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Dire display halts Bucks’ fine run

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Old Buckenham 118 lost

to Brooke 215 by 97 runs

For the first time this season Old Buckenham skipper Terry Perry won the toss, and after mid-week downpours he elected to bowl.

Unfortunately, neither Andrew Lawrence nor Glen Meredith could sustain pressure on openers Rob Porter and ex-Buck Rob Panter. Both were unlucky and beat the edge regularly,and a couple of chances went begging. However, the openers cruised to 84 in the 20th over.

The introduction of Trent Crittenden (2-58) saw Panter sharply caught by James Heaney at short extra cover for 39.

This brought Porter’s brother Richard to the crease and both struggled to get either Crittenden or Seekings (1-24) away. The dismissal of Richard Porter, caught behind by Andy Austin off Crittenden for an eight-ball duck, saw Australian Mike Jones kick-start the innings.

Eventually Rob Porter (37 off 95 balls) was bowled by Aaron Seeking, which allowed Collinge to come in and chance his arm. But Jones was the mainstay, playing some excellent shots.

However, Bucks’ strike bowler had his revenge as Jones was lbw for 66 off 62 balls, playing one sweep too many. Brooke’s innings collapsed from 193-5 in the 43rd over to 215 all out.

With some great bowling from Andy Austin and the returning Lawrence, the visitors were restricted to a competitive total, with Austin picking up six wickets for 54 runs from his 13 overs.

Bucks’ wickets fell too regularly to Ben Watson and Tom Nudd. The key wicket of Crittenden, caught down the leg- side off Watson, was a blow to the home side, who stumbled to 46-5 in the 16th over.

There was a glimmer of hope from Lawrence (34 off 44 balls) and Heaney (24 from 29 balls). But with the latter falling in the 24th over after a quickfire partnership of 42 in six overs, Lawrence was left with too much to do. Eventually he played one big shot too many and top-edged a slog sweep against young leg-spinner Grisley.

Austin and Seekings looked for a batting point at 125, but with Seekings run out in the 38th over they fell short on 118.

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