Buckingham up to fourth

Buckingham Town 1st XI are up to fourth in Cherwell Cricket League Division One after earning 18 points from their draw with Leighton Buzzard.

Batting first, Buckingham made an impressive 244-9 from 53 overs before restricting the visitors to 167-7.

The home side won the toss and elected to bat first, and the match began in controversial style when former captain Rob Large, playing his first game after returning to the club, was run-out for a duck from the first ball of the match.

Having played and missed at the opening deliver, Large was adjudged to be out of his ground when wicket keeper Graham Carr came up to the stumps and removed the bails.

Matthew Thatcher then made 14 before top edging a pull shot, which meant Simon Myatt joined Ashley Pearson at the crease. The two added 33 in nine overs before Myatt departed for 25 as he was bowled by Anthony Francis.

Shane Williams, batting at five, took full advantage of being dropped on five as he scored at quicker than run-a-ball, while skipper Pearson also began to score fluently and both batsmen passed 50 until the introduction of Tom Light broke the 117-run partnership when he bowled Williams for 55 from 38 balls.

A mini-collapse then ensued, with Buckingham going from 178-3 to 194-6 as Leighton clawed their way back into the game by taking regular wickets, including Pearson for 76.

It was left to Wayne Platts (24), Callum Price (11 not out) and Jason Ell (3 not out) to score 26 from the last two overs, which set Leighton a daunting target of 245 to win from 47 overs.

In the visitors’ reply, Callum price took the early wicket of Light but that brought skipper Phil Whatmore (58) to the crease and he, alongside Carr and Dan Scott, helped take the score up to 126-3.

However, James Gear bowled well and took 4-36 from 13 overs to give his side a chance of victory, but the remaining Leighton batsmen were content to play for the draw, which they achieved with three wickets remaining.

Buckingham take on league leaders Horspath this weekend.