BBFA U12 SCC; Windsor 0-4 Bracknell Town

Windsor U12 – 0
Bracknell Town U12 – 4


Bracknell Town lifted the Berks & Bucks Under Twelve Saturday County Cup at Flackwell Heath with a commanding win over Windsor, two goals either side of the break were enough to lift the silverware, they were even afforded a late first half penalty miss that produced a great save although in the end it did not really affect the outcome of the contest.

Bracknell took the lead just before the quarter hour mark with a simple chance that was rolled in after an initial shot was saved, five minutes later they doubled their advantage with a back post header from a corner on their left. As the half wore down they then won a penalty after a trip, but the Windsor keeper did brilliantly guessing the right way to block and ensure the scoreline was no worse before the break.

Early in the second half Town had a chance when an initial shot was saved but the ball rolled out invitingly to be hit at the unguarded net however it rebounded back off the post to the Windsor keeper who gathered gratefully. The game was virtually over with twelve minutes left when the third arrived with a great turn on the edge of the box and curl inside the back post, in the final minute a fourth duly arrived following a great run down the left channel and a low drilled shot past the keeper.

Attendance: 105

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B&B Veterans Final: MK Irish lift the first-ever Vets County Cup

MK Irish have won the first-ever Berks & Bucks Veterans Cup final as they defeated Buckingham United 5-0 at Buckingham Athletic Football Club.


MK Irish – 2019 Berks & Bucks Veterans Cup winners

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2019 Berks & Bucks Veterans Final

HCPL D2: Perkin praises “Oxford’s character” as skipper looks towards Amersham

Oxford skipper Jamie Perkin has praised his side’s character after their opening day victory over Harefield in the Home Counties Premier League, Division 2.

Jamie Perkin

Oxford posted 145 for 9 from their 50 overs with Muhammad Ayub (56) batting well. batting second, Harefield were dismissed for 114 with the home side starting with a 31-run win.

Perkin spoke highly of his side’s application.

We weren’t at our best on Saturday but showed great character with the ball. I said to the lads prior to the game I wanted to make Jordan Hill a fortress throughout the season and we have started well. Obviously there is still work to do with the bat but for our first league game I was very happy.

Next up, Oxford head to the picturesque setting of Shardeloes.

The skipper told Sports Shots;

Saturday will be another big test for us. Amersham are normally one of the tougher sides in the league and we know they are good at home. Once again it’s a case of making sure we do our jobs properly in all three aspects.

Oxford: Jamie Perkin (Captain), Owyn Tong-Jones, Fergus Nutt, Muhammad Ayub, Calvin Dickinson, Harvey Eltham, Shamilal Mendes, Freddie Simon, Richard Musk, Robert Keat, Christopher Humphreys.


BBFA JC; Willen 2-4 Maidenhead Town Reserves

Willen – 2
Maidenhead Town Reserves – 4


Maidenhead Town Reserves won the Berks & Bucks Junior County Cup on Saturday at Bracknell with a win over Willen in a pulsating cup tie that had everything, twice they took the lead only to be pinned back, two penalties, open goals that were missed, and once the team in blue took the lead for the third time with eighteen minutes remaining their opponents tried as best they could to find another way back, but with the clock ticking down a late corner saw the keeper advance to add numbers in the box but the clearance sent long saw a mis placed pass in the Buckinghamshire sides half twinned with the shot stopper out of his area leave Town with a simple fourth to kill the game off.

Willen had the first chance just two minutes in when Adam Booth was released down the right and sprinted away from his marker, reaching the edge of the area he drove low at the target but Town custodian Alistair Passey got enough of a block to allow a defender to clear, a free kick at the other end taken quickly saw Darryl Wearn in behind and as he put the ball through the advancing keeper Adam Wheeler’s legs towards the empty net, Jack Whitehead was heading towards the six-yard box where he managed to clear. The Milton Keynes side then went close again when Paul Edgeworth flashed across goal and wide of the far upright, their opponents did the same through Jonathon Palmer-Smith ahead of a glancing header from Wearn that bounced past the post.

