Bucks veter­ans sneak their first win of the sea­son by sin­gle run

County’s over-60s glad of rare vic­tory

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by Tim Street tim.street@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @Street­boyTim

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

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