Oxfordshire v Buckinghamshire
Minor Counties Championship 1896
VenueBritannia Works Ground, Banbury on 21st, 22nd August 1896 (2-day match)
Balls per over5
TossBuckinghamshire won the toss and decided to bat
ResultBuckinghamshire won by 6 runs
PointsOxfordshire -1; Buckinghamshire 1
UmpiresR Barber, F Gladwin
Close of play day 1Buckinghamshire (1) 98/3 (Saunders 57*, HJ Bird 4*)

Buckinghamshire first inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
CRH Gressonst Headlam b P Rogers7     
FN Birdb P Rogers15     
J Saundersb A Rogers64     
MW Wrightc Wood b Polley12     
HJ Birdb A Rogers4     
CM Woodbridgeb P Rogers1     
CH Allcockb A Rogers17     
JW Strattonc Wood b A Rogers2     
ENN Bartlettb P Rogers0     
+AM Grenfellc and b A Rogers10     
G Nashnot out0     
Extras(7 b)7
Total(all out, 103 overs)139
Fall of wickets:
1-13, 2-41, 3-83, 4-108, 5-110, 6-110, 7-?, 8-?, 9-130, 10-139 (103 ov)
Oxfordshire bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
P Rogers51   24634--
A Rogers35   14495--
Polley16   7191--
Williams1   010--

Oxfordshire first inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
AC Millerc Bartlett b Nash7     
CE Brownriggc Bartlett b Nash20     
W Smithb Nash0     
G Polleyc FN Bird b Nash0     
HG Durrantb Wright4     
A Rogersc Gresson b Nash37     
*GR Woodb Wright0     
RA Williamsb Wright1     
P Rogersb Wright0     
+C Headlamb Wright4     
F Arnoldnot out8     
Extras(4 b, 2 lb)6
Total(all out, 56 overs)87
Fall of wickets:
1-20, 2-23, 3-23, 4-?, 5-39, 6-?, 7-49, 8-49, 9-58, 10-87 (56 ov)
Buckinghamshire bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
Nash28   10485--
Wright28   13335--

Buckinghamshire second inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
CM Woodbridgeb A Rogers6     
CH Allcockb A Rogers2     
J Saundersb A Rogers6     
CRH Gressonb A Rogers0     
JW Strattonc and b P Rogers7     
MW Wrightb P Rogers1     
FN Birdb P Rogers3     
HJ Birdb A Rogers0     
ENN Bartlettnot out0     
+AM Grenfellst Headlam b P Rogers3     
G Nashb A Rogers0     
Extras(1 b, 1 lb)2
Total(all out, 25.4 overs)30
Fall of wickets:
1-7, 2-14, 3-21, 4-21, 5-21, 6-25, 7-25, 8-?, 9-?, 10-30 (25.4 ov)
Oxfordshire bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
P Rogers13   6164--
A Rogers12.47126--

Oxfordshire second inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
AC Millerb Nash0     
CE Brownrigglbw b Nash6     
W Smithc Stratton b Nash27     
G Polleyb Nash5     
HG Durrantc Grenfell b Nash0     
A Rogersc and b Nash17     
*GR Woodc and b Wright2     
F Arnoldb Wright2     
P Rogersc HJ Bird b Wright5     
+C Headlamc FN Bird b Nash2     
RA Williamsnot out1     
Extras(7 b, 2 lb)9
Total(all out, 44.1 overs)76
Fall of wickets:
1-6, 2-33, 3-43, 4-45, 5-46, 6-55, 7-?, 8-72, 9-75, 10-76 (44.1 ov)
Buckinghamshire bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
Nash22   6547--

--> HJ Bird made his debut in Minor Counties Championship matches
--> ENN Bartlett made his debut in Minor Counties Championship matches
--> G Polley made his debut in Minor Counties Championship matches
--> HG Durrant made his debut in Minor Counties Championship matches
--> AC Miller made his last appearance in Minor Counties Championship matches
--> G Nash reached 100 wickets in Minor Counties Championship matches when taking his 7th wicket in the Oxfordshire second innings
--> G Nash reached 50 wickets in Minor Counties Championship matches for the season when taking his 4th wicket in the Oxfordshire second innings

This card comes from the Minor Counties Research Project
Buckinghamshire won this return match by the narrow margin of 6 runs, thus completing the double over Oxfordshire, having won at Aylesbury the previous week. The win was a boost for the visitors challenge to Worcestershire for the championship title. Rain delayed play on the first day until 4.20 pm. For the winners, Nash took 12 wickets in the match for 102 runs, and bowled unchanged in both of the Oxfordshire innings with Wright who took 8 wickets for 46 runs. Nash's match bowling performance was statistically the second best of the season. He had already achieved the best with 14 for 100 against Northamptonshire at Aylesbury in July. For Oxfordshire A Rogers took 11 wickets in the match for 61 runs and P Rogers 8 for 79. Newspaper reports indicate that the match ended in a contentious way. With Oxfordshire needing 7 runs to win, Headlam was given out caught by F N Bird and it was suggested that the fielder was standing on the boundary line and it should have been a four rather than a dismissal. Barber, the visitor's umpire, declined to reverse his decision despite protests from the Oxfordshire team and the spectators who witnessed the catch. He was subject to "a very unpleasant reception on returning to the dressing room". It was also claimed that Durrant had been given out by Barber caught behind the wicket when none of the Buckinghamshire side had appealed. Buckinghamshire's second innings total of 30 and the match aggregate of 332 runs were both the second lowest of the season. In the furore surrounding Headlam's dismissal, it does not appear to have been noted that he was Nash's 100th wicket in championship matches. Nash was the first bowler to reach this milestone. There is some uncertainty about which Bird caught Polley in the Oxfordshire first innings, but it has been attributed to F N Bird in line with the scorecard in the Banbury newspapers.
[Missing: Buckinghamshire Captain; part fall of wickets; in Buckinghamshire 1st inns boundaries in Saunders's 64; time completed.]
Sources: Banbury Advertiser 27 August; Banbury Beacon 29 August; Banbury Guardian 27 August; Jackson's Oxford Journal 29 August; Oxford Chronicle 29 August; Oxford Times 29 August; Bucks Herald 29 August; South Bucks Free Press 28 August; The Sportsman 22,24 August.





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