Maidenhead bench celebrate opening goal

An in swinger from the wing saw Passey go up against Booth whose looping header looked to be going in until Maidenhead skipper Phil Lowe headed over his own bar, a Willen free kick some twenty-yards out saw Lewis Smith go for glory forcing Passey down low at the foot of his post to save, closely followed by a deep cross that Edgeworth headed down and again the keeper did well to get something on it to turn over his frame. Just past the half hour mark a clever pass through the middle saw Clarke Abrams through on goal however a defender on his shoulder managed to get a slight block to divert for a corner, at the opposite end a deft lob over the red backline saw Aaron Keenan try to lift over Wheeler however there was never enough pace to trouble the shot stopper.

The Berkshire side took the lead on thirty-eight minutes through Wearn, set free on goal down the middle he waited until Wheeler advanced before absolutely smashing home, moments after going behind Willen conceded possession in their own half allowing Wearn down the right where his low drive was straight at Wheeler, a throw along the eighteen yard line saw a Cameron Netherwood-Meek swivel to dink over everyone but land on top of the netting, from the restart Booth was released down the flank and his shot from distance saw a flying save from Passey diving away to his left, another ball dinked over the blue defence saw Booth denied again by an outstretched boot, although it just wouldn’t come down quick enough for him to connect properly. H/T: 0-1

An early chance of an equaliser was spurned when a pass laid back to Lewis Hopkinson was lifted over the top, but just four minutes in his side were awarded a penalty when Booth was fouled inside the area and Smith almost broke the net with the power despatching it past Passey. Moments after the equaliser the ball was in the back of the net again however Booth was clearly offside & then on the hour mark Town regained their lead following an attack that was cleared in the box, as it went out for a throw for which most of the players on the pitch prepared for the assistant on the far side was noticed to be flagging furiously and once the referee went over to consult he blew his whistle and pointed to the spot, much to the disgust of those in red.

Lewis Smith levels from the spot

After the protests died down Bell despatched the spot kick to restore the Maidenhead lead, just four minutes later they missed a chance of going further ahead when sloppy defending saw Willen give the ball to Wearn with Wheeler out of his box trying to help his defence he could only pull his shot from twenty yards wide of the nearest upright, parity was restored mid-way through the half when a corner curled towards the near stick saw Jason Pinnock rise to it first to knock inside the post. Jed Chapman almost gave his side the lead for the first time in the contest when he collected on the edge of the area, sensing a challenge coming in he turned the defender before dragging wide, Booth was next to try getting down the right channel but could only fire into the side netting.

Maidenhead retook the lead on seventy-two minutes when a free kick out on the wing almost on the half-way line was floated in and as a mass of bodies all challenged it was headed back across goal to Scott Cooper who rolled into the empty net. Willen from there simply couldn’t find a third leveller, a late chance for Booth saw him sent down the middle of the pitch but Passey advanced to meet the striker and got enough of a block to loop the ball over the top for a corner, the collision resulting in the front man having to go off injured, the set piece was cleared long which the red defence tried one too many passes only to give it to Wearn who fed Adrian Manez to go round the retreating Wheeler and seal the game. F/T: 2-4

Attendance: 160

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SSMFL; INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF 16.05.2019 – South Midlands League update #72



The Views Expressed Are Solely My Own, Are Written Tongue In Cheek

And Should Be Taken With A Pinch Of Salt


Friday 3rd May to Tuesday 14th May



Baldock Town added their name to winners list of the League Challenge Trophy with a convincing 4-0 win over Potton United, the game at Biggleswade United FC saw Baldock Town take command of the tie with three goals in the first period. Full result and goalscorers are listed below.

0-4 Potton United v Baldock Town (Barnes [2], Hayford, Buchanan) Attendance: 347

(@ Biggleswade United FC)



Colney Heath became the ninth club to retain the Herts Charity Shield following their 1-0 win over former SSML side Bekhamsted. After a goalless ninety minutes the tie was settled by a stunning Danny May free kick in extra time. Full result and goalscorer listed below.

