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Match Report - Bures & D C C vs. Gestingthorpe 09/09/2018

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And so to potentially much sterner opposition – Gestingthorpe arrived with a strong looking team including Kenny Moulton Day and although they only had 10 players they must have felt confident after the thrashing of Bures on their home ground earlier in the season. Charlie and Cracey once again strode out to take on their opening bowlers and were faced with their toughest examination yet. With the pitch playing up quite alarmingly it was a slow start until Cracey
decided that when you haven’t a clue what to do, just give it a whack. He proceeded to hit the top branches of a tree which possibly prevented its flight all the way into Essex (well that’s his story anyway). Things eased a little the longer Bures batted and the Erith/Crace partnership just fell short of a second 100 opening stand when Charlie was bowled for 49. Jim Lee then made a brief appearance followed by Ralph Godbold, who was determined to beat his brother’s last attempt. The bar was set and with many lusty blows Ralph was successful and finished on 71 not out. Meanwhile Cracey was still hitting (and running – if that’s what you call it) but he eventually ran out of steam on 94, lobbing one up to the keeper. Joe Smith came in and hit some good shots to end the innings
and Bures went in to tea on 244 for 5. Against lesser opposition Bures would have been confident but with the Gestingthorpe line up nothing was certain. The opening pair of Moulton Day and Aitkin proceeded to “make hay” (and also made the Erith/Crace statement that the pitch “was a nightmare” look rather silly). However, once again Paddy came to the rescue removing Moulton Day from the pitch, and when Charlie came on to bowl and sent the other opener back to the pavilion too, victory seemed assured. Jimmy Lee and Jack Crace came on taking 3 and 2 wickets respectively and Gestingthorpe were bowled out for 150. Another great victory for the mighty Bures – the 7th consecutive win! Well played everyone – what a team.

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