Founded in 1930, the Buccaneers is a wandering cricket club with Sunday fixtures, usually all day, throughout the South East of England from Oxford and Henley to Maidstone, Hurstpierpoint and Hurlingham.

"Let us take our stand and play the game, but rather for the cause than for the fame"

Buccs rain down runs

The weather forecast was not a happy one: light showers to be followed by heavier rain in the late afternoon.  Both sides were keen to bat first, but Bryant lost the toss and Frensham put the Buccaneers in the field under a predicted light shower that soon became persistent light rain.  Hamish Robertson and Steve Moules opened the bowling very tidily; the batsmen not playing many scoring shots but, as usual on this ground, the runs started coming in fours.  Steve took his first wicket in the sixth over and then another in his next.  Still the rain came down in a light drizzle and the umpire left it to the players to decide whether or not we should continue.  All credit to Frensham, their batsmen were content to play on.  Had we come off, there would have been little chance of resuming.  The weather was not going to improve.

James Marsh took over from Hamish and took a wicket in his second over, that of Martin Breddy, a former Buccaneer.  Angus Berry then replaced Steve and bowled extremely well, taking four wickets, including a double wicket maiden.  It was difficult to prise the ball away from him but after about 33 overs with around 150 on the board Frensham’s captain let us know that with the weather forecast so dire, he would bat for only another six overs.  Angus gamely sacrificed the chance of taking 5 so as to let someone else have a go.  Frensham then put on 40 odd runs, Archie Marsh taking a wicket in the two overs he was given before a very sporting declaration at 192 for 8 with theoretically buckets of time left but probably buckets of rain to come.

Since there was to be no official tea break (it was bring your own), the Buccaneers opened their innings immediately with the canny choice of Angus Berry and James Marsh as openers.  The rain got heavier and no doubt did the hearts of the fielders as Angus and James started to turn on their own tap.  But still Frensham showed willing and very generously stayed out on the field, getting wetter and wetter, while being punished for their endurance.  To add to their suffering, they gave the Buccaneers a third player, a man called “Extras”, who managed to put on 45 in total (note that our Tom Fletcher had not conceded a single bye.)  With Angus scoring 73 and James 75, the Buccs paddled home without loss in only 18.2 overs.  A magnificent achievement.  When was the last time we had an opening partnership of more than 190 (Hurlingham 2011? see this link)

An extraordinary game of cricket, probably the only game in Surrey that finished that day.  Many thanks to Frensham for their fortitude and willingness to give us a match, come what may. Buccs won by 10 wickets.

Innings of Frensham

Breddy                  b. J. Marsh                           26
Bixby                     b. Moules                            5
Champneys           lbw Moules                        6
McCabe                 c. Berry                               36
Jones                    b. Berry                               29                          
White                    not out                                59
Smith O.               c. Fletcher b. Berry          0
Smith M.               b. Berry                                4
Smith D.                b. A. Marsh                         8

Extras                                                                12
Total                                                                  192 for 8 declared

H. Robertson     7-2-0-27
S. Moules           8-2-2-43
J. March             6-2-1-33
A. Berry              9-3-4-25
G. Stapleton       3-0-0-17
O. Robertson     3-0-0-26
A. Marsh                              2-0-1-16

Innings of Buccaneers

Berry                     not out                  73
J. Marsh                not out                  75

Extras                                                 45
Total                                                   193

C. Jones                               4-0-0-31
M. Smith                              3-0-0-15
P.McCabe                           4-0-0-30
D. Bigsby                              3-0-0-28
C. Doian                               2.2-0-0-28
E. White                               2-0-0-29

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A kind face delivers the coup de grace as the Buccs fall at Hurl

Following a year’s hiatus, the Buccaneers once again descended on that oasis of tranquillity and indulgence in SW6, The Hurlingham Club. Players, officials and invited guests watched on under the 28-degree rays of sun while the Buccs were put in the grass following the skipper losing the toss.

