Ashley Pearson hit a supreme unbeaten 109 as Buckingham Town 1st XI beat Great Brickhill by 113 to record their first win of the season.
Despite impressing for much of the season, Buckingham had failed to win due to a combination of poor weather and frustrating opponents, but Town finished the job off in style against Brickhill, bowling the visitors out for just 133 inside 37 overs.
Buckingham took 25 points from the win to move up to third in Cherwell Cricket League Division One, 23 points behind leaders Horspath.
With the threat of showers around, Buckingham won the toss chose to bat first against Great Brickhill.
Things didn’t start well for the home side, though, as opening Brickhill opening bowler Peter Hastings (2-39) removed both the Buckingham openers for seven.
However, that brought Simon Myatt and Ashley Pearson to the crease and the two put on 80 for the third wicket in good time before Myatt perished for 33.
Jack Parish made a useful 13 and Matthew Thatcher hit 25 to offer good support for Pearson, who went past 50 as Buckingham built a solid platform for the final overs.
At 184-5 with 10 overs to go, Callum Price (20 from 20 balls) and Wayne Platts (12 not out from 7 balls) increased the run rate while Pearson saw the innings through to finish on 109 not out, as Buckingham ended on 246-6.
In reply, the visitors made the worst possible start when Anton DeBeer was run out without facing a ball to the first ball of the innings.
Graeme Carter came in at three and played fluently for his 61, but there was little support from the rest of the order, with four of the top six reaching double figures before getting out.
At 121-5, the match was still in the balance but James Gear produced a magical hat-trick to swing the match into Buckingham’s favour.
The final two wickets frustrated Buckingham for six overs but Brickhill were eventually all out for 133 to hand Town their first win of the season.
Buckingham host fifth-placed Twyford this weekend.