Buckingham Town CC II’s begin the second half of their season by visiting Twyford this Saturday, the only side they’ve managed to beat so far & would relish the chance to gain another victory over their local rivals to kick start their campaign as they try to lift themselves off the foot of the Cherwell Cricket League Division One table. Whilst Town were losing last week at Long Marston to give their hosts only their second win of the season to date, Shipton were completing their first win of the summer meaning Buckingham drop to the foot of the table, Twyford were skittled out for just eighty-eight on Saturday by Great Brickhill, so they too look for a confidence boosting win, and for revenge for that narrow single run (D/L) defeat at Bourton Road back in May.
This week Sports Shots caught up with Town skipper Steve Beck to find out how he felt last week’s game against Shipton-under-Wychwood went:
Last week was a crucial game for us and after the early loss of Alex Odell, I thought we batted well. Steve Brunning and Tom Buggy set us a nice platform but unfortunately Steve and myself both fell in one over which put us on the back foot. After Tom and Mags then stabilised the inning, the game then changed again when Ed Robinson took a hatrick dismissing Mags, Jason and Geary. Ryan Freshwater once again batted really well with a good twenty-seven, the total of one hundred & twenty-four was not great but I did fancy us to cause some problems as they hadn’t won all season and nerves could become an issue. We didn’t get the early wickets that I would have liked but we did get some control as they slipped from sixty-two for one to ninety-seven for six. At this point I thought we could push home for a win, unfortunately, Al Bee hit a quick twenty-two that took the game away from us
How does he see this week’s game?
This week will be a tough game as Twyford are in good form, Shabaz Alam is scoring runs regularly for them and Oxfordshire, but we have a good record recently against them so who knows!! We just need to score more runs than we have in the past few weeks