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HCPCL D1: Town fall short after horror 29 balls, reports Andrew Holland

Overnight rain meant a delayed start as Buckingham travelled to Finchampstead on Saturday, with the game eventually getting underway at 2pm with Buckingham winning the toss and asking their hosts to bat first in 43/35 over game.

George Humphries and Russell White both struck in the opening three overs to remove both Finchampstead opening batsmen for ducks as Buckingham made a fast start. Oli Soames and Billy Rogers countered with a run a ball partnership of 35, Soames making 17 before being dismissed in Tharindu Rathnayaka’s first over. 4 overs later Rathnayaka had Rogers given caught behind for 29 to leave the score 52 for 4. Skipper Dan Lincoln came in at number 6 and alongside Toby Albert went about rebuilding the innings against the Buckingham spin attack. The pair put on 47, and were looking set to push the hosts towards a good score when Jack Parish picked up Lincoln for 26 followed by Rathnayaka removing Albert 3 overs later for 21. After that wickets fell regularly as Finchampstead were bowled out inside 37 overs for 131 with Rathnayaka the pick of the bowlers as he went on to record figures of 7 for 46.

Buckingham had 40 minutes to bat before tea and lost an early wicket as Steve Brunning was trapped lbw by James Woodford for 8. Billy Rogers came into the attack for an over before the break and picked up the wicket of Mark Hulbert for 6 as Buckingham went to tea at 24 for 2.

After the break Jonny Cater joined Leigh Tomlinson and the pair looked to be in control of the match as they put on 33 in 6 overs and moved the score on to 57 for 2 with 24 overs remaining. Connor Corlet returned to the attack and with his second ball bowled Cater for 17. That was the beginning of a 29 ball spell in which Buckingham lost 6 wickets for 11 runs as they collapsed to 68 for 8. Tomlinson was run out buy a sharp bit of fielding in the gulley for 23 while Woodford picked up his second and Corlet was the main destroyer with 4 wickets for 8 runs in 3 overs including 3 wickets in a single over. Jack Deal watched most of the collapse from one end, and was joined at the crease by Rathnayaka. Together they slowly put together a partnership and began to edge Buckingham towards their target. The pair saw the score past the 100 mark, and had put on 44 when Zac Jones had Rathnayaka caught in the slips for 19. Humphries came in at number 11 and him and Deal continued to nudge the score closer, getting to within 6 runs with 14 balls of the innings left when Jones trapped Humphries lbw to seal the win for the hosts. Deal was left 28 not out while Corlet took 4 for 44.

G. Smith b White 0 (9)
R. Bone+ c Cater b Humphries 0 (3)
O. Soames c Parish b Rathnayaka 17 (21)
B. Rogers c Cater b Rathnayaka 29 (36)
T. Albert c Parish b Rathnayaka 21 (42)
D. Lincoln* c Price b Parish 26 (36)
J. Lincoln c Price b Rathnayaka 11 (27)
Z. Jones c Cater b Rathnayaka 9 (17)
M. O’Donahue b Rathnayaka 3 (25)
C. Corlet c Large b Rathnayaka 3 (21)
J. Woodford Not Out 0 (0)
Extras (8b, 4lb) 12
Total 131 all out
37 overs

FoW: 0-1 (Bone, 1.3); 4-2 (Smith, 2.3); 39-3 (Soames, 8.4); 52-4 (Rogers, 12.3); 99-5 (D. Lincoln, 23.1); 103-6 (Albert, 26.5); 118-7 (J. Lincoln, 30.2); 127-8 (Jones, 34.2); 131-9 (Corlet, 36.2); 131-10 (O’Donahue, 36.6)

R. White 4-1-13-1
G. Humphries 6-1-25-1
T. Rathnayaka 15-2-46-7
J. Deal 4-0-21-0
J. Parish 8-2-14-1

L. Tomlinson Run Out (Soames) 23 (55)
S. Brunning lbw b Woodford 8 (25)
M. Hulbert b Rogers 6 (15)
J. Cater+ b Corlet 17 (18)
R. Large c Rogers b Woodford 5 (7)
C. Price b Corlet 0 (4)
J. Deal Not Out 28 (50)
J. Parish* lbw b Corlet 2 (4)
R. White b Corlet 0 (1)
T. Rathnayaka c Soames b Jones 19 (40)
G. Humphries lbw b Jones 6 (22)
Extras (1b, 1lb, 1w, 8nb) 11
Total 125 all out
38.5 overs

FoW: 16-1 (Brunning, 8.1); 24-2 (Hulbert, 11.5); 57-3 (Cater, 17.2); 62-4 (Large, 18.4); 65-5 (Tomlinson, 19.2); 66-6 (Price, 21.1); 68-7 (Parish, 21.5); 68-8 (White, 21.6); 112-9 (Rathnayaka, 34.1); 125-10 (Humphries, 38.5)

J. Woodford 15-3-42-2
C. Corlet 13-3-44-4 (1w, 4nb)
B. Rogers 4-1-15-1
Z. Jones 6.5-0-22-2 (4nb)

Finchampstead win by 6 runs.

