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 out to lunch as Dills take the honours

The day was cut short by a strike in the Armadillos canteen meaning that lunch was taken off the menu and play began as a 40-a-side bash at 1pm.

Sheffield Park as lush as ever

The Buccs skipper , having learnt nothing from previous years , won the toss and chose to bat despite an outfield of thick wet grass . The Armadillos opening attack bowled tidily and gave away nothing. Angus Berry and Michael Harms batted warily and built a solid base. With the grass proving almost impenetrable both decided to go the aerial route and hit some lusty blows. Richard Hobbs and Ollie Metcalfe then picked up the pace with Hobbs smashing a couple of big sixes. Metcalfe did the same and was quick to step down the wicket when he had the chance. One straight on drive for six was a particular highlight. Both deserved fifties, but fell as they pushed the run rate up. Charlie Leefe strode to the crease; well, stumbled to it as he walked straight into a bench spilling a Milne pint, before reaching the field of play. This clearly discombobulated him as he smeared a wide onto his stumps for a first baller. Rob Rydon, returning to the scene of his Glenn McGrath moment last year, rattled off a quickfire 28 before falling to Ollie Mann who was the pick of the bowlers with 4 for 30. A total of 163 was very respectable given the quality of the Armadillos attack and the sluggishness of the outfield but it still felt about 40 runs short of par.

Ludo Milne and Rob Rydon opened the bowling attack and kept the scoring below the required run rate of four an over for some time, before Smallwood started to hit some strong drives.

The other opener, Cope, failed to find the same fluency and kept the bowlers interested. Rydon bowled his full eight-over spell and found the edge of Smallwood’s bat, a very sharp chance going down. A change of bowlers saw Richard Hobbs and Angus Berry working in tandem and the early signs were encouraging. Both found turn and on occasion very sharp turn. Berry completely befuddled Smallwood with one that lifted and turned past the bat off a very good length. Hobbs eventually got some reward with a sharp catch at midwicket taken by Charlie Leefe.

Unfortunately, that brought H Lloyd to the crease, a left hander with a natty top knot and a strong line in reverse hitting. He should impress Kaushal Silva, the Sri Lankan test player, who has just signed for his home club Mayfield. With the outfield now dry, every well struck shot seemed to get over the boundary rather than settling in the grass a yard from the rope as it had earlier. Smallwood and Lloyd found scoring increasingly easy and they reached the Buccs score in some comfort.

So a good match in the Sheffield Park tradition but the Buccs eventually outclassed by a very strong young Armadillos side by 9 wickets.

Innings of Buccaneers
A Berry ct H Lloyd b H Cope 19
Harms ct J Smallwood b T Davy 19
J Milne b O Mann 3
T Fletcher ct H Mann b O Mann 7
R Hobbs b A Pickering 27
O Metcalfe ct O Mann b J Smallwood 44
C Leefe b A Pickering 0
R Rydon ct AN Other b O Mann 28
D Close b H Mann 6
S Leefe b O Mann 1
L Milne Not Out 1
Extras 8
Total 163

H Mann 7-3-13-1
T Davy 8-0-25-1
H Cope 8-1-127-1
O Mann 7-1-30-4
A Pickering 4-39-2
J Smallwood 4-0-32-1

Innings of Armadillos
J Smallwood Not Out 79
H Cope ct C Leefe b R Hobbs 13
H Lloyd Not Out 71
Extras 3
Total 166

L Milne 5-0-18-0
R Rydon 8-0-40-0
R Hobbs 6-0-49-0
A Berry 4-0-34-0
C Leefe 1-0-17-0
S Leefe 1-0-7-0

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Hobbs hattrick the highlight as Buccs put to the sword by the Philanderers

A depleted Buccaneers team ventured to Cambridge on Sunday in the club’s inaugural fixture against the Philanderers CC.

Following some frantic emailing and a wonderfully receptive host, we scrambled together a team of ten, with four Philanderers providing their able support to our cause.

