For the first time this season both Chearsley Cricket Club teams were celebrating victories over the weekend.
The firsts travelled to top of the table Tiddington IIs in Cherwell League Division Four and ended their unbeaten start to the season.
Skipper James Veness lost the toss and, with possibly the strongest outfit this season, was put into bat first.
It didn’t start well for the visitors when both openers fell for 12, but a stand of 38 between Matt Ricketts (24) and top scorer Will Sawrey-Cookson, playing his first game this term, steadied the innings.
The latter also added 69 for the sixth-wicket with Ed Holland, who made 33, but the most unexpected partnership was for the ninth-wicket between Owen Fisher, who made a career best 43, including three maximums, and Tom Gadsby (14no). They put on 54 to take Chearsley to an impressive total of 226.
Luke Harley (4-61) was the home side’s best bowler.
Tiddington’s reply started disastrously as Ed Holland ripped through the top order, taking the first five wickets for 21, reducing the hosts to 25-5.
Neil Smith, with a top score of 42, attempted to salvage the situation but no-one else scored more than 13 and the match was all over in just the 26th over with Tiddington dismissed for a paltry 113.
Marc Hignell also starred with the ball, taking three for 17. The result sees Chearsley up to eighth in Division Four.
Chearsley IIs, meanwhile, entertained Stokenchurch IIs and stand-in captain Larry Warr lost the toss and the visitors chose to bat.
Gary Murton and Pete Langford put on 42 for the first wicket but, when the latter fell on 19, the innings rapidly fell away despite Murton’s resistance as he made 39.
The evergreen Mark Claridge was the main destroyer with 6-34 and Jake Bowman took two wickets for one run at the other end as the visitors only mustered 106 in 36 overs.
The run chase should have been straightforward for Chearsley but they were soon in trouble at 10-2
Claridge and Sam Warren (10) added 29 and John Holland and Claridge (63) put on 54 before both fell within sight of victory, meaning it was left to Bowman and Warr to wrap up the win in the 30th over with four wickets to spare.
In Mid Bucks League Division One, Wendover were at Hawridge & Cholesbury.
The hosts elected to bat first and quickly raced to 73 for no wicket inside 15 overs.
Then Tom Cornick (4-55) and Dave Gulliver’s 10-5-21-3 turned the game back in Wendover’s favour as Hawridge were reduced to 113-6, only for a defiant ninth-wicket partnership involving Jones (30no) to hold the visitors up as Hawridge eventually finished on 178-9 from 40 overs.
In reply, James Harrington made a watchful 47 but the rest of Wendover’s batsmen struggled to come to terms with the variable bounce and climbing run-rate. Skipper Seb Barr (20) was the only other batsman to make double figures as the team collapsed from 79-3 to 94 all out in 30 overs.
In Division Two, Lacey Green IIs batted first against Wendover IIs and put on 63 in 14 overs before Jonathan Seabrook broke through.
Some poor fielding and catching aided the visitors, but Seabrook’s five for 49 including four wickets in two overs, which included two great catches by James Heafford at mid on and one by Bob Glue at slip, brought about a collapse to 122-7 off 27 overs.
Thirty-nine was added for the eighth wicket before a wicket for Chris Hunt (8.2-2-26-1) and a run out wrapped up the innings for 168 all out.
Nick Heafford batted positively and struck a fine 45 off 42 balls with eight fours out of 64 for the first wicket. Kush Bhargava made 30 and James Heafford played well for 31.
At 147-5, Bob Glue (19no) and Paul Merrell (12no) then guided Wendover home to victory by five wickets and with seven overs to spare.
On Sunday, Wendover got off to a flying start at GM Pelicans, with George Robinson striking 24 off 12 balls before Nick Morley (59) and Jim Henderson (24) added 87.
With Andy Holmes (22) and other contributions from the rest of the order, Wendover declared on 223-8.
Chris Morley (7-2-25-2) took two wickets in two balls before Pelicans staged a recovery, but two stunning boundary catches by Nick Morley and Jack Wells arrested their progress. However, Wendover were unable to take enough wickets and the hosts finished on 206-5 to draw the match
Wendover U14s won their final Bucks League game at Marlow, where Wendover made 143-3 off 20 overs, with Danny Grace (42no) and Ben Pope striking a 23-ball 50 (eight fours, two sixes).
Marlow were always behind the run-rate in their chase although could still have won in the last over, but closed on 130-3, leaving Wendover winners by 13 runs.