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HCPCL,D1: Town set date to hold 149th AGM

Buckingham Town have set the date for their 149th annual general meeting.

The Bourton Road-based outfit will hold annual meeting on Friday 22nd November 2019 at their clubhouse.

Buckingham Town name Youth Cricket award winners

Buckingham Town Cricket Club

Under 10

Batsman – Charlie King
Bowler – Oscar Romaine
Managers Player – William Rogers
Clubman – Oliver Dujardin

Under 11

Batsman: Joseph Fallon
Bowler: Sam Yardley
Clubman: Oliver Dickmann-Pena
Players player: Oliver Barrett

Batsman: Dylan Jones
Bowler: Alex Todd
Clubman: Matthew Archer
Players player: Yash Rochiramani

Under 12

Bowler George Mallam
Batsman Dharshan Ganesh
Players Player Robin Webb
Managers Player Finley Holman
Clubman Charles Everest

Buckingham Town Cricket Club
Under 13

Batsman – William Harrison
Bowler – Oliver Herring
Most Improved – George Pearson
Managers Player Joseph Rose

Black Knights
Batsman – Akshajaan Suthakaran
Bowler – Dharshan Ganesh
Managers Player – William Norton
Most Improved Toby Smith

Under 14

Batsman – Thomas Woodham
Bowler – Finley Clark
Managers Player – Kaya Rawlinson
Most Improved – Jack Yardley

Charlie Saunders Award – Dharshan Ganesh

CCL D8; Buckingham Town CC IV’s clinch promotion in dramatic style with win at Thame

Thame Town CC III’s – 160 all out off 41 overs
Buckingham Town CC IV’s – 188-8 off 45 overs

Buckingham celebrate victory & promotion


Buckingham Town CC IV’s produced their performance of the season on Saturday to beat Thame Town and secure promotion from Cherwell Cricket League Division Eight to spark huge celebrations after the game. Heading over to Thame, who were not only already league champions but had only lost one game all summer and had soundly beaten their visitor’s in the reverse fixture earlier in the year, Town knew they were going to have produce a performance to top anything they had achieved this summer, batting first they were reduced to ninety-six for seven where it looked like the season was to end in bitter disappointment, but a huge late partnership between Albert Johnson & Ben Cater saw Town finish on one hundred & eighty-eight, three early wickets fell in the Thame innings but Guy Holmes came out to frustrate the Town attack, passing his half century it seemed the game was slipping away but skipper Dane Tuttlebee made the breakthrough removing the run scorer and with the final four wickets then falling for just sixteen runs Buckingham were promoted, inflicting the hosts first defeat since the eighth of June.

The home side won the toss and put their guests into bat which seemed a great decision as Oscar Bones & Andy Thatcher were removed early on, from sixteen for two the away side doubled their score before Anant Peshavaria was caught with his score on six, Ade Johnson who opened the batting ticked the score along but was eventually bowled by Nicolas Humphries when on twenty-three. Luke Tory & Russell Thompson then added a further forty to steady the ship with the former making thirty-seven before he was stumped & Thompson bowled when on twenty, however a further three wickets inside six runs saw the score slump to ninety-six for seven and the odds of an away win looked bleak, but Johnson & Cater refused to be beaten and their partnership worth eighty-two brought the contest back to life. Cater top scored with forty-two until he was caught late on, Johnson finishing forty not out gave Town hope, pick of the Thame attack saw Humphries finish with three wickets for twenty-nine runs off his ten overs, Vimal Desai taking two for fifty-six.

Guy Holmes reaches half century for Thame

Andy Jinman opened alongside Manil Subesinghe for Thame and were quickly removed by Matthew Dipple & Ryan Spragg respectively, Justin Avery was then run out with his score on twenty-one and the hosts were forty-two for three. But Holmes came to the crease and scored regularly alongside James McStay putting on thirty-three between them, the latter eventually caught behind off the bowling of Tory whilst Tim Lester was trapped lbw by Dipple soon after, Paddy Harris then got in an awful mix up with Holmes chasing runs and ended up stranded to be run out & at this stage Thame still needed a further eighty-seven with four wickets intact. Ian McStay teamed up with Holmes then as Buckingham toiled in the late afternoon sunshine, their pairing worth forty-two looked to turn the odds back in the hosts favour until Holmes was eventually out for sixty-eight as Tuttlebee removed his bails.

