Buckingham Town CC III’s commence the second half of their season this week-end with a trip to Banbury CC IV’s and will be full of confidence as they sit comfortably top of the Cherwell Cricket League Division Six table, clear by some forty-eight points from their nearest challenger! This fixture is the reverse of the first game of the season where Town scored two hundred & thirty-nine & in reply skittled out their opponents for just one hundred & thirty-six; of the nine games Banbury have played they’ve won four & lost four whilst Town have lost just once winning seven of their first round of fixtures. Whilst Buckingham will be top of the table Saturday evening no matter what happens, they will want to push on to try and extend their lead with nothing less than victory.
This week Sports Shots caught up with Town skipper Brij Valambhia to gauge his thoughts on last week’s win:
Our opening bowlers have this fantastic knack for picking up early wickets which keeps giving us great starts. Losing the toss and being put in the field worked in our favour, we made a solid start again with Joe Bleasdale and Matt Dipple giving us great control at the start and picking up wickets, Matt was the unluckiest of the bowlers as he had several chances dropped and so did Joe but kept building the pressure. Our ground fielding was good but had a lot of dropped catches which saw Horley put on a respectable total of two hundred & six, Richard Pengelly changed ends and it proved to be the ideal move as he picked up four wickets in no time and wrapped the innings up. We lost Mike Taylor and Ryan Bell for once but the strength of our batting proved too much yet again, Vish Valambhia scoring seventy-one and Ben Curley with sixty-seven putting on one hundred & nineteen for the third wicket which saw the game change in our favour and they made it look easy. Dom and Alex finished the innings as Dom was yet again unbeaten on twenty-two and Alex on eleven, Dom the finisher!
Onto this week’s game, how does he view this game?
We have had a great first half of the season and now we start the final half in a great position, but the team knows we have work to do at Banbury and we are all focused and switched on for the next challenge. We have some changes yet again with the injured Olly Peacock and leg spinning wizard Andy Humphries back in the side, Greg Wise and Frank Johnson come into the team with Ben Curley and Ryan Bell going up into the seconds. We will be looking to extend our winning streak and keep pushing for the promotion