At a sunny Fitzwilliam College a negotiated toss ensured that the Buccs would take the field first, worrying somewhat that the Philanderers has just last week made short work of Cambridge University Second XI. With an attack spearheaded by a pair that the opposition captain claimed were his two finest seamers, we were able to keep the scoring in check and started to exert some pressure in the field.

It was the introduction of Richard Hobbs’ crafty off spin that started to make inroads into the Philanderers batting line up. A brilliant hattrick that included a couple of batsmen that our guest players ensured us were key scalps in keeping the final total to something respectable had the Buccs dreaming of a backs against the walls victory. On field skipper Angus Berry claimed two scalps with his left arm spin (described as ‘dobs’ in the score book!) setting us up nicely for the final push with 10 to go. Alas it appears that our hosts generosity extended to their batting line up, pushing some of their more talented players down the order. Their skipper marshalled the lower order expertly, combing lusty blows with excellent running, propelling the Cantabrigians to a more than handy 224.

Following a spot of tea the Buccs padded up knowing that a solid display might just get us close. It appears that the Philanderers captain wasn’t lying when he said he gave us their town best bowlers as the replacement opening pair struggled early for consistency early on. A number of wides, some powerful hitting, and a decent opening stand between Berry and Philanderer #3 gave the boys on the boundary more and more hope.

After 10 overs the Buccs were sitting quite well at 60 odd for 1. What followed was an alarming collapse as Bucc after Bucc and Philanderer after Philanderer succumbed to a series of poor shots, good catching, a couple of fiesty spells. We lost our 9th and final wicket for 112, losing by the same score.

Our thanks goes to our very gracious hosts, not only in providing a cracking setting on a lovely Sunday afternoon but for being so sporting given our selection issues. Thanks also goes to Richard Hobbs for scrambled together the six we did bring and to our guest players who all played their part if a game played very much in the right spirit.

Some beers under the setting sun were enjoyed by boths teams, the Philanderers looking forward to their season following their second victory in as many games and the Buccs looking to bounce back against the Armadillos at Sheffield Park next week.

Scorecard: Philanderers win by 112 runs

Innings of the Philanderers

224 – 6 (40 overs)

Buccaneers Bowling

Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets

J.Rutt (Philanderer) 7 1 21 0
R. Davidson (Phil.) 8 1 52 1
T. Clarke 5 0 41 0
R. Hobbs 8 1 32 3
A. Berry 8 0 31 2
R. Philips 4 0 41 0

Innings of the Buccaneers

112 all out (30 overs)

P. Leary (Phil.) Bowled 16
A. Berry Caught 21
O. Metcalfe Caught 17
B. Dean (Phil.) Caught 10
T. Clarke Caught 2
R. Davidson Caught 4
J. Rutt Bowled 8
R. Philips Caught 0
R. Hobbs Not Out 6
W. Kentish Bowled 4

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2018 Averages published

The 2018 averages have been published and can be found HERE.

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Bowlers share spoils as Fletcher spoils party for Warborough & Shillingford

Although the club was victorious against itself on the prior weekend, the Buccaneers entered the final encounter of the season in need of a win.

They arrived at the delightful setting of Warborough & Shillingford, all the more attractive for the dry and balmy conditions, with a team bristling with talent. The senior pros bristled at the news that the captain had won the toss and elected to field; an act seldom performed in the long and illustrious history of the Buccaneers. Messrs Tom Grundy and Archie Walker opened with venom and hostility on a pitch with variable bounce, causing problems for batsmen and wicketkeeper alike.

Extras made a steady start while runs off the bat were harder to come by. Archie Walker struck early and the home side stumbled to 37-3. The captain turned to spin and Simon Leefe and Archie March twirled away at each end, taking two wickets a-piece. A full toss drilled to Neil Robertson was pouched bravely, but at some cost: this was not the first time he has needed the first aid kit at this ground.

