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Reports 2011

‘Buckhorn capitulate as they miss out on three in a row’

Buckhorn were in search of a third successive League title, however it was obviously not to be their day. The pitch and ground played ok, considering the weather; but overall Buckhorn let themselves down on a day when they needed to pull together and put in a solid all-round performance. Adam B won the toss and put Bruton in on a very wet looking pitch; but the pitch had no effect on Bruton’s openers, who slogged from the off and put Simon Dodd and Tom Blomfield on the back foot early on. This prompted a change, with Simon B replacing Tom. Early breakthroughs came, but an inability to bowl one side of the wicket (or even full) and some slack fielding let Bruton cash in. Adam B bowled 7 good overs and Daffy tried tirelessly for the team, picking up the final wicket. In between, Simon B bowled economically; but the boys conceded too many runs, as Bruton mounted 167 all out.

Buckhorn’s reply was fairly weak. Simon B (25) and George Wayman (30) got them off to a good start, but both were undone by the slow wicket and a lack of self restraint; consequently they were both out caught. After that the side never got going, as wickets fell at regular intervals; with players getting themselves out, rather than protecting their own wicket and making the bowlers work for it. Buckhorn collapsed to 97 all out, with their hopes resting on rain at one point.

The result was disappointing, but that takes nothing away from what has been another excellent season for the club, playing some good cricket in amongst the difficulties of poor regular availability and a lack of an U15s section to strengthen the senior side. This missed opportunity should only fuel the team to go on and finish the job next year.

‘HELP FOR HEROES CHARITY MATCH’

The day kicked off bright and early with team photos and a speech by various officials, setting the mood for an excellent day of both cricket and fundraising. The essentials had been laid out: a beer tent, barbecue and an ice cream stall, which ran all day, and at tea cream teas were made available; consequently there was a continual flow of funds being raised as people enjoyed themselves at each of the tents. Continue reading

‘Buckhorn getting closer’

Buckhorn made a rare away trip to Horningsham with high hopes of a win, which is what they required if they wanted to keep their title hopes alive. Buckhorn arrived to the unusual sight of the Horningsham players rolling their artificial wicket (?!). The boundary to one side looked very short, whereas the other looks somewhat more substantial. Adam, therefore, had no doubts as to whether not to bat first if he won the toss. As it turned out, BWCC won the toss and batted. Continue reading

“Skipper’s maiden five-fer sees Buckhorn win international fixture”

Buckhorn set off from the pub at 9(ish)am to travel to Lymington ferry port to catch their 10:45 ferry to the island.  Everyone arrived at the port in time, however the need for bacon rolls almost resulted in the Dodds missing the ferry!  Once on the island Buckhorn made the pleasant drive across to Shanklin for their first international game of the summer.  The ground was quaint and a decent-looking pitch had been prepared.   Continue reading