Cater ton not enough as Town are held to tense draw

Jonny Cater
Jonny Cater

Jonny Cater struck a brilliant unbeaten 135 as Buckingham Town and Datchet played out a thrilling and tense draw in HCPL Division Two.

Youngster Brandon Lee was making his debut for the 1st XI and opened up with Steve Brunning as Town batted first and the pair began solidly against the opening bowlers to put on 47 for the first wicket.

Gareth Harte broke the partnership in the 15th over, having Brunning caught behind for 27, followed by Steve Naylor dismissing Lee for 19.

Leigh Tomlinson and Cater then came together and once the two were in they increased the scoring rate as the opening bowlers came to the end of long spells. The duo added 58 in 13 overs before Tomlinson (19) edged behind in Sam Finn’s first over just before lunch to leave Town 108-3.

After the break, Cater and new batsmen Jack Wilkins began slowly with Cater reaching 50 (78 balls) and after 40 overs, the score was 137-3.

After passing 50, Cater began to accelerate the run-rate and was well supported by Wilkins, with 44 coming off the next eight overs so that with 10 overs to go Buckingham were 181-3.

Cater went on to bring up his 100 as the scoring rate increased further, and despite a moment of controversy when he knocked the ball away with his foot during a run out opportunity, he continued through to the end to finish 135 not out from 130 balls.

Wilkins ended on 58 as the pair added 166 to take the score up to 271-3 in 58 overs.

In reply, Simon Myatt struck early for Buckingham but skipper Steve Naylor scored quickly and in partnership with Tim Alldis, built a solid platform for the chase.

Change bowlers Ben Stafford and Jason Ell slowed the scoring in the lead up to tea, with Ell dismissing Alldis just for 28 to leave Datchet 78-2.

Stafford and Ell continued to keep the scoring controlled after tea, however when they finished their spells, Naylor and new partner Harte increased the run-rate.

They both passed 50 and put on 92 from 102 balls before Wilkins removed Naylor for 61. With the required rate under control, Harte continued to score freely, and with support from Tom Jones (14), took the score past 200.

It took an excellent catch from Lee on the boundary off Wilkins to finally dismiss Harte for 87 to leave the score 216-5 before Adams Jones (37) and Eswar Krishnamurthy (21no) took the visitors closer but wickets continued to fall late on and Datchet finished five runs short and Town two wickets short on 266-8.

With Buckingham taking the majority of the points they move up to fifth. Town are away to Great & Little Tew this weekend.