Over-60s crash out

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Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT -

BUCKS Over-60s’ sec­onds crashed out of the Seevent Na­tional Bowl at Som­er­set by the nar­row­est of mar­gins to bring the cur­tain down on their sea­son.

Hav­ing over­come Bed­ford­shire in the last round on the toss of the coin af­ter the match was rained off, Bucks faced more wet weather at Som­er­set, with the game re­duced to 40 overs per side.

Their best open­ing part­ner­ship of the sea­son got Bucks off to a great start, as Brian Ralphs’s (Hawridge and Choles­bury) 42 and Roger Gar­rini’s 32 built a good plat­form.

How­ever, a change of bowlers to slow spin saw a flurry of wick­ets and a slowed down run rate, and while John Pothe­cary’s (Che­sham) 43 not out held the in­nings to­gether, Bucks closed on 157-7.

Chris Tucker (Amer­sham Hill) then took an early wicket, but Som­er­set raced along un­til a flurry of Som­er­set wick­ets put the re­sult in the bal­ance, Terry Bent­ley (Penn & Tylers Green) tak­ing 2-4. How­ever, rain caused an aban­don­ment af­ter 28.3 overs of the Som­er­set in­nings with them on 116-5, and the Duck­worth Lewis Method de­cided they had won by the small­est of mar­gins. The last ball had gone for four, and it worked out if they had come off one ball ear­lier, Bucks would have won.

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