Season has silverware lining as Town reclaim the Woolcott Cup

Aylesbury Town Cricket Club with the shield after their Woolcott Cup win
Aylesbury Town Cricket Club with the shield after their Woolcott Cup win

Aylesbury Town rounded off a successful season by adding some silverware to their promotion when they beat Kimble in the Woolcott Cup.

After securing promotion from Mid Bucks League Division Two after a barnstorming league season, the club reclaimed the shield in overcast conditions.

Town won the toss and elected to field first. Knowing that Kimble would have selected a strong team to defend their title, Town would need to bowl and field impeccably.

The best laid plans didn’t quite work as Kimble got off to flyer scoring 60 off the first 12 overs in this 40 over match.

Town continued to plug away to restrict Kimble to 100-3 at the midway point.

After drinks, Town hit a purple patch taking the next seven Kimble wickets for 80 runs, leaving Town 181 to reclaim the shield.

The pick of the bowlers were Stainton (4-30) and Akeel (4-21) while Kimble’s best batsmen were Stackhouse (33), Richards (31) and Dumbarton(25).

In response Town could not have got off to a worse start, as they lost both openers with a mere 11 runs on the board.

Things then went from bad to worse for Town as they were then reduced to 32-5 early on and staring defeat in the face.

When drinks finally came along Town were limping at 90-7.

But up stepped Jameel and Muhaib who went boundary crazy taking the Town total to 150-7 to set up a tantalising finale.

Jameel eventually fell for an entertaining 58, leaving Muhaib (32 not out) and Stainton (19 not out) to hit the winning runs with three overs and two wickets to spare. Town secured victory on 184-8 and a satisfying end to a fine season of success. Pick of the Kimble bowlers were Skeggs (2-36) and Semmens (2-17).