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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.

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.