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HCPCL D2: Champions Town Deal defeat with Parish Hall celebration

Reported By Andrew Holland

After clinching the league title the week before Buckingham visited second place Wokingham on Saturday still in a position to influence the second promotion spot.

Andrew Hall

Buckingham were put in to bat by their hosts, and both Leigh Tomlinson and Steve Brunning fell to the opening bowlers as they were reduced to 25 for 2. Andrew Hall came in at number 3, and alongside Jonny Cater put on 44 for the third wicket before the later was caught on the boundary for 17. Rob Large, fresh from a ton the week before, looked in good touch, dominating another partnership of 44 when he was bowled by Paul Dewick. With the innings poised at 113 for 4, skipper Jack Parish came in at number 6, and with Hall began to build a partnership. As the partnership grew the scoring rate began to increase, with both Hall (85 balls) and Parish (44 balls) going past 50 as the Wokingham bowlers struggled to contain the scoring. The pair had put on 118 at better than a run a ball when Dewick broke the stand with Parish caught on the boundary for 69 (58 balls). Several more wickets fell as Buckingham sought quick runs including Hall for a top score of 83 as the innings closed on 272 for 8 with Jack Deal finishing 15 not out (14 balls).

Jack Parish

Wokingham started strongly in reply, Stuart Parsons (31) and Jack Wood (37) putting on an opening stand of 71 and scoring at 5 an over against the opening bowlers. Both fell in consecutive overs to Lester Smart and Jack Deal though as the run rate began to slow. Dan Housego and James Bird (21) took the score past 100 before again wickets in consecutive overs to Deal and Jack Parish saw both batmen back to the pavilion. Three more wickets fell shortly after to leave the hosts 133 for 7 and struggling. Alfie Carter, batting with a runner after injuring himself in the field, put on 30 with Ian Muirden (30) before becoming Parish’s fourth victim and when Deal returned to remove Muirden the score was 179 for 9. Some late hitting from Dewick (36 not out from 30 balls) and Lewis Sharp (22 not out from 29 balls) brought the scores closer together as they shared an unbeaten stand of 52 in 8 overs but they game was already won as they innings closed on 231 for 9 to give Buckingham a 41 run win.

Jack Deal

Buckingham now lead the division by 46 points from Datchet who climb above Wokingham into the 2nd promotion spot.

L. Tomlinson c Dewick b Sharp 4 (11)
S. Brunning c Parsons b Muirden 14 (26)
A. Hall c Muirden b Sharp 83 (119)
J. Cater+ c Carter b Clark 17 (25)
R. Large b Dewick 28 (35)
J. Parish* c sub (Khalid) b Dewick 69 (58)
R. White c sub (Khalid) b Muirden 4 (7)
J. Deal Not Out 15 (14)
G. Nagla b Muirden 1 (2)
G. Humphries Not Out 6 (6)
Extras (8lb, 17w, 6nb) 31
Total 272-8
50 overs

FoW: 12-1 (Tomlinson, 2.5); 25-2 (Brunning, 7.6); 69-3 (Cater, 16.6); 113-4 (Large, 26.2); 231-5 (Parish, 43.5); 240-6 (White, 45.4); 249-7 (Hall, 46.6); 253-8 (Nagla, 47.4)

L. Sharp 10-1-46-2 (1w)
I. Muirden 9-1-45-3 (5w, 2nb)
J. Clark 9-1-71-1 (8w, 4nb)
S. Myles 10-2-25-0 (2w)
P. Dewick 10-0-50-2 (1w)
J. Bird 2-0-27-0

S. Parsons*+ b Smart 31 (53)
J. Wood b Deal 37 (57)
D. Housego c Cater b Deal 12 (21)
J. Bird c Tomlinson b Parish 21 (17)
S. Myles b Parish 14 (17)
A. Carter c Hall b Parish 16 (27)
B. Myles lbw b Parish 3 (8)
J. Clark b White 2 (6)
I. Muirden st Cater b Deal 30 (35)
L. Sharp Not Out 22 (29)
P. Dewick Not Out 36 (30)
Extras (1lb, 6w) 7
Total 231-9
50 overs

FoW: 71-1 (Parsons, 17.6); 73-2 (Wood, 18.5); 102-3 (Bird, 23.5); 106-4 (Housego, 24.6); 126-5 (S. Myles, 29.2); 130-6 (B. Myles, 31.1); 133-7 (Clark, 32.2); 163-8 (Carter, 37.3); 179-9 (Muirden, 42.1)

G. Humphries 10-0-54-0 (2w)
R. White 10-0-53-1 (3w)
L. Smart 9-1-35-1
J. Deal 10-0-34-3
J. Parish 10-0-50-4 (1w)
L. Tomlinson 1-0-4-0

Buckingham win by 41 runs.