Once the typical moaning about starting in the field on the hottest day of the year thus far was out the way, the Buccs opened up the attack with the new ball (well supplied by Will Metcalfe) with Stephen E Moules from the top end and Ludo Milne from the other. Stephen bowled nice back of a length fizzers with no luck, especially in the second spell with a shocking drop at mid on by the tiring skipper. Ludo, however had a good degree of luck, coupled with skill and pace, causing his first two balls of both the match and his 2021 cricket season trapping the number two LBW and castling the number three batsman in successive wickets of his opening double wicket maiden. This was quickly followed with two more wickets in his 3rd and 4th overs, leaving the Buccs in a nosebleed position in recent years of having Hurlingham at 20-4 after just 8 overs. Ludo was cruelly taken off whilst waiting on a five-fer as he was fatigued in the midday heat. For the first time in a long time we had four genuine seamers, so Metcalfe and debutant Krunic came on bowling cheaky swingers and metronomic on the spot balls respectively. Sadly no wickets were delivered in this spell and it took a turn of veteran spinner Simon Leefe to take the fifth wicket before lunch.

The BBQ queue and jugs of Pimms awaited us and gave the players much needed sustenance before taking to the field once again. This was where Hurlingham struck up a powerful sixth wicket partnership of 127 through some sublime hitting from their wicket keeper / captain Kidwell and Handy Bat (soon to discover handy bowler too) Hugo Peterson.

Leech & Leefe delivered a couple more before we bowled out Hurlingham for 246 from 54.2 overs. The final victim being Captain Kidwell agonisingly falling for 97 (I do think the number 11 was pleased it wasn’t him stopping the skipper from getting the ton!)

It was now time for the Buccaneers to dust off the cobwebs on the batting helmets and head out. Eswar & Chris Leech led the charge with the latter falling for a score below his best and trudging back to the pavilion. Eswar played a measured innings, partnered briefly with young Leefe and then a lovely partnership of 72 with our overseas James Crichton. James and Eswar played delightfully and excited the crowd with glorious shots to all corners of the croquet lawn outfield. Stephen Moules then came to the crease, and batted with equal style and substance, hitting a run a ball 43 before eventually falling as the last wicket. Running out of a few partners along the way. Leefe senior gave a short burst of hope but a few ducks in the bottom half of the batting order meant that we weren’t to reach the target, finally falling 45 runs short of the target. The aforementioned Hugo Peterson taking 5 of the last 6 wickets with a blistering pace attack for a man with such a kind face.

It was a game played in great spirits with most of the spectators imbibing great spirits and weather to match the occasion. As with tradition we retired to the bar to while away the rest of the evening under the setting sun.  

Hurlingham Club v Buccaneers – Sunday 13 June 2021

Innings of Hurlingham

Sam Rhys ct S Leefe b L Milne 5

Sam Maynard lbw L Milne 0

Matthew Bazeley b L Milne 0

Jett Beecroft c J Crichton b L Milne 7

Richard Cripps lbw S Leefe 17

Hugo Peterson lbw C Leach 87

A Kidwell b L Milne 97

E Beckwith c W Metcalfe b R Hobbs 5

John Cattermull b S Leefe 9

Alex Paterson not out 0

Extras 10

Total 236-9 dec

Bowling

S Moules 9-2-38-0

L Milne 8.1-2-31-5

W Metcalfe 4-1-14-0

I Krunic 8-2-46-0

S Leefe 10-0-45-2

C Leach 10-1-42-2

R Hobbs 5-0-24-1

Innings of Buccaneers

Eswar Kalidasan run out J Stanton 39

Chris Leach b J Stanton 8

Charlie Leefe ct A Kidwell b J Stanton 14

James Crichton c M Bazeley b A Paterson 43

Steven Moules c R Cripps b H Peterson 43

Ludo Milne c A Kidwell b E Beckwith 0

Simon Leefe b H Peterson 18

Thomas Fletcher b H Peterson 5

Will Metcalfe b H Peterson 0

Ilija Krunic lbw H Peterson 0

Richard Hobbs not out 3

Extras 29

Total 202 all out

Bowling

Hugo Peterson 12.1-3-45-5

Jonathan Stanton 9-0-46-2

Ed Salt 6-1-27-0

John Cattermull 3.1-0-14-0

Ed Beckwith 5-0-25-1

Alex Paterson 5-1-29-1

Hurlingham Club won by 44 runs

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Nomads prove too strong in season opener

