Leighton lose, but climb the table

Leighton Buzzard vs Thame
Leighton Buzzard vs Thame

Leighton Buzzard lost their first game of the season on Saturday, but still climbed the Cherwell League Division 1 table to claim third spot.

Thame inflicted the two wicket defeat at Bell Close to remain second in the standings, but with Tiddington coming up shot against Twyford picking up eight points, Leighton netted 12 to move into third place in the league.

Leighton Buzzard vs Thame

Leighton Buzzard vs Thame

The home side won the toss and batted first, and they made a quick fire start with 27 runs on the board after just 4 overs but Chris Thompson (16) was caught at cover point trying to fend off a rising delivery.

Antony Francis (32) and Tom Light (28) continued playing some attacking shots but the introduction of spin bowlers held the batsmen in check and the run rate slowed.

Francis was lbw and Light caught by the wicket keeper, both falling to spin bowlers.

Phillip Whatmore (54) was more cautious than usual but he was run out unnecessarily with the score on 150 .

Adam Culley (23no) tried to hold the tail together but Dave Roberts (2) Jack Kempster (0) and Lee Selfe (1) soon departed back to the pavilion.

Dan Scott (22) crashed 3 sixes in his innings which lasted just 10 balls. Sam Roberts managed 6 runs but Leighton had rather faded from a solid start to 194-9 . Mushtaq (4-56) was the pick of the bowlers.

Thame then made an excellent start with opening bat Sutcliffe racing to 50 runs off just 15 scoring shots. He had reached 60 when he was bowled in Selfe’s second over. Town were now looking to get some control of proceedings using their spin bowlers.

Selfe duly obliged taking the wickets of Nielson (4) Higgs (26) Mushtaq (3) and Furness (2) and at 111-5 the home side were back in the contest and Selfe had all of the wickets.

Light trapped Taylor lbw for 8 and keeper Tim O’Leary then pulled off a tremendous leg side stumping of Garg (35) off quick bowler Sam Roberts. The same bowler then trapped Lachlan lbw for 9 and the visitors were now 174-8.

However overseas player Jarryd McPhee (35no) was able to take Thame to victory at 195-8 with just 10 balls of the match remaining.

Lee Selfe 5-45, Sam Roberts 2-17 and Tom Light 1-55 achieved Leighton’s successes.

Thame take 25 points and Leighton take 12 and this moves them up to 3rd position in the league.

In Division 4, Leighton 2nds travelled to play at Brackley.

They encountered early difficulties when two of their players were injured in the prematch warm-up.

The home side won the toss and batted first. Yogesh Mistry captured two early wickets with successful lbw appeals.

However one of the injuries was to one of the bowlers and this depleted the Leighton bowling attack.

Alan Priestley and Yogesh Mistry were called upon to bowl 17 overs each without a break. They did so and in a creditable performance only conceded 105 runs.

The home side took full advantage of the situation and in the second part of their innings they piled up the runs. The main contributors were Lowe (85no) who was dropped three times and opening bat Carpenter (75).

Brackley were able to declare on 222-6 after 50 overs. Mistry and Alfie Ruston were the wicket takers and there were three run outs.

Town made a disappointing start losing three early wickets for 15 runs. Richard Raine (16) and Scott Clark (23) added a modicum of respectability to the score but it soon became clear at 61-5 that a rear guard action was require to avoid defeat. Town’s tail enders then lasted out for 33 overs. James Raine(29 runs) batted for an hour. Mistry (21) faced 97 deliveries Priestley (5) lasted for 6 overs as the home players became more frustrated and agitated at their failure to bowl Leighton out.

Kirk Brazier and Rob Scott were still there at the end of the match to help Leighton avoid defeat with the score standing on 141-9.

The result sees Leighton slip to seventh in the league.