This rejuvenated the Buckingham belief, just a run later Ian McStay fell on twenty and despite adding a further fifteen runs the overs began ticking down, the game was finally put to bed as Spragg collected two wickets in the same forty-first over, Humphries caught behind for thirteen & Vimal Desai caught & bowled to signal the end of a pulsating match. Spragg ended highest wicket taker with four for forty-seven off his ten overs, Dipple taking two for eighteen off nine.

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Final league table:

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CCL D6; Buckingham Town CC III’s finish season with win over Horley II’s at Fringford

Buckingham Town CC III’s – 134-6 off 26 overs
Horley CC II’s – 133 all out off 42.3 overs


Mike Taylor top scored with 31


Buckingham Town CC III’s rounded off their title winning campaign with victory over Horley CC II’s on Saturday at Fringford and finish their season twenty-seven points off second place Bledlow Village CC II’s as both look forward to division five cricket in the Cherwell Cricket League next term. Six different bowlers saw success as Town bowled their hosts out for one hundred & thirty-three, in reply Richard Hart produced good bowling figures as he took four wickets but it was not enough as the league winners claimed the win with four wickets to spare off just twenty-six overs, Michael Taylor top scoring with thirty-one.

The visitor’s won the toss and chose to bat first which appeared a good choice as openers Samuel Higgs & Stuart Burgess reached twenty-six before the former was bowled by Andy Humphries, in the very next over Patrick Barry removed the bails of the other opener without a run being added but from there Horley dug in again with a forty-one run pairing between Mark Tubb & Perran Moon. Tubb made twenty-three & Moon reached fifteen before they were both removed just four runs apart, Henry Moon made ten until he was caught off Joseph Bleasdale & Jack Rowley was run out when on six but William Connor was to enjoy the top score for his side as he made twenty-four until Fin Clark saw him off. Hart was given leg before off Town skipper Brij Valambhia & Dom Pritchard saw off the tail to finish the innings, Pritchard, Bleasdale & Clark all taking a pair of wickets each with singles for Barry, Humphries and the captain.

Buckingham opened with Taylor & Ryan Bell and they made thirty until the latter was caught with his score on eighteen, Amit Chauhan joined Taylor and they enjoyed a forty-four run partnership until the new batsmen was stumped when on fifteen. Taylor was caught just five runs later & Vishal Valambhia was trapped lbw for just eight but Pritchard alongside Greg Wise added thirty-one runs until the former was caught, Brij Valambhia was run out for seven leaving Wise with Barry to see their side home, the wicket keeper finishing twenty-two not out. Richard Hart the pick of the bowlers for Horley ending with four wickets for twenty-eight runs off his seven overs.

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Final league table:

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CCL D1; Buckingham Town CC II’s end season with defeat to Long Marston CC

Buckingham Town CC II’s – 139 all out off 36.5 overs
Long Marston CC – 141-1 off 25 overs


Steve Beck top scored with 51


Buckingham Town CC II’s finished their season with defeat on Saturday at Bourton Road as Long Marston took the win they needed to keep themselves in the Cherwell Cricket League top division meaning Shipton-under-Wychwood join Town in division two next season. Early wickets had the hosts in all sorts of trouble but a fine partnership between the departing skipper Steve Beck and stand in captain Matthew Thatcher worth seventy lifted spirits, Beck eventually went on to reach his half century as the home side set their guests a target of one hundred & forty for victory, Marston captain James Beesley led his side with an unbeaten seventy as the visitor’s reached their goal for the loss of just one wicket.

