HCPCL,D2: Town lose final over thriller by Andrew Holland

By Andrew Holland

Buckingham lost the toss and were asked to bat first by Amersham on Saturday.

Liam Gough and Steve Brunning opened up for Buckingham, and saw off the opening bowlers with a partnership of 31. Haseeb Ali was introduced into the attack in the 10th over and immediately struck as he removed Gough for 24. The in-form Ash Pearson came in at number 3, and alongside Brunning scored steadily up to the drinks break with a partnership of 72. Straight after the break Stuart Rogers made the breakthrough as he trapped Brunning lbw for 36. Pearson went on to bring up his 50 from 67 balls as he was joined by Rob Large and Buckingham began to start increasing the run rate heading into the last 20 overs. After adding 88 at a run a ball Rogers claimed a second wicket by dismissing Pearson for 73. Large brought up a 52-ball half century before falling to the returning Ali which left Jonny Cater and Jack Deal at the crease. They added 39 in just 27 balls with Cater making a 27 ball 38 before being bowled by Alexander Lines, and Deal finishing 17 not out (14 balls) as the innings closed on 270 for 5.

The Buckingham opening bowlers started well in defence of their total, Callum Price taking the early wicket of Adam Ali for 7. Paul Langley scored 24, and was looking settled before being dismissed by George Humphries. That brought Robert and Andrew Viney to the crease together. After a slow start they began to pick up the rate against the Buckingham change bowlers. Both passed their 50s, Robert from 66 balls and Andrew from 70 balls as they added 167 leaving the hosts needing 65 from the final 11 overs. Nuwan Jayasena returned to the attack and struck immediately as he had Robert Viney caught on the boundary for 88. Kallan Braid-Ball returned at the other end and between them the pair took regular wickets to slow the Amersham victory charge. 5 wickets fell for 28 runs leaving 37 needed from 27 balls with 3 wickets left, but Andrew Viney was still at the crease. The Amersham skipper looked set to take his side home, closing to within 13 runs of victory when he was caught on the boundary for 90. At the start of the final over Amersham needed 11, and Haseeb Ali scored 7 from 2 balls before hitting the winning runs with a 6. Jayasena took 4 for 59 from his 10 overs.

Buckingham
L. Gough c Jackson b H. Ali 24 (41)
S. Brunning lbw b Rogers 36 (65)
A. Pearson c Langley b Rogers 73 (97)
R. Large c Helm b H. Ali 52 (56)
J. Cater*+ b Lines 38 (27)
J. Deal Not Out 17 (14)
C. Price Not Out 5 (4)
Extras (12lb, 5w, 8nb) 25
Total 270-5
50 overs

FoW: 31-1 (Gough, 9.5); 103-2 (Brunning, 26.4); 191-3 (Pearson, 40.3); 213-4 (Large, 44.2); 252-5 (Cater, 48.4)

A. Lines 10-1-52-1 (2w)
S. Helm 10-0-62-0 (2nb)
H. Ali 8-0-44-2 (1w, 4nb)
S. Rogers 10-0-42-2 (1w)
M. Liyanapathiranage 10-0-52-0 (1w, 2nb)
M. John 2-0-6-0
Amersham
A. Ali b Price 7 (14)
P. Langley c Cater b Humphries 24 (40)
R. Viney+ c Price b Jayasena 88 (105)
A. Viney* c Large b Braid-Ball 90 (99)
M. Liyanapathiranage c Large b Jayasena 2 (9)
M. John c Price b Jayasena 5 (8)
L. Jackson lbw b Braid-Ball 0 (2)
S. Helm c Large b Jayasena 7 (6)
S. Rogers Not Out 7 (8)
H. Ali Not Out 13 (6)
Extras (6lb, 24w) 30
Total 273-8
49.3 overs

FoW: 25-1 (A. Ali, 7.1); 39-2 (Langley, 10.4); 206-3 (R. Viney, 39.1); 210-4 (Liyanapathiranage, 41.1); 226-5 (John, 43.6); 227-6 (Jackson, 44.3); 234-7 (Helm, 45.3); 258-8 (A. Viney, 48.2)

K. Braid-Ball 9-1-48-2 (3w)
C. Price 7.3-0-47-1 (8w)
G. Humphries 10-0-46-1 (3w)
J. Parish 7-0-32-0 (3w)
N. Jayasena 10-0-59-4 (2w)
L. Gough 6-0-35-0 (5w)

Amersham win by 2 wickets.

Buckingham – 9 points
Amersham – 20 points

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