Simon Myatt struck a classy hundred as Buckingham Town eased into round two of the ECB Cup with a 95 run win over Stony Stratford.
After losing the toss and being put into bat by their hosts, Buckingham started well with an opening partnership of 31 before three wickets fell to leave them struggling at 60-3.
Simon Myatt and Ben Stafford came to the wicket and settled the innings, however, as the pair smashed 67 runs from eight overs to take their partnership beyond 100. Stafford reached 50 from 53 balls before falling to Tate, while Myatt’s 50 came from 55 balls, and although two further wickets fell, his scoring rate increased with his second 50 coming from just 33 balls.
He was eventually caught on the boundary for 116 but his wicket didn’t slow the scoring though as 42 came off the last four overs in Buckingham’s 301-7, skipper James Gear finishing 38 not out from 25 balls.
Due to a slow over rate, Stony Stratford were deducted seven overs from their total of 45 before the innings began.
Tom Moore and Praveen Chandran took to the Buckingham seamers and put on a run-a-ball 88 for the opening wicket.
It was the introduction of the spinners that brought the breakthrough as Jack Parish removed Moore for 47. After that, wickets fell at a regular rate with only Chandran (49) offering any resistance as Gear finished with 4-40 and Parish 3-32.
Town host Thame in their opening Cherwell League Division One game this weekend.
Buckingham Town U14s were also victorious in their first match as they beat Wolverton Town by 34 runs.
Adam King (50) and Albert Johnson (16) put on 61 for the first wicket in 12 overs before Will Simonds (11no) scored freely at the end of the innings as Buckingham posted 104-3.
A superb leg-side stumping by King off the bowling of Kallan Peshavaria helped Buckingham make the perfect start to Wolverton’s reply, while Alex Jenden bowled with great pace and accuracy and was unlucky not to take a wicket although his direct hit from the outfield accounted for one of two run outs.
Albert Johnson dismissed the dangerous Godfrey (13) and Chris King (9) as Wolverton fell to 39-5 before Luke Wells (15no) lifted the total to 70 all out.
Jamie Jackson and Dan George picked up two wickets each and one wicket for Alfie Robey wrapped up the innings.