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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.

CCL D1; Buckingham Town CC II’s beat Twyford to leave destiny in their own hands

Twyford – 124 all out off 30.4 overs (9 points)

Buckingham Town II’s – 128-8 off 40.2 overs (25 points)

Buckingham Town II’s have found some form just at the right time of the season, as their second successive win on Saturday saw them beat Twyford and the points lifted them out of the dreaded bottom two of the Cherwell Cricket League Division One table. With this season looking likely to see three teams relegated they are still not safe, however their three remaining games see them host Challow & Childrey who are a place below them next week-end, the following week they host Tiddington who are a place above them, and then finish with a trip to Abingdon Vale who are currently three places above them but only by eighteen points. So tight is the division that now Town are just nineteen points off fourth place!

Wasim Fayyaz 7-5-13-3

Town won the toss and put their hosts into bat, Shabaz Alam started well but with the score on 25 Matthew Thatcher made the breakthrough with the wicket of Adam Bone, the batsmen who made 142 in the reverse fixture was removed without scoring. Twelve runs later and James Gear removed Alam and with both openers gone Shahid Mahmood & Ben Elkington put on 20 before Sam Younghusband caught Mahmood off Thatcher, & Albert Johnson removed Elkington and Twyford were 76-4.

Two runs later saw Wasim Fayyaz bowl Atif Ali, and the same bowler then took the wicket of Zabihullah Saeed before Johnson took Mohammed Fayyaz and Town were well on their way. Khurram Khalid then settled his side down as he partnered Jake Duxbury and they added 33 between them before Fayyaz struck again to claim Khalid with his score on 32, leaving Twyford 124-8. At this stage Ben Stafford was called into the attack and within four balls the innings was over, as he removed both Edward Selby Lowndes and then Sam Roberts to match the brace of wickets of Thatcher & Johnson, but the pick of the bowling was Fayyaz as he ended with figures of 3 wickets for just 13 runs off 7 overs, 5 of which were maidens.

Town reached 15 before Alex O’Dell was caught behind off Saeed, but Gurwinder Singh and Sam Younghusband took the score onto 54 before Singh fell to Fayyaz when on twenty-eight. Just 12 runs later Younghusband was trapped LBW by Ali, Simon Myatt was bowled by Fayyaz for 1 and Thatcher was stumped leaving Town 70-5 still needing another fifty-five runs to win. But Thomas Buggey played at the crease for almost an hour and twenty minutes from there, he and captain Steve Beck added 19 before the skipper was caught off Fayyaz, Stafford was trapped LBW by Saeed, and Gear was bowled by the same bowler. Town now needed 24 to win whilst Twyford needed 2 wickets!

Albert Johnson with Thomas Buggey saw game home

A final partnership saw Johnson come in and he & Buggey saw Town home, their paring making 27 to seal the win, Buggey ending 31 not out having played with five different companions at the crease. Saeed & Fayyaz both ending with 3 wickets each, but it was Buckingham who took home the twenty-five points.

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HCPCL D2: Town close in on the league title

Buckingham recorded a convincing victory over struggling Dinton to put themselves on the verge of the Division 2 title on Saturday.

Andrew Hall

After being asked to bat first by their visitors Leigh Tomlinson and Steve Brunning started solidly against the opening bowlers. Tomlinson was the more dominant partner, scoring 35 in a partnership of 67 when the introduction of Akeel Khan trapped him lbw. Ash Pearson joined Brunning (35) and the pair took the score past 100 before both fell in the space of 4 balls to leave the score 101 for 3. Jonny Cater and Andrew Hall began rebuilding the innings, starting slowly and then increasing the run rate in a stand of 77. Hall made 45, and was looking like he would begin to start upping the rate when he fell to an excellent return catch from Waqar Mohammad. Cater fell two overs later for 29 while Mark Hulbert fell to Will Fisher as Buckingham reached 208 for 6 going into the last 5 overs. Jack Parish (26 off 19) and Jack Deal (20 not out off 14) chipped in with some quick runs as Buckingham were bowled out off the final ball for 242.

Russell White

In reply Russell White bowled a fiery opening spell of 3 wickets for 9 runs off 7 overs, while George Humphries chipped in with the wicket of Brennan Gough (well stumped by Jonny Cater standing back when the batsman failed to return to his crease following an appeal) to reduce Dinton to 40 for 4 after the opening spells. Mark Hulbert chipped in with a fifth wicket before Will Sutcliff (23), who was looking in good touch, was run out backing up off a straight drive from his captain. Faisal Ali (24) top scored before being the first of 2 wickets in 2 balls for Jack Deal and Khan chanced his arm at the end, scoring 20 off 21 balls, before Humphries finished off the innings as Dinton were all out for 115.

