Bures & District Cricket Club

Match Report - Bures & D C C vs. Flycatchers 12/08/2018

(Archive Match Reports from 2002, 2003,  2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 & 2009 are HERE)


Despite the rather iffy weather forecast and on a grey day we welcomed the Flycatchers to Bures for only their second visit and the question on everyone's lips was could Bures make it 4 in a row? Despite McKenna bowling his usual miserly stuff and George Erith trying out his new style of quick bowling, the game ebbed and flowed but initially the Flycatchers were off to a flyer scoring at 7 an over. But once McKenna had taken the first wicket the tempo of the game changed considerably. Captain Carl and a very hungover Jack bowled tightly and well, bringing the scoring rate back down to 4 an over. Were it not for some fine hitting by the Flycatchers captain their score might have been well under par. As it was, they ended up scoring just over 5 an over for their 35 overs with a total of 176, which on a slowish wicket looked like a competitive total. There were two notable events in the field. 1. A catch by Chris Ayers in the slips which was Bothamesque in its brilliance, and 2. A fine run out by Paul, who kept a cool head under pressure (Captain Carl trying – and failing - to claim this as a wicket for his bowling record!). After an excellent tea by Lauren (& Gordon), disappointingly not beautifully labelled as before, the Bures team returned to the fray with a collective lack of confidence that they were going to reach the target set. The old gits (Cracey & C. Erith Esq) once again opened the batting and quickly put on a 40+ partnership, with Charlie rather uncharacteristically scratching around a bit. Cracey played a rather cultured innings with care and consideration (who writes these match reports?!) and was unluckily bowled charging down the wicket and falling flat on his back, just falling short of a 50. Stevie T and Erith junior, George, then rebuilt the innings and kept things ticking over very nicely. However, once Steve was bowled and George rather worryingly seemed to think that copying the
antics of Cracey was acceptable, the game was very much in the balance. But then Chris Ayers and Jack (who had moved from hungover to feeling quite sick) came to the rescue and knocked off the remaining 60 odd runs without further mishap. A brilliant 42 by Chris Ayers topped off a great day for him and four wins in succession for the mighty Bures. The youthful Flycatchers all proceeded to have a dip in the river and, much to the delight of the female supporters, came striding back “Mr Darcey-like” dripping wet with torsos rippling with muscles (Patrick had to be restrained as well!) It simply remains for the Bures boys to recreate this
image, along with their beer guts, at the next home match……





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