CL,D1: Cater’s stubborn resistance pushes Town II’s to first-ever top flight Cherwell victory

Callum Cater’s stubborn resistance helped set up Buckingham Town II for their first-ever Cherwell League, division 1 victory at Long Marston on Saturday.

Callum Cater

With Town struggling at 51 for 5, with only Callum Price’s aggressive 34 making any impact on the game, Cater remained defiant as he anchored the innings.

Joined by Jason Ell in the middle, the pair went about rebuilding the innings as they gradually and calmly went about their business.

Ell took the more positive role as he stroked eight fours as he reached a fine half century.

Jason Ell

The pair had added a valuable 84 for the sixth wicket before Ell departed.

New Zealand overseas player Gurwinder Singh, who only arrived in the country at the start of last week, joined Cater in the middle and they continued to steer the game back into a competitive one.

Gurwinder Singh

After playing himself in, Singh flowed with the willow while Cater’s confidence was clearly growing. Cater went past a deserved fifty as the duo took Town to 230 for 6, an unbeaten stand of 95 runs. Cater closed on 65 not out while Singh was unbeaten on 48.

In reply, Long Marston’s openers played sensible innings but it was the spin pairing of James Gear, three for 20, and Wasim Fayyaz, three for 27, who put Town II on top.

James Gear claims a wicket in Buckingham Town’s 35-run win at Long Marston on Saturday 19th May 2018

Price returned to take the scalp of top scorer Jeremy Smith (41).

Dom Pritchard picked up three for 60 as the home side, under the guidance of former Surrey opener and Bucks skipper Paul Atkins (30 not out) edged towards bonus points as Town II’s had sealed the victory, by 35 runs at the close, but long before stumps had been pulled.

Dom Pritchard

MATCH SCORECARD: Long Marston v Buckingham Town II

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Long Marston v Buckingham Town II

HCPCL,D2: Town experience Hare-raising climax in one-wicket win from the last ball

Reported By Andrew Holland

Buckingham welcomed Harefield to Bourton Road on Saturday looking to make it two wins from two at home this season. They won toss and asked the visitors to bat first.

The Harefield innings started at a fast pace thanks mainly to Buckingham conceding 13 wides and no balls in the opening three overs before Yash Rastogi was dismissed by George Humphries for a duck in the fourth over. Dhavalkumar Norotam continued to score at a quick rate against the opening seamers, and was joined at the crease by Michael Barry as they added 38 for the second wicket. The introduction of Andrew Hall broke the partnership as he took a stunning return catch to remove Barry for 15, but Dan Ogden (23) supported Norotam as Harefield’s score past three figures. The return of Russell White removed Norotam for 46 which sparked a collapse as the score went from 101 for 2 to 124 for 7. Russell Petley made 15 before being stumped off Ben Stafford as Tom Day (18) and Jordon McLeod (25 not out) added 31 for ninth wicket to push Harefield up towards a defendable total. Jack Parish finished the innings taking the final wicket from the last ball to bowl the visitors out for 191. Humphries was the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 38 while Parish took 2 for 16 from 8 overs and White took 2 for 40.

The Buckingham response started badly as McLeod picked up the early wicket of Rob Large for a duck. Leigh Tomlinson looked in good touch, making 22 when skipper Doug King removed him followed in the next over by McLeod removing Hall for a duck to leave the hosts 39 for 3. Sam Younghusband and Jonny Cater steadied the innings with a calm partnership of 53, seeing off McLeod who took 2 for 34 from his 10 overs. Lee Tyrrell made the breakthrough getting Younghusband caught behind for 32 which brought the injured Ash Pearson to the wicket. He and Cater took the score to 115 for 4 at drinks, with 78 needed off 16 overs.

Jonny Cater – Photograph by Anant Peshavaria

In the first over after the break Stephen Croft dismissed Cater for 38 thanks to a sharp slip catch from King. Pearson took charge of the innings, adding first 28 with Jack Deal (10) and then 21 with Parish to leave the hosts needed 24 from the last 5 overs. Harefield turned to Barry and he picked up Pearson for 33 followed by Tom Crick removing White in the next over. Parish was joined by Ben Stafford (12 not out) and the pair took the game to the last over with 7 needed to win. A single off the first ball before Barry took a sharp caught and bowled to remove Parish for 17. Number 11 Humphries took a single from the third ball and 5 runs were needed from 3 balls. With the pressure mounting it was Barry who broke as he overstepped with his fourth delivery, also conceding a single and when the free hit went for 1 Buckingham needed 1 from 2 balls. A dot ball took the game to the final delivery before a leg bye saw Stafford and Humphries scramble Buckingham to victory.Town remain second in the league table.

Ben Stafford

D. Norotam c Parish b White 46 (54)
Y. Rastogi c Cater b Humphries 0 (7)
M. Barry c& b Hall 15 (25)
D. Ogden c Cater b Parish 23 (48)
R. Petley st Cater b Stafford 15 (44)
L. Tyrrell c Hall b White 6 (10)
S. Croft lbw b Humphries 2 (15)
D. King* c Tomlinson b Humphries 3 (14)
T. Day+ c Tomlinson b Deal 18 (40)
J. McLeod Not Out 25 (35)
T. Crick st Cater b Parish 7 (9)
Extras (27w, 2nb, 2lb) 31
Total 191 all out
50 overs

FoW: 29-1 (Rastogi, 3.3); 67-2 (Barry, 10.5); 101-3 (Norotam, 21.4); 102-4 (Ogden, 22.1); 110-5 (Tyrrell, 25.1); 118-6 (Croft, 29.3); 124-7 (King, 33.4); 151-8 (Petley, 40.2); 182-9 (Day, 47.6); 191-10 (Crick, 49.6)

R. White 7-0-40-2 (13w)
G. Humphries 10-1-38-3 (6w, 2nb)
A. Hall 10-2-29-1 (3w)
J. Deal 10-0-45-1
J. Parish 8-1-16-2 (3w)
B. Stafford 5-1-21-1 (3w)

L. Tomlinson c Crick b King 22 (36)
R. Large c Day b McLeod 0 (4)
S. Younghusband c Day b Tyrrell 32 (66)
A. Hall b McLeod 0 (2)
J. Cater+ c Day b Croft 38 (76)
A. Pearson b Barry 33 (56)
J. Deal c Petley b Tyrrell 10 (22)
J. Parish* c& b Barry 17 (16)
R. White c Ogden b Crick 2 (7)
B. Stafford Not Out 12 (15)
G. Humphries Not Out 2 (2)
Extras (10w, 6nb, 8lb) 24
Total 192 for 9
50 overs

FoW: 12-1 (Large, 3.4); 34-2 (Tomlinson, 10.6); 39-3 (Hall, 11.4); 92-4 (Younghusband, 25.6); 119-5 (Cater, 34.6); 147-6 (Deal, 42.2); 168-7 (Pearson, 45.2); 171-8 (White, 46.4); 186-9 (Parish, 49.2)

T. Crick 7-1-27-1 (1w)
J. McLeod 10-1-34-2 (3w, 4nb)
D. King 4-0-21-1 (3w)
S. Croft 10-1-19-1
L. Tyrrell 7-0-30-2 (1w)
D. Ogden 8-0-36-0 (1w)
M. Barry 4-0-17-2 (1w, 2nb)

Buckingham win by 1 wicket.

Buckingham – 20 points
Harefield – 8 points

CL,D6: Valambhia names Town 3rd XI to go to Enysham II

Brijesh Valambhia has named his Buckingham Town 3rd Xi to travel to Eynsham II today.

Brijesh Valambhia

Valambhia said:

We were disappointed in the rain last week as we were in a very strong position within the game. We are looking for the same aptitude and hard work this week. Ryan Freshwater and Ryan Spragg really shone with the bat last week and we hope to repeat their success this week. We hope Mike Taylor doesn’t walk past one and Kev Clark doesn’t bring his migraine-enducing bright yellow spikes this week.

Alex Hallows
Mike Taylor
Kallan Peshavaria
Amit Shah
Joe Clark
Kev Clark
Brij Valambhia
Iain Herbertson
Ryan Spragg
Ryan Freshwater
Vishal Valambhia

NBDL-IDF; Great Horwood 2-2 Silverstone (Silverstone won 3-4 on penalties)

Great Horwood – 2

Silverstone – 2

(After extra time – Silverstone won 3-4 on penalties)

Great Horwood were on the verge of lifting the North Bucks & District League Inter-Divisional Trophy on Tuesday night, but conceded in the last few seconds to take the tie into extra-time, and eventually penalties which Silverstone won by four goals to three. Horwood took the lead with just fifteen minutes left on the clock and seemed destined to repel all their opponents were throwing at them, however they were taken into an additional thirty minutes play, where they then had to come from behind themselves to take the tie into the spot kick routine. Keeper Ian McStraw took their fifth and final kick, his opposite number Sachin Tayal saved to take the trophy back to Northamptonshire.

The two sides who finished a point apart in their league campaigns didn’t really set the game alight until the latter stages, it took until the eighth minute for the first attempt when Horwood full back Terry Cronin pulled his shot wide of Tayal’s right hand post. Adam Dixon & Ryan Tappin then played a one-two on the left which resulted in a shot from Tappin that was comfortably gathered by the Silverstone keeper.

A Horwood corner from skipper Sam Archer was missed by two defender’s heads but fell nicely to Eddie Archer, with back to goal he turned and shot but another red shirt in behind him managed to block & clear, before Cronin latched onto a cross and went for goal from twelve yards only for another Silverstone body to throw themselves in front of the shot. At the other end Tony Linnell fired wide from distance as his side tried to get a foot hold in the game.

Another Horwood corner was half cleared out to Stuart Parker who thumped goalwards only again for a defender inside the six-yard box to block and clear, & Linnell had another go this time forcing McStraw down to his right to save. Tappin & Cronin then linked up well down the left to feed in Toby Slade who cut across the eighteen-yard line before firing over the top, & a long Horwood clearance saw Tappin away on goal closely marshalled by a Silverstone defender, taking the shot on early he fired straight at Tayal. H/T: 0-0

Terry Cronin shoots wide

Just seconds into the second half Silverstone midfielder Ryan Camper fired high over the top from the edge of the Horwood box, before a cross from their left saw Linnell outpace his marker to the ball but lift over the crossbar. Horwood defender Terry Archer then had a clearance charged down by Nially Duffy out on the touchline, the ball spiralled deep into the Horwood half and Duffy raced away to gather, his cross met by Camper, but he screwed wide.

Dixon then forced Silverstone keeper Tayal into a good save when he wriggled free of his marker inside the box, and a minute later a free kick to Horwood saw Sam Archer float the ball across only for it to come back off the crossbar where it fell to Dixon whose first time shot deflected off a defender for a corner. From that corner the game finally saw it’s first goal of the evening on seventy-four minutes, and what most on the side lines probably thought was going to be the winner.

Sam Archer crossed into the box and from twelve yards Sid Hawkins rose unchallenged to power his header into the corner of the net. Silverstone almost hit back immediately, a shot came back off McStraw which Camper fired back towards goal, but the keeper was able to grab at the second attempt, and from there they piled on the pressure in search of an equaliser.

They were almost undone pushing forward when a clearance found Ryan Lightfoot out on the left flank, he slipped a pass in between the backline of red shirts for Tappin to chase down, but the pass was ever so slightly overhit and rolled through to Tayal. As time rolled by Silverstone won a couple of corners, the first was half cleared to Duffy whose shot deflected of a Horwood defender.

Sid Hawkins scores opener

The second found the head of Robert Camper which was cleared off the goal line back to the centre-half, he headed again but wide of McStraw’s right hand post. Then in the sixth minute of added time Ryan Camper set Duffy away down the left, he got to the byline and crossed into the box where no defender could clear and running in at the back Bradley Smith slotted home. As Horwood took the kick-off to restart the game, the referee blew his whistle to end the game. F/T: 1-1

From the start of extra time Duffy burst through the Horwood defence and drove fiercely at goal which had McStraw diving away to his right to save with both hands, followed closely by Patrick Martin down the left pulling across the six-yard box & as four separate heads went up they all missed, and the chance was gone.

Seven minutes in Silverstone took the lead, a ball through the middle for Duffy to latch onto, and he fired across McStraw and into the bottom corner. The lead lasted just three minutes, a throw on the Horwood right saw Hawkins first to the ball to flick on & in front of goal Lightfoot turned to volley home. At the other end a cross from the left saw Linnell head wide at the back post. H/T: 2-2

Horwood attacked at the start of the second period through Lightfoot who climbed above a defender & got his head to a cross which saw Tayal having to grab with both hands underneath his crossbar, and another shot on the volley from Lightfoot from a corner saw Tayal get fingertips to the ball as it flew inches over the bar. As time ran out Silverstone got down their right and a ball across the eighteen-yard line found Callum Thompson who lifted high over the top. F/T: 2-2


Sam Archer gave Horwood the lead, Duffy levelled before Sid Hawkins restored the lead for his side. Bradley Smith then lifted into the top corner to regain parity before Ryan Lightfoot saw Tayal dive away to save, Robert Camper then gave Silverstone the lead before Adam Dixon levelled the tie again. Callum Thompson scored his kick despite the best efforts of Ian McStraw who got a hand to it, who himself got up to take a spot kick, Tayal saving to prompt the celebrations of his Silverstone team mates.

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MFC,D1: Horwood welcome back Parker & Armitage while promising Smith keeps his place

Great Horwood 1st X1 travel to play Westcott away at Willen Cricket Ground Saturday 1:30 start.

Horwood will be looking to get their first win in this new league after last week’s abandonment against Olney Town. They are buoyed by the return of captain Stuart Parker and opening bowler Adam Armitage who plays his first game of the season.

Robbie Smith

Young 15 year old wicketkeeper Robbie Smith retains his place after impressing last week.


S Parker
A Armitage
D Armitage
Al Gilder
B Harper
S Krajnk
O Prendergast
S Ridgway
R Smith
R Taylor
S Willet

HCPCL,D2: Parish names unchanged side as Town welcome Harefield

Buckingham Town captain Jack Parish has named an unchanged side for the visit of Harefield in the Home Counties Premier League, division 2 tomorrow (Saturday).

Jack Parish

Speaking to Sports Shots this morning, Parish said:

Another frustrating weekend last week where the rain got the better of us again.

We did manage to get the football warm up in which was again won by Team Large despite a heroic effort from A Hall.

This weekend we play Harefield who did the double over us last year so we are keen to give a better account of ourselves 3rd time of asking.

Town: Jack Parish (Captain), Leigh Tomlinson, Sam Younghusband, Andrew Hall, Jonny Cater, Rob Large, Ash Pearson, Jack Deal, Ben Stafford, Russell White, George Humphries.

CL,D8: Town IV captain names side that heads to Abingdon Vale

Buckingham Town fourth XI skipper Dane Tuttlebee has named his side to play at Abingdon Vale on Saturday.

Dane Tuttlebee

Town IV: Dane Tuttlebee (captain), Ade Johnson, Ernie Mcdade (wk), Anant Peshavaria, Ben Cater, Ade Freeman, Russell Thompson, Chris Coates, Stuart Holmes, Oliver Peacock, Shabbir Jafri.

CL,D1: Kiwi Singh set to make Town debut in second eleven at Long Marston

Gurwinder Singh finally makes his Buckingham Town debut after he arrived in the country earlier in the week.

Gurwinder Singh

Singh takes his place in the second eleven following his late arrival and increases competition for places in the club’s first team squad.

Steve Beck’s side head to Long Marston on Saturday afternoon looking to register their first win of the campaign.

Alex O’Dell
Steve Brunning
Steve Beck
Callum Cater
Callum Price
James Gear
Jason Ell
Gurwinder Singh
Dom Prichard
Tom Taylor
Wasim Fayyaz

SNCL,D3: Gawcott & Hillesden skipper praises his players on eve of Crown visit

Gawcott & Hillesden skipper Alex Piggott has praised his players as Crown visit the Richard Roper Field on Saturday afternoon.

Alex Piggott

Gawcott were again left frustrated as the weather wiped out their South Northants Cricket League, division 3 fixture against Gayton with the home side in command. Gayton had been restricted to 59 all out with Matt Folkes doing the damage with four for 5.

Piggott told Sports Shots:

It’s been a frustrating start to the season but I would like to thank every one of my players for their commitment and attitude, it has been fantastic.

All I have heard is people giving their full-support to each other and we want to keep this going throughout the season.


Alex Piggott (c)
John Richardson (wk)
Kyle Bennion
Colin Piggott
Matt Folkes
Tim Hawkes
Jonny Dale
Bob Hutt
Luke Stafford
Finley Clark
Andrew Thompson

Unicorns Trophy: Bucks call up former Derbyshire all-rounder Macdonell & Tring’s Harris for Suffolk trip

Bucks CCC skipper Tom Hampton has the services of former Derbyshire all-rounder Charlie Macdonell and Tring Park’s Andy Harris for this weekend’s Unicorns Trophy, second round fixture.

Macdonell, who was released by Derbyshire in March to pursue other opportunities, and Harris are named in a twelve-man squad that heads to Ipswich School to face Suffolk on Sunday.

The 23 year-old all-rounder Macdonell played six first-class matches for Derbyshire and finished with a batting average of 46. He is plying his trade with Home Counties Premier Cricket League, division 1 Tring Park this season.

Andy Harris

Macdonell has been joined at Tring this campaign by fellow new signing Andy Harris. The all-rounder joined from Great & Little Tew over the winter and also transferred his Minor Counties registration from Oxfordshire CCC to Bucks CCC. After an impressive start to the 2018 season, Harris has earned a call-up and makes the twelve that heads east.

Tom Hampton

The Bucks skipper Hampton told Sports Shots:

Sunday’s game against Suffolk should be another step up, batters have started to get time in the middle and bowlers have overs under there belt so I’m expecting a far more clinical performance from both my team and Suffolk.

We have two changes with Saif (Zaib) unavailable due to Northants commitments, but we are lucky enough to bring in a player of similar caliber in Charlie Macdonell. Jason Rance misses out due to his coaching commitments to the club, but we bring in Andy Harris who has started well for Tring.

It’s going to be a case of improving on the things we haven’t got quite right whilst building on the things we have. The knock out nature of this competition definitely brings an edge and does focus the mind. The lads are very excited and hopefully we can put in another performance to get on the right side of the result.

Bucks CCC 2018

Bucks Squad: Masoor Khan (Clevedon CC), Charlie Macdonell (Tring Park CC), Shelvin Gumbs (Tring Park CC), Mike Payne (Tring Park CC), Garry Park (Swarkestone CC), Robin Pritchard (Chesham CC), George Russell (High Wycombe CC), Andy Harris (Tring Park CC), Cam Parsons (High Wycmbe CC), Tom Hampton (High Wycombe CC), Uzair Amjaid (Highgate CC), Jon Burden (High Wycombe CC).

Ground Ipswich School, 25 Henley Road, Ipswich. IP1 3SG

The winners go into the third round on Sunday 10th June.