Brunning guides Buckingham up to second

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Buckingham Town moved up to second in Cherwell League Division One following a three-wicket win over Cumnor.

Early morning rain saw the game reduced to 40/34 overs a side as Buckingham won the toss and chose to field first.

Opening bowlers, Lester Smart and Wayne Platts, each took an early wicket but skipper Matt Lake (33) and Sam Jones (31) repaired the damage with a partnership of 58 in 11 overs.

However, a collapse then ensued as two wickets apiece for Platts and James Gear along with a run out saw the visitors slip from 75-2 to 98-7.

Harry Ackland scored an unbeaten 31 from 39 balls as Buckingham rushed to bowl their overs in time but the innings ended with three wickets in five balls for Jack Parish as Cumnor were all out for 140.

The visitors’ opening bowlers, Carl Thompson and Sam Jones, made early inroads as they dismissed Town’s top three with only 32 on the board.

Steve Brunning came in at four and looked solid, and with the support of Ben Stafford (11) and Ben Laycock (15), he saw off the opening bowlers and began to increase the run rate.

In a well-paced innings, Brnning brought up his 50 from 81 balls and guided Buckingham into three figures before Cumnor brought back the opening bowlers and immediately Thompson struck to reduce the hosts to 112-6.

However, Wayne Platts took 13 from one over to put Buckingham on the verge of victory and although a mix up saw Brunning run out for 53, the home side reached the target with three wickets and one over to spare thanks to Gear and Platts.

With the game between Twyford and Thame cancelled, this win moves Town up to second, two points behind Oxford.

The IIs, meanwhile, suffered a six-wicket defeat to Oxford Downs in Division Three and the IIIs’ match against Horley IIs was abandoned due to rain.

This Saturday, the firsts host local rivals Twyford while the IIs travel to Didcot and the IIIs visit Bicester & North Oxford.

Elsewhere, a strong Wolverton side comfortably beat Buckingham U14s in their BCB game.

Town batted first with Tom Taylor (17), Albert Johnson (18) and Alex Jenden (19) the top scorers in their 90 all out.

Wolverton eased to victory in reply with Kallan Peshavaria the only wicket taker although Albert Johnson conceded just seven runs from his four overs.