Buckingham on verge of Division One title

Ash Pearson scored 41 in Buckingham's reply
Ash Pearson scored 41 in Buckingham's reply

Buckingham Town are on the verge of the Cherwell League Division One title following a seven-wicket victory over local rivals Twyford.

Twyford won the toss and chose to bat first, but they made a terrible start when Wayne Platts struck with his first ball to remove skipper Dave Powles LBW for a duck.

Platts then grabbed his second while Jason Ell also picked up a wicket as the home side stumbled to 23-3.

Rory Lyon and Bilal Afzal saw off the opening bowlers and steadied the innings with a partnership of 62 before Buckingham captain James Gear removed Lyon in his second over for 25, and followed it up with two more as Twyford faltered to 107-6.

Afzal was batting well, though, and he brought up his 50 from 67 balls, with Riaz offering support in a stand of 44.

Lester Smart came into the attack and removed Afzal for 59, however, before Gear took three more wickets to bowl Twyford out for 156 and finish with superb figures of 6-46.

Ash Pearson and Callum Price got the run chase off to a good start with a partnership of 61 before Rory Lyon came into the attack and bowled Price for 37.

Ben Laycock was promoted to number three and put on 43 with Pearson, and although the scoring rate slowed as Bilal Afzal and Lyon bowled economically, Buckingham rarely looked troubled during their reply.

Lyon removed both Pearson (41) and Laycock (25), but Simon Myatt (29no) and Jack Parish (11no) saw Buckingham over the line with more than 10 overs to spare.

With Wolverton dropping points against Tiddington, Buckingham are now 60 points clear at the top of the table and need just 16 points from their final three games to secure the title.

They could clinch the title with a win over Oxford this weekend.