Bucks maintain winning form with emphatic victory

LIFT OFF: Aaron Seekings throws himself into a delivery in Old Buckenham A's (193-7) losing draw at home to Fakenham A (224-5) on Saturday
LIFT OFF: Aaron Seekings throws himself into a delivery in Old Buckenham A's (193-7) losing draw at home to Fakenham A (224-5) on Saturday

NORFOLK ALLIANCE
PREMIER DIVISION

Swardeston A 94 lost

to Old Buckenham 244-4

by 150 runs

Old Buckenham continued on their winning ways by grabbing the bragging rights over rivals Swardeston A with a comfortable victory.

Having been put into bat, Bucks’ openers Terry Perry and James Alexander started well until a mix-up allowed young Cooper to run out Alexander (4) with a direct hit run out, leaving Bucks 23-1 in the eighth over.

The in-form Trent Crittenden joined his skipper at the crease and the pair soon settled into a 30 over partnership that accumulated 129 runs for their side.

Both registering half centuries prior to the Aussie being dismissed for 55 from 75 balls from a full toss from Levinson, leaving Bucks 152-2 in the 38th over.

This left Matthew Long to join his skipper, however the partnership did not last long as Perry looked to increase the scoring rate in the last 10 overs, falling to the returning Ruffle, skying a catch to Hogg.

Andrew Lawrence joined Long in the 41st over with the score on 161 and the pair soon upped the scoring rate with some big scoring shots, Long particularly latching on to anything short.

When Lawrence was dismissed from the fourth ball of the last over the pair had amassed 81 runs in nine overs. Lawrence finished on 37 from 30 balls when he was also caught from the bowling of Thewell.

Long added another two runs before Bucks finished their innings on 244-4. The young batsmen finished not out on 41 including three fours and two big sixes.

Lawrence and Lee kept the opening overs extremely tight which resulted in Martin (4) being reduced, leaving Swardeston at 6-1 in the fourth over.

Reynolds joined Ruffle at the crease but this partnership did not last an over as Lawrence cleaned bowled the inform Ruffle (0).

Overseas Islam came to the crease with his side on 7-2 in the fifth over and with Reynolds they both stopped the flow of wickets but runs were extremely hard to come by.

Even when Lawrence and Lee had completed their tight spells, the introduction of Rob Austin and Crittenden further dried up the home side’s reply. This pressure built up and accounted for Reynolds in the 16th over leaving his side 45-3.

Levinson then joined Islam at the crease for a short three over partnership that spelt the end of the Swardeston chase as Islam (19) was caught out and run out by Crittenden.

Three balls later Austin (3-31) dismissed Tufts (4) before having Levinson (5) dismissed six overs later, leaving the home side reeling on 61-6 in the 24th over.

Skipper Hogg found an able companion in 15-year-old Alfie Cooper, as they both found the boundary in their partnership, with the younger of the two looking fluent in his innings.

It took the introduction of Tommy Alexander to deceive Cooper, who fell for a well made 18 runs from 29 balls.

From 80-7 in the 31st over Alexander (2-5) further reduced the home side in his next over; bowling Poole (0) with the score on 84.

Perry then introduced Lee again and within three balls the swing bowler had curtailed the home side’s innings, firstly having skipper Hogg (14) caught before bowling Richmond (0) the very next ball to seal victory in the 37th over.