Thompson among the wickets as Cater guides Buckingham home

Will Thompson
Will Thompson

Buckingham Town backed up their opening day win over Shipton with a second successive victory as they comfortably overwhelmed Amersham to set the early pace in Division Two of the HCPL.

Town put the hosts into bat and opening bowler Simon Myatt picked up an early wicket for the visitors while opener Hugh Jackson did the majority of the scoring for Amersham.

Jack Parish came on after 10 overs and took a wicket in his second over before Myatt removed Jackson for 34 to leave the score 61-3.

Bruce Friderichs, who had scored two centuries and two half centuries in his previous five games against Buckingham, arrived at number four and began quickly but departed for just 17 when stumped off Will Thompson.

Two more quick wickets fell to leave Amersham struggling on 95-6 approaching the halfway mark of the innings

Paul Langley made 21 batting at number seven before he was also dismissed by Thompson whose spell of 4-28 from 10 overs left the home side reeling at 128-8.

But some much-needed lower-order hitting from Stuart Rogers (31) and Alexander Lines (22no) saw Amersham reach a competitive 181-9 as Myatt (2-31) and Parish (2-27) took the remaining wickets.

Buckingham made a terrible start in reply when Alexander Lines bowled Ash Pearson in only the third over, before Steve Brunning settled and was starting to score fluently when he was caught and bowled by Matthew Chapman for 26 to leave the score 47-2.

Leigh Tomlinson and Jonny Cater came together and despite a couple of close quick singles, looked in control as they put on a partnership of 73 to maintain a steady run-rate.

Amersham brought Lines back into the attack who broke the partnership as he had Tomlinson caught behind for 34 and followed that up by having Rob Large caught at fine leg in his next over.

Cater carried on, though, supported by Jack Wilkins (12), and brought up his 50 from 53 balls.

Wilkins fell just before the end but Buckingham got over the line to win by five wickets with over 17 overs to spare. Cater finished unbeaten on 71 from 61 balls.

Buckingham host Datchet this weekend.