Emphatic win boosts Buckingham’s survival prospects

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Buckingham Town gave their survival hopes in Division Two of the HCPL a huge boost when they easily overwhelmed relegation rivals Aston Rowant.

The Home Counties returned to the 50 over format as Buckingham and Aston came together with just three points separating them at the bottom.

Stand-in skipper Jonny Cater won the toss for Buckingham and asked Aston Rowant to bat first and Jason Ell struck in his third over before Andrew Tolson (19) and Dan Matthews (20) steadied the innings with a partnership of 35 which took the score past 50.

Both were dismissed in consecutive overs, however, as Matthews was caught behind off Ell and Tolson was run out Cater to leave the score 59-3.

Skipper Josh Smith and Tom Condon (23) saw off the opening bowlers but again fell in consecutive overs as Lester Smart and Callum Price picked up a wicket apiece.

Wesley Morrick put on 36 with Richard Cook before the visitors took the batting powerplay with the score on 132-5. Price returned to removed Morrick and Ben Stafford also picked up a wicket as the powerplay yielded just 14 runs.

Cook was joined by Leo Bethell and they pushed on towards 200 with Cook (42) top-scoring, but he was well caught by Rob Large to give Price his third wicket before Jack Parish claimed two wickets in two balls as Aston Rowant were bowled out for 195.

Ash Pearson and Rob Large opened up for Town and scored fluently with a partnership of 53 in the first 10 overs.

Large made a run-a-ball 29 before being removed by Dom Whatman, which brought Leigh Tomlinson to the crease to join Pearson and the pair maintained a steady run-rate.

They added 114 with both batsmen passing 50 to take Buckingham to within 30 of victory before Pearson was dismissed by Bethell for 80.

No matter, Tomlinson and new partner Jonny Cater had no trouble in guiding Buckingham home to give the hosts a valuable 20 points. Tomlinson finished on 69 (85 balls).

With both Dinton and Cove, who Town face this week, suffering defeats, Buckingham move 21 points clear of the drop with three games left.