Pip sets the tone as Cubs hold leaders to thrilling draw

Pip Webb
Pip Webb

Pip Webb struck an excellent unbeaten 167 as Cublington batted first on a pleasant day at Bledlow Village and posted a strong 284-9 in Cherwell League Division Three.

That total included 70 runs from the final five overs as useful contributions came from Bridgen (35), Coote (29) and Rodnight (22) but it was Webb who did the damage as he batted the full 53 overs, smashing 18 fours and nine sixes.

In reply, an attacking field helped Bledlow off to a good start before Darling made the breakthrough and wickets and runs then came regularly.

Rodnight and Sear bagged two apiece while Darling returned to take four wickets.

Bledlow stayed with the required run-rate, however, with Bartlett scoring 109, and it all came down to the final over with Bledlow needing 15 and Cublington one wicket.

But neither could sneak over the line, meaning a share of the spoils after a highly-entertaining match.

Meanwhile, girls cricket only recently started at Cublington yet they are already making their mark.

Although the two girls teams at U11 and U13 level are yet to play fixtures against other sides, three newcomers to the game turned out for the boys U10 team this week.

Severely weakened with players on holiday, the U10s called upon Lara Sparke, Phoebe O’Callaghan and Charlotte Thorne to play their first game against Stony Stratford.

Although losing the match, the girls provided the star performances, all three giving a solid batting display followed up with an even stronger bowling performance, particularly Lara who bowled two experienced Stony batsmen.

The U12s had two comfortable victories this week, beating Bletchley by 10 wickets and North Crawley by 98 runs.

Having bowled out Bletchley for a mere 29, Cublington knocked the target off in less than three overs without the loss of a wicket, Charlie Birch finishing on 23 not out.

An equally one-sided match with Crawley saw Cubs bat first and post 158-3 in 20 overs with great knocks from Tom Powell-Williams, Orson Salha and Jamie Hardings.

Cublington completed victory by bowling out Crawley for 60, Jai Horwood marking his debut with two wickets.

A young U9s side were on the wrong end of defeat at Wendover despite stand out displays from Ethan Taank and Alfie Taylor, while the U13s won again when comprehensively beating Stewkley.