Bucks wilt in the heat
BUCKS Over 60s seconds are still searching for their first win after going down by seven wickets to Sussex at Penn & Tylers Green last Wednesday.
On the hottest day for nine years, with temperatures in the 90s, Bucks were relieved to win the toss and bat.
Without their regular openers, Ron Hedley (Amersham Hill CC) and Roger Garrini (Wolverton CC) opened on a lively track, and when Garrini fell for 12, Hedley was joined by Martin Sheffield (Bledlow Ridge CC).
Against an accurate bowling attack, they knocked a second-wicket partnership of 101 to give Bucks hope before Hedley fell for 56, and wickets thereafter fell regularly.
Sheffield was last man out, for a superb 92, as Bucks finished on 204-7 off 45 overs, and the day seemed to get hotter as Bucks tried to defend the total, but it was always the Sussex batmen in control, despite their star batsman being brilliantly caught-and-bowled, for a duck, by Dave Burton.
Sussex shrugged that setback off to reached the target with three wickets down off 39.4 overs, with Burton (1-27), Carter (1-25) and Bentley (1-34) the wicket takers for Bucks.