2003 Tour Match Report - Bures Vs Olicanian Select Xi

(Played at Weeton and Huby) 13/06/03

Glorious sunshine greeted our arrival at this picturesque village ground. The Skipper, in the Captain's chair, lost the toss and Bures were duly asked to field in a 35-over match. Olicanians made steady but unspectacular progress against a surprisingly accurate Bures attack with McKenna and Cropper T. particularly impressive. Olicanians closed at a less-than-adequate 133 for 8, perhaps a little better than it looked on a wicket with unpredictable bounce.

A fine tea was enjoyed by all except Marc, who opted instead for his third doze of the day content at the comfort afforded by the lawn mower which he had his head on. The Skipper, having allowed a few hours for the beer to permeate through, suddenly felt the call of nature and rushed off to inspect the facilities. Faced with an old tin can and a plank of wood he was forced momentarily into an urgent reappraisal of his needs but rational judgement had to be discarded as his digestive system reminded him in the most vivid manner of what had now become a dire need. He emerged, pale and drawn at the shock and suddenness of his experience. The Bures reply began hesitantly, with Chambers L. demonstrating unrivalled ability in failing to trouble the scorers despite three changes of bat. Thankfully, there followed a fine stand between Lee J. and Ayers C. who with scores of 44 and 43 respectively, put the total within reach. These innings were each as pleasing as the other. James Lee has run into a rich vein of form and has realised that he need not be worried about any bowler. Chris Ayers, having had a torrid time under a helmet for a year or two, is back to his best with his trademark late cuts and lusty blows.

Athlete. Marc Norton enjoys his Friday siesta with Mr. Qualcast


The Bures reply. 15 for 1 off 10 overs.........

A traditional Bures clatter of wickets however kept Olicanians in the hunt until wise heads Cropper T. and Bocking C. found themselves a little nervously at the crease for the eighth wicket and with some twenty runs still required. The pressure was suddenly and decisively relieved after a few edgy singles when Tom opened his shoulders and lofted a colossal six over long-on, the like of which we had not seen of him since his Wickham St. Paul six last year. Thus the game was secured, victory for Bures by three wickets.

Bures Bowling Figures...

Bowler Overs Runs Wickets
M. Norton 8 23 0
P. McKenna 9 18 3
C. Bocking 5 26 1
C. Chambers 8 30 1
T. Cropper 5 21 3

Man of the Match - James Lee

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