Dinton Cricket Club’s struggles continued when they slumped to a 76-run defeat away at Buckingham Town in HCPL Division Two.
In desperate need of an upturn in form, Dinton started well and restricted the home side to 70-4 but a crucial dropped catch when Rob Large was on just 20 proved decisive as the Buckingham batsman went on to score a century off 122 balls.
Impressive performances from Faisal Ali (1-57) and 17-year-old Ollie Woodward (3-55) failed to curb Buckingham’s innings and they ended on a very competitive 273-7.
Dinton’s reply started well with Faisal (19) and Brian Sanders (19) setting a strong platform, however the visitors continued their season-long trend of losing wickets in clumps, succumbing to 90-7 with almost 30 overs to bat.
A rear guard action from 17-year-old Ali Martin (47 not out), Woodward (14) and veteran Tim Brooker (24) gave a glimmer of saving the game before 14-year-old Lawrence Snookes (29) then added to the drama by coming together with Martin for a last wicket stand of 49, however it was all in vain as Snookes popped up a catch to mid-wicket with 20 balls remaining.
Speaking afterwards, a frustrated Dinton captain Alister Gibbins said: “We are in a hole at the moment and it is going to take some brave individuals to get us out of it.
“The young kids were superb and have been all year to be honest, what is needed from senior players is to feel hurt and embarrassed that they are getting shown up.
“They are all good players, but at the present time, the statistics are telling the tale”
Dinton travel to Aston Rowant next week to try and revive their season.
Dinton IIs also faced Buckingham as skipper Neil Davies won the toss and elected bat on a hot day at Oxford Road.
Ali Khan and Shaun Smith started solidly and put on 45 before Smith was bowled for a well-compiled 17, and Khan followed soon after for 24 and when Matt Kellaway was given out leg before for five, the Hermits were in trouble at 53-3.
Danny Mortimer (19) and Dan Ripley (36) began to rebuild before late contributions from George Tomlin (20) and Ollie Chaplin (34) saw Dinton post 181 all out in 47 overs.
Buckingham stuttered at the start of their reply as Pete Baker and Shaun Smith removed both openers cheaply and further wickets fell via Chaplin and Allison to reduce Town to 110-5.
However, the visitors battled their way to the victory target with 34 extras, including 26 wides, hurting Dinton.