1-0* Colney Heath v Berkhamsted (May) Attendance: Unknown (@ Hemel Hempstead Town FC)



Following a case of heavy dew that put paid to the original date the week before, the final of the West Herts St Marys Cup was settled by a single goal as Step 4 Berkhamsted defeated Oxhey Jets at Hemel Hempstead Town FC. The game saw the Jets facing an uphill battle after the break when they were reduced to ten men. Full result below.

0-1 Oxhey Jets v Berkhamsted (Summerfield) Attendance: 220 (@ Hemel Hempstead Town FC)



The SSML Division One campaign closed with Enfield Borough running out 4-1 winners against Winslow United, trailing at the break the hosts turned the game around with four second half goals. Full result and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

4-1 Enfield Borough v Winslow United (Bangura, Jackson, Karakaya, Kennedy) / (Goss) Attendance: 45



Winslow United lifted the Buckingham Senior Charity Cup with a 1-0 win against Step 4 opponents Aylesbury, the winning goal coming from substitute Harry Dalton. Full result listed below.

0-1 Aylesbury v Winslow United (Dalton) Attendance: 352 (@ Buckingham Athletic FC)

Winslow United BSCC Winners 2019



Runners Up Old Bradwell United ended their successful campaign with back to back wins, firstly defeating Aston Clinton 2-0 on their travels and then three days later winning by a solitary goal at home against Pitstone & Ivinghoe. Full results and goalscorers listed below.

0-2 Aston Clinton v Old Bradwell United (D Smith, Cribb) Attendance: 25

1-0 Old Bradwell United v Pitstone & Ivinghoe (Wells) Attendance: 104



Holders Aston Clinton retained the High Wycombe Senior Cup with a solitary goal win over Hellenic League side Holmer Green at Marlow FC. Full result listed below.

0-1 Holmer Green v Aston Clinton (T Collins) Attendance: 134 (@ Marlow FC)

Aston Clinton – WSC Winners 2019


Champions Buckingham Athletic Development ended their successful season with 2-0 home win over Holmer Green Development Under 25 while bottom club Ampthill Town Development returned from their trip to Leighton Town Development with maximum points after their 3-1 win. Full results and goalscorers listed below.

2-0 Buckingham Athletic Development v Holmer Green Development Under 25 (Brady pen], Willis) Attendance: Unknown

1-3 Leighton Town Development v Ampthill Town Development (Devine) / (Cerminara [2], Kamara) Attendance: Unknown



Remember to tune into Three Counties Radio (Herts, Beds & Bucks) and a show all about local non-league football- The show is live every Monday evening from 7.00pm – 8.00pm and is the perfect opportunity to catch up with our local non-league scene at all levels. Both presenters of the show are on twitter, and to follow what’s coming up in the next show make sure you give them a follow, Ollie Bayliss is @Ollie_Bayliss and Luke Ashmead is @Ashmead72.





Highest           Lowest             Average

Leighton Town

218                  96                    135

Biggleswade FC

209                  85                    122

Biggleswade United

323                  42                    111

Tring Athletic

153                   65                   103

Potton United

318                  52                     96

Arlesey Town

191                   56                    94

Baldock Town

211                   49                    92

Colney Heath

182                  48                     85


185                  35                     76


130                  22                     66

Edgware Town

89                  41                      58


87                  32                      56

Oxhey Jets

76                    0*                    55

North Greenford United FC

73                  33                      53

Harpenden Town

101                   31                   52

Crawley Green

80                  32                      50

Leverstock Green

97                  15                      48

London Colney

102                  25                    43


66                  28                      42

London Tigers

38                    0                      22


* One game awarded so no attendance


PREMIER DIVISION (League unless stated)

