A round up of all the cricket action from across Aylesbury Vale and beyond as the curtain closes on another season.
AYLESBURY TOWN CC
Aylesbury hosted Downley seconds having already sealed top spot in Division 2 of the Mid Bucks League.
Captain Farooq decided a change was needed but this didn’t make much difference to Aylesbury as talented young Bilal ur Rehman opened and was the rock that the innings was built on with a solid 73 not out.
He was supported by Paul Cherry (25) who came to the wicket and added impetus to the innings with an array of boundaries. Philip Thurairrajah (17) carried the momentum forwards which laid the platform for Bilal and Farooq Mohammed (23) to become more expansive as Aylesbury posted 192-6 in their 40 overs.
In reply Downley started off positively and Aylesbury were in need of a breakthrough which Farooq provided taking 2-40. Farooq then introduced Annis who blew the opposition away as no-one could cope with his pace and swing to achieve the bowling performance of the season with 7-21. Downley were finally dismissed for 110 thanks to a run-out. This concludes the league season for Aylesbury who now look forward to taking on local rivals Kimble for Woolcott Cup this weekend.
Cublington won by 38 runs to end the season on a high against winless Ivinghoe and Pitsone seconds.
Batting first, Cubs’ Steve and Matthew George set about the bowling, determined to outdo each other and set a platform for victory. However, despite what might be a record opening partnership for a father/son combination of 152 (inside 21 overs), the Ivinghoe and Pitstone bowlers stuck to their task and managed to take 10 wickets for 93 runs, with Jack Cowley the pick of the bunch with a maiden 5-37. Cubs set a target of 246 to win from 50 overs.
In reply, at 200-6, with plenty of overs left, it looked like a tight finish. Matt George was introduced to the attack and Tom Gadsby came back, and they took one wicket each before Declan Carroll returned and dismissed Culley with a smart stumping by Steve Bullock. The last wicket fell in the same over and a 38 run win was achieved, albeit somewhat closer than Cubs had hoped at the outset.
Dinton CC slipped to a three run defeat to Reading in the Home Counties at Oxford Road. Batting first, Reading’s opening pair Gaur and Waghela started well adding 67 before a mix up between the two ended in Gaur being run out for 17. Riston and Waghela then took the game to the Dinton bowlers and added 61 at a run a ball pace before Riston fell to the accurate Woodward. Waghela continued on playing some lovely timed shots all around the wicket, Waghela eventually fell to Burrows LBW for a well made 98. Unfortunately none of the other Reading Batsmen could support Waghela and Reading finished on 217 all out.
Dinton’s reply could have started better, however, Liam Gough lost his off stump first ball of the innings. Dinton recovered from this early setback, Woodward and Smith shared a patient 70 run stand before Smith fell LBW for 36. Captain Mike Sutliff wasted little time getting his innings up and running, the pair added 49 before Woodward was stumped off a wide for a well made 54. Dinton were delicately placed on 142-4 and still needed 75 runs. But just as they started to take control they lost Sutliff for 29. Saunders and Wilcox got to the last over needing 10 and it came down to the last ball with four required to win or three to tie but unfortunately the Hermits could not get over the line.
The villagers knew they had to win both of their last two games and hope results went in their favour if they were to avoid relegation. They faced fellow strugglers Bagpuize who were already safe. Captain Davies won the toss and opted to bowl.
Opener Arthur Verdin made 54 and number 4 Toby Ricks 98. Only J Cox (18) made double figures and they got the prolific Martin Shepherd out cheaply. However, when Bagpuize were all out in the last over a score of 220 was a worthy effort. Neil Davies was the hosts’ best bowler with 3 for 40 and Matt Ricketts got two late wickets to finish with 2 for 8.
Things did not look good when the villagers subsided to 38 for 3, but Davies was still there and with the help of Ricketts (17) they added 68 for the fourth wicket, and when the latter was out the captain added a further 92 with Alex Hubert (30 n.o.). Unfortunately with 23 needed to win Davies was run out by a direct hit for a superb 104.
This left Hubert and Hignell to score the remaining runs which they did with two overs to spare, Hignell finishing with 14 not out, although extras of nearly 30 also helped Chearsley’s cause. A great win unfortunately marred by the news that Wallingford had beaten East Oxford and were safe consigning the villagers to life in Division 5 next year.
Wendover 1 finished the Mid Bucks League season as runners-up in Division 1, despite a disappointing defeat away to Knotty Green. Batting first, Wendover lost three early wickets before Jon Merrell struck 24 and Seb Barr scored a fine 49 including 10 fours. It was left to Tom McPartlan coming in at nine to boost the innings and he ended with an excellent 32* in the all out total of 166. Knotty Green in reply lost regular wickets and one to a breathtaking catch by Seb Barr, but despite George Robinson taking 3 for 43, their 8th wicket pair added 31 to win by three wickets.
In Division 2, Wendover 2 needed to win against Frieth at home. Frieth batted first and after a slow start, Brandon Ridgley claimed 2 wickets in 2 balls to reduce the visitors to 17 for 2 in 8 overs. A good performance in the field kept things tight and Shanil Patel and Kush Bhargava were both involved in run outs, assisted by keeper Tom Pain in Frieth’s total of 159 for 7 off their 40 overs. Ridgley was the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 20 off 10 overs.
Shanil Patel led the reply and added 84 for the 2nd wicket with the Chris Watts 28. Patel then shared a partnership of 35 for the 4th wicket with Tom Grace (28) before he was bowled on 143 for a superb 76, which included seven fours and two sixes. Although there was a brief flurry of wickets, the hard work had been done and a Wendover victory was achieved by four wickets.
PRINCES RISBOROUGH CC
Promotion chasing Wargrave won the toss and elected to field against Risborough 2 at the weekend.
Risborough got off to a steady start with openers Andrew Pitt 21 and Rory Johnston 19, but two quick wickets bought Oli Blundell and skipper Damien Pitt together to put on a partnership of 80. Damien (40) smashed a full toss down the throat of mid on and Oli (51) followed his skipper back to the pavilion also falling to the full toss and was clean bowled.
Andy Peattie kept the runs flowing (31) which saw Risborough to 206 for 7. S Morton took 4 for 54 for Wargrave.
An opening partnership of 71 between woods (31) and Noah (39) got Wargrave off to a good start. This was followed up by Lunnon, who was playing his first game in three years, as he scored 47 and moss 46 not out to see Wargrave to 207 for 5. Chris Bowden 3 for 36 and Matt Gunnell 2 for 36. Wargrave won by 5 wickets to secure promotion and were congratulated by Risborough.
Haddenham ended their Kookaburra Mid Bucks League Premier Division Campaign with defeat at home to Ley Hill on Saturday to finish seventh in the 10-team league. Haddenham could only make 87-10 while Ley Hill struck 216-5.
Meanwhile, Haddenham’s seconds were also beaten by three runs at Hampden. The hosts put on 109-2 but Haddenham’s second string fell just short on 106-10.