Buckingham – 20 points
Wokingham – 8 points

CL D6: Valambhia aiming to enjoy final two fixtures for Town III

Brij Valambhia has spoken as his Buckingham Town III play Challow & Childrey II in the Cherwell League, Division 6 tomorrow.

Brijesh Valambhia

After the disappointment of last week’s defeat as that saw promotion completely slip from our hands we play top of the league and just aim to enjoy the remaining 2 games and finish strong.

Last week saw Matt Dipple take an absolute stunner in the outfield on the edge of the boundary, a catch worthy of the IPL highlights reel. Mike Taylor turned his arm over for the first time this century and probably the final time, as he has taken a week off to recover from his 1.1 over spell.

1. Sam Chapman 2. Ryan Freshwater 3. Raj Lall 4. Kev Clark 5. Vish Valambhia 6. Brij Valambhia 7. Joe Clark 8. Andy Humphries 9. Richard Pengelly 10. Kallan Peshawaria 11. Dom Pritchard.

HCPCL D2: Newly crowned Champions Town head to Wokingham

Newly crowned Home Counties Premier Cricket League, Division 2 Champions Buckingham Town head to play Wokingham in their penultimate fixture of the 2018 season.

Buckingham Town 2018 Home Counties Premier Cricket League Division 2 Champions

Andrew Hall and Steve Brunning come into the side in place of Ash Pearson and Jason Ell from the side that won the title at Great & Little Tew.


CCL; Buckingham Town CC 2nds have Ell of a chance to stay in division

Buckingham Town II’s host Tiddington on Saturday at Bourton Road knowing victory would edge them closer to safety in the Cherwell Cricket League Division One relegation battle, whilst defeat would drag them right back into the mix, especially against a side that are below Town and with the 25 points would most likely lift them above their hosts. But Town are high in confidence with three successive wins and their guests have not won since 23rd June which ironically was when they beat Town by four wickets.

Jason Ell

This week Sports Shots caught up with skipper Steve Beck:

After three wins on the trot we have moved up the league table from bottom up to sixth.

This has given us a great chance of staying in this league for next year which will be massive for the development of the club with the 1st team playing in the Home Counties Premier League for the first time ever.

As the table is still close, we cannot sit back and relax now as we still need one more win which we will push for against Tiddington.

It was a brilliant performance last week with Ben Stafford and Matt Thatcher batting well to get us up to 199 and a good all round bowling / fielding performance. A similar display will give us a great chance.

Jason Ell comes in to replace Richard Pengelly in what is an otherwise unchanged side


  1. Alex Odell
  2. Ali Martin
  3. Sam Younghusband
  4. Matthew Thatcher
  5. Callum Cater
  6. Steve Beck
  7. Ben Stafford
  8. Max Chilton
  9. Jason Ell
  10. Albert Johnson
  11. Wasim Fayyaz

CCL; Buckingham Town II’s win again to set up thrilling finale to season

Buckingham Town II’s – 199-7 off 50 overs (25 points)

Challow & Childrey – 182 all out off 47.1 overs (10 points)

Buckingham Town II’s made it three wins on the bounce on Saturday when they beat Challow & Childrey at Bourton Road by just seventeen runs, in a game that went down to the wire yet again and a result either way being possible with just a minimal amount of balls left in the game. A superb half century from Ben Stafford off just 60 balls added to a great 45 from Matthew Thatcher set Town on their way to 199 off their allotted overs, Challow fought back and 64 from Ryan Gordon looked to be edging the game in their favour but the Town spinners got the wickets tumbling and some very alert wicket keeping from Alex O’Dell helped the home side clinch the victory that lifts them up to sixth in the Cherwell Cricket League Division One table.

Challow won the toss and put their hosts into bat and made an early breakthrough in the third over when Conor Jones bowled Ali Martin after the young batsmen had hit two boundaries, but Sam Younghusband came in to partner Towns other opener Alex O’Dell and the pair added 30 to the total before the new batsmen was trapped LBW off the bowling of Jones again.

Matthew Thatcher came to the crease and added a further 15 with O’Dell until the home wicket keeper going for a boundary only succeeded in finding the hands of Harry Whitehead, and at 54-3 a few nerves were obvious. But Callum Cater joined Thatcher and the partnership was worth a further 29 before Cater fell LBW to Ryan Gordon although clearly not convinced as he left the field.

