Parish leads Buckingham to opening day win

Jonny Cater appeals for a catch. Picture by Jake McNulty

Jonny Cater appeals for a catch. Picture by Jake McNulty

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Buckingham Town got their Home Counties Premier Cricket League Division Two campaign off to a winning start when defeating Shipton-Under-Wychwood.

Town skipper Jonny Cater won the toss and asked Shipton to bat first, and the visitors lost an early wicket when Joe Barrett was caught behind off opening bowler Simon Myatt.

Andy Hemming (22) and Calvin Dickson (17) saw off the opening bowlers, who were replaced by Jack Parish and Will Thompson, and the former found the breakthrough as he had Dickinson caught by Myatt in the slips.

Myatt then took a stunning one-handed catch to remove Hemming and give overseas bowler Thompson his first league wicket before further wickets tumbled as Parish took a second followed by a run out, and then Ben Stafford clean bowled Jamie Perkin for 20 as Shipton slipped to 92-6.

Craig Wood came in at number seven and along with Shaun Cross (13), tried to give the visitors a score to defend.

He dominated a seventh wicket partnership of 63 before Price returned to take a sharp caught and bowled to dismiss Cross.

Wood went on to reach his 50 (75 balls) and was eventually the last man out for 63 as Shipton lost three wickets in the last three overs to set Town a modest but tricky 191 to win.

The wickets were shared around by the bowlers with two apiece for Myatt, Price and Parish while both Thompson and Stafford went for less than three runs an over.

In reply, Buckingham scored regular boundaries against Joe Barrett, but at the other end Shaun Cross picked up the wicket of Ash Pearson early on and then when skipper Charlie Brain replaced Barratt, he dismissed Leigh Tomlinson in his second over.

Steve Brunning picked up from where he had left off last season and made 31 but the Buckingham innings followed a similar pattern to Shipton’s as batsmen made starts and then got out.

Cater (14) and Rob Large (11) were both caught behind before Wood picked up Brunning and when Brain took a good catch to remove Myatt for a duck, Buckingham were struggling at 93-6.

Jack Wilkins and Parish came together needing to produce something similar to Shipton’s seventh wicket partnership and, despite the situation, they scored in excess of four runs an over.

Parish was the dominant partner as the pair put on 81 in less than 17 overs to take the hosts to within 20 of victory.

The partnership was finally broken when Wilkins was unfortunately run out backing up for 28, however Price came in and kept up the momentum before Parish won the game with a six to also bring up his 50 (71 balls) as he finished 55 not out and Buckingham won by three wickets.

Buckingham are away at Amersham this weekend.