An eagerly anticipated rematch following the rain affected draw in 2019, the Buccaneers arrived at the idyllic Ascott Park to play The Nomads in what would be the Buccs’ first outing of the year. Following some last minute recruitment by our bean counter Mr Marsh, the team on paper was a young and strong one, full of batting promise. To that end, a negotiated toss led the skipper to elect to bat and send out openers Marsh and Kalidasan. It wasn’t long before Kalidasan was soon heading back after some sharp and accurate bowling saw him caught off the bowling of Hamilton, the young quick. Hamilton accounted for the next two wickets of Leech and Berry respectively. Milne and Machin fell to the ever dangerous Shawl, whilst Marsh dug in for a good knock of 29, eventually succumbing to the bowling of Y Malhotra. Fletcher showed good resistance in the middle order with a knock for 30 being C&B off Royals and the tail wagged with Hobbs getting a quick fire 25 before the Buccaneers were all out for 130 off 41.4 overs.

The Nomads started their innings needing 131 to win with plenty of overs on offer to get them. As usual, skipper Brockton opened the batting with C Malhotra joining him. Malhotra fell quickly to the slow seam up of The Buccs skipper, Metcalfe but Brockton looked in worryingly good form at the other end. Three more wickets fell in relatively quick succession, putting The Nomads at 68/4 which brought Y Malhotra to the crease. Some crisp hitting soon powered Malhotra onwards in the scorebook and Brockton reached his well-deserved half century. Malhotra fell to Hobbs C&B for 35 leaving Hamilton to join Brockton but the damage had been done. Hamilton and Brockton saw The Nomads home for five wickets down and only 34.1 overs needed to get them.

BUCCANEERS CC Innings

J Marsh     bowled        Y Malhotra 29

E Kalidasan c  Ralphs   b Hamilton    0

C Leech     c Vithlani  b Hamilton    4

A Berry     bowled        Hamilton    4

J Milne     bowled        Shawl      14

M Machin    bowled        Shawl       2

T Fletcher  c & b         Royals     30

M McLeod    c & b         Bahl        6

W Metcalfe* lbw         b Bahl        0

R Hobbs     c & b         Royals     25

W Okines    not out                   4

Extras      b3,lb0,w7,nb2)           12

TOTAL       (All out,41.4 overs)    130

Fow:1-2(2),2-23(3),3-27(4),4-54(5),5-58(6),6-70(1),7-84(8),8-105(7),9-105(9),10-130(10).

Bowling– Shawl 12 3 31 2,Hamilton 8 1 29 3(w7),Y Malhotra 9 3 12 1,Bahl 6 1 15 2,Page 3 0 17 0(nb2),Royals 3.4 0 22 2.

NOMADS CC Innings

T Brockton* not out                60

C Malhotra  bowled      Metcalfe    0

A Faheem    c Leech     b McLeod   11

B Ralphs+   c Milne     b Marsh     1

S Vithlani  c Kalidasan b Metcalfe  9

Y Malhotra  c & b         Hobbs    35

J Hamilton  not out                 8

Extras     (b4,lb3,w2,nb0)          9

TOTAL      (5 wickets,34.1 overs) 131

Dnb:C Royals,S Shawl,S Bahl,C Page.

Fow:1-1(2),2-34(3),3-45(4),4-68(5),5-121(6).

Bowling-Metcalfe 7 1 21 2(w2),McLeod 9 1 27 1,Marsh 10 0 24 1,Okines 3 0 23 0,Berry 3 0 18 0,Hobbs 2.1 0 12 1. 

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Annual Dinner date announced for 28th October

The Committee is delighted to announce that Thursday 28th October will be the date of the Annual Dinner.

We have reserved the East India Club and look foward to seeing as many Buccaneers there as possible.

We will release more details nearer the time.

The Committee

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Buccaneers’ 2020 Averages published

Although the club only played four games in 2020, the Committee has published averages for the year including leading batsman and bowler.

These can be found here.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

COVID, Cricket, and Conference Calls

It feels strange writing a match report for the Buccs’ final game of the season having played just three matches prior to this – but this really has been the strangest of summers. Following two victories and a winning draw in the previous three fixtures, the Buccs’ bubble rolled into Brook looking to make it an unbeaten season. 

