Aylesbury Town travelled to local rivals Haddenham on the hottest day of the season so far and left the hosts feeling scorched with a six wicket win.
Haddenham decided to bat first on a pitch that showed inconsistent bounce at times. The Aylesbury opening attack had a new look due to unavailability but Jabrhan(2-39) made early inroads.
Despite the early wickets the remaining opener took to the Aylesbury bowling making 44 before captain Farooq came on to bowl and show how it should be done removing the dangerous batsman before going on to take 5-16 in a great spell of controlled bowling that helped restrict Haddenham to 124 all out.
Town lost opener Graham Tennant to a freak run out with the stumps being aimed at one end only to hit the stumps at the other end. This brought the in-form Philip Thurairrajah (23) to the crease to join Paul Cherry (16).
They were going along steadily but a mini collapse lefts things in the balance. Imtiaz (26 not out) and Sami (19) stabilised the innings, though, with a mixture of defence and confident strokeplay. Sami being removed with the win in touching distance as Aylesbury triumphed by six wickets.
Meanwhile in our featured match this week, Town’s seconds took on their Waddesdon counterparts and secured what is only their second win of the season so far.
Town got off to a good start, taking an early wicket. Momentum swayed throughout and there were contributions throughout the Waddesdon line-up with M Johnson top scoring on 48 not out and S Best notching 34.
The pick of the Town bowlers were N O’Leary, J Ali and U Ali with.
The home side’s reply got off to a thundering start with 20 coming off the first over, although this was not the sign of things to come as Waddesdon reduced them to 32-2 early on.
After this shaky start the two batsmen got their heads down and produced a gritty innings with skipper O’Leary scoring his second consecutive half century (55) and U Ali with 37. With U Ali’s dismissal at 93-3 things seemed to be going well and this position was consolidated when J Ali came in and scored a fluent 33. Much like the first team, after a mini-collapse, it was down to numbers 8 ( S Stainton) and 9 (I Khan) to knock off the remaining runs and secure Aylesbury’s second victory of the season.