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Trent bridges the gap with superb 75



Old Buckenham 142 beat Ashmanhaugh and Barton Wanderers 52 by 90 runs

Old Buckenham recorded a 90-run victory over Ashmanhaugh and Barton Wanderers on Saturday.

The success came despite losing the toss and being put into bat first on a bowler-friendly surface.

Aussie Trent Crittenden deserves plenty of credit for keeping the innings together.

Meanwhile, Jon Lee claimed a five-wicket haul as the visitors were swiftly sent back to the pavilion.

The opening partnership of James Alexander and Terry Perry didn’t last long, both dismissed with just three runs between them.

Matthew Long was the third wicket down, bowled by Luke Caswell (2-24) and Crittenden was playing a lone hand in the Bucks innings.

That was the pattern for the rest of the innings as no one could stick with the Aussie long enough, Crittenden standing firm and dispatching any loose deliveries.

Rob Thurley (eight), Andrew Lawrence (eight) and James Heaney (four) departed with the Bucks stuttering on 107-6 in the 33rd over, despite Crittenden leading the way and completing his half century.

Both Austins tried to absorb as many balls as possible, but Andy (two) was trapped LBW by Elliot Whitting (2-40) and Robbie (eight) was bowled by Graham Cupido.

This left Crittenden stranded on 75 with the score on 132-8 in the 43rd, handing the Australian no other choice than to farm the strike and chance his arm against any loose deliveries.

Nevertheless, his brilliant innings was curtailed as he looked to take advantage of a short delivery from Ashley Layer (2-34) but was caught at mid-wicket, Crittenden finishing on a brilliant 75 off 116 balls including 11 fours and a six.

Bucks lasted one more over and were bowled out in the 44th for 142, leaving the away side 55 overs to chase 143 for victory.

The Bucks began with the ball in devastating fashion and skittled their opponents for 52 in less than 22 overs, John Ewart top-scoring with 10.

Wickets were taken by Lee (5-18), Rob Austin (3-8), Tom Alexander (1-7) and Andrew Lawrence (1-18).

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