Buckingham beaten in opener

Ben Laycock batting for Buckingham against Thame. Picture: Jake McNulty
Ben Laycock batting for Buckingham against Thame. Picture: Jake McNulty
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Buckingham Town produced a late fightback but it wasn’t enough to prevent defeat in their opening match of the 2014 Cherwell Cricket League Division One season.

After winning the toss and batting first against Thame, Buckingham lost two early wickets to the tight opening bowling of Will Rooney and Sam Lachlan.

Justin Frew and Simon Myatt came together at 10-2 and the duo, once they were in, began to increase the run rate.

The pair scored freely, putting on 100 in less than 14 overs before Frew, on his Cherwell League debut, was run out for 49 going for his 50.

Myatt did go on to his first league 50 of the season, but Thame fought back as they reduced Buckingham to 164-7, before Wayne Platts scored an unbeaten 22 to help Buckingham post a score of 206 all out.

The Buckingham bowlers started well, and although they lost Lester Smart to a finger injury, they kept Thame in check during the early overs.

Jason Ell took an early wicket before the spin of Jack Parish and James Gear picked up two more as the score moved to 69-3 after 22 overs.

However, James Crichton (84) and Will Taylor (53) took the game away from Buckingham as they put on 117 in 20 overs to put Thame within touching distance of victory.

A middle-order collapse gave Town hope, though, as the return of Ell saw three wickets fall in eight balls.

One further wicket fell but Thame crawled over the winning line with eight balls to spare. Ell was the pick of the bowlers with 3-50.

Buckingham travel to Great Brickhill this Saturday.

The Sunday XI enjoyed better fortunes this week as they beat Finmere by 19 runs.

Buckingham scored 143 from 37 overs, thanks to a fine 50 from opener Tim Riley and Mike Taylor’s 47 not out. Bob Hutt (18) and Adam King (11) also reached double figures.

In reply, Finmere made a good start through S. Smith (50) and T. Chaffer (20), while Mike Geelan made 17, before they collapsed to 124 all out.

Adam King (4-13) and Kallan Peshavaria (2-34) were the standout bowlers, while Joe Bowden, Tom Taylor and Tim Riley took a wicket each.