4-0-24-0
G. Beer 3-0-23-0 (1nb)
O. Clarke 4-0-26-2 (1w)
S. Yousaf 3-0-23-2
G. Tait 0.5-0-7-0

Banbury won by 23 runs

HCPCL T20: Humphries talks Oz as Town face Horspath in T20 Regional semi-final

George Humphries has spoken to Sports Shots about his winter trip down under ahead of Buckingham Town’s start to their Home Counties season with the Regional Final T20 at Banbury on Saturday.

George Humphries

Town play Horspath (1.30pm) as they follow Banbury versus Dinton (10.30am), who play in the first semi-final. The two winners meet in the final.

Humphries had a successful campaign in Australia as Edinburgh lifted the league title.

We spoke to George in a Q&A session.

How was your winter on the field with your club? 

I had a really rewarding 6 month stint with Edinburgh Cricket Club in North Fitzroy, Melbourne. I learnt a lot about my game and got to experience another season in Australia with a really great club, who have one of the best club cricket cultures that I have been fortunate to be around.

How did you perform?

I performed really well with the ball, 39 wickets at 11.8 with a best of 5-37. Claiming the wicket of the Chesham skipper Matt Rance (Ashwood CC) was a real highlight, as was the send off I gave him. Sorry Matthew!

How did the team perform?

The 1st XI had a real abundance of talent and performed consistently throughout the season. We only lost one game all season and subsequently went on to win the league and gain promotion.

What do you feel you learnt from the trip?

I think I now have a better gauge on how quickly I need to adjust my lines early on when the ball doesn’t swing. Using the Kookaburra ball in Australia, the new ball only swung for around 2 overs, then it was like bowling with a 20 over old ball due to the abrasive pitch/outfield conditions. 4th stump was pretty much the bread and butter for the majority of the season.

How/where did conditions make you adapt?

As the sun baked the pitch, the ball would quickly lose its shine and I had to think of other ways to get the batsmen thinking and disrupt their rhythm/mindset. I mainly used slower balls to offer something different which proved successful at times.

What do you think the experience will bring to your game for the coming season?

I’ve come back with a lot more motivation for the game that hopefully I will be able to pass onto my team mates and also the changing room. This experience has really given me the best start for, hopefully, a successful and challenging year for Buckingham Town in our first season in the HCPL Division 1.


Town: Jack Parish (Captain), Leigh Tomlinson, Steve Brunning, Ash Pearson, Jonny Cater, Andrew Hall, Jack Deal, Mark Hulbert, Russell White, Albert Johnson, Greg Liebenburg.