Buckingham – 6 points
Finchampstead – 25 points

Buckingham Town CC Sunday XI beat Stewkley

Report: Bob Hutt

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Greg Liebenberg made 31 and took a wicket

Buckingham Town’s Sunday XI beat Stewkley Vicarage by eight wickets with ten balls remaining in a forty over per side friendly.  Both sides took the opportunity to field a lot of youngsters.

Stewkley batting first scored two hundred & four for three thanks mainly to Tom Hardings and J. Peacock who both retired after reaching their half centuries.  J. Peacock added thirty-four useful runs.  With wickets at a premium there was a wicket apiece for Oliver Peacock, James Crawford and Greg Liebenberg.

Town made a solid start with Tom Argles (forty-nine) and young Joe Clark batted well before retiring on fifty.  Greg Liebenberg made a quick thirty-one and Town seen home thanks to stand in skipper Albert Johnson thirty-eight not out and Oscar Bones seventeen not out. For Stewkley Tom Hardings and Jamie Hardings bowled very well.

CCL D8; Buckingham Town CC IV’s beat Challow & Childrey III’s

Report: Bob Hutt

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Russell Thompson top scored with 62

The only bright part of Town’s weekend was the fourth xi beating Challow & Childrey thirds by nine runs in a close encounter which could have gone either way, but the fours were the only one of Town’s sides who won with the other three all losing.  The fourths are now second in division eight of the Cherwell League and fighting hard for promotion.

Batting first Town made a steady start reaching thirty-six for three and matters were improved greatly with middle order batsmen Russell Thompson (sixty-two) and young Oscar Bones (forty-two) in fine form with the bat. Ben Cater chipped in with seventeen as Town made a useful one hundred & seventy-seven all out. For Challow opening bowlers Alex Wells three for forty-nine and Arty Armytage three for forty-one did well with the ball.

Challow made a poor start slumping to seventy-eight for five thanks to good bowling from Tom Taylor two for twenty-four and James Crawford three for thirty-five but recovered through Richard Hales (fifty-two) and Arty Armitage (forty-five) and with the score at one hundred & sixty-seven for seven they looked likely winners.  Chris Coates dismissed opening batsman Hales and this was the vital wicket as Town won in an exciting finish, Ben Cater took two for twenty-three and Chris Coates one for nineteen.

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CCL D6; Buckingham Town CC III’s beaten by Eynsham CC

Report: Bob Hutt

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Brij Valambhia finished 22 not out

Buckingham Town thirds (three points) suffered a crushing nine wicket defeat to Eynsham first XI but still remain leaders of the Cherwell League Division Six, as Horley seconds moved into second spot nineteen points behind Buckingham.

Town lost in-form opener Mike Taylor cheaply, Alex Gilder (eleven) and David Barnes (twenty-two) improved matters as Town reached fifty-two for three. Vish Valambhia (thirty-one) and Joe Clark (seventeen) batted steadily but after they had been dismissed the tail folded and only skipper Brij Valambhia twenty-two not out offered any resistance, Town could only make a meagre one hundred & thirty-seven all out.  For Eynsham Mark Weller four for thirty and Sam Hollingshead three for forty-two dominated with the ball.

Oliver Peacock (one for thirty-four) took an early wicket but then Eynsham won comfortably without further loss thanks to Sam Jones sixty-seven not out and Tom Prentice sixty not out who took charge as Town tried seven bowlers to try to take wickets. A disappointing result for Town.

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CCL D1; Buckingham Town CC II’s go down to league leaders Didcot CC

Report: Bob Hutt

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Steve Beck top scored for Town with 58

Buckingham Town second XI, the only second XI side in division 1 of the Cherwell League lost by nine wickets to top of the table Didcot Town and remain bottom of the table gaining just three points from the match.

Buckingham made a poor start crashing to forty for five with the Didcot bowlers Adam Webb two for (twenty-two) and overseas Aussie Nathan Patrick four for forty-one well on top.

