Over 60s 1s crushed in semi-final

Published: Friday, 31 August 2018

Bucks Over 60-1s revival came to a disappointing end at Bledlow Village CC on Tuesday when they crashed out of the Bowl competition by 83 runs to Berkshire who they had defeated by 8 wickets at the same ground only a few weeks previously.
 
On a slow wicket Bucks bowled Berkshire out for 138 with Bucks’ three slow bowlers, David Brooker, Chris Johnson and Mike Salmon conceding only 56 runs off 27 overs between them. The top wicket-taker was local boy Jim Spooner who ended with 3-44.
 
Roger Garrini threatened to win the game for Bucks on his own but his departure for a rapid 21 with the score at 30-0 was the prelude to a disastrous collapse against the slow left-arm of Phil Ridgeway who took 5-13. Only Neville Pritchard made double figures after that as Bucks were bowled out for 55.
 
This result should not disguise the team’s otherwise strong recovery after a difficult start to the season, following the loss of key all-rounders and specialist batsmen to other counties or retirement. We look forward to 2019 with optimism.