Following a few socially-distant pints in the Dog and Pheasant and a manufactured toss, the Buccs were batting and looking to get off to a solid start. Eswar and T Fletcher (more on him to follow) began the innings nicely and looked to be in little trouble until the Slaughter and May opening partnership was split but the lively Williams. Ward came and went, again to Williams before Charlie Leefe and Eswar steadied the ship with some typically big hitting. After Charlie departed after a very useful 40, a succession of cameos looked to be accompanying Eswar to a maiden Buccs ton. 

Alas from the seventh ball of the over (not the first of its kind in our innings) Eswar was LBW to who else but the skipper Williams, for a very pleasing on the eye 90. His wait for a Buccs ton goes on but I have no doubt in a full season he will be troubling the upper end of the batting charts for years to come. A few lusty blows from Berry and Milnes looked to be setting us up for a big total until Williams returned to the attack once more. After Berry looked to the skies again, being bowled by one of Brook’s many talented youngsters in the process, both Hobbs and Okines fell in consecutive balls to Williams, giving him a five-for in the process and leaving D Close to face a hat trick ball. Cue ball on pad, mass appeals, bowed heads on the sideline, and mercifully an unmoved umpire. Survival. Although not for much longer, a suicidal run ensured the Buccs failed to bat out our 40 overs but still managed a defendable 212. 

It was at tea that the aforementioned T Fletcher set up for one of the stranger couple of hours that any of the Buccs had previously witnessed on a cricket field. Thanks to an unnamed client Fletcher was scheduled to attend two hours of conference calls (and yes, the game was on a Sunday). This led to our young lawyer hooking up his phone and headphones and hiding in the field. 

The fielding and bowling effort was true to this season’s form and the Buccs took wickets at regular intervals and stand-in keeper R Hobbs was up to the task, giving away just one bye. Not bad for someone that last kept as a 17 year old. R Rydon and S Leefe were the pick of the bowlers taking 7 wickets between them. At 152 for 9 the Buccs sensed victory and few more COVID compliant pints before toasting the season farewell. Enter Brook’s number 11 and our very own Jeremy ‘Rakeem’ Milne. Floating someone temping non turning off spinners Milne took confidence from his first over that went for just 4. This was clearly enough of a sighter for the number 11 and the following Milne over was plundered for 28. Cue a few sweaty palms in the Buccs ranks. Up stepped R Hobbs, fresh from his keeping stint, he would go on to take his second wicket including the much needed last to give the Buccs by 22 runs. 

A great day out as always at Brook with our friendly hosts buying the first round in the pub after. So an unbeaten season, albeit a highly truncated one. Many firsts witnessed across the season – from sanitation breaks to conference calls at cow corner. Here’s hoping for a longer, more normal season in 2021!

Innings of the Buccaneers

E Kalidasan LBW Williams 90
T Fletcher Bowled Williams 8
L Ward Bowled Williams 1
C Leefe Caught Owen 40
R Rydon Caught Ward 18
S Leefe Bowled Thomas 14
J Milne Not Out 11*
A Berry Bowled 14
R Hobbs Bowled Williams 0
W Okines Bowled Williams 0
D Close Run Out 1

Extras 15

Total 212

Innings of Brook CC

189 all out

Bowling Figures

Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets

L Ward 5 0 26 0
R Rydon 8 2 27 3
W Okines 6 0 29 0
S Leefe 8 2 35 4
A Berry 4 0 33 1
R Hobbs 3.2 0 11 2
J Milne 2 0 32 0

Total Extras 4

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Buccs take the bacon to make it two from two

Remote match manager Richard Hobbs was pleased to receive the news* that Buccaneers made it two-from-two for the 2020 season with a 67 run win in a low-scoring game at Follies Farm on 6 September.  Eswar Kalidasan (52) was the standout Buccs performer with the bat, but a lack of long partnerships and a cascade of middle and lower-order wickets saw us bundled out for 128 in 34 overs. Buoyed by some delicious ham sandwiches (meat sourced from the pig farm attached to the ground) at tea, Will Metcalfe and Caspar Milne each bowled eight overs of accurate and miserly inswing, taking regular wickets with the support of some excellent catching and ground fielding. Will finished with five wickets and Caspar two. Rob Rydon roared in off his short run to clean up the tail in double quick time – Follies Farm Old Spots all out for 61 allowing Buccs ample time to savour their post-match sausage rolls and ale in the glorious evening sunshine.

