Old Bucks taking nothing for granted against rivals

HEFTY DEFEAT: Chris Cooper (bowling) took one wicket as hosting Diss were soundly beaten by Sprowston at the weekend.
HEFTY DEFEAT: Chris Cooper (bowling) took one wicket as hosting Diss were soundly beaten by Sprowston at the weekend.

Old Buckenham captain Terry Perry is not expecting an easy afternoon when his side plays host to neighbours Diss tomorrow (1pm).

Both teams head into the Dipple and Conway Opticians Norfolk Cricket Alliance Premier Division encounter on the back of defeats last weekend.

However, while Old Bucks were defeated by a swashbuckling display from North Runcton’s overseas star Dean Robinson, Diss were soundly beaten at home by 40 runs at the hands of Sprowston.

It means that Perry’s fourth-placed men are 21 points better off than Saturday’s opponents, but he is taking nothing for granted.

“Diss are a side that have a lot of experience and one we need to be wary of,” said the skipper.

“They are a confident lot and do not tend to worry. That is how they are.

“I am sure they will be looking to bounce back with a win, so we must be on our guard.”

Despite occupying a respectable position in the table, results have been inconsistent this term for Old Bucks.

Too often when the batsmen have scored a significant number of runs, the bowling attack has struggled for wickets and vice-versa.

Ahead of local games against Diss and then Garboldisham, Perry is keen to see both facets come together.

“Like a lot of sides, we are trying to adapt to the new win-lose format,” he added.

“It has made for some topsy-turvy form and we are no different.

“To get consistent, both units must turn up and I believe we are capable of that.

“We have scored some big runs and bowled teams out. Now we must put it together.”

n Diss’ loss to Sprowston came from the result of a poor overall team display.

After losing another toss at home, Diss found themselves in the field again.

Some inconsistent early lines from both Robbie West and Nicholas Michaelides left the home side on the back foot, despite a wicket in the first over from West.

Nevertheless, with the score on 50-1 off 10 overs, Diss fought back strongly.

Chris Cooper (1-22) and the luckless Mark Williamson (0-33), both bowled tidily, while Robert Tooke and Mark Brawn chipped in with wickets as excellent back up to the opening pair.

Meanwhile, during their second spell, West and Michaelides both picked up three wickets apiece.

It was the away side’s Damon Egan that proved to be the thorn in Diss’ side, top-scoring on 90, with the extras column second highest on 34.

In reply, it was a case of batsmen getting starts and not going on to make match-defining contributions.

Tooke (31) and Michaelides (29) both threatened something big, and a late partnership between Cooper (28) and last man out Will Dawson(19) almost saved Diss, but they ultimately had too much left to do.