Selfe sticks it to Tiddington as his fifer helps Leighton to win

Leighton Buzzard 2nds' Andy Smith
Leighton Buzzard 2nds' Andy Smith

After two difficult weeks saw Leighton Buzzard drop out of Cherwell League Division 1 title contention, they bounced back to form with a thumping win over Tiddington.

Lee Selfe was the orchestrator as he took fifer, while Dan Scott and Jack Kempster did the business with the bat to see Leighton over the line with seven wickets in hand.

Chris Thompson takes the catch for LB 2nds

Chris Thompson takes the catch for LB 2nds

Sam Roberts soon made his presence felt as he trapped opener Cooper(24) leg before wicket and then caught and bowled home captain Maule (0).

Lee Selfe came in to the attack and soon bowled Vaughan (20) and when Phil Whatmore snapped up a catch at slip off the bowling of Tom Light to remove Chris Goodman (16) the score was 101-4 off 31 overs.

The home side innings was being held together by Talbot (56) but he soon fell to Selfe when Adam Culley took a high catch fielding on the boundary.

The Culley/Selfe combination was then repeated to remove Will Goodman (7) . Pykett (38) whacked 6 fours in his brief innings but fell to an excellent catch by Antony Francis to give Jack Kempster his first wicket of the afternoon.

He promptly took his second when he bowled Smith (0) and Selfe finished off the innings with the final 2 wickets in 3 balls.

The closing score for Tiddington was 188 from 49 overs. Selfe 5-53, Kempster 2-15, Sam Roberts 2-36 and Light 1-48 were the successful bowlers.

Leighton made a poor start in response, losing Francis in the first over for a duck. Scott Clark (3) soon followed and Town were 8-2 and looking rocky. Whatmore (26) crashed 6 quick fours but was then lbw. This brought together Jack Kempster and Dan Scott.

After a cautious start Scott played his best innings of the season with some powerful hitting especially through but particularly over the mid wicket area of the field.

One particular shot cleared a 25 foot fence supposedly protecting some neighbouring property.

Kempster too was playing an important role with some careful defensive play supported by aggressive hitting.

The century partnership came up after 22 overs and although the home captain tried 7 different bowler he was simply unable to break the partnership.

The runs continued to flow at around 6 an over and it was Kempster (52no) who struck the winning boundary to take Leighton to victory at 189-3.

It brought up his own half century, and also clocked up a partnership of 150. Scott (89no) struck 9 fours and 6 sixes and really deserved a century for his sterling efforts.

Leighton Seconds took an important step towards avoiding relegation with a second successive victory on this occasion over Kimble Firsts.

On a very hot and humid afternoon Town won the toss and, in a mood of optimism and confidence, opted to field first.

Their opening bowlers put in a major shift with Yogesh Mistry bowling 15 overs and Alan Priestley 10 overs.

They kept the visitors in check and after 20 overs Kimble had only managed to score 43 runs with Town’s openers taking one wicket each.

Run scoring seemed quite pedestrian at times but this suited Town as their patience and effort was resulting in wickets falling. Ben Smith, Leighton’s wicket keeper, was having a good game taking 3 catches .

The introduction of Gareth Benger into the bowling attack worked well for the home team as he took 4 wickets in 14 deliveries to end the visitors effort on 162 all out.

Benger 4-22, Andy Smith 2-20, Mistry 2-14 and one each for Greg Cooper and Priestley gave Town a fighting chance of success.

Although James Raine was out first ball for a duck Kirk Brazier(32) and Will Smith (15) were going at 6 per over. Chris Thompson included 7 fours and a six in his timely 43 runs as Leighton made good progress to 112-5.

A vital partnership then came from Mistry (23 not out) and Mark Burfoot (25) to bring Leighton level with the visitors and Mistry scored the winning run to leave the score on 163-6 and give Town a maximum of 25 points.

With just 2 games left in the season, Town are not safe yet but if they can repeat this type of performance and effort, they now have the opportunity of saving themselves.