557 Biggleswade FC v Windsor (FA Vase)

527 Biggleswade FC v Stowmarket Town (FA Vase)

347 Potton United v Baldock Town (League Challenge Trophy FINAL) (@ Biggleswade United FC)

328 Biggleswade FC v Baldock Town (Dudley Latham Cup FINAL) (@ Langford FC)

323 Biggleswade United v Biggleswade FC

318 Biggleswade United v Potton United

318 Potton United v Biggleswade United

239 Tring Athletic v Biggleswade FC (FA Vase)

220 Oxhey Jets v Berkhamsted (West Herts St Marys Cup FINAL) (@Hemel Hempstead Town FC)

218 Leighton Town v Tring Athletic

213 Biggleswade United v Biggleswade FC (Beds Senior Cup)

211 Baldock Town v Arlesey Town

210 Leighton Town v Harpenden Town

209 Biggleswade FC v Tring Athletic

203 Biggleswade FC v Biggleswade United

202 Tring Athletic v Berkhamsted (FA Cup)

198 Biggleswade United v Biggleswade FC (North Beds Charity Cup)

196 Biggleswade United v Arlesey Town

191 Arlesey Town v Biggleswade FC

191 Harpenden Town v Edgware Town (FA Cup)


Missing Attendances

London Tigers v Cockfosters 27/04

Colney Heath v Berkhamsted 08/05 (Herts Charity Shield FINAL) (@Hemel Hempstead Town FC)


Buckingham Athletic FC



Highest           Lowest             Average

Harefield United

497                  40                  112

Risborough Rangers

160                  45                    82

Winslow United

203                  57                    82

Buckingham Athletic

177                   21                   57

Ampthill Town

107                  32                    56


82                  25                      46

Milton Keynes Robins FC

87                    0                      42

FC Broxbourne Borough

208                  12                     41


56                  18                      39

Rayners Lane

54                  28                      38

Hillingdon Borough

150                  15                     36

Broadfields United

53                  16                      32

Amersham Town

54                  14                      30

London Lions

52                  17                      29


53                  20                      28

Hatfield Town

76                  21                      28

Wodson Park

54                    6                      24

Enfield Borough

30                  20                      22


45                    5                      21

Park View

61                    8                      21


DIVISION ONE (League unless stated)

497 Harefield United v Hatfield Town

352 Aylesbury v Winslow United (Buckingham Senior Charity Cup FINAL @Buckingham Athletic FC)

351 Winslow United v Easington Sports (FA Cup)

318 Harefield United v Broadfields United

257 Harefield United v Winslow United

240 Ampthill Town v Biggleswade FC (North Beds Charity Cup FINAL @Bedford FC)

208 FC Broxbourne Borough v Buckingham Athletic

203 Winslow United v Buckingham Athletic

186 London Lions v Belstone (Herts Senior Centenary Trophy FINAL) (@Hemel Hempstead Town FC)

177 Buckingham Athletic v Winslow United

170 London Lions v Risborough Rangers (Division One Cup FINAL) (@Leverstock Green FC)

160 Risborough Rangers v FC Winslow United

150 Hillingdon Borough v Broadfields United

143 Buckingham Athletic v Winslow United (Buckingham Senior Charity Cup)

135 Milton Keynes Robins FC v Buckingham Athletic

130 Risborough Rangers v Park View

126 Winslow United v Buckingham Athletic (Buckingham Senior Charity Cup)

124 Buckingham Athletic v Winslow United (Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy)

122 Milton Keynes Robins FC v Berkhamsted Raiders (League Challenge Trophy)

118 Risborough Rangers v Wodson Park


Missing Attendances

Milton Keynes Robins FC v FC Broxbourne Borough 06/04

Milton Keynes Robins FC v Buckingham Athletic 20/04

Milton Keynes Robins FC v Codicote 22/04




Highest           Lowest              Average


93                  64                    79


75                  29                    47

Mursley United

54                  25                    42

Old Bradwell United

104                  10                  42

Aston Clinton

101                   12                 35

Pitstone & Ivinghoe

50                  25                    35

New Bradwell St Peter FC

62                  20                    34


55                  25                    34

Berkhamsted Raiders

54                  20                    33

Grendon Rangers

52                  13                    29

MK Gallacticos

40                  20                    28

Unite MK

40                  13                    23

The 61FC (Luton)

