Over-60s crash out
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.