Of the early batsmen only Matt Thatcher (sixteen) reached double figures, Town recovered well thanks to a fine knock from skipper Steve Beck (fifty-eight), young batsman Ryan Freshwater (thirty-three) and Richard Pengelly fifteen not out saw Town to a respectable one hundred & sixty-nine for nine against a strong Didcot attack.

Town made a good start as Greg Liebenberg (two for thirty-two) took two quick wickets but opener Vishane Perera  seventy-four not out and William Woodley who was caught and bowled by Dom Pritchard for fifty-six set Didcot up for a win after forty-three point four overs with Richard Cook twenty-two not out.   The Didcot batsmen gave a few half chances but Buckingham who had a few regulars away put up a spirited performance but this weekend face another tough task when they travel to Great Brickhill first XI.

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CCL D6; Buckingham Town CC III’s skipper hoping his side can keep their Ey’s on the prize

Buckingham Town CC III’s host Eynsham CC on Saturday knowing they will be top after the game whatever the result, and surely now look odds on to go on to promotion from the Cherwell Cricket League sixth division at the end of the season. Town beat their guests convincingly in the reverse game earlier in the summer, setting their opponents two hundred & twenty-three to win they were skittled out for less than one hundred, and come into this fixture on the back of a win, a draw and a defeat in their last three outings, Town played out a losing draw last week at Banbury but still remain forty-two points clear at the summit, another win here could see them well on their way to that league title.

Mike Taylor top scored last week for 3’s

This week Sports Shots caught up with Town skipper Brij Valambhia to ask his thoughts on last week’s game:

We were poor in the field and let a few catches go, this resulted in Banbury putting on a decent total. We did not apply ourselves with the bat as they bowled good lines and lengths, only Mike Taylor batted well for his fifty-five, we were lucky to get away with a draw. However, it was our first bad performance of the season with the bat and I was more than happy with the points and not completely lose the game

Onto this week’s game, how does he view this game?

We are playing against Eynsham and it is always a tough game after your first loss, however the team has made winning a good habit this year and we bounced back immediately after the Chearsley game, so I would be expecting the same response from the team again

Into the second half of the season, how has it been so far?

I could not have asked to skipper a better side, we have had our moments but so many of our guys are performing this year and the entire team spirit is brilliant. We achieved our goal to maintain our place at the top end of the table and being first by the margin we are is fantastic. I want to ensure the team do not become complacent and take this league leader position for granted. I want the guys to want every game, every moment and keep working hard as they have been this season

This week’s team news:

We have made a couple of changes again to the side, we are gifted David Barnes from our seconds and Joe Bleasdale is back from his week off. Olly Peacock comes back into the squad from the fours which has strengthened our bowling and batting. We have unfortunately lost Dom (aka Bomb Squad) to the Two’s and Ryan Bell (Kimi)


  1. Mike Taylor
  2. David Barnes
  3. Alex Gilder
  4. Vish Valambhia
  5. Joe Clark
  6. Andy Humphries
  7. Brij Valambhia
  8. Ryan Spragg
  9. Joe Bleasdale
  10. Matt Dipple
  11. Olly Peacock

Start: 12.30pm

CCL D8; Buckingham Town CC IV’s play out losing draw at Oxford & Bletchingdon to remain second

Report: Bob Hutt

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Tom Taylor claimed a 5’fer for Buckingham

Buckingham Town fourths retained second spot in division eight of the Cherwell Cricket League after a losing draw away to Oxford & Bletchingdon seconds, the Oxfordshire side gained fifteen points to Town’s eleven points as Town remain second to leaders Thame Town who beat Challow & Childrey thirds.

Most of the early home batsmen scored runs with Ali Raza (thirty-seven) and Tousef Ahmed thirty-two not out their main scorers but a mini collapse saw them bowled out for a modest one hundred & sixty-one. Tom Taylor returned fine figures of five wickets for twenty-three runs, he received good support from Oliver Peacock two for twenty-six and there was a wicket apiece for Jacob Oborne, Luke Tory and Ben Cater.

In reply Town lost both openers cheaply and their batsmen struggled as they played out a draw with one hundred & thirteen for seven. Only three players reached double figures, Anant Peshavaria made a solid thirty-two not out supported by Luke Tory (twenty-two) and Ben Cater (twelve). Rashique Ahmed with three for twenty-five, Tariq Mirza two for twenty-four and Tousef Ahmed two for nineteen made sure the Buckingham batsmen were never likely to win the match.

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CCL D6; Buckingham Town CC III’s see out losing draw at Banbury CC IV’s

Report: Bob Hutt

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Mike Taylor top scored for Buckingham

Buckingham Town thirds maintained a healthy forty-two point lead in division six of the Cherwell League despite a losing draw (nine points) against Banbury fourths (nineteen points).

