Bowling attack earns Old Bucks 21 points

Cricket - Old Buckenham v Downham town. Batting is Matthew Bint. ANL-160522-115721006
Cricket - Old Buckenham v Downham town. Batting is Matthew Bint. ANL-160522-115721006

DIPPLE & CONWAY

OPTICIANS

NORFOLK CRICKET

ALLIANCE LEAGUE

PREMIER DIVISION

Old Buckenham 148 beat Downham Town by 15 runs

Bucks played host to Downham up on Saturday at the Hall Ground, where visiting skipper Yates guessed incorrectly at the toss and Terry Perry had no hesitation to invite the away side to field first.

Perry’s eagerness to bat first was repaid as another solid partnership with youngster Bint exceeded 80.

Nevertheless, Perry (44) was finally dismissed in the 25th over by ex-OBCC player Ian Harrison (1-29) LBW.

However, this would be the last of any sort of partnership from the Bucks side as they collapsed to 148 all out in the penultimate over, losing wickets steadily throughout the rest of the innings.

Deacon (8) was next out in the 30th over, stumped by King off the bowling of Kiwi Kelly with the score on 94-2.

Bint (40) was next out to a brilliant return catch from Kelly and when Heaney (11) was again dismissed by Kelly (3-19) shortly after a mix-up at accounted for Askew (10 off 16 balls), the home side were deeply in trouble at 121-5 in the 38th over.

Stuart (1-44) then dismissed Goodwin (0) caught behind by King and Todd (3-19) returned to take a smart return catch from Meredith (1), as well as castling Lee (7) and then trapping Holden (0) LBW.

Austin (2) was the only other wicket to fall prior to Holden, stumped again by King from the bowling of Chris Sharp (1-8) this time.

It left Pete Free 11 not out from 33 balls at the completion of the innings.

The home side therefore set a tame 149 for the West Norfolk side to chase, at least 60 runs below a par score.

Bucks would need an extremely special effort to overcome the ex-Premier Division champions even with their self-proclaimed poor start to the season.

Nevertheless, after Gould and Tansley had chipped and edged their side to a decent start with 42 runs off the first 10 overs, Jonny Lee provide the breakthroughs required.

In fact he ripped through the first five wickets; Gould (27) caught smartly by Heaney whilst the score was on 46-1 in the 10th over, Yates (0) then caught low down by Perry at cover.

Then the prize wicket of Kelly (0) was snaffled at second slip by Deacon, Tansley (12) mistimed a drive to Holden at mid-wicket and Lee’s (5-34) was then complete by an underground ball that smashed into Todd’s (0) stumps first ball and left the away side on 50-5 in the 19th over.

While Lee was working his magic through his 11 over spell, Austin quietly compounded the pressure at the other end as he completed his spell of 10 overs for 3 runs that included eight maidens.

Once Lee finished his spell and Austin had near-on completed his, the not out number batsman Harrison along with ex-skipper Lanchester looked to take advantage of the change bowling of Holden and Free. Nevertheless Holden (1-33) had his man as he trapped Lanchester (16) in front LBW with the score on 70-6 in 27th over.

A mini-fight back was provided by Harrison (15) and Stuart, the pairing putting on 56 in 14 overs.

However, the re-introduction of Meredith spelt the end of the partnership and overall the away side’s chase.

He firstly dismissed Harrison caught by Deacon at mid-off and then Stuart (41) bowled with the score on 127-8 in the 43rd over.

Chris Sharp (1) was then ran out by Lee, when called through by King, after tight bowling from Deacon had exerted pressure on the pairing, the wicket reducing DTCC to 129-9 in the 44th over.

The superb victory was then complete when number 11 Sam Sharp (0) slapped a Meredith (3-26) delivery straight at Holden for his second catch of the day and dismissing the away side for 133 in the 47th over.

King was left stranded on 3 not out from 17 balls with the wicket which handed the home side an improbable 21-point victory at the midway stage, Bucks winning by 15 runs.

Tomorrow Bucks travel to North Runcton (1pm) looking to avenge their poor result in the Carter Cup a fortnight ago and consolidate their position in the league.