31                     7                   17

Clean Slate

30                    0                    15


Old Bradwell United – Div. 2 Cup Winners 2019

DIVISION TWO (League unless stated)

180 Old Bradwell United v Aston Clinton (Division Two Cup FINAL @Leighton Town FC)

134 Holmer Green v Aston Clinton (High Wycombe Senior Cup FINAL @Marlow FC)

121 Bovingdon v Biggleswade United (League Challenge Trophy)

104 Old Bradwell United v Pitstone & Ivinghoe

101 Aston Clinton v Pitstone & Ivinghoe

93 Bovingdon v Clean Slate

92 Bovingdon v Old Bradwell United

90 Bovingdon v Sarratt

87 Bovingdon v Berkhamsted Raiders

87 Mursley United v Winslow United (Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy)

86 Bovingdon v London Lions (League Challenge Trophy)

85 Bovingdon v Mursley United

83 Bovingdon v MK Gallacticos

83 Bovingdon v The 61FC (Luton)

83 Bovingdon v Totternhoe

75 Totternhoe v The 61FC (Luton)

72 Totternhoe v Unite MK

71 Bovingdon v Unite MK

68 Bovingdon v Pitstone & Ivinghoe

67 Bovingdon v New Bradwell St Peter FC


Missing Attendances

Clean Slate v Aston Clinton 13/04

Clean Slate v Pitstone & Ivinghoe 20/04

Clean Slate v Old Bradwell United 22/04



34 Leonard Farhall (Harefield United)

27 Nathan Skelton (Mursley United)

26 Adam Bolle (London Lions)

25 Jamie Cerminara (Ampthill Town)

24 Tashan Jordan (Harefield United)

23 Harry Henley (Broadfields United), Joshua Smith (MK Gallacticos)

22 Rob Hastings (Rayners Lane), Alex Marsh (Biggleswade FC), David Parkinson (Biggleswade United), Sean Peters (Hillingdon Borough & Broadfields United), Matthew Standen (Bovingdon)


Nathan Skelton


39 Leonard Farhall (Harefield United)

33 Adam Bolle (London Lions)

32 Alex Marsh (Biggleswade FC), Nathan Skelton (Mursley United), Joshua Smith (MK Gallacticos)

31 Tage Kennedy (Enfield Borough)

28 David Parkinson (Biggleswade United)

27 Robbie Carter (Buckingham Athletic), Jamie Cerminara (Ampthill Town), Sean Peters (Hillingdon Borough & Broadfields United), Matthew Standen (Bovingdon)

26 Ashton Campbell (Tring Athletic)

Buckingham Athletic Ladies need your support tonight!

Tonight see’s the last game of the season for Buckingham Athletic Ladies as they host Caversham AFC Ladies at Stratford Fields with a 7.45pm kick-off, third in the table versus sixth promises to be a cracker!

Ath lost at Caversham back in November but beat them in cup game in January

A win would lift Carmen Robinson’s squad up into second place in the Thames Valley Counties Women’s Football League Division One table, but they won’t know if they stay there until the week-end when those below them play their final round of matches. However, in the reverse fixture last November their opponents put four past the Swans without reply, so this will be no easy game.

Support your local ladies’ team, it’s free entry and your support could help the team to clinch that vital three points they need as they seek that runners-up place in the first season in the top division.

The sun is out, the sky is blue, get down the Ath, & join us too

See you there………..

BBFA U14 CC; Ascot United 3-3 Widmer End (2-1 on pens)

Ascot United U14 – 3
Widmer End U14 – 3

(Ascot win 2-1 on penalties)


Ascot lifted the Berks & Bucks Under Fourteen County Cup on Saturday at Bracknell Town in a thrilling game that had it all, an early two goal lead left those in the yellow & blue looking comfortable but their opposition came out after the half-time break a different side and were level within fifteen minutes, they then scored what they thought was a late winner however they themselves were then pinned back to take to the game into a shootout, the woodwork and some great saves finally seeing the United side prevail two-one.

