CRICKET: New Buckenham’s high not enough to avoid defeat

New Buckenham succumbed to Rollesby by five wickets in Norfolk League five despite scoring their highest total of the season.

With skipper John Neville failing to win the toss for the second successive Saturday, New Buckenham were inserted on a dryish looking wicket.

Openers Braithwaite and Halfacree R set about their task with relish and although the scoring could be described as pedestrian they saw off the opening attack with few alarms before both fell cheaply.

The Bucks middle order of Dalton (14), Frame (23) and Taylor (33) all got starts but were unable to push on to make a score of substance.

Young batter Mattie Webster (15) played some delightful cover drives in an eye catching cameo before being bowled.

With nine wickets and five overs remaining, redoubtable number 11 Pete Marshall (12no) joined Guy Mallett (4no) at the crease and between them managed to wring out an additional 19 runs in an unbeaten last wicket stand before the innings closed on 135-9 and both teams repaired to the pavilion for an excellent tea.

Refreshed, New Bucks took to the field with tremendous belief that victory could and would be achieved. However, although wickets fell at regular intervals the away side were unable to exert sufficient pressure to achieve a win going down in the 40th over. Paceman George Halfacree was the pick of the bowlers with 1-25 from 12 overs and was always asking questions of the batsmen with his pace, movement and bounce.

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Much credit must go to Rollesby batsmen Roffey who was watchful in defence and as quick as lightening in pouncing on the bad ball as he lead his side home to victory with an almost flawless innings of 79 not out to send Bucks to a five wicket defeat.