Marston won the toss and elected to field and soon had Dave Barnes & Ali Martin back in the pavilion as the scoreboard saw Buckingham three for two in just the third over, Alex Gilder came to the crease to join opener Thatcher and the pair enjoyed a forty-one run partnership until the new batsmen was caught behind when on eighteen. Blake James bowling then trapped Greg Liebenberg leg before to set up a hatrick opportunity but his third ball was given as a wide, but the very next delivery saw Ollie Drage caught to provide a hatrick in legal balls delivered.

But from forty-five for five Town recovered as Beck joined Thatcher to take the home sides score over the hundred mark, the latter eventually bowled by Laura Sandy with his score on twenty-two, Richard Pengelly faced just four deliveries until he was trapped lbw by Alistair Bee & Ollie Peacock added just two before he fell to the same bowler. Beck reached fifty-one before he was run out, the innings over just two runs later as Neville Pritchard was bowled, James ending with five wickets for just twenty-one runs off his eight overs, with Alistair Bee claiming three for nineteen.

It took just two pairings for the visitor’s to reach their target, Beesley opening with Paul Marsh saw the score reach forty-seven before the latter was removed by Tom Taylor, Mike Lyon coming to the crease adding the ninety-four required with his skipper to seal the win and safety for another season.

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Buckingham Town CC Sunday XI finish season with win over Mursley

Report: Bob Hutt

Images: Sports Shots

Amit Chauhan hit 52 and took 2 wickets

Buckingham Town CC Sunday eleven ended their season with a six wicket win over near neighbours Mursley at the weekend.

Mursley won the toss and elected to bat in a thirty five over per side match and made a respectable one hundred & seventy-two for the loss of five wickets. Top scorers were B. Webb not out forty three and skipper Wayne Nolan chipped in with thirty eight. For Buckingham there were two wickets for Amit Chauhan and one apiece for Tom Woodham, Nathan Holmes and Olly Peacock.

After losing two early wickets cheaply Town saw Amit Chauhan (retire on fifty two not out) and Adrian Freeman (forty two) set up the victory and Anant Peshavaria with thirty five not out completed the task. For Mursley N. Root took three wickets for forty two.

HCPCL D1: Town end with Banbury defeat

Buckingham travelled to local rivals Banbury on Saturday for their final game of the 2019 season, and after winning the toss elected to bat first.

John West struck in his second over followed by a double for Charlie Hill and when Ollie Wright bowled Rob Large for 15 Buckingham had been reduced to 33 for 4 inside the first 10 overs. Jack Deal and Russell White began the repair job, putting on 47 for the fifth wicket, and were looking comfortable when David Whiteley bowled White for 18. Skipper Jack Parish came in at number 7 and scored fluently. He made a run a ball 31 and with Deal put on 73 in just 11 overs as the score went past 150. Wright returned to the attack and took 2 wickets in 3 balls including Parish before Deal brought up his half century from 82 balls. George Tait trapped him lbw for 59 and although George Humphries chipped in with 20 he was the last man out as Buckingham made 187.

Tait and Joe White made a brisk start to the Banbury reply, putting on 38 before Humphries bowled Tait for 20. That was to be the only success for the visitors though as White and Ollie Clarke looked relatively untroubled in building a match winning partnership. White brought up a 66 ball half century and went on to finish 85 not out while Clarke’s 50 came up from 78 balls as he finished 62 not out and Banbury claimed a nine wicket victory with more than 15 overs to spare.

It means Buckingham end the season in 7th place in their first season in Division 1.

L. Tomlinson c Yousaf b West 5 (15)
S. Brunning b Hill 2 (8)
M. Hulbert c Yousaf b Hill 4 (12)
R. Large b Wright 15 (20)
J. Deal lbw b Tait 59 (108)
R. White b Whiteley 18 (33)
J. Parish* lbw b Wright 31 (31)
T. Rathnayaka c Rana b Wright 0 (2)
G. Humphries b Thomas 20 (31)
J. Clark Run Out (Sabin/Rana) 0 (2)
J. Gear Not Out 1 (13)
Extras (2lb, 26w, 4nb) 32
Total 187 all out
45.3 overs

