Bures CC v Leavenheath – 21/08/2021

Saturday brought yet another overcast and decidedly dodgy “summer’s day”, so for our return match against Leavenheath we agreed on a 30 over match, to hopefully complete the game. Toss duly lost (again), we were inserted and were greeted by the best opening stand of the year.

After what can only be described as the previous weeks batting debacle, it was a joy to watch Olly T and James E go to work, hitting the ball to all corners of the park effortlessly. As the run rate increased, so did the confidence of the remaining batsmen, along with the consumption of alcohol. Subsequently, with the demise of both openers following a century opening stand, Olly (70) and James (63), this led to a mini collapse of the middle order. So, it was left to Tozer (senior) and Mark (Jack Leach) Brewer to take us to a very respectable total of 221 in our 30 overs (almost 200 more than the previous week!!), with Rupert scoring a fine half century of 51 runs and Mark 19.

Tea was quickly taken, once again to beat the rain and to avoid failing to complete the match, and Leavenheath began their reply. Being somewhat depleted in their batting line up, this was always likely to depend on the success (or otherwise) of Tris Skinner, and we were very disappointed after a huge appeal off George E was turned down. George E and Max W both bowled well and kept the run rate down, but it was captain Charlie E who made the vital break through. Rupert T bowled well, although again without much luck, but surprisingly it was the appearance of the Chairman which turned the game. 5 for 11 in 4 overs, ably supported by Olly T (2-16), brought things to a premature end. A great victory for the Mighty Bures and a very happy team retired to the Bells to celebrate.