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Published: Thursday, 04 July 2019

Bucks Over 60s had contrasting fortunes in their two recent matches in the national over 60s competition.
 They visited Wiltshire on 18th June and were able to complete the fixture on a day when most games were called off.  Against tight bowling, Bucks fought their way  to 158-6 in 45 overs thanks to Keith Wallis with 57 and John Pothecary with 42 not out. In reply Wiltshire’s Lerwell set the tone with a free flowing innings of 60 and although Matt Hind (9-1-23-3) bowled well on his return to the Bucks X1, Wiltshire got home with five wickets and  11 overs remaining.

 

 The following week at Marlow, Bucks’ fortunes changed as they defeated Oxfordshire, with whom they had tied in May. After Wallis’ early departure John Rolfe (80) and Pete Langford (74) put on 131 for the second wicket to set up a total of 217-7 off their allotted overs. Steve Partington and Derek Watts put on 64 for the first wicket despite accurate bowling from Bobby Fryer (6-3-13-0). Once Mike Salmon achieved the breakthrough in his first spell of 5-1-5-1 ,Dave Brooker (3-41) and Jim Spooner (2-36) tightened the grip to the point where a Bucks victory looked comfortable. There was a twist to come however, as injury prevented Fryer’s return while at the other end, Hind (1-27) was barred from bowling after delivering two above-waist-high balls.  Oxford had reached 141-7 and sniffed an opportunity.

To add to the drama, Batten who had retired hurt earlier, returned with a runner and shortly afterwards Steve Wilson, batting at the other end, also required a runner. As if this was not unusual enough, circumstances forced skipper Rolfe to bring on occasional leg-spinner Wallis, who defied everyone’s expectations except his own, by turning the ball sharply and taking the last two wickets to give Bucks victory by 35 runs. Dave Brooker claimed a run out and three catches in addition to his haul of three wickets.