FoW: 13-1 (Tomlinson, 3.4); 13-2 (Brunning, 4.1); 25-3 (Hulbert, 8.2); 33-4 (Large, 9.5); 80-5 (White, 22.6); 153-6 (Parish, 33.4); 153-7 (Rathnayaka, 33.6); 172-8 (Deal, 40.3); 172-9 (Clark, 40.5); 187-10 (Humphries, 45.3)

C. Hill 8-1-27-2 (7w)
J. West 6-2-25-1
O. Wright 10-1-34-3 (3w)
D. Whiteley 6-0-24-1 (1w)
J. Thomas 6.3-0-19-1 (1w)
O. Clarke 3-0-30-0 (9w, 4nb)
G. Tait 6-1-26-1 (5w)

G. Tait b Humphries 20 (29)
J. White Not Out 85 (97)
O. Clarke Not Out 62 (85)
Extras (3lb, 11w, 8nb) 22
Total 189-1
34.3 overs

FoW: 38-1 (Tait, 9.2)

R. White 9-0-40-0 (1w, 2nb)
G. Humphries 7-0-39-1
T. Rathnayaka 7-1-29-0 (1w)
J. Gear 5-0-30-0 (4nb)
M. Hulbert 5-0-34-0 (3w, 2nb)
J. Clark 1.3-0-14-0 (6w)

Banbury win by 9 wickets.

Banbury – 20 points
Buckingham – 4 points

CCL D8; Buckingham Town CC IV’s look to Thame champions in promotion decider

Second placed Buckingham Town CC IV’s face a season defining finale at Thame Town thirds on Saturday, their hosts are already Cherwell Cricket League Division Eight champions but Town must win if they are to go up with them, third placed Oxford & Bletchingdon II’s travel to bottom side Long Marston III’s who have only won one game all season on the same day, and just five points separate second place Buckingham and their nearest rivals. Thame have only lost one game all season and beat this week’s guests by seventy-one runs back in early July, Town have won their last four games in succession, but Thame have won ten in a row, of the games they’ve actually completed, a tough test ahead for Buckingham but everything to play for.

Dane Tuttlebee

This week Sports Shots caught up with Town skipper Dane Tuttlebee to gain his views on last week’s win:

We lost some early wickets which seems to be the Town way but sure enough our batsmen came out on top with Andy Thatcher, Anant Peshavaria and Russell Thompson all going past their fifties with control and at a good rate posting two hundred & fifty-two for four. This gave me a lot of confidence and with our bowling being the strong point this season only failing to take nine wickets in seventeen games, I felt we were firmly in the driving seat. We overcame Long Marston bowling them out for seventy-two keeping us right up there in a promotion place

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

This game is going to be tough, Thame totally out played us in the first match, they have strength in all areas, and this has become a must win game for us to ensure promotion to division seven. We will play to win but also play to enjoy the game and play in good spirit

What are his thoughts on their season as a whole?

I really could not have asked for anything more this season from my squad, they have all be fantastic, a total pleasure to captain. The whole squad has proved their level and have really stepped up when needed, all the players have all contributed one way or the other, it has been amazing lads for which I thank you

Any stand-out players this campaign?

One stand-out player who has really found his feet this season after struggling last season is Oscar Bones, what a tremendous young man he is! He has gone from strength to strength this season and I’m afraid to say he probably will not be in my side next year {watch this space} Well done young man!!!!

We asked Dane if there was one moment from this season, he feels defines his team?

The first game of the season we lost on the last ball of the match against third place Nondies, this is the match that will define our season. It’s a win loose shoot out now

Any thoughts on next season yet?

