‘Simon blasts ton, as Buckhorn dominate in the rain’
Buckhorn arrived at Plush expecting a rain-affected game, if there was to be a game at all. The weather may have been gloomy and uninspiring, but the setting was picturesque and would be the scene for an exciting game. Adam went out to the toss, hoping to bowl, but Plush won and put Buckhorn into bat. The prospect of a shortened game caused the opening pair of Tom Blomfield and Simon B to attack from the first ball. Both started very well, thumping the Plush openers to all parts of the ground, and put Buckhorn in a great position after the first 10 overs; having scored at up to 10 runs an over at times. Simon made 50 in quick time and Tom was getting settled, but a loopy full toss clipped the top of Tom’s off stump and he had to depart. George Ellwood arrived at 3 and continued to attack as Simon and Tom had done, he put away the loose deliveries (of which there were a few, as the ball was extremely wet and the rain was still falling) and looked to dominate the bowling. Simon made it to his maiden Three Counties League century, looking in decent touch and enjoying a promising stand with George; however George was out bowled, having made 29. Simon B was joined by older brother Adam and both pushed the score on further. Simon was out to a horrible delivery, skying it to deep mid wicket, for 148 – the highest score in Three Counties League history. Adam continued thrashing the Plush bowling all over the park, and Charlie Leach joined in. Adam was caught in the deep, going for another 6, having made a violent 43. The rest of the Buckhorn innings fell away after that as the lower order looked to get Buckhorn past 300. Although there were some classy shots, notably Joe H-B and Cosmo Barron’s cover drives and the heaves of George Ovenden and Jim Donnelly. Buckhorn finished on a massive 310 all out, a big total in the conditions.
The Buckhorn bowling would need to be disciplined with the wet ball, if they were going to pick up ten wickets and collect maximum points. George Ellwood and George Ovenden took the first spells and picked up a wicket apiece, as Hugh Barron (donning the gloves for the first time in Buckhorn colours) took a good catch to put Plush one down early on. Both bowled superbly considering the state of the ball and the conditions were worsening. After the opening spell from Ovenden, Tom Blomfield was introduced. Tom bowled his typically tight line and length and was finally rewarded in his last over, as he produced 1/41 from his 8 overs. The pick of the bowlers was (surprisingly) the skipper who bowled 8 overs and finished with impressive figures of 2/17. The game was brought to a close by Charlie Leach who injected some extra pace (and beamers!!) into the attack. He cleaned up Plush’s last man (who-embarrassingly-was actually a tiny child!) with a vicious yorker and closed with 4/16 from 3.5 overs. Plush finished 126 all out inside 32 overs, giving Buckhorn a winning margin of 184 runs.
Buckhorn produced a fine all round display, which was an exceptional effort considering the conditions-both of the ball and underfoot. Tom ‘Colly’ Blomfield’s performance in the field was superb, ably backing up Buckhorn’s fine bowling, with several athletic diving stops.