Sunday 10th June 2012 Buckhorn v Warminster (away) – TCL
Rain ends promising battle
Buckhorn arrived at Warminster with the black clouds overhead threatening what was set to be a tight game between two of the strongest sides in the Three Counties League. The two sides are yet to meet in the League, with last year’s fixture being called off because of rain. This year did not see the fixture completed either; as after 25 overs, with the score at 126 for 5, the rain took grip and the game had to be abandoned.
Buckhorn lost the toss and were put in the field. Simon B opened up from one end and bowled tight, only conceding 11 runs from his 4 overs. George Ovenden took the new ball from the other end, but seemed to struggle with the uphill slope and wet conditions; being latched on by the Warminster opener and going for 25 runs in his 3 overs. Tom Blomfield had a spell, but couldn’t seem to get his arm over and went for 16 runs from his one over – he didn’t return to the attack. The breakthroughs came with the introductions of Daffy and Adam B. The skipper bowled an attacking line and length on the increasingly wet pitch, clean bowling 2 of his victims and snatching one with a sharp catch down the leg side from the stand-in keeper Simon B. Whilst Adam B was burgling wickets, Daffy was toiling in the poor conditions from the other. Daffy bowled some jaffers and some rubbish, and richly deserved his one wicket, which ended up coming out like a Shane Warne leg-break and leaving the batsman no chance. Buckhorn’s very own MS Dhoni also got some overs in and he managed to replicate Daffy’s unplayable leg-break to clean bowl Warminster’s No 6.
Buckhorn had let Warminster get away from them, as they conceded 89 before getting their first wicket, in the 14th over. However Buckhorn’s determination came through and they reined in the total by picking up regular wickets. The game was brought to a close at the 25th over, as the rain took hold and made conditions unplayable.
Buckhorn’s next TCL game is on June 24th, away to Mere.