A poor batting display saw Buckingham Town crash to defeat in their top-of-the-table clash with Wolverton Town in Cherwell League Division One.
Second-placed Wolverton chose to bat first and Zak Wade struck some early boundaries in a quick 15, but he was the only batsmen in the Wolverton top five to pass double figures as Buckingham’s trio of seamers reduced them to 50-5.
Asim Iqbal (27) attempted to rebuild the innings, and was supported by Ramanadan Pulle (14) and Mohammad (12), however wickets continued to fall as Buckingham’s spinners made further inroads.
When the last pair came to the wicket, Wolverton were 117-9, but Fahad Arshad and Zaheer Khan chanced their arm and changed the momentum of the game as they added 56 at better than a run-a-ball.
Arshad was eventually run out for 23 as the innings ended on 173, with number 11 Khan top scoring with 35 not out from 27 balls. Jason Ell, Wayne Platts, Jack Parish and James Gear took two wickets apiece.
In Town’s reply, Ash Pearson made a quickfire 28 at the top of the innings but he was one of two early wickets as Buckingham moved to 38-2.
Justin Frew (20) and the promoted Parish put on 48 in nine overs as Buckingham took control at 86-2, before Khan took two wickets in two balls to slow the scoring.
Parish was Khan’s third victim three overs later for 36, which was the first of four wickets for 15 runs as the innings slid to 117-8. Although there was some late resistance from the lower order, it was too little too late and two wickets in two overs for Kieren Lampard clinched a 40-run victory for the home side.
Buckingham’s lead has been cut to 39 points ahead of a home match with bottom side Oxford Downs this weekend.
Buckingham Town’s Sunday XI lost their friendly in the last over against Old CC.
Batting first, Town recovered from 82-5 to post 235-6 thanks to Justin Frew (75no) and Tim Riley (65) before an unbeaten 131 from Edlington took Old to victory. Pick of the bowlers were Frank Johnson (3-28) and Alex Jenden (2-36).
The Sunday XI host Stoke Hammond this weekend.