With Buckingham’s closest two competitors both losing their lead at the top has extended to 42 points, and leaves them within 1 victory in their final 3 games of the title.

L. Tomlinson lbw b Khan 35 (43)
S. Brunning c Williams b Chapman 35 (81)
A. Pearson c Gough b Khan 12 (15)
J. Cater+ c Khan b Mohammad 29 (52)
A. Hall c& b Mohammad 45 (57)
M. Hulbert st Bamford b Fisher 10 (18)
J. Parish* c Mohammad b Ali 26 (19)
J. Deal Not Out 20 (14)
J. Ell Run Out (Sutliff) 1 (2)
G. Humphries lbw b Chapman 0 (1)
R. White b Chapman 1 (2)
Extras (4b, 16w, 8nb) 28
Total 242 all out
50 overs

FoW: 67-1 (Tomlinson, 16.3); 101-2 (Brunning, 21.6); 101-3 (Pearson, 22.3); 178-4 (Hall, 40.2); 188-5 (Cater, 42.2); 208-6 (Hulbert, 45.3); 232-7 (Parish, 48.3); 235-8 (Ell, 48.6); 236-9 (Humphries, 49.2); 242-10 (White, 49.6)

F. Ali 9-0-33-1 (3w, 2nb)
W. Mohammad 10-1-58-2 (3w, 4nb)
R. Chapman 10-1-54-3 (7w, 2nb)
C. Williams 1-0-8-0 (1w)
A. Khan 10-2-44-2 (1w)
W. Fisher 10-2-41-1 (1w)

T. Bamford+ c Cater b White 5 (5)
B. Gough st Cater b Humphries 8 (23)
W. Fisher c Cater b White 9 (31)
M. Sutliff Run Out (Hulbert) 23 (30)
B. Jayanathan b White 2 (16)
C. Williams c Humphries b Hulbert 0 (8)
F. Ali* c Cater b Deal 24 (29)
M. Ludlow c Tomlinson b Humphries 12 (15)
R. Chapman c Hall b Deal 0 (1)
A. Khan c Cater b Humphries 20 (21)
W. Mohammad Not Out 1 (3)
Extras (6lb, 13w) 19
Total 115 all out
28 overs

FoW: 8-1 (Bamford, 1.6); 17-2 (Gough, 6.2); 26-3 (Fisher, 9.5); 40-4 (Jayanathan, 13.5); 49-5 (Williams, 16.2); 57-6 (Sutliff, 18.4); 79-7 (Ali, 22.5); 79-8 (Chapman, 22.6); 88-9 (Ludlow, 23.6); 115-10 (Khan, 27.6)

G. Humphries 9-0-44-3 (4w)
R. White 7-3-9-3 (6w)
M. Hulbert 6-0-28-1 (1w)
J. Parish 3-0-12-0
J. Deal 3-0-16-2 (2w)

Buckingham won by 127 runs.

Buckingham – 20 points
Dinton – 6 points

Buckingham Town CC II’s hoping SMS sends message to Twyford

Buckingham Town II’s travel to Twyford this Saturday, hoping to build upon last week-ends confidence boosting win over Cumnor and earn more points in their fight to escape the relegation places in the Cherwell Cricket League Division One dogfight.

When these two sides met at Bourton Road back in June it was a feast of runs as they shared 498 between the two innings which concluded in a winning draw for Town. On that day skipper Steve Beck made 71, Matthew Thatcher reached 45 and for Twyford Adam Bone hit a superb 142.

Town welcome back three players this weekend, and Sports Shots caught up with Beck ahead of the game:

After the good, albeit nervous victory against Cumnor, we have kept ourselves in the survival hunt. The league is very tight this year with the bottom five teams covered by 25 points which is 1 win, and the bottom seven teams are separated by just by 41 points. With 100 points yet to play for, I believe any of the bottom seven sides could still be relegated with the likely hood of three going down this season.

I think we need to win 3 of the last 4 games and this will be tough but certainly achievable with a little luck.