To add insult to the injury he took a second smart catch with his nine healthy digits but it was rightly called no-ball. After a delicious lunch taken under the trees, the sort of lunch that deserves its own report, and after the port had been drained, the match resumed for the afternoon session. A quick-fire 77 from Johnnie Bradshaw, skillfully marshalling the tail, and a useful contribution from extras (a few runs short of its own half century) took the home side to 203 before the captain wrapped up the innings. Five bowlers had taken two wickets each in the 53.4 over innings.

The batsmen were not to be so sharing. With a required run-rate of around a run a ball, from an available 37 overs, the opening pair of Vic Kandampully and Tom Fletcher started rapidly, finding all corners of the ground with sumptuous shot-selection. Kandampully was well caught on 29 from 27 balls before Ollie Robertson shored up one end against the sharply turning ball. When he fell Simon Leefe joined Tom Fletcher, who had brought up his first fifty for the club.

A missed stumping when on 70 proved to be the final hope for the home side: the run rate was gradually bought down and the game was brought home with 3.5 overs to spare. Tom Fletcher was not out on Nelson, from 103 balls, ably supported by the impossible-to-dislodge Simon Leefe who scored a fluent 35 from 42 balls. For him it was the second successful run-chase in successive weeks, and brought the Buccs’ season to close with a victory. The teams retired to the Six Bells and Tom Fletcher, with jug in hand and maiden century in the locker, was the toast of the day.

Scoresheet can be found here

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The Battle of the Bands

Who could ask for more? Blazing sunshine, a picturesque ground and two evenly matched Buccaneer sides. James Stringer called correctly and the Superkings had a bat against Rob Rydon’s Royals.

Ollie Metcalfe and Nick Moules opened proceedings against the pace of the Milne brothers (Ludo and Casper). Pace won out as Ludo castled Nick in the fifth over. Ten overs in saw a change of bowling and Liam Ward and Tom Rydon carried on the pace attack. Liam bowled Paul Hobson cheaply and Mel Ragnauth entered the arena after too long an absence from the Buccaneers. Poor Ollie was bowled by Tom, which may have been the result of a large cheer from the pavilion as an Indian wicket fell in the Test match just as Tom was bowling. Steve Moules joined Mel at 62 for 3 off 16 overs and this was the partnership of top guns who could make or break the match. Pace was taken off the ball in the shape of Simon Leefe and John Bryant and a gentle squeeze was applied. An effective squeeze too, as lightning reactions from the young keeper, Andy Morgan, stumped Mel and later caught Steve off Simon. John weighed in with a wicket too, as flight and guile put paid to Tom Mackrell.

Rob came on for one over before lunch to test out his ankle and pinned Will Metcalfe in front to reduce the Superkings to 111 for 7 off 30 at lunch. What a lunch it was. James had spent most of his first week at his new job negotiating with the Dog and Pheasant and it had paid off. Rare beef, thick cuts of cured ham, the finest smoked salmon and Coronation Chicken all washed down with ale and wine that President Simon Woolfries had brought. Fruit salad and flans were available for those who could find room. A reluctance to return to the cricket was apparent, but umpires Simon Woolfries and John Marsh chivvied the players back out. Max Sutton bowled with variety and Archie Marsh and Rhino Brandes moved proceedings along. Caspar came back down the hill to account for Rhino and Archie employed the long handle to good effect before falling to another sharp stumping with the added twist of John putting up the slow finger of death to his son Archie. Rob dropped a catch off his son, Alex’s bowling, but made amends the next over to account for James at long on to leave Warwick Okines stranded with the Superkings 146 all out.