A selection of ‘action’ shots from the game courtesy of El Presidente

*Richard sadly was unable to fulfil his duties due to travel quarantine restrictions

Innings of Buccaneers
J. Milne b. De Bruyne 5
A. Rydon ct. CSD b. De Bruyne 12
A. Berry ct. [Unknown] b. M. Barson 25
E. Kalidasan b. Roland 52
C. Leefe ct. CSD b. M. Barson 8
S. Leefe b. M. Barson 0
R. Rydon b. Meadows 1
C. Milne c. Grant b. Meadows 0
W. Metcalfe lbw M. Barson 18
T. Fletcher not out 1
D. Close ct. [Unknown] b. T. Barson 0
Extras 6
128 (all out, 34 overs)

Follies Farm Old Spots CC bowling
Roland 7. 2. 1. 19.
De Bruyne 6. 1. 2. 16.
M. Barson 7. 0. 4. [Unknown]
Bell 5. 0. 0. 39.
Meadows 4. 2. 2. [Unknown]
Grant 4. 1. 0. 11.
T. Barson 1. 0. 1. 1.

Innings of Follies Farm Old Spots CC
B. [Crugs] b. Metcalfe 16
[Lumley] b. Metcalfe 0
T. [?] lbw C. Milne 1
M. Barson ct. [Unknown] b. Metcalfe 9
De Bruyne ct. [Uknown] b. Metcalfe 5
T. Barson lbw C. Milne 2
Meadows b. R. Rydon 1
Bell ct. [Uknown] b. Metcalfe 0
Grant not out 20
CSD c&B R. Rydon 0
Roland b. R. Rydon 0
Extras 7
61 (all out, 21 overs)

Buccaneers bowling
W. Metcalfe 8. 1. 5. 23
C. Milne 8. 0. 2. 14
R. Rydon 3. 0. 3. 10
S. Leefe 2. 0. 0. 7

Buccaneers won by 67 runs

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

An unusual year: No port

BUCCANEERS v WARBOROUGH & SHILLINGFORD

An Indian Summer it was, a raging bunsen it was not. With perfect blue skies above, a slow-and-low wicket below, and plenty of spin options within, the Buccaneers won the toss and opted to bat. As openers Angus Berry and Ollie Robertson strode out into the glorious sunshine the other Buccaneers retreated, at an appropriate social distance, to the shade of the old oak tree which in years past has been the canopy for the famous Warborough & Shillingford port-fuelled lunches. Alas, not this year, but the treats of the picnic hampers were unpacked and the stage was set for some entertaining afternoon cricket.

Warborough & Shillingford won the initial exchanges, with a superb spell from Chamberlain who went for less than two an over in a long opening spell, extracting more bounce and carry than the surface had suggested. Ollie Robertson signalled intent within the first six overs with a big heave-ho but found himself stranded. Controversy and confusion reigned when, after an elegant and incident-free quarter of a century, Eswar Kalidasan was caught and bowled. Umpires and players alike debated whether the ball had bounced once, twice or perhaps even not at all, but the decision went with a fair catch and he departed. Angus Berry skilfully alternated between obdurate blocking and thrashing seven boundaries before Chamberlain deservedly got his man shortly after the drinks & sanitising break. The experienced observers settled down to watch a long partnership from Messrs Leefe and Rydon, but two excellent catches tore up the script and the Buccaneers found themselves 89/5 after 25 overs.

Enter the young guns. Metcalfe boshed 52 from 55 balls, bypassing the lightening outfield to hoist five maximums in his innings. Tom Fletcher stroked a classy unbeaten 41, dealing in more ones and twos than he’d have liked, but taking his career aggregate at this ground to 152 unbeaten runs from 151 balls and inking himself into next year’s team. James March scored an effortless 19 from just 8 balls to help the Buccaneers to 206/6 from 43 overs.

