Thompson heroics earns Buckingham a thrilling tie against Shipton

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Will Thompson took a wicket with the final ball of the match as Buckingham Town and Shipton-under-Wychwood played out an exhilarating tie at the weekend after a nerve-shredding climax to a wonderful game of cricket.

A new partnership of Leigh Tomlinson and Steve Brunning opened the batting for Town, who had been put into bat, but it only last three overs before Anupam Sanklecha clean bowled Tomlinson.

Next in was Rob Large who, despite offering some chances, scored quickly as he dominated a second wicket partnership of 81.

He had reached 47 from 50 balls when Charlie Brain struck in his first over as Large miscued a pull to mid on, bringing skipper Jonny Cater to the crease where he and Brunning took Town up to 115-2 at lunch.

After the break Brunning went to his 50 while Cater began to increase the run-rate in an 84-run stand that eventually ended when George Seacole had Cater caught for 48.

Craig Wood then trapped Brunning lbw for 60 to leave Town wobbling a fraction on 182-4, however a run-a-ball partnership of 55 between Ash Pearson (26) and Simon Myatt, who scored 46 from just 37 balls, took Buckingham up to a strong 279-6 from 58 overs.

Chasing in excess of five-an-over, Shipton openers Andrew Hemming and Craig Wood gave their side a steady start with a partnership of 41 but Josh Nix removed Wood for 19 before Calvin Dickson steadied the ship and took the score up to 76-1 at tea.

After the break, Hemming played the anchor role while Dickinson looked to keep Shipton up with the run-rate.

The pair put on 112 in 23 overs with both passing 50, but Thompson found the breakthrough when he dismissed Hemming for 60, only for next batsman Jamie Perkin to strike a quickfire 20 as Shipton kept up with the rate.

But two wickets in two overs stalled the chase as Perkin was dismissed by Nix and then Thompson removed Dickinson for 82, with Shipton now needing 90 off 11 overs.

Skipper Joe Barrett and Sanklecha wrestled the momentum back, however, and kept the chase alive with a stand of 58 in seven overs.

Once again, though, Town fought back and two wickets in one Callum Pricer over left the game finely-poised before Ian Lewis and Barrett took Shipton to within six runs of victory going into the final over.

Thompson was charged with bowling it, and, after a single saw Barrett lose the strike first ball, Lewis was stumped off the second.

A leg bye, a two and a single, which saw Barrett given a life when he was dropped by Pearson, meant the scores were level with one ball to go.

Shaun Cross took the strike but Thompson brilliantly held his nerve to clean bowl the Shipton batsman and earn his side a dramatic draw.

Thompson finished with 4-92 and Josh Nix picked up 2-47 from 14 overs.

Buckingham are now fifth in HCPL Division Two and host Amersham Town this weekend.