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Perry urges his side not to fear trip to the champions

ON THE ATTACK: John Lee (pictured bowling) claimed three wickets as Old Buclkenham beat Sprowston in a six-wicket victory in their season opener
ON THE ATTACK: John Lee (pictured bowling) claimed three wickets as Old Buclkenham beat Sprowston in a six-wicket victory in their season opener

Captain Terry Perry believes his Old Buckenham side have nothing to fear ahead of a trip to reigning league champions Downham Town tomorrow.

Bucks began their Norfolk Cricket Alliance Premier Division campaign in fine style on Saturday with a comfortable six-wicket success over Sprowston, to pick up a welcome early 20 points.

And with confidence gained from getting their first win, Perry believes the pressure is firmly on tomorrow’s hosts, as his side have nothing to lose.

“We should not show any fear and I don’t think we have anything to worry about,” he said of the upcoming encounter.

“We had a really good win against Sprowston with a really good performance from the whole team.

“It is a weight off the shoulders to get off to a good start and that has set us up nicely for the trip to Downham.

“We have got a really tough start to the season and so it was great to check one of them off with a win.

“We know we are facing the champions but I’m confident in my side because I know our strengths.

“We have no fear because we have nothing to lose, no-one expects to go there and win and so I’m really keen for us to go and prove ourselves.

“They will have all the pressure and so that helps us but they are past masters at dealing with that.

“They have been in the top three for a lot of the past seasons and so it will not affect them massively, we just need to play to our best and hope it is enough.

“Sprowston are another highly-fancied team this year and so it was great to beat them.

“I wouldn’t say it was a shock but at the beginning of the season you never quite know what to expect.

“It was pleasing to see the whole squad play well as a unit and in what is a very competitive league it was pleasing to saee us look so good.

“There are still some improvements to make and so we will keep working hard and look forward to Saturday.”

Against Sprowston the skipper lost the toss as visiting captain Purton elected to bat on a good track at the Hall Ground.

However, tight early bowling from Jonny Lee (3-19) restricted the away side and set the tone for the innings.

The away side stumbled to 167-7 off their allotted 50 overs, 25 more than the bowlers would have like due to sloppy fielding from the home side and a host of missed catches.

The aforementioned Lee keept things extremely tight and only leaked 19 runs from his 10 overs, while Robbie Austin bowled his full quota of 13 overs.

Yet, the star of the show was undoubtedly Australian recruit for this season, Trent Crittenden.

Having already taken figures of 2-41 earlier in the day, including the scalp of Sprowston’s overseas player Harry Dalton, Trent smashed 87no from 114 balls, including nine fours and three sixes, to lead Bucks’ chase home in the 41st over as they reached 171 for the loss of four wickets.

Crittenden looked in full control throughout after seeing off a hostile opening spell from Sprowston opener Hanby and assisted along the way with Matthew Long (25) and Peter Free (19).

Following tomorrow’s encounter at Downham, Old Buckenham travel to Great Witchingham on Sunday to play the East Anglian Premier League outfit in the rearranged first round tie of the Carter Cup.

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