Pearson hits ton as Town claim winning draw

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Ashley Pearson struck a fine unbeaten 119 as Buckingham Town took 18 points from their draw with Great Brickhill in Cherwell League Division One.

After losing the toss and being put into bat, Buckingham made a quick start despite losing a couple of early wickets.

Pearson and Simon Myatt (40) came together and put on 70 at a run-a-ball before two wickets in consecutive overs brought Great Brickhill back into the game at 121-4.

Ben Stafford chipped in with 16 but it was Jack Parish (46 from 35 balls) and Wayne Platts (23 not out from 19 balls), who supported Pearson at the end to boost the Town total.

Pearson batted the whole innings and finished 119 not out as Buckingham amassed 288-6 off 53 overs, with 83 runs coming from the last 10 overs.

The Great Brickhill innings started in similar fashion to Buckingham’s as they scored quickly but lost two early wickets to Wayne Platts.

Patrick Prasad (44) was the third man to fall, but Doug Aris (48), George Morris (29) and Barry Webb (40 not out) kept the hosts in the game, 
although they were never able to get ahead of the rate and into a winning position.

Lester Smart took two late wickets but Great Brickhill saw out the remaining overs to draw the game. Buckingham are fifth in Cherwell Division One after two games.

Town then thrashed Stony Stratford in the Bucks Cup.

Stony won the toss and batted first, but the innings never got going as Buckingham took regular wickets and none of the top 10 scored more than 15.

Steve Richardson topp scored at number 11 with 31 to take the score up to a below par 141. Simon Myatt (3-22) and Callum Price (3-14) were the pick of the bowlers, while Tim Riley (two wickets), Ash Pearson and Ben Laycock (one wicket each) also chipped in.

In reply, openers Ben Laycock and Mike Taylor were never troubled, scoring freely and knocking the runs off in 21.3 overs without losing a wicket. Laycock finished on 87 (63 balls) and Taylor 44.

Buckingham are at home to Wolverton this weekend.