Over 60s 1st XI still to win

Published: Thursday, 23 May 2019

Bucks Over 60s 1st XI second and third matches both went to the last ball in tense encounters. When Wiltshire elected to bat at Bledlow Village they were pegged back but accelerated in the later stages to 194 all out from 44.5 overs despite figures of 4-52 by Bobbie Fryer. After the early loss of two wickets in reply, Bucks were in command until the third wicket partnership was broken with the dismissal of Pete Langford for 37. Thereafter the run chase rested almost entirely on the shoulders of England trialist Keith Willis. He took Bucks to the brink of victory – despite not one boundary being scored by any other batsman once Langford was out – until with his team 7 wickets down and requiring three runs to win, Wallis was dismissed for 96 off the last ball. 

A week later Bucks found themselves batting first on a wicket of uneven bounce at Horspath against Oxfordshire.  Bucks fought their way to 148-9 off 45 overs with only the top four of Rolfe, Wallis, Langford and Garrini contributing significantly. In reply Oxford reached 58 without loss despite accurate bowling before the bowlers began to take control in particular Bobbie Fryer coming on fourth change his with left arm seam. The bowlers tipped the game strongly in Bucks favour and Oxford wanted  30 off the last 3 overs with 3 wickets in hand. No 9 batsman Steve Kelly almost took the home team to victory with 23 not out but failed to score the single required off the last ball and the scores ended tied. For the second week in a row Bobbie Fryer ended with fine figures, this time 9-1-20-4 ,well supported with Jim Spooner’s 2-22 off 9.
Although winless to date, Bucks have come within three runs and one run of victory in their last two encounters.
After a week’s break their next opponents are Hampshire at High Wycombe CC on Tuesday 4th June.