First win in seven for Buckingham after Rob goes Large

Rob Large
Rob Large

Without a win in their six Home Counties timed games so far, Buckingham travelled to Datchet on Saturday looking to get their season back on track and they did just that with a five-wicket victory.

Winning the toss and batting first, Chris Peploe and Steve Naylor opened up for Datchet, putting on 22 before both fell in consecutive overs.

Firstly, Naylor was given out caught behind off Josh Nix before Peploe fell to the same dismissal off Callum Price.

Eswar Krishnamurthy and Gareth Harte then teamed up, and after a slow start began to build a partnership and increase the rate once the opening bowlers were replaced.

They had put on 61, with Harte doing the majority of the scoring, when Krishnamurthy was bowled by Jack Parish for 20, while Harte went on to reach his 50 (85 balls) as Datchet reached lunch on 106-3.

Buckingham started with the spinners after lunch, and Harte and James Morris played positively as they scored 54 runs in the first eight overs of the session.

Harte again dominated a stand of 87, and had reached 89 when he was bowled by Will Thompson before Nix bowled Morris in the next over for 35, followed by two more wickets for Thompson as Datchet lost four wickets for three runs in in just 15 balls.

Adam Jones struck some late boundaries but the Buckingham bowlers didn’t release the pressure and wrapped up the innings for 207. Thompson took five for 62 while Nix finished with 3-39.

The run chase didn’t start well for Buckingham when Tom Lambert removed both openers inside the first 10 overs to reduce Town to 37-2.

Rob Large and Jonny Cater came together and saw the visitors through to tea with a partnership of 35, leaving the score 72-2 from 21 overs.

After tea, Peploe kept one end tight for Datchet, but unfortunately failed to find any support from the other as Large was able to score freely against the rest of the bowlers.

Well supported by Cater, he brought up his 50 from 59 balls to bring the required number of runs down below 100.

The pair put on 116 and Large was looking well set for his century when he was adjudged lbw by the returning Lambert for 91 (100 balls).

Peploe followed that up by removing Ash Pearson for a duck as Datchet briefly sensed a chance to get back into the game, however Cater kept calm and continued on towards the target.

Buckingham did lose Simon Myatt for 16 with 20 runs still needed for victory, but Cater saw them over the line to win by five wickets as he finished 49 not out.

The win takes Buckingham back above their hosts and into fourth place in HCPL Division Two.

Table-topping Oxford are the visitors to Buckingham this weekend.