CL; Buckingham Town II’s battle all to no a-Vale

Buckingham Town II’s – 123-8 off 48 overs (6 points)

Abingdon Vale – 198 all out off 51.1 overs (18 points)

Buckingham Town II’s drew with Abingdon Vale on Saturday with both sides were in good positions during the afternoon to win the game but both sides struggled to remove each other’s tail end; Town reduced their visitors from 84-3 to 100-5, but Vale reached 198 before finally being bowled out, in return the hosts slumped from 24-3 to 63-7 but again the tail end dug in, and Matthew Thatcher hit a superb 41 & merged a good partnership with James Gear that saw the pair remain unbeaten and seeing out their allotted overs to tie the game.

Abingdon won the toss and elected to bat, William Barker & Amith Premkumar started well until Jason Ell bowled & caught the former with the score on 27 in the fifth over, with Premkumar run out shortly after. Vale then added a further 46 runs before Simon Myatt making his first start of the season took the third wicket with the score on 84. Myatt struck again and a James Gear LBW reduced Vale to 100-5 and Town looked in control, but in came Paul Butcher who steadied the ship and made 55 before being caught behind by Alex O’Dell off Myatt, Wasim Fayyaz took three wickets but Abingdon tail ender Paul White ended 22 not out as his side reached 198 before their final wicket fell. Myatt & Fayyaz both ended with 3 wickets apiece.

O’Dell & Alistair Martin opened for Town after the break as the scorching hot sunshine bore down, and by the ninth over the home side were 24-3 with O’Dell, Sam Younghusband & Martin all out. Captain Steve Beck came in to partner Thatcher and the pair looked solid until Beck was caught quite brilliantly single handed by William Barker diving away to his right. Vishal Valambhia lasted two balls before falling LBW, and just nine runs later Town were 62-6 when Sam Chapman was bowled by Arthur Chapman. Ell fell LBW in the next over and Myatt made 7 before being caught and then things looked bleak, 78-8 and a further sixteen overs to face with two wickets left.

Matthew Thatcher hit 41 not out

But Thatcher still stood in the middle, and his partnership with Gear saw the remaining overs out, Gear finishing 23 not out and their partnership worth 45 runs. Joe Butcher finished with 4 wickets for 41 runs off 16 overs the highlight for Abingdon.

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