Weekend to remember as Bucks taste success in both league and cup
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Old Buckenham produced an excellent bowling performance to dismiss high-flying Cromer for just 60 on Saturday afternoon.
The visitors, who had started the day leading the way in the Premier Division of the Norfolk Alliance, were brought firmly back down to earth as South African paceman Nick Pentz ripped through their batting line-up to set up a 10 wicket success.
After a brief shower the toss finally took place, with the away side electing to bat first.
Bucks started well with Glen Meredith and Matthew Hendrie taking a wicket each to reduce Cromer to 19-2 before Rob Purton and Richard Charlwood saw Cromer to 53 without any further loss.
Then the introduction of Chris Howes and Pentz ripped through the heart of the Cromer line-up. Howes dismissed Charlwood caught behind and then removed Purton lbw to open the floodgates, with Pentz adding another five wickets to his tally as Howes tied down the other end.
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The pairing eventually dismissed the away side for 60, Pentz taking 6-13 and Howes 2-11.
Skipper Terry Perry and Matthew Bint then had the job of knocking off the small total and both did it in style, finishing 23 and 27 not out respectively to complete the 10 wicket victory in the 14th over. This meant Bucks took a full 25 points from the proceedings and leapfrogged above Cromer in the table.
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On Sunday Old Buckenham booked themselves a Carter Cup semi-final slot after a nerve-wracking game against a depleted Acle side.
The Bucks' bowlers did a brilliant job to contain the home side to 196 all out, finally bowling them out in the 53rd over with overseas player Jas Cheema contributing 103 not out after an early let-off.
Bucks look set to chase down the total with the set Perry and Bint but the introduction of spinners on a dry track curtailed their reply.
Perry managed to pass 50 but a trio of mini collapses caused anxiety in the camp. A decent innings from Ben Shearing and then a solid mid-order display from Meredith saw the away side over the line. The Acle leg-spinner bowled a leg side wide to Howes which prematurely finished the contest, with Bucks winning by two wickets.
The Bucks are at home to Horsford A on Saturday (1pm).