Ascot took the lead on nine minutes from the penalty spot after a foul in the box, within a minute that lead was doubled with an exquisite chip over the keeper from twenty yards & their lead looked promising at the break. Widmer came out for the second period all guns blazing and after hitting the bar & seeing the Ascot keeper save on his six-yard line they pulled a goal back just two minutes in after a goal mouth melee eventually saw the ball slotted home at the back post. A thumping header from a corner levelled the game with twenty-two minutes left, the rest of the half saw both sides go close but in added time Widmer scored from a corner which they thought was enough to clinch the game, however a free kick to their opponents saw confusion in the box and a late late leveller to take the game into penalties.

Widmer scored the first spot kick, United levelled before the second for the team in blue was saved, before Ascot could celebrate their next attempt came back off the post but then their opponent’s next spot kick was wide. Ascot took the lead & then watched as their keeper made a magnificent save, the next United effort missed but the fifth Widmer penalty was saved leaving the United keeper swamped by his ecstatic team mates.

Attendance: 180

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HCPL D1: Town win historic first-ever Premier League match

Buckingham made a winning start to their first Home Counties Premier League Division 1 season at 2018 runners up Slough on Saturday.

Andrew Hall

Slough won the toss and asked Buckingham to bat first, with openers Callum Price and Leigh Tomlinson making a steady start with an opening stand of 32. Price survived an edge to slip which was adjudged to have fallen short of the fielder before being trapped lbw for 15. Andrew Hall came in at number 3 and dominated a second wicket partnership of 48. Saif Zaib came into the attack and bowled Tomlinson for 23, who was replaced by Jonny Cater. Hall brought up his 50 (58 balls) and again was the main man in a partnership of 61 before Cater was run out for 14. 3 overs later Rishi Sharath picked up the wicket of Hall for 83 which was the first of four wickets for 19 runs which saw Buckingham slip to 176 for 7. Russell White scored a quick 17 from 16 balls at the end as Buckingham reached 199 before being stumped off the final ball of the innings.

Saif Zaib and Nabil Shah (25) made a solid start to the run chase for Slough, putting on 47 and seeing off the opening bowlers. George Humphries came on first change and trapped Zaib lbw in his second over for 26. Skipper Jack Parish came on at the other end, and after conceding 9 in his first over, combined with Humphries to take 4 wickets for 9 runs in 8 overs as they reduced the hosts to 72 for 5. Mohammed Avas and captain Goutham Shrikrishna tried to rebuild the innings, but run scoring wasn’t easy as Humphries completed an excellent spell of 3 for 14 from his 10 overs. The pair added 30 to take the score past 100, but 2 run outs in the same over from Tomlinson and new overseas player Ranitha Liyanarachchi left them seven down and staring at defeat. Sulaiman Akhtar joined his captain and they put on 36 before both falling to consecutive deliveries to Liyanarachchi and Albert Johnson before Liyanarachchi wrapped up the victory as Slough were bowled out for 141.

C. Price lbw b Kakani 15 (22)
L. Tomlinson b Zaib 23 (74)
A. Hall c Zaib b Sharath 83 (91)
J. Cater+ Run Out (Kakani) 14 (36)
R. Large lbw b Zaib 11 (26)
R. Liyanarachchi st Noor b Sharath 7 (15)
J. Parish* b Sharath 5 (7)
J. Deal b Kakani 6 (12)
R. White st Noor b Zaib 17 (16)
G. Humphries Run Out (S. Akhtar) 1 (3)
A. Johnson Not Out 0 (0)
Extras (1b, 2lb, 10w, 4nb) 17
Total 199 all out
50 overs

FoW: 32-1 (Price, 9.4); 80-2 (Tomlinson, 22.1); 141-3 (Cater, 35.4); 157-4 (Hall, 38.5); 166-5 (Liyanarachchi, 42.4); 174-6 (Parish, 44.2); 176-7 (Large, 45.2); 192-8 (Deal, 48.2); 195-9 (Humphries, 49.2); 199-10 (White, 49.6)

