CCL; Town II’s & Twyford Tie

Buckingham Town II’s – 256 for 6 off 53 overs (18 points)

Twyford – 242 for 9 off 47 overs (9 points)

An absorbing game at Bourton Road on Saturday that had it all, half centuries, a century, a 5fer, rapid scoring at times, dropped catches, numerous sixes, and even a low level hot air balloon floated over at one point, and despite both teams being in great positions to win the overs ran out to leave a draw, but surely another six balls would have seen a winner and it could have been from either side!

Town won the toss and elected to bat, Alex O’Dell & Steve Brunning combined well and put on 72 before Edward Selby Lowndes claimed the latter for 33 to give Twyford their first success of the afternoon, and they soon followed up when Selby Lowndes bowled O’Dell just five runs later and just two balls later took the wicket of Callum Cater and from 72 without loss the home side were suddenly 77-3.

But Samuel Younghusband & Jason Ell steadied the ship with a 33 partnership, before Luke Evans took Younghusband’s wicket, Matthew Thatcher joining Ell at the crease and the pair putting on a further 39 before Ell was caught off the bowling of Khurram Khalid for 39. Skipper Steve Beck came to the crease and between him and Thatcher they put on 104 runs, Beck helping himself to a quick fire 71 off just 42 balls before being caught late on, Thatcher finishing the innings on 45 not out. Town scored 103 runs off the final 10 overs of their innings!

Steve Beck reaches half century

Twyford started their innings steadily but were undone when Thatcher took the wicket of Shahid Mahmood with just 15 on the board, Shabaz Alam came in to partner Adam Bone who was quite happy playing his own game and the pair ticked over to 52 before Thatcher bowled Alam. In the nineteenth over Bone reached his 50 off 54 balls, and he and Atif Ali looked quite comfortable chalking off runs towards their victory target, and Town looked in some danger.

Town broke their partnership of 64 when Dom Pritchard took the wicket of Ali, but in came Zabihullah Saeed who with Bone continued scoring and the pair added another 100 to their total, and Twyford looked comfortable heading towards victory. Bone reached his century and went on to make 142 in total off 119 balls, including 14 fours and 7 sixes before falling to the bowling of James Gear. As his wicket fell the visitor’s needed just 41 more runs to win with 6 wickets remaining it still looked odds on for an away win, but incoming batsman Mohamed Fayyaz only saw two balls before Wasim Fayyaz struck giving the home side some glimmer of hope.

This saw a great spell from Town where they took 6 wickets for just 25 runs, Saeed had looked dangerous on his way to 28 but Gear claimed his second wicket of the innings, and things turned all of a sudden, Selby Lowndes fell to Gear making just 2 runs, and just 2 runs later Khalid was stumped off the bowling of Gear and it was game on.

Adam Bone reaches cetury

A ninth wicket was denied when a dropped catch let Twyford off the hook, however Gear claimed his fifth wicket when he bowled Sam Roberts, and with 6 balls left from Fayyaz the scenario was set. Twyford need 15 runs to win, Town needed a wicket to win, neither were achieved and a draw was the most unlikeliest of outcomes. Gear ended with figures of 13-0-54-5.

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