HCPCL,D2: Town move clear at the top with comfortable win

Reported By Andrew Holland

The first of the season’s timed games saw Buckingham travel to newly promoted Dinton, and after winning the toss they invited their hosts to bat first.

Gurwinder Nagla struck in his first over as had Kelvin Burrows well caught by a diving Ben Stafford for a duck. Asam Ashraf and Will Fisher saw off the opening bowlers with a partnership of 33 before the introduction of Andrew Hall saw Fisher trapped lbw for 9. Skipper Faisal Ali made 13, pushing the score up to 55 before he was the first of 2 wickets in 3 balls for Hall who then had Ashraf stumped for 20 to leave Dinton 60 for 5. Jack Parish chipped in with a sixth wicket, another excellent catch from Ben Stafford on the dive, as the hosts went to lunch on 74 for 6.

After the break George Humphries returned to the attack and picked up Jawad Ali for 12 thanks to a third catch from Ben Stafford before Tom Bamford and Ryan Chapman offered some late resistance for the hosts, the pair taking the score past 100 with an eighth wicket stand of 41. It was Stafford who broke the stand as he removed Chapman for 22 thanks to another superb piece of fielding as debutant Rory Lyon took a one handed catch above his head running around the boundary. Hall returned to claim his fifth wicket, and a second stumping for Jonny Cater, while Nagla picked up the final wicket to bowl Dinton out for 134. Bamford top scored finishing 25 not out while Hall took 5 for 29 from his 20 overs.

Andrew Hall

In reply Dinton turned to spin inside 7 overs with immediate success as Will Fisher trapped Rob Large lbw for 6. Leigh Tomlinson and Ash Pearson played sensibly and kept the scoreboard moving with a controlled partnership of 52 to set Buckingham well on their way. Usman Manawar eventually broke the partnership as he had Tomlinson caught in the covers for 34 which brought Cater to the wicket. Him and Pearson continued to score steadily and at tea the score was 97 for 2 with 38 runs needed for victory.

After the break Cater looked to seal the victory quickly with rain threatening, moving on to 26 before he was bowled by Kelvin Burrows. Pearson remained to bring up his 50 (80 balls) and hit the winning runs as he finished 56 not out to claim a 7 wicket victory. A heavy defeat for their nearest rivals Great & Little Tew means Buckingham move clear of them at the top ahead of their top of the table clash next week.

Ash Pearson

A. Ashraf st Cater b Hall 20 (80)
K. Burrows c Stafford b Nagla 0 (6)
W. Fisher lbw b Hall 9 (31)
F. Ali* b Hall 13 (29)
M. Waqar lbw b Hall 0 (2)
E. Lloyd c Stafford b J. Parish 2 (28)
J. Ali c Stafford b Humphries 12 (22)
T. Bamford+ Not Out 25 (61)
R. Chapman c Lyon b Stafford 22 (54)
Z. Ali st Cater b Hall 3 (18)
U. Manawar b Nagla 2 (13)
Extras (14b, 6lb, 6w) 26
Total 134 all out
57.2 overs

FoW: 2-1 (Burrows, 1.6); 35-2 (Fisher, 12.6); 55-3 (F. Ali, 22.2); 55-4 (Mohammad, 22.4); 60-5 (Ashraf, 26.5); 64-6 (Lloyd, 29.6); 80-7 (J. Ali, 36.2); 121-8 (Chapman, 49.3); 129-9 (Z. Ali, 54.3); 134-10 (Manawar, 57.2)

G. Humphries 11-3-25-1
G. Nagla 8.2-1-23-2 (6w)
A. Hall 20-8-29-5
J. Parish 11-5-21-1
B. Stafford 7-1-16-1

L. Tomlinson c F. Ali b Manawar 34 (56)
R. Large lbw b Fisher 6 (23)
A. Pearson Not Out 56 (85)
J. Cater+ b Burrows 26 (36)
A. Hall Not Out 2 (8)
Extras (7b, 6lb) 13
Total 137-3
34.4 overs

FoW: 17-1 (Large, 6.3); 69-2 (Tomlinson, 19.2); 120-3 (Cater, 30.5)

F. Ali 3-0-7-0
M. Waqar 5-1-18-0
W. Fisher 10-2-38-1
U. Manawar 8-1-20-1
K. Burrows 4.4-0-24-1
Z. Ali 3-0-14-0
R. Chapman 1-0-3-0

Buckingham win by 7 wickets.

Buckingham – 25 points
Dinton – 4 points


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