Ben Stafford reaches 50

Skipper Steve Beck joined Thatcher to add 22 between them before being trapped leg before, this time off the bowling of Luke Cheshire; Thatcher was moving along nicely and as Ben Stafford joined him in the middle the pair added 33 until Thatcher suffered heartbreak being caught behind with his score on 45. Max Sutton came to the crease for his first start for the 2nds this season, and he & Stafford added a brilliant 54 between them.

Stafford reached 53 which included seven boundaries, of which three cleared the rope, in just over an hour; the last of which a four to see him over the half-century mark, then in the very next ball was bowled by Jones. In that time Sutton had also been scoring, and as Albert Johnson came out to replace Stafford just a few balls remained, Sutton ended 21 not out, and the home score on 199, Conor Jones the top wicket taker, 3-33 off his 10 overs.

Challow started well and reached 22 before Harry Kent was trapped LBW by Richard Pengelly, Harry Whitehead then joined Joe Harris and the pair added 18 until Harris was caught behind off the bowling of Albert Johnson with the scoreboard on 40. Just a run later Whitehead was bowled by Johnson, but Jack Chapman came to partner Ryan Gordon and the pair added 34 until Younghusband caught Chapman off the bowling of Wasim Fayyaz with his score on 26.

Justin Penrose was bowled by Fayyaz shortly after, and whilst Gordon was adding runs his partners were falling rapidly, James Coombs fell leg before to Fayyaz to leave Challow 89-6. At this stage Town looked confident but Gordon dug in and alongside Mark Foster the pair added 60 between them to frustrate the Town attack, Gordon reaching his half century just before Foster was eventually removed when O’Dell stumped him off the bowling of Thatcher.

Town celebrate the win

Hugh Atkinson came in and again Challow threatened to knock off the runs required, but just as their partnership reached 21 the vital wicket of Gordon came when he was brilliantly caught by Stafford off the bowling of Pengelly. Challow needing 30 to win, Town needing 2 wickets, it was now all Town on the field as they urged each other on; Luke Cheshire stood with Atkinson in the middle adding 12 between them before Johnson removed the bails of the former with his final ball of his ninth over.

Ben Stafford then came in for his final over and with his first ball watched as Atkinson advanced forward only for the ball to spin past him into the gloves of O’Dell who gratefully removed his bails to spark huge celebration on the pitch amongst the Town players. Johnson & Fayyaz finishing with 3 wickets apiece, the latter taking his tally to 33 wickets for the season to date, and proving invaluable at this crunch time of the season.

Next week Town host Tiddington who are one of the teams below them, so victory is vital as the final game see’s the 2nds travel to fourth placed Abingdon Vale knowing that will be a tough test, and not one wanted to face should they have to win to stay up.

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HCPCL D2: Buckingham Town secure league title – Champions!

Buckingham Town are the 2018 Home Counties Premier Cricket League, Division 2 Champions.

Buckingham Town 2018 Home Counties Premier Cricket League Division 2 Champions

Jack Parish’s side secured a victory over Great & Little Tew in the limited overs fixture, earning the required 20 points to secure the title.


Ash Pearson (16) and Leigh Tomlinson (18) opened for Town before Jonny Cater (19) and Parish (14) briefly supported Rob Large as the run rate slowed down and wickets fell.

Large stuck to his task and was in sensational form as he carried Town along as he lost partners at regular intervals. Joe Thomas picked up three for 31 with his slow left arm spin.

At 161 for 8 with just eight overs remaining, Large and Jason Ell amassed 44 vital runs in just over four overs before the latter was caught in the deep.

Lester Smart emerged from the pavillon to show a strong defence to play out the 46th over to give Large the strike.

Rob Large

The Town batsman reached his brilliant century with a huge six before then smashing another two further sixes off the next two balls.

With Smart looking solid, Large hit another six before his partner added a boundary with the last ball of the game.

Town had added 76 from the last eight overs with Large finishing unbeaten on 119 and Smart playing his part with 5 not out as they posted 237 for 9 from their 50 overs.

In reply Tew found the visitors’ opening bowling attack of George Humphries and Russell White a difficult proposition. The pair, who have given Town the early advantage all season, bowled well in tandem.

White’s pace saw him reduce Tew to 15 for 2 as a stump cartwheeled for one victim while the other nipped back to take the top of off stump.

