Buckingham Town II’s – 152 all out off 41.5 overs (4 points)
Oxford Downs – 154-2 off 26.5 overs (25 points)
Buckingham Town II’s got off to the perfect start when Alex O’Dell & Alistair Martin opened the match with an unbeaten 101, but once the partnership was broken Oxford seized the initiative all bar brief resistance from Sam Younghusband who hit 28. After his dismissal the final five Buckingham wickets fell for just 9 runs, & Oxford in return saw openers Adam Beck & Alex Ling make 67 before a wicket fell, but Downs showed why they are top of the table on a long unbeaten run by powering home to win the game before the England v Sweden World Cup quarter-final kicked off.
Town lost the toss and were put into bat by their guests where the openers put on a great opening partnership, O’Dell reached his half century in the twenty-second over and went on to make 56 off just 77 balls before being caught with the score on 101, Martin was then run out just two runs later after making 34. Mike Taylor and Sam Younghusband put on a further 13 before the former was caught, Callum Cater made 9 before being bowled & Younghusband made 28 off 36 balls but once he was caught the score suddenly read 143-5.
Tom Buggey was then run out and skipper Steve Beck was bowled on his first ball without Town adding any further runs, Ryan Freshwater added a single before being caught, James Gear faced three balls before being caught, the final partnership of Jason Ell & Wasim Fayyaz saw Ell make 8 before his wicket fell, and from 101-1 then 143-5 Town ended 152 all out. Oxford had been patient waiting for the first wicket to fall but once it came they dominated their hosts to claim the remaining nine wickets for just fifty one runs, George Sandbach the best of the Oxford bowlers taking 4 wickets for just 22 runs off 5.5 overs, Jonathan Meardon taking 3-31 off 10 overs.
Beck & Ling made quick work of making their 50 partnership before Ling fell to Fayyaz with the score on 67, Beck went on to make 71 off just 66 balls before being bowled by Younghusband, his partnership with George Sandbach made 73. With minutes left before the football started, Oxford knocked off the remaining 13 they needed to win with ease, Younghusband taking 1-11 off one over, Fayyaz with the other wicket for 42 runs off 8 overs.
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