Buckingham IIIs hold nerve to clinch victory in last ball thriller

Bob Hutt
Bob Hutt

Buckingham Town IIIs survived a dramatic late collapse to clinch a thrilling final ball victory over Oxford IVs.

Oxford won the toss and elected to bat first and the opening pair made a steady start, putting on 70 for the first wicket, before Town’s skipper Anant Peshavaria brought on Chris Coates, who dismissed Alva (41) with his first ball.

Coates and Ben Cater produced some tight bowling to contain Oxford as the pair picked up all 10 wickets between them to limit Oxford to 158 all out. Coates finished with excellent figures of 7-39 while Cater picked up 3-48.

Buckingham lost an early wicket in reply but young Josh Whitehead and Ernie McDade consolidated with a 72-run partnership before McDade was caught behind for 37.

Whitehead (36), Alex Jenden (18) and Chris Coates (28) all made contributions to put Town on course for what seemed a comfortable win.

However, Oxford’s bowlers hadn’t given up and took five quick wickets when Town just needed 14 runs to win, with three wickets coming in the final over of the match.

With the match tied and just one ball remaining, Town’s last batsman, veteran Bob Hutt, arrived at the crease knowing the result hung on the final ball. Despite being surrounded by fielders, Hutt used all his experience to coolly stroke the final ball to the cover boundary and so securing a memorable win and placing Town fourth in Cherwell League Division Seven.