Buckingham claim first win

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BUCKINGHAM Town Ist XI finally recorded their first win of the season last Saturday after beating Oxford and Bletchingdon Nondescripts by seven wickets.

After winning the toss, captain Jason Ell put Oxford into bat and his decision was immediately justified with early wickets.

Josh Nix was first to breakthrough when he cleaned bowled Pablo Mukherjee for a duck before Ell picked up two wickets in two balls to leave the visitors in trouble at 14-3.

Tim Rattigan set about rebuilding the innings and although Wayne Platts removed Nicholas Duxon, he found a partner in skipper Mark Strong to take the score to 66-4 at drinks.

But the break in play disrupted the visitors’ progress as Simon Myatt took the crucial wicket of Rattigan before Kevin Clark ended Strong’s resistance.

The seventh wicket fell shortly afterwards to leave Oxford struggling to make it to three figures.

But Ayaz Khan attacked the bowlers, scoring 27 from 22 balls, before the returning Nix had him caught at slip after keeper Sam Keegan had parried the initial chance.

Jonathan Guthrie managed to add 23 but James Gear took the final two wickets to set Buckingham a target of 138.

Following two disappointments so far this season, Steve Brunning led the Town run chase with some positive batting as his first four scoring shots all resulted in boundaries. Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts turned to spin and it quickly worked with skipper Strong removing Rob Lightfoot for nine.

Ben Laycock added 38 with Brunning before Sanjay Vinjimoor gave his side a glimmer of hope by taking two quick wickets with Buckingham still needing 52 to win.

There were to be no further scares for the hosts, however, as in form Jack Parish (46 not out) and Sam Keegan (23 not out) saw them over the line with nearly 20 overs to spare.

Buckingham picked up 25 points from the match and now sit fourth in Cherswell Cricket League One while Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts lie bottom after three losses.