Wendover Cricket Club’s first team bounced back from last week’s defeat to Little Gaddesden with a tight six-run win at home to Prestwood in Division One of the Mid Bucks Cricket League this week.
Batting first, the hosts lost three early wickets as they made a slow start and limped to just 30-3 from 20 overs.
Bob Glue (32) helped hold the innings together and his partnership with Seb Barr (28) gave Wendover some impetus, but both were out trying to play big shots and the final total was a paltry 116, which appeared well below par.
In reply, Prestwood’s opener scored a quick 58 and they were handsomely poised at 70-1 off 17 overs and looked to be sailing towards victory, however Wendover struck back as Bob Glue dismissed the danger man and then Dave Gulliver triggered a huge collapse.
Gulliver was in superb form and he claimed match-winning figures of 10-4-28-6, including an exceptional caught-and-bowled, with Prestwood all out for 110.
Wendover 2nd XI took on Downley, who initially struggle as wicketkeeper Gareth Jenkins took a fantastic diving one-handed catch and Matt Travers grabbed 2-27, but they accelerated to 209-5 off 40 overs.
Kush Bhargava struck a fine 43 in Wendover’s reply and Joseph Glue contributed with 36, but it was left to Shailesh Govekar to smash his way to 32 not out (three fours and two sixes) as 37 was added for the seventh wicket, before the innings closed on 160-6 and defeat for Wendover 2nd XI by 49 runs.
In the Cherwell Cricket League, Chearsley notched their first win of the season when they beat struggling Kingston Bagpuize by two wickets in Division Four.
Acting captain Matt Ricketts won the toss and chose to bowl, and although they were missing a few batsmen, Chearsley were strengthened by Charlie Parker’s return.
Baggies struggled with the bat aside from a third-wicket stand of 67 between Arthur Verdin (40) and Chris Booth, who made 22.
At one stage they were well-placed on 156-5 before a late collapse saw them lose their last five wickets for just five runs, with Ricketts picking up 4-13 and Neil Davies 3-42.
Chearsley had 53 overs to get the runs and a third-wicket stand 50 between Ricketts (52) and Parker (20), put them well on their way at 95 when the latter was out.
Ed Holland (42no) held the rest of the innings together and although wickets fell regularly at the other end, Chearsley got home with two wickets and 12 overs to spare.
Unfortunately, Chearsley IIs had to forfeit their game through shortage of numbers.
Also in Division Four of the Cherwell League, Kimble fell to a second successive defeat when they were beaten by five wickets in a high-scoring game at Great Brickhill IIs.
Richards (45), Whitehead (49) and Rose (61no) all batted well as Kimble made a competitive 230-6 batting first, but a fine century from Prasad (124) guided Brickhill to the victory target inside just 38 overs.
This weekend, Chearsley host Great Brickhill while Kimble entertain Tiddington.
Dinton IIs were unable to continue the success of their first team as they lost to Shipton-Under-Wychwood IIs.
Shipton elected to bat first on a sunny afternoon and they recovered from 80-5 to post an imposing 255-9 from their 53 overs despite Ollie Chaplin (3-50) and Ash Smith taking three wickets apiece.
Dinton’s reply began promisingly through Smith and Tom Flint with the duo adding 32 in quick time before the wickets tumbled.
The scoring rate remained at five-an-over, largely thanks to contributions from Brennan Gough (21) and George Tomlin (19) but although Shaun Smith scored an excellent 73, they fell 27 runs short on 228 all out in the 43rd over.
Dinton IIIs enjoyed better fortunes when they recorded their first win of the season at home to Abingdon Vale.
The visitors batted first but slumped to a 123 all out as Barker (4-16) and Joe O’Sullivan (3-20) took seven wickets in a fine display.
Dinton had little trouble in chasing down the target in reply as Jamie Law hit two sixes in his 61, while Mortimer struck a useful 21 to help his side claim a comfortable victory by five wickets.
The result sees Dinton IIIs move up to sixth in Cherwell League Division Nine.