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Cricket: Old Buckenham off to flying start

PUBLISHED: 17:31 09 May 2012

Old Buckenham registered their first win of their new Premier League season with their first completed game – a feat that took 15 attempts in their previous Premier League campaign in 2010.

On a very damp track, Old Bucks stand-in captain Robbie Austin was asked to bat by the Lowestoft skipper.

Paul Donovan, Old Buckenham’s overseas player, and Ben Mann opened the batting. Unfortunately, after a good boundary from Mann (8) he was dismissed in the fifth over from a spitting delivery from Brice.

James Alexander joined Donovan at the crease and they both worked extremely hard in the bowler-friendly conditions, with both being hit by various spitting deliveries off full lengths.

Although the pair scored slowly, they provided a very important platform for the middle-order and saw off the new ball bowlers.

However, the partnership was brought to an end when Alexander (14) again received an unplayable ball from a Lowestoft bowler, Hebditch doing the damage this time and removing Bucks No 3 when he looked set for a long innings.

The dismissal brought James Heaney to the crease and his partnership kick-started the innings, both batters running well and dispatching any loose deliveries from the Lowestoft bowlers. They picked up the run-rate and put pressure on the bowling side until both were dismissed in quick succession, in the 37th and 39th overs, by Garrod, Donovan falling for a hard-worked 33 and Heaney for 52 off 60 balls.

Even though the pair worked very hard, the timing of their dismissals caused a mini slump in the innings when Bucks should have been pressing on. Lawrence (10) and Sam Mann (6) came and went quickly trying to force the pace in the last 10 overs on a still difficult track. This brought the partnership of James Hay (16) and Andy Austin (27 not out) together, running quickly again and sending out a couple of big sixes to get Bucks to 170-7 off their 50 overs.

With a good total on the board, Bucks’ bowlers set off with the bit between their teeth and ground Lowestoft down, the run rate barely rising above two per over at any stage.

Andy Lawrence (7-2-16-0) bowled well at the start of the innings without any luck, but his opening partner James Hay (8-3-13-1) took the first wicket of J McAvoy (7), caught by Austin.

Bucks then turned the screw further without any wickets, but the Lowestoft batsmen found it extremely hard to score off either opening bowler and first change seamer Duncan Osborne (7-3-14-1) who eventually took the wicket of opener Storey (27) after Austine had removed Lowestoft’s No 3 Wilgoss (10).

After these dismissals, Bucks spinner pairing of Austin and Tommy Alexander ran through the rest of the Lowestoft team, with the last five batsmen failign to reach double figures. Austin finished with 5-21 of 10 overs and Alexander with 2-13 off fiv e overs to bowl Lowestoft out for 77 in the 38th over.


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