CricX - Overseas v UK XI - 23/08/18

Portrait - Dinushka Malan 5 wickets

In our penultimate game of the summer, our CricX stars went head-to-head at Buckingham Town, yesterday.

In the battle of our “Overseas” and “English” stars (featuring a couple of Aussie imports), the former gained bragging rights, chasing down 231 in just 34.1 overs, for the loss of 7 wickets.

Batting first, after a promising 37-run opening partnership between skipper and Dorking run-machine, Bradley Erasmus (26) and Sunbury’s Austrian international Armaan Randhawa, the Minor Counties / MCCU-studded English side were reduced to 66-5, courtesy of Sri Lankan quicks, Lahiru Samarakoon (Camberley) and Dinushka Malan (Sutton Coldfield).

Oskar Kolk (Cardiff MCCU / Wales / Normandy), Drew Brierley (Cambridge MCCU / Bedfordshire / Finedon Dolben) and Brandon Jacobs (Hadleigh & Thundersley overseas star) were dismissed cheaply (for 2, 5 and 0, respectively), before the innings was resurrected by Sam Handley, who top-scored with 69.

The Cambridge MCCU / Hadleigh & Thundersley all-rounder shared key partnerships with Cardiff MCCU / Dorking and Warwickshire trialist, Dan Douthwaite (48) and former Berkshire / Unicorns now Beaconsfield star Harry Stephens (45). Indian tweaker (and Penkridge overseas all-rounder) Nihal Shilar bagged the wicket of Cambs / Brixworth gloveman, Johnny Bowers (10) before Ickleford master-blaster Dillon Smit bowled St Kilda seamer, Ben Earney (2) to finish the innings.

The Brits were all out for 231 inside their allotted 50 overs (45.1), with wickets from Samarakoon - 2-54 (10), Shilar – 1-58 (10), Jonathan Waspe (Bromley Town) – 1-19 (5), Smit – 1-9 (3) and chief destroyer Malan – 5-28 (7.1), who bowled magnificently in his two spells.

In reply, as per the first innings, the new pink rock produced the goods, with early poles from the Douthwaite express (taking out Normandy run machine, Tim Ward for 22) and Hartley Wintney’s Aussie ace, Earney (capturing the key wickets of Thornham’s South African star Tristan Coetzee - 8, former Surrey / Reigate Priory prospect Sam Hall – 5, and Paignton’s South African gun bat Kevin Renecke - 5).

However, when the Brits thought early beers were on the cards, a brilliant (and quick-fire) 99-run partnership between Smit and Bovey Tracey’s Sri Lankan pro, Minhal Jalill, brought the Overseas lads back into the game. Both players, though, fell for 59, with the score 147-5, then 162-6, respectively. With the game in the balance, Shilar and home-town hero – Buckingham’s Aussie overseas, Sam Younghusband, bludgeoned the Brit attack, with the latter out, on the cusp of victory for 29 from only 17 balls. Shilar (20*) was joined by Waspe (4*) and the game was closed out in just 34.1 overs – the Overseas lads striking at 6.85 throughout the innings.

With the ball, the wicket-takers for the Brit’s were Kolk – 1-47 (4), Douthwaite – 1-42 (8), Erasmus – 1-26 (4), Jacobs – 1-8 (1) and, despite torn wheels, Earney was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3-21 (6.1), before his size 15’s blew to pieces.

Once again, thanks to our official kit supplier, Icon Sports UK, for the cracking gear and to Home Counties Premier Cricket League's (Div 2) 2018 champions' Buckingham Town for the fantastic hospitality. We’re looking forward to another match at the “town” next summer.

The scorecards and an all the match footage can be seen on our official facebook page (click the link below).

Bring on our final game of the summer, this Sunday, at Thongsbridge Cricket Club in Huddersfield for their T20 tournament, the “Big Bridge Bash”.


CricX Group Pic - Buckingham Town 3

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