CCL D1; Buckingham Town CC II’s slip to defeat at Long Marston

Long Marston CC – 125-7 off 41.5 overs
Buckingham Town CC II’s – 124 all out off 42.2 overs


Buckingham Town CC II’s lost at Long Marston on Saturday in a game that almost turned in their favour after it had seemed the hosts were faltering at one stage, Town batted first and set a target of one hundred & twenty-five runs to win & in reply Marston got to sixty with just the one wicket lost, however two quick run outs were to give slight hope, the home side then got to ninety where a further three wickets fell for just five runs but it was not enough as Town eventually went down by three wickets. The defeat twinned with Shipton’s win over Westbury see’s Buckingham drop to the foot of the Cherwell Cricket League Division One table as the campaign reaches the half way point.

Marston won the toss and put their guests into bat, the early wicket of Alex O’Dell did not seem to affect the flow of runs as Steve Brunning & Tom Buggey shared a partnership worth forty-seven until the former was caught & bowled by Laura Sandy with the score on sixty, skipper Steve Beck hit a boundary before being bowled & Buggey was stumped shortly after leaving Town seventy-two for four. Matthew Thatcher & Ryan Freshwater were looking good as they reached thirty-seven between them, the former given lbw saw that pairing end and Jason Ell come to the crease, he went first ball leaving bowler Edward Robinson with the opportunity of a hatrick, James Gear faced up and as wicket keeper Matthew Storey caught behind him the appeals from the home side saw the umpire give the wicket to spark wild celebrations for the bowler. Despite the scenes Freshwater went on to make twenty-nine before he was caught, the tail end polished off for just another solitary run, Robinson finishing with four wickets for just twelve runs off thirty-eight balls.

James Gear took three wickets

After the interval the hosts opened with Hamish Sin & James Beesley who looked like they could go unbeaten as they reached thirty-eight, a change of bowling eventually paid off as the spin of Wasim Fayyaz allowed O’Dell to stump Beesley but Mike Lyons coming to the crease then saw another partnership score well making twenty-four. A few moments of madness saw Lyons & in quick succession Ewan Crawley both run out to leave them sixty-two for three, Sim continued alongside Robinson in a partnership worth thirty until the opener lifted high allowing Freshwater to take the catch off the bowling of Greg Liebenberg, Storey trapped lbw and Jacob Davis bowled both by Gear gave the visitor’s hope as Marston still needed a further twenty-eight to win with just four wickets remaining. But Robinson paired up with Alastair Bee as they added twenty-one between them, the former finally trapped lbw with his score on twenty-four was all too late as Bee went on to finish twenty-two unbeaten to steer his side home, Gear the best of the bowling with three wickets for twenty off his nine overs.

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