Bucks are forced to settle for a draw

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NORFOLK ALLIANCE
PREMIER DIVISION

Old Buckenham 228-7 drew

with Swardeston A 207-8

Old Buckenham were forced to settle for a draw with Swardeston A in a frustrating afternoon for the hosts.

Having elected to bat first, Bucks lost James Alexander (0) early on but Terry Perry and Trent Crittenden piled on the runs reaching 102 for the loss of one at the drinks break.

However, at 110-1 Crittenden (36) was unfortunately dismissed before Perry (59) also departed, both to the bowling of Jason Reynolds.

Matthew Long (30) and Pete Free (21) kept the runs flowing before both were dismissed along with James Heaney (29) and Andrew Lawrence (16) as Bucks finished on 228-8 of their 50 overs, 20 runs short of what they felt they could have reached after 30 overs.

In reply, John Lee dismissed Matt Hogg (5) with the score on 34 in the eighth over but Australian Tahmidul Islam (22) started well and along with Daniel Martin batted out another 10 overs with no loss before Crittenden found the outside edge of Islam to reduce the away side to 71-2 in the 19th over.

Martin (48) fell next with Swardeston on 103-3 in the 30th over but Bucks struggled to keep Levinson quiet as he started to find the boundary regularly.

However, Lawrence dismissed Tufts (9) before Robbie Austin took the key wicket of Levinson (60) with the score on 176-6 in the 46th.

A run out of Botwright (7) left Swardeston needing eight off the last over to reach their reduced target which started with the loss of skipper Ben Hogg bowled by Robbie Austin (3-46) first ball of the over.

However, despite their best efforts, Bucks could not find the final two wickets, with Swardeston stealing extra points with a last ball four much to the disappointment of the hosts, who consolidated their fourth place position in the league.

n There was also disappointment for Old Buckenham III (249-3) who suffered a three wicket defeat to Hethersett and Tas Valley (250-7) in Lucas Fettes League Division Three West.

Shaun Robinson (104), Matt Hendry (52) and Alan Pulsford (50no) all impressed but it was not to prove enough as the visitors reached their target in the 44th over.