Old Bucks get back to winning ways

Cricket.
Cricket.

DIPPLE & CONWAY

OPTICIANS NORFOLK

CRICKET ALLIANCE LEAGUE

Old Buckenham 233-7 beat Sprowston 225 by eight runs

Bucks hosted last year’s runners-up at the Hall on Saturday looking to makes amends from the disappointing result against Swardeston II last time out.

Captain Perry won the toss and elected to bat, which brought him and last week’s star batsman Bint to the middle.

However, on this occasion Bint was dismissed early, having only been able to contribute two runs to the cause.

That wicket saw Deacon come to the crease, which saw Bucks take control of the contest.

The combination of Perry and Deacon was worth 111 runs before the former of that duo was removed lbw on 52 by Hales.

The departure of the skipper saw the floodgates open for the home side as the wickets of Heaney (2) and Deacon (47) were claimed by Egan within the space of three balls.

This left Bucks 121-4 and further wickets of Goodwin (4) and Meredith (0) meant that the home side were plunged further into trouble at 133-6 in the 34th over.

Luckily for the South Norfolk side, Free and Lawrence were able to provide some resistance and the pair settled to halt the flow of wickets.

Both batsmen started slowly as they looked to consolidate after the collapse.

However, once they found their strides, the pairing smashed any loose balls on offer.

They went on to score the second century partnership of the innings as Bucks reached 233-7 from their 50 overs.

In reply, Murrell (30), T Hales (34), Egan (44) and S Hales (48) all made decent starts for Sprowston, but none could go on to make a big match-defining score.

They did get to within nine runs of their victory target for the loss of nine wickets, but then a run out handed the victory to Bucks.

Lee was the pick of the bowlers for the home side, ending the innings with figures of 4-31.

Austin and Deacon weighed in with two wickets apiece, while Holden snared one.

Next time out, Bucks will look to build on this win when they play host to Downham.