We have a few missing this week with Jack Deal and Jason Ell promoted to the first team to ensure they achieve their goal of promotion, but the return of (Ben) Staffy, (Simon) Myatt and G (Gurvinder Singh) is a boost

Steve Beck v Twyford 09.06.2018 with Adam Bone watching on


  1. Alex Odell
  2. G Singh
  3. S Younghusband
  4. M Thatcher
  5. S Beck
  6. T Buggy
  7. S Myatt
  8. B Stafford
  9. J Gear
  10. A Johnson
  11. W Fayyaz

The match starts at 12.30pm

CL D6: Town III win thriller with just four balls to spare

Buckingham Town III secured a four-wicket win over Banbury IV with just four balls to spare on Saturday.


Banbury IV batted first in the Cherwell League, Division 6 encounter and posted 210 for 9 from their 53 overs.

Richard Pengelly

Richard Pengelly, three for 45, and Matt Dipple, three for 56, the leading wicket takers for Town III.

Matt Dipple

In reply, Brij Valambhia’s side had top run scorer Vish Valambhia (53) lead the way with support from Thomas Buggy (38), Raj Lall (27) and Max Sutton (23).

Vish Valambhia

It was Greg Wise who made an unbeaten 25 to guide his side to a nail-bitting last over win.

CCL; Buckingham Towns II’s clinch vital victory over Cumnor

Buckingham Town II’s – 195 – 7 off 47.2 overs (25 points)

Cumnor – 194 all out off 51.1 overs (11 points)

Buckingham Town II’s recorded their second win of the season on Saturday in a thriller at Bourton Road, and the points lift Town off the foot of the Cherwell Cricket League Division One table and gives them a fighting chance of staying in the division going into the last four weeks of the season. The game exploded into life from the first ball, and a steady innings from the away side saw them bowled out for 194 with eleven balls to spare, in return the hosts lost an early wicket but worked hard in the blazing sunshine and despite wickets falling they reached their target with just four balls of their innings remaining.

Cumnor won the toss and elected to bat first; Alex Davis faced the first ball only to see Callum Price remove his stumps but his replacement Joseph Dale soon started scoring runs although the other opener for Cumnor Alex Hodder-Williams was caught behind by Alex O’Dell off the bowling of Price with the score on 27.

William Bull came in and between he and Dale the pair enjoyed a brilliant 59 partnership until heart break for Dale when he was caught by Sam Younghusband off the bowling of Albert Johnson with his score on 47. Max Mannering came in and hit a brace of boundaries in his four balls faced before he was caught by Jason Ell off Johnson.

Tom Powell was soon to follow when he was bowled by Wasim Fayyaz as the spin took a hold on the Cumnor middle order, but Bull remained defiant and easily reached his half century. Sam Cross was bowled by Johnson as his partnership with Bull reached 34, but with the score on 132-6 the visitor’s dug in and frustrated their hosts for a spell, Rupert Kelley came in and added a further 44 runs with Bull before he was stumped by O’Dell as Johnson claimed his fourth of the day.

Wasim Fayyaz took 4 wickets

As Bull looked set for a century he was stumped by O’Dell off Fayyaz with his score on 88, but a fully deserved round of applause greeted him on his return to the pavilion. Thomas Lydford-Brace lasted just two balls before he was bowled by Fayyaz and Barney Hodder-Williams became Fayyaz’s fourth victim and the innings was finished. Johnson & Fayyaz both taking four wickets each, Price taking the early 2 wickets in his five overs.

Price & O’Dell opened for Buckingham and put on 18 before Price was trapped LBW off the bowling of Davis, in came Younghusband and with O’Dell the pair added a further 26 runs before O’Dell was bowled by Alex White. With the score 44-2 any nerves were settled by Younghusband and the incoming Jack Deal as the pair enjoyed sharing 69 runs between them getting Town over the 100 mark.

Younghusband looked set for his half century until he was caught by Hodder-Williams off Mannering with his score on 48, he was replaced by Matthew Thatcher who had an early scare in his first over when a catch was deemed not out by the umpire despite a huge appeal from Cumnor, but Deal was stumped by Hodder-Williams off Davis soon after & Callum Cater faced just two balls before being given LBW off Mannering after a long pause from the umpire.

Skipper Steve Beck

Suddenly the score was 128-5 but Town captain Steve Beck came in to partner Thatcher and the pair steadied the ship once more as they added 44 between them, scoring freely until Beck was caught by Bull off Cross with Town still needing twenty-three more runs to win. Jason Ell came in and with Thatcher knocked a further 14 off the target before Thatcher was caught by Powell.

With just twelve balls left James Gear came in to partner Ell, and between them they hitting the winning runs with just four balls left of the game. Alex Davis, Max Mannering & Sam Cross all took a brace of wickets each, but it wasn’t enough as Town took the maximum points to move above Banbury who lost to Oxford Downs.

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