Russell White

Harry Smith and Joe Thomas steadied the innings as they took Tew to 84 for 2 at drinks, 25 overs, as Smart and Jack Deal bowled tidy spells.

The pair had a clear game plan as the accumulation of runs prior to the break was accelerated as they took an aggressive approach from the start of the second period.

With Tew starting to get going, Smith’s shot was collected by Pearson who quickly returned the ball to Cater as the Tew opener scrambled to get back in. The Town wicketkeeper took off the bails with Smith adjudged to have been short of his ground. Town’s celebrations of getting a key wicket highlighted how big the breakthrough was.

With ten overs remaining White returned to see his short-pitched delivery wafted at by Tom Price and Cater accepted a catch above his head; Tew now 171 for 4.

One run later Pearson produced a brilliant diving stop before being alert to throw down the stumps with a direct hit from 25 yards and Curtley Slatter was out.

White (60) straight away looked to fight back but his skier was caught by Jack Deal off the bowling of Parish.

Tew had lost three wickets for just one run and Town were now on top.

Parish bowled Shurmer before White castled another victim in Joe Thomas.

Leigh Tomlinson took a good catch in the deep, again off the bowling of Parish.

It was fitting that the Town skipper Parish bowled Hirst to give Town the league title.

Jack Parish

Tew were dismissed for 189 all out, 48 runs short, with White taking four for 30, now 19 wickets in his last six games and 26 for the season. Parish returned with four for 57 and a league Championship with two games still to play.

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Buckingham Town win HCPCL D2!



CCL; Becks hoping for more bottle from his side against Challow & Childrey

Buckingham Town II’s host Challow & Childrey on Saturday at Bourton Road, as the race to avoid relegation from the Cherwell Cricket League Division One begins in earnest. With three teams almost certain to be relegated this season, Town host the side that are currently one place below them so victory is vital, especially as Tiddington play Twyford and with both those teams above Town there could be some significant moves in the league table come Saturday evening.

Sports Shots this week caught up with Town skipper Steve Beck ahead of the game:

After a tight and tense win last week on a wicket that suited spinners (unplayable at times) we are now out of the bottom two places. Tom Buggey and Albert Johnson batted brilliantly to get us over the line.

Unfortunately, due to the results in the home counties it is looking like Dinton and Shipton will be relegated so we will need to finish 7th this year to avoid relegation.

With that in mind, this is a huge game for us this week as Challow are only nine points behind us and would put themselves right back in the mix to stay up if they win.

We do have a changed side this week due to a large number unavailable from the 1st and 2nd team squad (9 regulars) so it will be tough but if we show the fighting spirit we did last week I am still confident we can win and move further up the table

CCL Div. 1 table


  1. Alex O’Dell
  2. Ali Martin
  3. Sam Younghusband
  4. Matthew Thatcher
  5. Callum Cater
  6. Tom Buggy
  7. Steve Beck
  8. Ben Stafford
  9. Albert Johnson
  10. Richard Pengelly
  11. Wasim Fayyaz

CL D6: Town III name side to travel to Bledlow Ridge

Buckingham Town III has named their side to travel Bledlow Ridge on Saturday.

Buckingham Town III – Mike Taylor, Anant Peshavaria, Brij Valambhia, Vish Valambhia, Olly Peacock, Andy Humphries, Max Sutton, Matt Dipple, Raj Lall, Joe Clark, Tim Riley.

Cl D8: Johnson & Peshavaria in the runs in Town 4th XI draw

Ade Johnson and Anant Peshavaria were in the runs as Buckingham Town 4th XI drew their rain-affected Cherwell League, Division 8 encounter with Charlbury II on Saturday.

Ade Johnson

Johnson finished unbeaten on 53 and found support from Peshavaria (33) as Town 4th XI made 191 for 9 from their 45 overs.

Anant Peshavaria

In reply, the home side closed 118 for 2 from 26.1 overs.

Cl D6: In-form Valambhia takes Town III to Duckworth/Lewis victory

Vish Valambhia took Buckingham Town III’s to a 20-run Duckworth/Lewis victory on Saturday.


Valambhia’s unbeaten 70 helped take his side to victory before the rain brought an early end to the proceedings.

Vish Valambhia

Town’s 147 for 2 from 33 overs, with opener Mike Taylor making 38 not out, was enough to win by 20 runs.

Earlier in the day, Sandford St Martin II posted 239 for 5 from their 50 overs with former Town player Greg Pearson finishing undefeated on 66.