Buckingham beat rivals to go top

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Buckingham Town have gone top of Cherwell League Division One after a commanding win over local rivals Twyford on Saturday.

Having won the toss and put Twyford into bat, Buckingham caused all sorts of trouble with the ball as Jason Ell and Wayne Platts both picked up early wickets in their opening overs with the two opening batsmen departing for ducks.

Tanveer Hussain (35) looked comfortable at number three, but Platts removed skipper Rory Lyon for five to keep Buckingham firmly on top with Twyford at 23-3.

Zawar Hussain joined Tanveer at the crease and the pair put on 35 to bring the visitors back into the game.

However, the Town spinners struck in sensational fashion as Jack Parish (4-35) and James Gear (2-41) took four wickets for just nine runs to leave the visitors precariously-placed at 67-7.

Ben Elkington (29) and Jake Kubinek (25) offered some late resistance with a partnership of 46 to take Twyford past 100 and give them something to bowl at.

Parish bowled Kubinek to claim his fourth wicket, though, before Elkington was run out and the innings finished on 126.

Ash Pearson and Callum Price made the ideal start in Buckingham’s reply as they scored at 5-an-over in a partnership of 75 to take Town to within 50 of the target.

Pearson departed for 29 and his wicket sparked a mini-collapse against the Twyford spinners with three wickets falling for three runs and a fourth wicket fell soon afterwards with Buckingham still needing 26 to win, but Price remained at the crease and passed 50 before finished 77 not out from 61 balls to guide Town home.

Buckingham take 25 points from the game and go 16 points clear of Oxford IIs, who they face this weekend, at the top of Division One.