Town’s youngsters suffer cup final defeat

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BUCKINGHAM Town U13s suffered a 52-run defeat to High Wycombe in the Bucks Cricket Board U13 Cup final.

Despite the team being comprised of nine U12s, Town produced a fine run to the final before running out of steam against Wycombe.

Skipper Albert Johnson elected to bowl first on a wet wicket and the visitors made an early breakthrough when Joseph Bowden captured a wicket in his first over.

Bowden then trapped Smith LBW in his second over before all-rounder Tom Taylor took two wickets in consecutive balls to reduce Wycombe to 34-4.

However, Will Hatton hit a quick-fire 32 that included six fours to rebuild the innings.

But Town continued to bowl well as Henry Larkin took three wickets while Patrick Allen picked up one himself.

A frustrating last-wicket stand of 21 was eventually brought to an end by Johnson following a smart stumping by Adam King as Wycombe were bowled out for 104.

In reply, Buckingham lost King in the third over and struggled to score against some excellent seam bowling from Alfie King and Yash Rastogi.

King conceded just five runs from his four overs as Bowden was the only batsman to get going.

With overs running out and the required run rate increasing, Town’s middle order fell cheaply in an attempt to find the boundaries required.

Once Bowden was dismissed for 24 following three glorious fours from back foot drives, the innings finished on 52-8 from 20 overs and Wycombe were confirmed as comfortable winners.