Next season for us will be to push on and keep moving forward, we will still use our young cricketers and develop them, they are key to our club and the future of the sport, we will use our homegrown lads and push them to the very end. Next season for me? Let’s see after the AGM 😊

Finally, this week’s squad news:

A couple of changes this weekend due to unavailability from last week, Albert Johnson, Ryan Spragg, Oscar Bones and Luke Tory are back in the side with Alex Hallows, Frank Johnson and Adie Freeman being unavailable to play. Ernie McDade has offered to be my umpire in our must win game this weekend


Adrian Johnson {wk}

Oscar Bones

Andy Thatcher

Anant Peshavaria

Luke Tory

Russell Thompson

Albert Johnson

Ryan Spragg

Ben Cater

Dane Tuttlebee {c}

Matthew Dipple

Start: 12.30pm


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Left to play:-

Saturday 7th September:

Thame Town III’s v Buckingham Town IV’s

Long Marston III’s v Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts II’s


CCL D1; Buckingham Town CC II’s come to the end of a Long season + skipper to stand down

Buckingham Town CC II’s finish off their season by hosting Long Marston on Saturday at Bourton Road, and despite the home side already being relegated to the Cherwell Cricket League Division Two they still have a major say in who will join them, their visitor’s need ten points to assure their safety whilst Shipton-under-Wychwood travel to Westbury having to win but will be buoyed after last week’s one hundred & eighty-nine run win over Town. For Buckingham this match has little riding on it but for the visitor’s it is crucial, they have lost their last two games after a five match unbeaten run, but they will be confident against a side that have only won two games all season, who will join the home side in Division Two next season?

Steve Beck standing down as 2’s skipper

This week Sports Shots caught up with Town wicket skipper Steve Beck to ask how he felt last week’s game went:

Last week’s game was tough as we were already relegated and the third & fourth team had important games, which affected selection, the fact that the Cherwell League wouldn’t let Rob and Callum play made matters worse. They won the toss and we actually got off to a decent start by removing their dangerous opener early, the rain then came, and it seemed like we were constantly bowling with a wet ball for forty overs. They got two fifty plus which was always going to be out of our reach, being a win lose game people played some shots, but we folded very tamely!

How does he see this week’s game?

This week will be similar; I don’t think it would be fair on Long Marston if we fielded anything other than a similar side to that that played last week although we have a few away at Ben Stafford’s wedding as well. It is a good opportunity though for some of the young lads to have a go looking forward for next season

What are Steve’s thoughts on the season as a whole?

The season has been a terrible one really. We set off to compete which I thought we would be able to do, but due to availability, and some poor performances, we have finished where we deserved

We asked Steve if there was a single moment from this season that he felt defined their season:

It is not a moment but a game that sums up our season, and it was against Abingdon at home! We had them 130 – 7 and by holding a couple of catches we could have been chasing 150 / 160, but they ended up setting us 241. Then in reply, we got to 74 – 1 but once again folded to 144 all out. We have got ourselves into some good positions this season but let people off too much and the longer it went on, the harder it was to change

Any thoughts for next season yet?

There have been a few discussions about next season, and I think there will be a few new faces, but we may lose a couple. I will still play where selected but have decided that I will not captain the side next season. The main aims before the current season were for the first team to stay where they are and the thirds and fourths to be promoted so all being well, all three of those will be achieved. Closing the gap between the seconds and thirds is important to help the youth develop.

I would just like to add a big thanks to Sports Shots for all the work you do to help promote the second team and BTCC as a whole


David Barnes

Matthew Thatcher ©

Tom Buggey

Ali Martin

Steve Beck

James Gear

Olly Drage

Gregg Liebenberg

Richard Pengelly

Olly Peacock

Neville Prichard

Start: 12.00pm


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Games left to play:-

Saturday 7th September:

Buckingham Town II’s v Long Marston

Westbury v Shipton

HCPCL D1: Town to end a very successful campaign in top-flight at Banbury

Buckingham Town finish a very successful first season in the top-flight of the Home Counties Premier League tomorrow (Saturday).

Jack Parish

Jack Parish has seen his side secure their division one status, quite an achievement for the Bourton Road club.

Parish has a number of players unavailable for the trip.

Tomorrow they head to Banbury for their final game of the 2019 campaign in the 50-overs per side format.

Buckingham Town: Jack Parish (Captain), Leigh Tomlinson, Steve Brunning, Mark Hulbert, Rob Large, Jack Deal, Tharindu Rathnayaka, Russell White, George Humphries, Joe Clark, Wasim Fayyaz.