Brickhill hope the only way is up

Graeme Carter.
Graeme Carter.

Great Brickhill captain Graeme Carter believes his side have turned a corner in their bid to escape relegation from Cherwell League Division One this summer.

Saturday’s winning draw against Thame Town extended Brickhill’s unbeaten run to three matches following a victory over Oxford Downs and draw at Banbury 2nds in the previous couple of weeks, but they remain third from bottom of the table.

Carter hopes that momentum will see them pick up enough points to avoid the drop in their second season in the Cherwell top flight. Although they will have to be at their best to take anything from Shipton-under-Wychwood this Saturday.

“The result was a positive one on Saturday and a good game of cricket,” he said. “The deck was unusually and deceptively green as over 500 runs were scored in the game, but it offered something for the seamers also, especially early on.

“Garth Davson batted very well for his 139 and it was good to see Doug Aris again adding to the score with 56.

“The bowlers found it a little tough as the deck had flattened out a fair bit by the time they got a chance to use it but we managed to take wickets throughout the innings which just kept us in control.

“Garth for the second week did well with the ball – he took four wickets and six the week before – but we were unable to bowl out the opposition this time around leaving us with the maximum points aloud without winning, 20.

“The previous week we again played better cricket than we have been beating Downs in the last few overs of the game. It seems we’re definitely out of our losing rut, however there is still a lot of hard work to be done in order to undo the negative results we accumulated through the first half of the season.

“We’ve made some changes in the batting order which seems to be working well and I’m looking forward to the opportunity of getting a positive result against Shipton who narrowly beat us at home by eight runs earlier this year.”