Buckingham Town CC II’s finish off their season by hosting Long Marston on Saturday at Bourton Road, and despite the home side already being relegated to the Cherwell Cricket League Division Two they still have a major say in who will join them, their visitor’s need ten points to assure their safety whilst Shipton-under-Wychwood travel to Westbury having to win but will be buoyed after last week’s one hundred & eighty-nine run win over Town. For Buckingham this match has little riding on it but for the visitor’s it is crucial, they have lost their last two games after a five match unbeaten run, but they will be confident against a side that have only won two games all season, who will join the home side in Division Two next season?
This week Sports Shots caught up with Town wicket skipper Steve Beck to ask how he felt last week’s game went:
Last week’s game was tough as we were already relegated and the third & fourth team had important games, which affected selection, the fact that the Cherwell League wouldn’t let Rob and Callum play made matters worse. They won the toss and we actually got off to a decent start by removing their dangerous opener early, the rain then came, and it seemed like we were constantly bowling with a wet ball for forty overs. They got two fifty plus which was always going to be out of our reach, being a win lose game people played some shots, but we folded very tamely!
How does he see this week’s game?
This week will be similar; I don’t think it would be fair on Long Marston if we fielded anything other than a similar side to that that played last week although we have a few away at Ben Stafford’s wedding as well. It is a good opportunity though for some of the young lads to have a go looking forward for next season
What are Steve’s thoughts on the season as a whole?
The season has been a terrible one really. We set off to compete which I thought we would be able to do, but due to availability, and some poor performances, we have finished where we deserved
We asked Steve if there was a single moment from this season that he felt defined their season:
It is not a moment but a game that sums up our season, and it was against Abingdon at home! We had them 130 – 7 and by holding a couple of catches we could have been chasing 150 / 160, but they ended up setting us 241. Then in reply, we got to 74 – 1 but once again folded to 144 all out. We have got ourselves into some good positions this season but let people off too much and the longer it went on, the harder it was to change
Any thoughts for next season yet?
There have been a few discussions about next season, and I think there will be a few new faces, but we may lose a couple. I will still play where selected but have decided that I will not captain the side next season. The main aims before the current season were for the first team to stay where they are and the thirds and fourths to be promoted so all being well, all three of those will be achieved. Closing the gap between the seconds and thirds is important to help the youth develop.
I would just like to add a big thanks to Sports Shots for all the work you do to help promote the second team and BTCC as a whole
Matthew Thatcher ©
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Games left to play:-
Saturday 7th September:
Buckingham Town II’s v Long Marston
Westbury v Shipton