Bucks veterans sneak their first win of the season by single run
County’s over-60s glad of rare victory
SEEVENT OVER 60S CHAMPIONSHIP 2ND XI SOUTH DIVISION Bucks Over 60s 2nds .................................... 177-5 Kent Over 60s 2nds ...................................... 176-8 Bucks won by one run BUCKS CCC Over-60s 2nds finally got their season under way last Thursday with a win by a single run against Kent.
Since being formed two years ago, the Bucks side have finished bottom of a strong Seevent Over 60s Championship 2nd XI South Division both seasons.
And following four rained off matches, it did not look like things would get any easier when they finally managed to get in a rearranged match at Hawridge & Cholesbury.
Opponents Kent had so far won all of their matches in 2016 and put Bucks into bat on a rain-affected wicket and promptly took an early scalp.
Chesham’s John Pothecary led the fightback with an unbeaten knock of 57 as Bucks reached 177-5 from 45 overs, with Bledlow Ridge’s John Rolfe not far behind on 53. Hawridge’s Brian Ralphs and Chearsley’s Larry Warr also chipped in with 20 and 28 respectively.
Bucks would need to bowl well against a strong Kent batting line up, and Jim Spooner (Bledlow) and Dave Burton (MK) opened up tightly, while Hawridge’s Richard Vasey, although not at his best, took wickets at just the right times. Warr removed a dangerous batsman with a stunning catch, while Roger Garrini (Wolverton) and Terry Bentley (Penn & Tylers Green) also bowled tightly, but the match was in the balance at the death, with Kent needing six to win off the last over with four wickets left.
The odds favoured Kent, especially when Bentley’s first ball went for four, but a diving stop prevented a single before an lbw reduced Kent to two to win off three balls, with three wickets left.
A dot ball was followed by Bentley bowling the Kent captain and, with two to win from the last ball, Bentley beat the batsmen for another dot ball, seeing Bucks were home by the narrowest of margins.
Victorious: Bucks Over-60s 2nds