Buckingham share the honours with Bourton

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Buckingham Town battled to a hard-fought draw at league strugglers Bourton Vale in a rain affected Division One contest.

Town won the toss and inserted Bourton last Saturday. Josh Nix struck in the third over as opener Anderson was caught in the slips. Alex Gotley looked in good touch, and although Jason Ell removed no 3 Hughes for five the scoreboard was moving steadily.

The introduction of the spinners didn’t slow the rate and when the rain arrived Bourton were 72-2 from 19 overs, Gotley on 48.

After a lengthy break and early tea played re-commenced with the overs reduced to 40/32. Gotley completed his 50 from 69 balls in the third over after the break. He continued to score quickly before holing out to Ben Stafford at deep square leg for 63.

Shaw and Keeling scored quickly, adding a run a ball 31 before Shaw was bowled by James Gear for 20. In his next over Gear dismissed Keeling for 22.

The next pair added 26 before five wickets fell in the last five overs to see Bourton collapse from 152-5 to 165 all out. Gear finished with 4-63 and Vish Valambhia chipped in with 2-11.

Needing more than an over in response the reply did not start well for Buckingham as Ashley Pearson was caught behind in the third over for a duck. The early wicket scoring was slow, with wides contributing the nearly half the runs. With the score on 26 Jonny Cater was dismissed for five.

Andrew Fletcher came in and began to increase the run rate with Steve Brunning before the latter was dismissed for 19. Josh Nix was promoted to no 5 and added 41 from just 25 balls with Fletcher before falling lbw for 16 off 12 balls. Fletcher went for 37 off 35 balls and Buckingham were back up with the rate but five wickets down. Three more quick wickets fell and the score had slipped to 109-8.

James Tomlinson and James Gear came together with the win gone but a draw still to fight for. They lasted six overs before Gear was bowled with 13 balls remaining. The final pair of Ell and Tomlinson managed to hang on to see Buckingham grab a draw. Town now lie fifth in the table.