Many will know that our Chairman Jeremy Owen gave his daughter away last week-end, and we wish the happy couple well. So using a wedding brides expression, the Team that Buckhorn selected for the match against Horningsham was ‘something old , something new, something borrowed, something blue‘. The old is of course the captain, the blue is because we were royally thumped, the borrowed was everyone using each others equipment, and the new was for the three new players who kindly stepped in to play, on a day difficult to get a team out.
On enquiring whether the new players would prefer to bat or bowl, to a man they agreed they were batsman, so it may come as a surprise to find that Ollie Rance took 3 wickets for 38, Fred Vernon 2 for 21 including Horningshams big century making batsman, and Dan Boyle ( NZ ) bowled a tidy 8 overs of spin. However you may also be surprised not find a mention of their batting in the rest of this report!
Having lost the Toss we were asked to field on a surprisingly lively artificial wicket, and fast outfield. Marcus took the new ball, and delivered a thrillingly hostile spell, which had the batsmen defending and was unlucky not to take a wicket. George Jones also had a tidy 8 overs finishing 1 for 45. Sadly we struggled to take those crucial first couple of wickets, a couple of missed catches and Horningsham, with a first wicket partnership of 126, were on their way to a huge 308. Theo Biggs bowled 4 overs of leg spin, again causing a few problems for the batsman, but with the platform set, they could afford to take chances.
Despite us collapsing to 72 all out – and it is hard to pick out anyone who really did well – strangely this match felt like a good game of cricket, and to be fair, the opposition took some great catches. Played in a good spirit, on a beautiful day, and a pint of cider in the Bath Arms afterwards, what better way to spend an afternoon. Beaten but not bowed, I am sure there will be a few batsman fired up to come back and have another go.
Team : A Gibbs (capt. & wk ), Cortland Taylor, Dan Taylor, Alex Corbett, Zac Wheeler, Theo Biggs, Marcus Mathew, George Jones, Dan Boyle, Fred Vernon, Ollie Rance.