Old Bucks maintain perfect start by beating champions

AMONG THE WICKETS: Andy Lawrence, pictured previously in the season, was among the wickets in Old Buckenham's 124-run victory over reigning champions Downham Town
AMONG THE WICKETS: Andy Lawrence, pictured previously in the season, was among the wickets in Old Buckenham's 124-run victory over reigning champions Downham Town

NORFOLK CRICKET

ALLIANCE

PREMIER DIVISION

Downham Town 123 lost to

Old Buckenham 247-9

by 124 runs

Old Buckenham maintained their perfect start to the new season by overcoming reigning champions Downham Town in an impressive 124-run win.

Having been put into bat, Bucks openers Terry Perry and James Alexander got off to a promising start, reaching 33 off the first six overs before the latter fell for 11.

This brought Australian Trent Crittenden to the crease and along with Perry, both continued to punish the home side.

At the half-way stage, Bucks were on 95-1 and looked set for a imposing score. Nevertheless, a momentary lapse in concentration in the 27th over saw Trent depart to the medium pace bowling of Barnard with the score on 111.

With that dismissal, young Matthew Long came to the crease to join his skipper and the pair continued the good work, scoring at a good pace with Perry going past his half century.

As the overs ticked by the pair opened up looking to double their sides score from the 120-2 at the 30 over mark, Long especially taking it to the home side with four huge sixes, the majority of them coming against the home side’s import for the year, Kelly.

As the overs diminished, both Perry (80) and Long (58) departed unselfishly looking to maximise their side’s total. Bucks did collapse within the final few overs but still managed to keep their pace up with a couple of quick flurries from Peter Free and Andy Lawrence, finally finishing 247-9.

Bucks gained the best start possible as Lawrence trapped ex-player Harrison in front. However, after that it was Jonny Lee’s turn to take centre stage taking two wickets and only leaking 29 runs.

The key moments coming from his fifth over where he bowled Patrick Yates for four and then two balls later he had the prize wicket of Kelly for 0.

That left the home side 37-3 in the 10th over with a battle on their hands to reach 248. Glen Meredith then nipped out opener Tansley (21) in the 16th over, further increasing the likeness of a home side victory, being on 54-4.

This was further compounded with the introduction of seasoned veteran Austin (4-24) coming into the attack who proceeded to rip through the middle order in quick succession.

He had skipper Lancaster (4) caught before also dismissing Jason Cole (25) and then trapping both Stuart brothers, Angus (0) and Joss (4), to leave the home side struggling on 100-8.

Late order hitting from Barnard (35 no) frustrated the away side sniffing a 25 point victory, looking increasingly unlikely as every over ticked by and Barnard’s confidence increasing.

However, in the 40th over Aussie Crittenden (2-23) took the wicket of King, leaving Bucks nine overs to get the last wicket.

Barnard took a single off the first ball of Crittenden’s next over before the bowler finally got his man to seal victory for Bucks.

The win sees Bucks sit second in the league, four points adrift of Fakenham ahead of a trip to Cromer tomorrow.