The work was only half done, though. Metcalfe opened up from the Six Bells End and quickly had two wickets as reward for a penetrating spell. But it was Hamish Robertson who struck the initial blow, and if it had not been for the rarity of a back-foot no-ball his rewards would have been greater during an excellent opening burst. Then Marsh set to work, making the most of an ungenerous surface, with flight and guile that returned him 2-21 from 12 overs. Tight spells from Rydon and Leefe pushed the run rate up and WinViz lurched towards the visitors. The Buccaneers ground fielding was superb: the catching was a little more mixed, it should be recorded. H Robertson was an inch away from a catch-of-the-season, the captain pouched a catch which was notable only for the conversation that the batsman initiated prior to the dismissal being confirmed (the contents of which shall not be disclosed in polite company, although no offence was taken at the time). Ollie Robertson redeemed an earlier misdemeanour in the field to bowl an excellent wicket maiden towards the end to set up an intriguing finish, but in truth Warborough & Shillingford held on comfortably, with a steely 40-minute partnership between captain and youngster. After an honourable draw was called and stumps themselves were drawn, with the home team 113/7 from 45 overs, the players sauntered across the Green to the Six Bells to reflect on an excellent day all round. 

Sunday 13th September 2020
 
Warborough & Shillingford 1st XI v Buccaneers at Warborough Green
 
Buccaneers won toss – elected to bat Buccaneers  
Batsman                                   How Out  Runs   Balls 
 Angus Berry   b Chamberlain   36   57 
 Ollie Robertson   st Ward† b R Iswariah     17 
 Eswar Kalidasan   c & b Halvorsen   25   39   
Simon Leefe   c Zagoritis b Halvorsen   18   21   
Rob Rydon   c F Iswariah b Halvorsen     14   
Will Metcalfe   b Zagoritis   52   55 
 † Tom Fletcher   not out   41   48 
 James Marsh   not out   19   8      
 Extras  (2 byes, 4 leg-byes, 3 wides, 1 no-ball)   10          
Total  (6 wickets, 43 overs)   208    
Did not bat: Hamish RobertsonNeil Robertson, * Warwick Okines 
 

 
 Bowler                                 Overs   Maidens   Runs   Wickets 
Tim Chamberlain   12     24     
Rohan Iswariah       35     
Trajan Halvorsen       45     
Junaid Hassan       40   
 James Tilley       36     
Adrian Zagoritis       10     
Lucy Johnson       12             

Warborough  Batsman                                                How Out  Runs   Balls   
Mark Searle   c Leefe b Metcalfe     26   
Freddie Iswariah   lbw b H Robertson     8   
James Tilley   b Metcalfe     5   
Trajan Halvorsen   c H Robertson b Marsh   29   81   
Rohan Iswariah   c Okines b Leefe   22   64   
Tim Chamberlain   c Fletcher† b Marsh     6   
* Adrian Zagoritis   b O Robertson   28   54   
Robert Johnson   not out     29   
Dave Treacher   not out     0       
Extras  (2 byes, 8 leg-byes, 3 wides, 3 no-balls)   16          
Total  (7 wickets, 45/45+ overs)   113    
Did not bat: † Chris Ward, Junaid Hassan, Lucy Johnson
 
Fall of wickets: 1−7 (F Iswariah; 3.1 ovs), 2−8 (Tilley; 4.1 ovs), 3−24 (Searle; 8.4 ovs), 4−72 (Halvorsen; 29.5 ovs), 5−72 (R Iswariah; 30.2 ovs), 6−76 (Chamberlain; 31.5 ovs), 7−109 (Zagoritis; 43.6 ovs)
 
 Bowler                                 Overs   Maidens   Runs   Wickets   
Will Metcalfe       16     
Hamish Robertson       14     
James Marsh   12     21     
Rob Rydon       16     
Simon Leefe       17     
Warwick Okines       17     
Angus Berry           
Ollie Robertson         
 
Match drawn
 
Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Buccs counter-attack against COVID-19 and WCT secures win

WC & T CC 234 – 8 (40 overs), Buccs 235 – 4 (35.1 overs). Buccaneers won by six wickets

Buccaneers cricket made a very welcome return at West Chiltington & Thakeham on Sunday 26 July. This was our second visit to the picturesque ground at WC&T and we were again very well looked after by our hosts, whose organisation to ensure covid-compliance while still allowing for an enjoyable day out was particularly commendable.

