CCL D1; Buckingham Town CC II’s end season with defeat to Long Marston CC

Buckingham Town CC II’s – 139 all out off 36.5 overs
Long Marston CC – 141-1 off 25 overs


Steve Beck top scored with 51


Buckingham Town CC II’s finished their season with defeat on Saturday at Bourton Road as Long Marston took the win they needed to keep themselves in the Cherwell Cricket League top division meaning Shipton-under-Wychwood join Town in division two next season. Early wickets had the hosts in all sorts of trouble but a fine partnership between the departing skipper Steve Beck and stand in captain Matthew Thatcher worth seventy lifted spirits, Beck eventually went on to reach his half century as the home side set their guests a target of one hundred & forty for victory, Marston captain James Beesley led his side with an unbeaten seventy as the visitor’s reached their goal for the loss of just one wicket.

Marston won the toss and elected to field and soon had Dave Barnes & Ali Martin back in the pavilion as the scoreboard saw Buckingham three for two in just the third over, Alex Gilder came to the crease to join opener Thatcher and the pair enjoyed a forty-one run partnership until the new batsmen was caught behind when on eighteen. Blake James bowling then trapped Greg Liebenberg leg before to set up a hatrick opportunity but his third ball was given as a wide, but the very next delivery saw Ollie Drage caught to provide a hatrick in legal balls delivered.

But from forty-five for five Town recovered as Beck joined Thatcher to take the home sides score over the hundred mark, the latter eventually bowled by Laura Sandy with his score on twenty-two, Richard Pengelly faced just four deliveries until he was trapped lbw by Alistair Bee & Ollie Peacock added just two before he fell to the same bowler. Beck reached fifty-one before he was run out, the innings over just two runs later as Neville Pritchard was bowled, James ending with five wickets for just twenty-one runs off his eight overs, with Alistair Bee claiming three for nineteen.

It took just two pairings for the visitor’s to reach their target, Beesley opening with Paul Marsh saw the score reach forty-seven before the latter was removed by Tom Taylor, Mike Lyon coming to the crease adding the ninety-four required with his skipper to seal the win and safety for another season.

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