Over-60s bowlers lead Bucks to vic­tory over Kent

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BUCKS Over-60s first team con­tin­ued their im­proved per­for­mances in the past few weeks with a win over Kent.

Kent were hop­ing to seal the league ti­tle with vic­tory and bat­ted first, but were held to 167 all out by some ex­cel­lent bowl­ing and field­ing.

David Brooker (3-31) and Chris John­son (3-38) did the dam­age for Bucks sup­ported by some ex­cel­lent field­ing.

In re­ply, Gra­ham Keens fell early but cap­tain John Rolfe dropped an­chor and was well sup­ported by Roger Gar­rini as they took Bucks to within sight of vic­tory.

Gar­rini fell for 40 and Rolfe soon fol­lowed for 49. Keith Wal­lis (27 not out) and Den­zil Owen (25 not out) saw Bucks to a well de­served vic­tory.

Bucks II claimed their sec­ond vic­tory in their last match of the sea­son against bot­tom side Bed­ford­shire.

They re­duced Bed­ford­shire to 88-9 with Jim Spooner (3-22) and Alan Smith (3-39) do­ing the dam­age. Bed­ford­shire then staged a last wicket fight back and were even­tu­ally all out for 140.

Bucks strug­gled early on and lost wick­ets reg­u­larly un­til Ju­lian Cop­pock and Chris Lowe came to­gether and staged a win­ning fight back.

Cop­pock even­tu­ally fell for 33 but Lowe saw Bucks home with five balls to spare. Lowe fin­ished with his county best of 44 not out.

Bucks III were un­able to claim their first win of the sea­son as they lost by two runs to Bed­ford­shire on Thurs­day.

Bat­ting first, Bed­ford­shire opened with ag­gres­sion and fin­ished on 2227. Bucks lost early wick­ets as they looked to chase down the to­tal. Saqib Qureshi played a su­perb in­nings to give Bucks hope of vic­tory with a qual­ity 83.

Bucks looked set to win un­til Ge­orge Nel­son was run out and another flurry of wick­ets fell. Bucks needed three off the last over but fell two runs short.

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