Old Bucks maintain their perfect start to the season

SPOILS SHARED: Ryan Thompson in action for Old Buckenham A as they drew with Bradenham.
SPOILS SHARED: Ryan Thompson in action for Old Buckenham A as they drew with Bradenham.

NORFOLK ALLIANCE

PREMIER DIVISION

Cromer 129 lost to Old Buckenham 130-1

by nine wickets.

Old Buckenham earned their fourth straight success in all competitions as they overcame Cromer in the league.

Cromer batted first and after six overs had flown to 30 without a loss of wicket, as Downham destroyer Jonny Lee struggled to find any rhythm at the opposite end to Lawrence, who had settled in well.

Trent Crittenden came in to great effect. His first two overs were wicket maidens, the first a double, leaving Cromer 38-3 after 12.

It was not until Damien Sweet came in and chanced his arm the home side scoreboard started moving along again after Bucks’ Aussie had removed Turner (26), Charlwood (0) and Warnes (10).

Soon began the collapse of the home side’s innings as Glen Meredith removed Sweet (40 off 60 balls) when the score was on 98 in the 31st over.

Meredith bowled Michael Warnes (eight off 60 balls) and then had Kimber caught behind by Andy Austin for two when the score was on 103.

Lee had Regis caught again by Austin for 0 with the score now only on 104 in the 38th over, the home side’s batsmen continually playing big drives against the Bucks bowlers.

It was not until the last wicket partnership of Ant Robinson and James Craske until the runs started to flow again, with Robinson hitting some big blows. The returning Austin removed Craske for eight in the 46th over to bowl the home side for 129, leaving Bucks 54 overs to get 130.

Skipper Perry and Alexander opened up for Bucks, knowing full well that the opening few overs against the dangerous new ball pairing of Matthew Warnes and Robinson would be key.

The pair had to weather some hostile bowling, along with a hostile atmosphere as the home side strived for wickets early on.

The pair began scoring quickly by putting away any loose deliveries, and with the change bowling of Craske and Brown being introduced, raced to 88 run opening partnership.

It was curtailed as Alexander dragged a wide delivery from the bowling Regis onto his stumps in the 21st over. Crittenden came to the crease to finish off the chase in style, the victory sealed in the 26th over.