The toss was negotiated, the format set at 40 overs per side and, in a repeat of the 2019 fixture, WC&T got off to a flyer with the bat. Buccaneers were lacking somewhat in the seam bowling department, and it was therefore no surprise to see Rob Rydon come out of ‘retirement’ to take the first wicket with a classic away swinger.  WC&T’s youthful batting line up continued their assault on the Buccs spinners, despite Buccs managing to take wickets at relatively regular intervals. A fast outfield – and an exhibition in slip juggling and deflection from Milne Snr – saw runs flow at a quick rate, and Buccs were once again looking at a chase requiring more than five runs per over. James Marsh was the pick of our bowlers, finishing with 3-40 and extracting significant turn from the wicket (much to the concern of the Buccs batsmen).

Energised by their covid-secure sandwiches in the tea break, Angus Berry and Eswar Kalidasan strode to the wicket to begin our pursuit of 235. WC&T’s opening bowlers seemed intent on testing out the middle of the (admittedly bouncy) track and, after watching a few short balls sail by, the Buccs openers decided the time had come to counter. Gus and Eswar unleashed an impressive range of cuts, pulls and punches and were more than happy to throw their hands through blazing drives on the odd occasion the ball was pitched up. Both passed 50 in a thrilling opening stand of 147 that did not leave much work to do for those that followed. The introduction of spin saw wickets begin to fall – Eswar was bowled for 57 and Angus was caught for 73 (yet again declining the opportunity to score his maiden Buccs hundred and buy a jug of beer for his mates). Charlie Leefe (18) and Rob Rydon (9) both entertained with sixes in their short stays at the crease before Simon Leefe (27*) and Ludo Milne (15*) saw us home without alarm and with more than four overs to spare. A memorable chase and Buccs victorious by six wickets in what must be one of our highest scoring ‘season openers’ ever.

With the series poised at 1-1, we very much look forward to returning to West Chiltington in 2021.

Innings of WC&TCC
E. White ct. Fletcher+ b. Rydon 38
J. Taylor b. A. Marsh 35
H. Gillespie ct. [Unknown] b. J. Marsh 33
M. Goring b. Rydon 4
B. Lucking ct. [Unknown] b. J. Marsh 36
T. Taylor LBW b. S. Leefe 18
C. Davies ct. [Unknown] b. S. Leefe 32
R. Taylor st. Fletcher+ b. J. Marsh 1
O. Van Noort Not out 10
C. Tear Not out 20
C. Wyatt Did not bat
Extras 7
234 – 8 (40 overs)

Buccaneers bowling
L. Milne 7. 1. 39. –.
G. Smith 2. –. 25. –.
R. Rydon 8. 1. 27. 2.
A. Marsh 8. -. 48. 1.
J. Marsh 8. -. 40. 3.
C. Leefe 2. -. 21. -.
S. Leefe 5. -. 30. 2.

Innings of Buccaneers
A. Berry ct. b. Lucking 73
E. Kalidasan b. Davies 57
C. Leefe ct. b. Lucking 18
S. Leefe Not out 27
R. Rydon LBW b. Davies 9
L. Milne Not out 15
J. Marsh Did not bat
G. Smith Did not bat
A. Marsh Did not bat
J. Milne Did not bat
T. Fletcher Did not bat
Extras 36
235 – 4 (35.1 overs)

Buccaneers won by six wickets

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

2020 season update in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic

Buccaneers will soon be receiving the Club’s fixture card for the coming season. Although we know that no cricket will be played during the first part of the season at least, your committee felt that you would still like to see what fixtures have been arranged.

Also, if and when cricket is possible this year, we thought that it would be useful for you to know which fixtures still remain following any resumption. We are, of course, always in the hands of the host club as to whether a match can take place and so we will post the latest news on the status of each fixture here.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment