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Bucks get back to winning ways by beating Wanderers

PIVOTAL PERFORMANCE: Aaron Seekings picked up a six wicket haul as Old Buckenham cruised to a 76-run win over Ashmanhaugh and Barton Wanderers
PIVOTAL PERFORMANCE: Aaron Seekings picked up a six wicket haul as Old Buckenham cruised to a 76-run win over Ashmanhaugh and Barton Wanderers


Ashmanhaugh and Barton Wanderers 106

lost to Old Buckenham 182 by 76 runs

Old Buckenham got back to winning ways in the Premier Division with a convincing victory against Ashmanhaugh and Barton Wanderers.

After being put into bat and losing captain Terry Perry (3) in the fourth over, Bucks recovered with James Alexander (18) and Trent Crittenden (40) steadying the innings before they both fell to the bowling of Scott Hayes.

This brought Matt Long and Pete Free to the crease who got their side to the drinks break unscathed on 91-3 after 25 overs. However, Free (21) fell shortly after to Graham Cupido, before James Heaney (10) was also dismissed.

Nonetheless, Long was still punishing the home attack and with Andrew Lawrence scored at a quick rate to worry the opposition. But another full toss saw the end of Lawrence (16), before Long (47) was caught at deep off the bowling of Cupido (6-43), to start a mini collapse from 168-5 to 182 all out in the space of seven overs.

Lawrence and Aaron Seekings opened the bowling in reply and quickly got an early breakthrough as the latter had Ewart (18) caught at mid-off.

From 25-1 after six overs, one ball later the home side were two down; as Lawrence dismissed Cupido (0) before the next over saw Seekings clinch another wicket; having Hunter (five) caught at mid on leaving Wanderers 30-3 inside eight overs.

It took 12 overs for the next wicket to fall as Everett (3) fell to Crittenden, reducing Wanderers to 60-4, before Beeden along with his skipper Caswell got their side to drinks without anymore wickets lost, adding only 14, to be 108 adrift with only 25 overs remaining.

The pair reached 30 overs still unscathed but only adding nine additional runs as Austin and Crittenden gave away nothing. However, in the 33rd over Caswell (31) finally fell to Crittenden as a collapse ensued taking Wanderers from 87-4 in the 33rd over to 106 all out in the 42nd over.

The return of Seekings (6-33) proved the catalyst as he claimed four of the last five wickets to seal victory and a welcome 23 points ahead of hosting Swardeston A tomorrow.

n There was further success for the club as they eased their way through to the second round of the Bernard Matthews Cup with victory over Mattishall.

Bucks won the toss and elected to bat first with openers Rob Thurley and Ben Askew both scoring 36 before being dismissed.

Matthew Long hit 22 in the main partnership with skipper, James Heaney who amassed a score of 108 not out as Bucks set a total of 211-4 off their allotted 16 overs.

In attack, Glen Meredith put pressure on the opening pair, while Matt Hendrie reaped the benefits of the tight bowling and picked up a couple of wickets.

Only a knock of 61 from Tom Spalding kept the visitors’ innings alive but the introduction of Chris Grimwood removed the last four wickets as the away side finished on 127 all out.

n The club will be hosting an open junior coaching session on Saturday morning.

The event will be held at the club’s main ground, situated in Old Buckenham and will be held between 9am and 11am.

Boys and girls of all abilities aged between seven and 15 are welcome to attend the session which is aimed at introducing youngsters to the sport.

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