Town push further clear at the top

Wayne Platts
Wayne Platts

Buckingham Town have extended their lead to 42 points at the top of Cherwell League Division One following a four-wicket win over Tiddington.

Following another delayed start, Saturday’s game was reduced to a 42/36 over a-side encounter, with Tiddington winning the toss and choosing to bat first.

Opening bowlers Wayne Platts and Lester Smart picked up where they had left off the previous week, quickly reducing the hosts to 13-3.

Platts finished with 4-19 in an 11 over spell as Tiddington’s top five made only 34 between them before Will Goodman and Matt Johnson offered some resistance with a stand of 27 for the sixth wicket.

However, Goodman fell to Jason Ell, and when spinners James Gear and Jack Parish took three wickets in six balls, Tiddington were 92-9.

A final wicket partnership of 39 from 34 balls between Chris Goodman (32no) and Sam Hollingshead (17) gave Tiddington something to bowl at as they were all out for 131.

In response, Ash Pearson and Callum Price looked in little trouble against the opening bowlers to put on 53 inside eight overs.

It took the run out of Pearson for 27 to break the stand, and this was followed shortly afterwards by the wicket of Price LBW to spinner Matt Johnson for 33.

Justin Frew (26) and Simon Myatt (17) took the score past 100 and at drinks the game appeared to be in the bag.

A spell of four wickets for 12 runs in six overs immediately after drinks saw Buckingham’s chase falter, however, before Jack Parish (14no) and Platts (6no) saw them over the line to make it five wins out of six and leave them with a strong lead at the top of the table going into the second half of the season.

Buckingham are at Thame Town this weekend.

The second team, meanwhile, claimed just their second win of the season with a four-wicket success over Sandford St Martin to move up to seventh place in Cherwell League Division Three.