Rob gives it large as Buckingham blitz Banbury

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Buckingham are through to the third round of the HCPL T20 competition after a stunning century from Rob Large steered them to a 114-run thrashing over Banbury.

With the threat of rain around Banbury won the toss against Buckingham and chose to bowl first, but this would prove a fatal decision.

Ash Pearson and Large opened the batting for Buckingham and started steadily before accelerating during the powerplay.

They put on 52 in the first six overs before powering through the gears and pushing the run-rate to above 10-an-over as both batsmen passed 50 in double-quick time.

Large then went crazy as he dismantled the Banbury attack to smash a century from just 44 balls with the opening duo reaching 186 inside 16 overs when Pearson departed for 65 from 47 balls, but Large continued to score freely and reach 143 from 58 balls, while late hitting from Jonny Cater (18) took Buckingham up to a formidable 251-3 in 20 overs.

In reply, Buckingham picked up the two Banbury openers cheaply before the rain arrived with the score 25-2 from four overs.

A nervous wait followed with Town needing to bowl five overs to constitute a game, however play did resume without the loss of any overs.

Sabin and William Hawtin put on 50 in six overs before Simon Myatt removed Sabin for 30 followed by Ben Stafford dismissing Karl Penhale.

Hawtin (28) was joined by Jamie Coles (27) and they added 34 but the required rate kept climbing and when they both went in quick succession the innings slowed and Banbury eventually finished 137-8.

Jack Wilkins finished with figures of 2-22 from four overs.

The previous day, Buckingham were on the wrong end of a blistering 271 from Australian Ben Abott whose superb double ton led Tring Park to a massive total of 462-7 from 50 overs in a pre-season friendly.

With a successful run chase extremely unlikely, Buckingham settled for a practice session as openers Ash Pearson and Steve Brunning both played well for their half centuries.

Pearson went onto make 80 while Jonny Cater (45) and Simon Myatt (22) chipped in with late runs as Buckingham finished on 284-7.