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HCPCL & CL: Town start 2018 campaign preparations

Buckingham Town Cricket Club have now begun their winter training in preparation for the 2018 season. The club has 4 teams who play in the Home Counties Premier League Division 2, and the Cherwell League Divisions 1, 6 and 8.

The sessions are taking place at the Royal Latin School in Buckingham, between 10am and 12pm on the following dates.

February  11th, 25th
March      4th, 18th & 25th
April        8th & 15th

All players, both old and new are welcome to attend.

BREAKING … Major coup! Buckingham Town Cricket Club sign former South African Test star

Buckingham Town Cricket Club has pulled off a major coup, Chairman Ade Johnson has revealed to Sports Shots.

Andrew Hall

Club statement

Buckingham Town Cricket Club are pleased to announce the signing of former South African international Andrew Hall for the 2018 season.

Andrew Hall played 21 test matches and 88 ODIs for South Africa in a career that latterly saw him captain Northamptonshire in the County Championship from 2010-2012.

He has an outstanding record in first class cricket with over 600 wickets and 11 000 runs.

Jack Parish

Newly appointed Buckingham Town CC first team captain Jack Parish expects Andrew to play a key role in the team’s push for promotion to the Home Counties Premier League Division 1.

Ade Johnson

Club Chairman, Ade Johnson, says the arrival of such an experienced and quality player can only help develop the cricket at all levels within the club and sustain the progress the club has made both on and off the field in recent years.

UCLD1; Jack Taylor previews Olney Town v Buckingham Town

Tuesday 26th December 2017

Olney Town v Buckingham Town

United Counties League Division One

East Street

K.O. 1.00pm

Olney Town host Buckingham Town on Boxing Day with both clubs looking to bounce back from week-end defeats, in the first of this seasons UCL Division One Derbies. Both sides can climb the table with a win if other results go their way, and Buckingham can potentially reclaim second spot in the league table with three points in their battle for promotion. An early kick off (1pm) at East Street is eagerly awaited as both sides resume the fight for local pride.

Sports Shots spoke to Olney goal keeper Jack Taylor ahead of the game, and asked how preparation for the game has gone:

We’ve had quite a few tough games in the build up to this, winning two and losing one in the last three, but we know as a team what will be expected from us from our management team

Jack Taylor

We asked Jack if it was as simple as ‘must win’:

Every game for us is now must win, we want to get as many points on the board as we can, and do well for the club going forward. Of course beating a rival is a bit more special but winning games is the priority for us

Considering the league positions of both sides, is Jack confident Olney can get a result?

Buckingham are doing well and credit where its due they are doing really well in the league, they have a good squad but then so do we so I believe it will be a good game for the neutrals to watch, and I believe both sides will be confident of winning the game

We asked if there were any players to look out for:

I think all our players will be important in this game, no one can hide in a game like this and that includes the boys on the bench as well to come on and put in their shift too

Finally does playing on Boxing Day disrupt Christmas:

It is a bit of disruption for us yes, but that’s just the way the fixtures go. We have a lot of games to play in a season & they have to fit in somewhere, but we’ll be ready and looking to take maximum points

Sports Shots would like to thank Jack for his time this week.

Home Counties Premier Cricket League T20 draw 2018 season

HCPCL T20 Draw
1. Wokingham CC/Burnham CC v Henley CC
2. Buckingham CC v Banbury CC
3. Slough CC v Amersham CC
4. Oxford CC v Finchampstead CC
5. Aston Rowant CC v Chesham CC
6. Great & Little Tew CC v Horspath CC
7. Thame Town CC v Tring Park CC
8.  Harefield CC/Datchet CC v High Wycombe CC
Round 2
1 v 2
3 v 4
5 v 6
7 v 8
A: (1 v 2) v (3 v4)
B: (5 v 6) v (7 v 8)
A v B 
Finals Day will be on Sunday 22 July at a venue to be arranged.

HCPL & CL: Town name 2017 season award winners

1st XI
Batting and Players’ Player of Year: Ash Pearson

Buckingham Town’s Ash Pearson celebrates a half century at Oxford on Saturday 21st April 2017.

Bowling: Kallan Braid-Ball

Kallan Braid Ball

2nd XI

Batting,Bowling and Players’ Player of Year: Ben Laycock

Ben Laycock

3rd XI
Batting: Vishal Valambhia
Bowling and Players’ Player of Year: Richard Pengelly

Vish Valambhia

Richard Pengelly

4th XI

Batting: Ade Johnson

Ade Johnson

Bowling: Kev Clark

Kev Clark

Players’ Player of Year: Joe Clark

Joe Clark

Sunday XI 
Batting: Tom Argles
Captain’s Player of Year: Mike Taylor
Bowling: Oliver Peacock and James Crawford

Special Awards
Clubman of Year: Ernie McDade
BTCC Player of Season: Ben Laycock
Special Award: Finley Clark who took 5-23 on his senior debut

Finley Clark


HCPCL & CL: Parish named as new Town skipper + Beck, Valambhia & Tuttlebee take captaincy roles

Jack Parish is the new first team skipper at Buckingham Town.

Jack Parish

Town secretary Dom Pritchard revealed Parish’s appointment was rubber-stamped at the club’s annual general meeting last night. He takes over from Jonny Cater.

The meeting saw all four Saturday team captaincy roles filled by new men; Steve Beck (2nd XI), Brij Valambhia (3rd XI) and Dane Tuttlebee (4th XI) also being appointed.

Bob Hutt continues as Sunday and Midweek captain with no changes to any of the officer or committee roles.

Town’s 2018 Home Counties Premier Cricket League fixtures were released this week, as seen below via our tweet;

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