Town make losing return to the Home Counties League

Jonny Cater
Jonny Cater

Buckingham Town made a losing return to the Home Counties Premier League when they were beaten by six wickets in their opening game at Shipton-Under-Wychwood.

With rain around, Buckingham lost the toss and were put into bat by Shipton, although the poor weather meant a delayed start with the game reduced to 45 overs a side.

Anupam Sanklecha opened the bowling for the home side and took the early wicket of Harry Martin in a tight opening spell which went for just three runs in five overs.

Rob Large was positive at the other end, scoring 40 at better than a run-a-ball before edging Charlie Brain to slip, and two further wickets fell as Buckingham reached 101-4 with 18 overs to go.

Jonny Cater and Jack Parish then put on 34 at a run-a-ball to give Buckingham some impetus heading towards the powerplay and final 10 overs, but when Parish was stumped for 16, the innings stalled as three wickets fell for 12 runs, with Cater (41) top scoring.

Steve Lewis saw the innings through to a close with an unbeaten 33, including 13 from the final over, as Buckingham ended on 192-8. Sanklecha finished with 2-21 and George Seacole claimed 2-31.

In reply, Jason Ell claimed the early wicket of Tim Senior as he and Simon Myatt bowled tidily with the new ball.

Vish Valambhia came on first change and removed Shipton skipper Simon Hole for 19 and at 55-2 in the 19th over, the asking rate had climbed to over 5-an-over and the game was in the balance.

However, Jamie Perkin came in at four and his superb innings completely transformed the match as he attacked the bowlers, bringing up 50 from just 42 balls in a stand of 106 from 19 overs with Andrew Hemming (55).

He was finally dismissed by Myatt for 70 but although Town also removed Hemming, the hosts eased to the target with nine balls to spare.

Town host Finchampstead this weekend.