Banbury made a steady start but at twenty-six for four they recovered well thanks to Joseph Wadham (eighty-four) and Richard Wetherill (forty-six retired) to post a very useful total of two hundred & forty-four for six from their fifty-three overs. Ryan Spragg bowled well with figures of seven overs, one maiden, eighteen runs for two wickets, Matt Dipple took two for fifty-four and Andy Humphries took one for sixty-six from his seventeen overs.

Buckingham’s opener Mike Taylor was in fine form for fifty-five but received little support apart from Greg Wise (twenty-seven) and Joe Clark (sixteen) as Town played out a draw in their forty-seven overs. For Banbury, Steve Partington took three for twenty-five and there was two wickets apiece for Joseph Wadham, Andrew Prior and Ollie Badger.

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CCL D1; Buckingham Town CC II’s beaten at Twyford

Report: Bob Hutt

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James Gear top scored for Buckingham

Buckingham Town seconds find themselves rooted to the bottom of the division one table of the Cherwell League after a heavy defeat to Twyford firsts by nine wickets. With tough games coming up against the top two sides in the division Didcot and Great Brickhill its going be hard for them to avoid the drop and their form & availability of players needs to improve dramatically.

Town batting first were bowled for a meagre one hundred & eight after thirty eight point five overs, James Gear top scored with twenty-seven, Tom Buggey (sixteen) and Matt Thatcher (thirteen) were the only other players to reach double figures as five of their batsmen were dismissed for lbw.

Shabaz Alam with four wickets for twenty-four starred with the ball for Twyford and there were two wickets apiece for Zabihullah Saeed, Mohamed Fayyaz and Atif Ali.

Twyford comfortably won losing just one wicket in eleven overs, Oxfordshire Shabaz Alam fifty-nine not out including twelve boundaries completed a good match for himself and Muhammad Khan was thirty-five not out. Town’s only wicket taker was Nick Bond one for twenty-two runs.

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CCL D6; Buckingham Town CC III’s look to Ban-ish all those who challenge their lead

Buckingham Town CC III’s commence the second half of their season this week-end with a trip to Banbury CC IV’s and will be full of confidence as they sit comfortably top of the Cherwell Cricket League Division Six table, clear by some forty-eight points from their nearest challenger! This fixture is the reverse of the first game of the season where Town scored two hundred & thirty-nine & in reply skittled out their opponents for just one hundred & thirty-six; of the nine games Banbury have played they’ve won four & lost four whilst Town have lost just once winning seven of their first round of fixtures. Whilst Buckingham will be top of the table Saturday evening no matter what happens, they will want to push on to try and extend their lead with nothing less than victory.

Vishal Valambhia top scored last week

This week Sports Shots caught up with Town skipper Brij Valambhia to gauge his thoughts on last week’s win:

Our opening bowlers have this fantastic knack for picking up early wickets which keeps giving us great starts. Losing the toss and being put in the field worked in our favour, we made a solid start again with Joe Bleasdale and Matt Dipple giving us great control at the start and picking up wickets, Matt was the unluckiest of the bowlers as he had several chances dropped and so did Joe but kept building the pressure. Our ground fielding was good but had a lot of dropped catches which saw Horley put on a respectable total of two hundred & six, Richard Pengelly changed ends and it proved to be the ideal move as he picked up four wickets in no time and wrapped the innings up. We lost Mike Taylor and Ryan Bell for once but the strength of our batting proved too much yet again, Vish Valambhia scoring seventy-one and Ben Curley with sixty-seven putting on one hundred & nineteen for the third wicket which saw the game change in our favour and they made it look easy. Dom and Alex finished the innings as Dom was yet again unbeaten on twenty-two and Alex on eleven, Dom the finisher!

Onto this week’s game, how does he view this game?

We have had a great first half of the season and now we start the final half in a great position, but the team knows we have work to do at Banbury and we are all focused and switched on for the next challenge. We have some changes yet again with the injured Olly Peacock and leg spinning wizard Andy Humphries back in the side, Greg Wise and Frank Johnson come into the team with Ben Curley and Ryan Bell going up into the seconds. We will be looking to extend our winning streak and keep pushing for the promotion


Mike Taylor
Alex Gilder
Frank Johnson
Vishal Valambhia
Greg Wise
Joe Clark
Dom Pritchard
Brij Valambhia
Andy Humphries
Matt Dipple
Olly Peacock

Start: 12.30pm