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Match Report - Bures & D C C vs.  I Zingari Australia 12/07/2018

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On a beautiful sunny day to rival even an Australian summer's day and with the Bures pitch resembling the outback rather than England’s green and pleasant land, Bures CC were very proud to welcome a touring Australian side for the first time, for what turned out to be a great occasion and a very close match. Another first was that they brought two retired international umpires with them to watch over the proceedings, a slight improvement to Shenners’ umpiring! After a delicious hog roast lunch accompanied by the odd alcoholic beverage the Australian IZ’s were put into bat. They proceeded to take advantage of an excellent wicket and their top 4 batsmen all exceeded 50 and had to retire. So this method of removing the batsmen was working well against the Bures attack until Cracey finally broke the mould and took 2 wickets in one over, both well caught by Ollie Bocking in the deep. This determined come-back helped to restrict the visitors to 247 off their 35 overs. Rupert Tozer was the pick of the bowlers with a tidy 4 overs, 0 for 12. Following a rather large tea (yes – Mrs Chairman did over-cater slightly!) and an amusing “cakecutting ceremony” that the Australians enjoyed, alcohol levels were once again replenished and then the Bures boys went out to bat. Bures began their reply briskly with Willy Amos and Ollie Bocking taking 30 off the first two overs. Unfortunately after that wickets fell regularly despite an excellent 40 runs from Amos. Jack Crace came in and anchored the innings beautifully, hitting shots all round the ground and he was ably supported by Charlie Erith (24), Cracey (20) and Joe Smith (19). Bures took the match right to the death, but when Jack finally fell on 81, the last resistance went with that. Bures finished on 229 all out, only 18 runs short of the target set by the Australians. A great day was had by all and yet more alcohol and food was consumed after some of the players (even some Aussies) enjoyed a dip in the Stour to cool off. Thank you to all the Bures players and supporters for being so friendly and hospitable to our international guests and for making it such a memorable day.

 

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