I. Nawaz 8-2-22-0 (1w)
H. Kakani 7-0-32-2 (5w, 2nb)
D. Akhtar 5-0-14-0 (1w, 2nb)
S. Zaib 10-0-53-3 (1w)
S. Akhtar 10-0-29-0 (2w)
R. Sharath 10-0-46-3

S. Zaib lbw b Humphries 7 (7)
N. Shah c Parish b Humphries 25 (43)
D. Akhtar b Parish 4 (11)
H. Kakani lbw b Humphries 1 (5)
A. Ali lbw b Parish 1 (20)
M. Avas Run Out (Tomlinson) 13 (42)
G. Shrikrishna * lbw b Johnson 32 (67)
R. Sharath Run Out (Liyanarachchi) 0 (0)
S. Akhtar c& b Liyanarachchi 14 (25)
F. Noor+ Not Out 2 (3)
I. Nawaz c Johnson b Liyanarachchi 1 (8)
Extras (3b, 5lb, 8w, 6nb) 22
Total 141 all out
44 overs

FoW: 47-1 (Zaib, 12.3); 63-2 (D. Akhtar, 15.4); 63-3 (Shah, 16.2); 66-4 (Kakani, 18.2); 72-5 (Ali, 23.4); 102-6 (Avas, 33.3); 102-7 (Sharath, 33.5); 138-8 (S. Akhtar, 41.6); 138-9 (Shrikrishna, 42.1); 141-10 (Nawaz, 43.6)

R. White 7-2-26-0 (1w)
R. Liyanarachchi 8-0-30-2 (3w)
G. Humphries 10-3-14-3 (1w, 2nb)
J. Parish 7-2-20-2
J. Deal 7-0-25-0 (3w, 4nb)
A. Johnson 5-2-18-1

Buckingham win by 58 runs.

Unicorns Minor Counties: Bucks seamer Burden benefitting from Oz experience

Bucks and High Wycombe seamer Jonathan Burden believes his experiences over the winter in Australia will benefit him for the forthcoming season.

Jonathan Burden

In the Home Counties Premier League, Division 1 opener at Banbury last Saturday, Burden picked up three for 14 from ten overs in an impressive spell.

Reflecting on his winter, Burden told Sports Shots:

The team started dreadfully, before Christmas we were seventh in a league of eight.

After the break we only lost one regular season game and got into fourth place, which meant we were in the play-offs. Unfortunately, the opposition proved too strong on the day and we lost.

My own performances followed the teams. I didn’t take many wickets early on, but did very well in the middle part of the season which was white ball/coloured kit cricket. I think I ended up with 20 wickets in 14 games at an average of just over 20.

The trip down under has been a great learning curve.

My cricket has benefited hugely from the experience. The pitches in Australia were far less responsive than English ones which meant I had to alter the lengths I bowl somewhat. I also spent a lot of time working with the other opening bowler at the club, who had played some first class cricket in India, on getting the ball to swing. I’ve always struggled to do that and so it’s been hugely beneficial for my cricket. Given that the conditions for swinging the ball are far less favourable in Australia than in England, I’m hoping to see some real benefits for the upcoming season.

Grendon Rangers seek new first team manager

Grendon Rangers have confirmed the departure of first team manager Steve Jackman, and now invite applications for his successor to contact the club as soon as possible.

Leading the club to a seventh place finish last season in the Spartan South Midlands Football League Division Two which ended with a season finale of one defeat in their last seven games leaves a firm platform for the club to push on, and all applicants are welcome to contact the chairman directly as their twitter feed explains:

We regret to announce that 1st team manager Steve Jackman has stepped down. Thanks to Steve for his hard work, dedication and knowledge which achieved our highest finish in SSML Div2 in 2019. We wish Steve and Bianca all the very best with the upcoming birth of their 1st child.

GRFC are inviting applicants for 1st team manager for the 19-20 season. Step 7 football, newly formed reserve team and thriving youth section. Excellent pitch/facilities, hospitality and committee. Please call chairman Paul Jackman to enquire on 07733276479 or DM this page

The Grendon Rangers twitter page can be found here: