Brunning stars but bowlers toil as Buckingham slump to defeat at Amersham

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Buckingham Town suffered their third defeat of the season when they were beaten by six wickets away at Amersham in HCPL Division Two.

Town visited Amersham for the final 50-over game before the change of format to timed games, and were asked to bat first having lost the toss.

After losing Ash Pearson early on for 13 to the bowling of Farhad Mullahzada, Buckingham set about a building a platform for their innings through Steve Brunning and Leigh Tomlinson.

The pair scored steadily at around four runs an over and reached the drinks break unbeaten with the score on 99-1.

After the interval, both batsmen passed 50, and increased the run-rate as they added a further 68 runs in just 10 overs before the return of Mullahzada saw Tomlinson depart for 59.

Jonny Cater joined Brunning and picked up from where Tomlinson left off as the duo took advantage of the powerplay to hammer 43 runs during those five overs.

Brunning looked set for a century until he was lbw to Maduka Liyanapathiranage for 96. Cater (37 off 34 balls), Rob Large (21 off 16 balls) and Ben Stafford (12 from from balls) all chipped in with quick runs as Buckingham lost late wickets in the search for runs to close their innings on 283-8.

In reply, Luke Jackson opened the innings for Amersham and latched onto some loose opening bowling, scoring 49 from 37 balls as he and Bruce Friderichs added 65 runs in just nine overs.

He missed out on his 50 when Jack Parish had him stumped by Cater, however Andy Viney joined Friderichs at the crease and continued the fast scoring against Buckingham’s bowlers, who struggled to offer any control.

The pair added 88 runs in just 17 overs with Friderichs reaching his 50 from 55 balls before being dismissed by Vish Valambhia on the stroke of the drinks break.

That wicket finally enabled Town to keep the run-rate in check with only 40 runs coming from the next 10 overs, but once Vinny reached his 50, Amersham began to increase the run-rate again, scoring 35 runs during the powerplay.

Although both of the home side’s set batsmen fell in the final 10 overs (Viney for 83 and Paul Langley for 35) the required rate never climbed much above six-an-over and the hosts comfortably reached their target with 16 balls and six wickets to spare.

Buckingham, who have dropped to seventh in HCPL Division Two, are away to Aston Rowant this weekend.