Buckingham Town 2nds travelled to Kimble looking to complete the double over one of the league’s weaker teams.
On a pitch still drying out from overnight heavy rain winning the toss would prove important and Graham Judd called correctly and put the home side into bat.
Olly Burney produced an excellent spell of bowling capturing the prize wicket of Ben Mooney in his fourth over. Matt Dipple was unlucky not to take an early wicket as he saw a regulation catch spilled at cover point.
A double wicket maiden in Burney’s sixth over left Kimble reeling on 21-3.
A miserly spell of 1-11 from seven overs by Frank Johnson ensured the run rate stayed close to two runs per over. Rose and Semmens then provided some resistance as they pushed the score to 87-4.
A sharp leg side catch from stand-in wicket keeper Andy Thatcher accounted for the dismissal of Rose and Kimble then hit the self destruct button. Judd (2-9) and leading wicket taker Dom Pritchard (4-29) destroyed the tail end with the last six wickets falling in just 25 balls.
Wicket keeper Thatcher took two further catches and Ade Johnson with two catches offered good support to Town’s bowlers. Olly Plummer-Clarke and Harry Scarr both fielded well on their debuts.
The Kimble collapse saw the innings completed, all out for just 91.
With the pitch still offering some assistance to the bowlers batting remained challenging with opener Ade Johnson dismissed to a ball that leapt up from a good length.
Matt Thatcher soon followed and at 33-2 the home side were still very much in the game. Andy Thatcher knows only one way to bat, aggressively, and his run a ball 34 not out supported by a more measured innings of 30 not out from Judd snuffed out Kimble’s hopes of victory.
A four over mid-on sealed the eight wicket victory and a maximum 25 points for Buckingham’s second string.
>>Buckingham Town 3rds lost by 64 runs against Twyford 2nds in a match where bothsides were chasing promotion from Division 7 of the Cherwell League.
Twyford batting first scored a respectable 201 all out.
Town’s opening bowlers Ryan Spragg 1-35 and Chris Coates 4-62 did well at the start of the Twyford innings. Ben Elkington(71) and Ed Blight(34) top scored and for Town there was a brace of wickets for Ben Jones 2-32 and Mark James 2-0 and Ben Cater had 1-29.
Buckingham with only 10 players and a weakened side replied with 137 all out. Skipper Mark
James topscored with 24 and useful runs came from Ryan Spragg(22),Anant Peshavaria(22),
and both Ben Cater and Ryan Freshwater scored 19.For Twyford Nathan Perna was in fine
form with the ball taking 5-35.