Buckingham Town exited the HCPCL T20 competition at the second round stage after a 35-run defeat to Henley on Monday despite an excellent unbeaten century from the returning Jonny Cater.
After opting to bat first, Henley lost the early wicket of Rowe to the bowling of Jason Ell, but Carter and Roberts put on 59 for the second wicket with Roberts the main contributor as he brought up his 50 from just 24 balls before both fell in consecutive Jack Parish overs.
Tight bowling from Parish and Lester Smart stemmed the flow of runs and restricted Henley to 138-3 from 16 overs.
However, Buckingham struggled to contain the batsman in the final overs as Henley smashed 74 runs from four overs to post an imposing 212-4 from their 40 overs with Allaway making 76 from 36 balls and Mordt finishing unbeaten on 50.
Rob Large and Jonny Cater opened up for Buckingham and got the reply off to a strong start as they matched Henley’s early scoring rate.
Cater reached 50 from 34 balls and Large made 44 (29 balls) as the pair put on 112 in less than 12 overs before Large was bowled by Mordt.
After that wicket, the scoring rate slowed against the bowling of Brock and Rowe as Town reached 141-2 from 16 overs, and they were unable to match the home side’s explosive finish despite Cater’s superb 102 from 62 balls that included 10 fours and five sixes. Buckingham finished on 177-3.
Buckingham also played their only pre-season friendly at the weekend when they recorded an encouraging 14-run win over Amersham.
After losing both openers cheaply having elected to bat first, Leigh Tomlinson (23) and Cater shared a partnership of 56 to rebuild the innings before two quick wickets left Town 101-4.
Jack Parish then joined Cater and another excellent partnership boosted the score with Cater next to depart for 67 from 73 balls before 54 runs in five overs took the total to 235 with Parish making 62.
In reply, Jason Ell struck twice in his opening three overs before claiming a third wicket that left Amersham struggling on 53-3 from 15 overs.
An excellent partnership between Bruce Friderichs (89) and Andy Viney (39) then recovered the innings and left the match well-poised at 168-3, but a late flurry of wickets saw the visitors bundled out for 221. Both Ell and Parish finished with four wickets apiece.
This weekend, Buckingham kick-off their Home Counties Premier League campaign when they travel to Shipton-Under-Wychwood for a Division Two encounter.
The IIs host Shipton IIs while the IIIs visit Oxford & Bletchingdon IIs.