CCL D8; Buckingham Town CC IV’s look to Thame champions in promotion decider

Second placed Buckingham Town CC IV’s face a season defining finale at Thame Town thirds on Saturday, their hosts are already Cherwell Cricket League Division Eight champions but Town must win if they are to go up with them, third placed Oxford & Bletchingdon II’s travel to bottom side Long Marston III’s who have only won one game all season on the same day, and just five points separate second place Buckingham and their nearest rivals. Thame have only lost one game all season and beat this week’s guests by seventy-one runs back in early July, Town have won their last four games in succession, but Thame have won ten in a row, of the games they’ve actually completed, a tough test ahead for Buckingham but everything to play for.

Dane Tuttlebee

This week Sports Shots caught up with Town skipper Dane Tuttlebee to gain his views on last week’s win:

We lost some early wickets which seems to be the Town way but sure enough our batsmen came out on top with Andy Thatcher, Anant Peshavaria and Russell Thompson all going past their fifties with control and at a good rate posting two hundred & fifty-two for four. This gave me a lot of confidence and with our bowling being the strong point this season only failing to take nine wickets in seventeen games, I felt we were firmly in the driving seat. We overcame Long Marston bowling them out for seventy-two keeping us right up there in a promotion place

Onto this week’s game, how does he view this game?

This game is going to be tough, Thame totally out played us in the first match, they have strength in all areas, and this has become a must win game for us to ensure promotion to division seven. We will play to win but also play to enjoy the game and play in good spirit

What are his thoughts on their season as a whole?

I really could not have asked for anything more this season from my squad, they have all be fantastic, a total pleasure to captain. The whole squad has proved their level and have really stepped up when needed, all the players have all contributed one way or the other, it has been amazing lads for which I thank you

Any stand-out players this campaign?

One stand-out player who has really found his feet this season after struggling last season is Oscar Bones, what a tremendous young man he is! He has gone from strength to strength this season and I’m afraid to say he probably will not be in my side next year {watch this space} Well done young man!!!!

We asked Dane if there was one moment from this season, he feels defines his team?

The first game of the season we lost on the last ball of the match against third place Nondies, this is the match that will define our season. It’s a win loose shoot out now

Any thoughts on next season yet?

Next season for us will be to push on and keep moving forward, we will still use our young cricketers and develop them, they are key to our club and the future of the sport, we will use our homegrown lads and push them to the very end. Next season for me? Let’s see after the AGM 😊

Finally, this week’s squad news:

A couple of changes this weekend due to unavailability from last week, Albert Johnson, Ryan Spragg, Oscar Bones and Luke Tory are back in the side with Alex Hallows, Frank Johnson and Adie Freeman being unavailable to play. Ernie McDade has offered to be my umpire in our must win game this weekend


Adrian Johnson {wk}

Oscar Bones

Andy Thatcher

Anant Peshavaria

Luke Tory

Russell Thompson

Albert Johnson

Ryan Spragg

Ben Cater

Dane Tuttlebee {c}

Matthew Dipple

Start: 12.30pm


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Left to play:-

Saturday 7th September:

Thame Town III’s v Buckingham Town IV’s

Long Marston III’s v Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts II’s


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