Over 60s 1s in Bowl semi

Published: Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Bucks O60-1s progressed to the semi-final of the Bowl competition on a countback after a tense finish in which Bedfordshire levelled the scores on the last ball, exactly matching Bucks’ total of 152-9.
Playing their first game since April last year without talisman Denzil Owen, Bucks had moved to 70-1 in the first innings, but John Pothecary’s dismissal for 25 prompted a collapse to 77-5 with John Rolfe also dismissed, for 38. Mike Salmon with 28 and with support from Martin Sheffield (13) and Chris Johnson (16)  led a fightback which enabled Bucks to set a challenging target on a slow wicket.

After a confident start Bedfordshire began to lose wickets at regular intervals particularly against tight bowling from Chris Johnson (9-1-26-2) and Mike Salmon. When the last pair came together 31 runs were still needed for victory, and off the last over, 11 were required. No 11 Ken Alden hit the last ball for three to bring the scores level only for the teams to discover that with both scores and wickets level, Bucks had won the game on account of having a higher score after 44 overs. Inspired by a tea of cream cheese and jam sandwiches, Mike Salmon was the stand-out bowler with 5-17 off his 9 overs to add to his important innings earlier.
 
Confirmation is awaited that Bucks will play Berkshire at home in the next round on Tuesday 28th August.