Great Brickhill will fight for survival

Garth Davson
Garth Davson

reat Brickhill go into the final day of the Cherwell League season knowing they’ll need to win to ensure their Division One status next season.

Graeme Carter’s men take on Banbury in the final game of the season on Saturday, but will begin the day at the foot of the table.

However, with the bottom six teams separated by just 21 points, it is still all to play for.

Their fight for survival was helped by the 19 points they picked up last Saturday against Oxford 2nds.

Despite the enormity of the situation facing Brickhill, they got on with their business, knowing they’d need a good points haul from the afternoon to keep themselves in with a chance of survival.

And they weren’t let down by Garth Davson and Doug Aris as they top scored for the visitors.

Davson came up just shy of his half century as he scored 48, while Aris added 37 as Brickhill made it to 223-9 from their 53-over allocation.

But with victory within their grasp, it would ultimately be a frustrating end to the match for Brickhill.

George Humphries’ 4-36 put the visitors in a great position, but the lower Oxford order proved to be a stubborn match.

Brickhill managed to keep them well below the required rate, so there was never a chance of losing the match, but it would come down to whether they could snatch a vital win.

Unfortunately for them though, Oxford defended brilliantly to keep out the Brickhill attack, and they ended their innings on 177-8.

Brickhill picked up 19 points from the game, but remain bottom of the pile as they head in to the final week of fixtures.

Knowing they can still survive on the final day, captain Graeme Carter said the Brickhill players will give it their all to ensure they stay in Division One.

“It was a shame we couldn’t get the final two wickets on Saturday as we would have been in a much more comfortable position had we picked up the win,” he said.

“But ultimately it was important for us to fire well before this weeks’ decider.

“Given that we still managed to secure 19 points we have given ourselves a good chance of avoiding relegation.”

Brickhill take on Banbury next Saturday, and know that a victory will probably ensure safety.

Carter added: “Banbury is always a tough game and I expect no less this week.

“We will have to turn up believing that we can win which is exactly what we will be doing.

“We’ll have to play better cricket than we have been this year to get the points we require to avoid going down but with everything to play for we’ll leave nothing in the changing rooms.”

Wolverton and Cumnor may have already guaranteed their promotion to Division One, but it didn’t stop them going at it full throttle on Saturday.

Big knocks from Bibi Raja (69) and Zak Wade (57) put Wolves in control as they batted first.

They were eventually bowled out in the final over for 255.

Chasing the total though proved hard for Cumnor order though as the Division Two champions fell behind the run rate.

John Williams top scored for the home side with 67, but with the reduced overs, they were always facing an uphill scruggle.

They ended their innings on 198-8, holding on for a draw but Wolves would claim 19 points from the game.

It means nothing more than bragging rights, but Wolverton are 27 points behind with a game remaining.

Bletchley’s torrid season continued with a nine wicket defeat to Tiddington.

Jude Ramandapulle hit 69 for Bletchley, but they were bowled out for just 150.

Tiddington took 27 overs to rattle off the runs, with Will Cooper (61 not out) and Will Goodman (54 not out).