Buckingham and Datchet beaten by the weather

Steve Brunning top scored for Buckingham with 43
Steve Brunning top scored for Buckingham with 43

Buckingham Town were denied the chance of making it three wins from three as heavy rain curtailed their encounter with Datcher with the match well-poised.

With the threat of rain on the way Datchet won the toss and asked Buckingham to bat first on Saturday.

Ash Pearson and Steve Brunning opened up for the hosts and started well against the opening bowlers, putting on 52 at over four runs an over before Datchet skipper Steve Naylor struck in his first over as he had Pearson adjudged lbw for 19.

Number three Leigh Tomlinson put on 34 with Brunning but Naylor switched from bowling medium pace to spin and was rewarded when he had Brunning caught behind for 43, and that was quickly followed by Buckingham skipper Jonny Cater first ball.

With Chris Peploe coming on at the other end, Datchet maintained a strangle on the scoring rate and their pressure told as they bowled five maidens in six overs which culminated with Rob Large being run out as the batsman attempted a quick single.

Peploe then bowled Jack Wilkins for a duck and Buckingham had lost four wickets for eight runs to slip to 94-5.

Simon Myatt led the recovery in positive fashion, though, as a partnership of 34 with Tomlinson boosted Buckingham’s hopes although both departed in quick succession.

Tomlinson made 26 and Myatt 24 before Jack Parish and Callum Price came together for the eighth wicket and looked to be pro-active and keep the runs coming.

They added 45 at better than a run-a-ball before Tom Lambert returned to bowl Price for 28 (26 balls), while some late hitting from James Gear (14 off 15 balls) and Parish, who finished unbeaten on 35 from 30 balls, boosted the Buckingham total to 209-8.

With the rain on the way, Naylor started the reply positively but Callum Price struck at the other end, having Peploe caught behind for one.

Datchet moved the score on to 54-1 from 14 overs when the rain eventually got too heavy and the umpires brought the players off and that would prove to be the end of the match.

Neither side lose ground on their rivals though as the weather claimed all five fixtures in the Division.

Buckingham are away to Oxford this weekend.