Buckingham Town are the 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.
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.
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.
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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