Buckingham Town 3rds suffered a 67 run defeat to neighbours Twyford 2nds.
Twyford batting first were dismissed for a modest 126 with Matthew Thatcher four for 30, Brijesh Valambhia and Luke Tory both taking a brace f dismissals for Town.
In reply Town had no answer to Shafaqat 5-17 and Fayyaz 4-12 as they crashed to 59 all out.
Twyford Cricket Club skipper Ben Curley has spoken to Sports Shots as his side head to Bicester & North Oxford Cricket Club for their season’s curtain-raiser tomorrow (Saturday).
We are excited to make the short trip over to Bicester and North Oxford on Saturday.
It’s a final chance to look at a few players before the first league game in a couple of weeks time.
Our recruitment this winter has been fantastic and it’s been great to see people hitting their straps recently in the nets. We have probably 4 or 5 guys that miss out on Saturday that probably deserve to be out there but competition for places is really hot and picking a final 11 for the first league game is not something I’m looking forward too. A positive for the club but a nightmare for me.
New Twyford Cricket Club captain Ben Curley has spoken to Sports Shots and is looking forward to the challenge of taking charge of the Cherwell Cricket League, Division 1 outfit next season.
Curley told our website;
I am delighted to take over the captaincy at Twyford Cricket club, it’s a challenge I am greatly looking forward to.
I am extremely pleased that last years captain Jack Deal will be assisting me as vice captain.
We, as a club are really looking forward to a positive year.
The emphasis this year will be on the club and focusing on all three teams achieving their goals in their three leagues. To do so, we are looking for players across the board. Whilst our summer recruitment has been fantastic so far at first team level and with some players able to play more regularly we are still on the lookout for players at any level, whether it be 1st, 2nd or 3rd team level.
If you’re interested in playing some cricket please check us out online and get yourself involved in what is sure to be a fantastic season.
Twyford took eighteen points from their drawn Cherwell League, Division 1 fixture when they travelled to Long Marston on Saturday.
Bil Afzal (64) and Shahid Mahmood (56) were amongst the runs for Twyford, after the visitors posted 221 all out batting first.
Long Marston were thirty runs short in their run chase and eight wickets down.
Long Marston v Twyford – Full match scorecard
Stafford Sansome returns to the lead the Twyford 1st XI as they travel to Oxford II in the Cherwell League, Division 1 tomorrow.
Twyford got off to an excellent start as they record 17 points in their drawn fixture with Long Marston.
The runs flowed as Twyford were inserted as Nick Evans hit an unbeaten 74, while Jack Deal (70), Bilal Afzal (48) and Adam Bone (31 not out) were also in the runs as they posted 296 for 5.
Sam Roberts picked up four wickets as Long Marston finished on 231 for 6.
Team: Stafford Sansome (Captain), Jack Deal, Nick Evans (wk), Shahid Mahmood, David Fanghanel-Powles, Tanvier Nadeem, Saad Khari, Bilal Afzal, Ben Elkington, Jason Heslington, Sam Roberts.
Twyford start their Cherwell Cricket League, Division 1 campaign as they play host to newly promoted Long Marston tomorrow.
With skipper Stafford Sansome missing the first game with a stress fracture, Jack Deal takes charge of the side for their league curtain-raiser.
Team: Jack Deal (c), Nick Evans (wk), Shahid Mahmood, David Powells, Tanvier Hussein, Bilal Afzal, Adam Bone, George Jackman, Jason Heslington, Edward Selby-Lowndes, Sam Roberts.
Jack Deal has returned from Tring Park and will lead Twyford when they play at Bicester & North Oxford on Saturday.
Vice captain Deal steps up with Stafford Sansome unavailable a week ahead of their Cherwell League, Division 1 opener at Long Marston.
Team: Jack Deal (Captain), Sam Deal, Tanvir Hussein, Sam Lyon, Ian Perna, David Powells, Sam Roberts, Henry Wilkinson, Bilal Afzal, Jason Heslington, Joe Wilkinson.
Twyford will go Dinton in the 2015 Davidstow National Village Knockout, 2nd Round Group 21 Buckinghamshire on Sunday 17th May.
Other ties in the Bucks group see Great Brickhill host Stoke Green, Coleshill entertain Bledlow Village and Chenies & Latimer go to the winners of the 1st Round tie between Kimble and Cublington.
By Tom Jackson
Twyford III’s maintained their pursuit of leaders Cropredy III’s in Division 10 by virtue of Leighton Buzzard III’s forfeiting Saturday’s encounter.
Andy Gilder’s men’s next fixture sees the side travel to local rivals Bicester & North Oxford III’s.