Alex and Jeremy Milne opened the batting for the Royals against the pace of Steve and Will.  Steve was certainly pushing the speed gun and bowled the ball of the season against Alex with a perfectly pitched seaming delivery to smash the off bail, and I do mean smash. Once a new bail was found, Matt Bennsion lined up in his jazz hat cap. It wasn’t for long though and Will produced a fast straight low one to get one of the rare LBW’s of the day. Jeremy slashed at a wide one and was caught at point. 23 for 3 off 6 overs and both sides were in it. Rob joined Liam and they slowly began to exert some authority. Watchful defence and dispatching of the bad ball saw the total creeping up and with no scoreboard pressure, the Royals gained the ascendancy. Hobbo bowled slow and even slower deliveries and was unlucky not to get a wicket. Leg spin from the hill end, first from Warwick and then Archie saw good cut and thrust, but it was the rank full toss that accounted for Liam. Simon Leefe joined his skipper at 100 for 4 in the 24th over and after seeing himself in, dispatched the bowling to all parts, including a flat six into the pavilion wall.

The Rydon Royals were victorious and James graciously presented the Mynott Thimble to Rob. A general mine sweep of the remaining beer was followed by a gentle walk over to the Dog and Pheasant and a few more pints to put the game to rest.

Innings of Superkings

O Metcalfe b T Rydon 30
N Moules b L Milne 10
P Hobson b Ward 4
R Ragnauth st Morgan b Leefe 9
S Moules ct Morgan b Leefe 18
T Mackrell b Bryant 8
A Marsh st Morgan Leefe 25
W Metcalfe lbw R Rydon 7
S Brandes ct T Rydon b C Milne 5
J Stringer ct R Rydon b A Rydon 6
W Okines not out 1
Total 146 all out (39.1 overs)


L Milne 5-3-12-1
C Milne 8-1-24-1
T Rydon 5-1-19-1
L Ward 5-1-14-1
S Leefe 6-0-28-3
J Bryant 4-0-15-1
R Rydon 1-0-1-1
M Sutton 4-0-13-0
A Rydon 1.1-0-5-1

Innings of Royals

J Milne ct Okines b S Moules 8
A Rydon b S Moules 3
M Bennison lbw W Metcalfe 1
L Ward ct Stringer b Marsh 30
R Rydon not out 53
S Leefe not out 36
Total 149-4 (32.4 overs)


S Moules 6-1-21-2
W Metcalfe 7-1-23-1
W Okines 4-0-22-0
P Hobson 7-1-25-0
A Marsh 6-0-25-1
S Brandes 2.4-0-18-0

Royals won by 6 wickets

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Two Milnes as good as five Rydons

Buccaneers vs Old Hurstjohnians at Hurstpierpoint Saturday 11th August 2018

The captain touched down at Gatwick at 11.30pm the night before the match, after two weeks of hot weather training in Portugal, to be confronted by drizzle. The two days of rain (which had flooded Lord’s) was too much for a prompt start at Hurst, but proceedings got underway satisfactorily at 12.30pm. The Buccaneers were inserted and Jeremy Milne and Alex Rydon were up to the task with a fluent opening partnership of 86 in the first hour. Alex belayed his youth, with an experienced miss two balls before lunch to be triggered LBW.

After a sumptuous lunch, play resumed with Tom Fletcher partnering Jeremy. He soon joined a growing list of Buccaneers to be run out while batting with him. Archie Marsh came and went after a busy little innings and then proceedings took a strange turn. While Jeremy had reached his half century with no hint of a chance, his progression to 81 included seven dropped catches. It was left to a stumping to see him off. No worries for the Buccaneers as Steve Moules was limbering up by now and smashing it to all parts. A fifth wicket partnership of 74, with Henry Rydon contributing 13, gave us some credibility on the scoreboard. Sadly the OHJs remembered how to catch and Henry was taken smartly on the boundary, with his father Will following next ball at slip. Steve departed and it was left to Ludo Milne and Rob Rydon to take the score past 250 and declare.

Ludo came charging down the hill with the new ball while Tom Rydon had to labour up it. Ludo blasted out both openers, but then the quality of batting improved. Steve bowled a good spell up the hill, bagging one wicket, while Warwick Okines opened his account for the season with some twirling leg spin. Mark Semmence, who has probably scored more runs against the Buccaneers than anyone else, cruised ominously through the gears and the OHJs were easily keeping up with the run rate. Archie also twirled some leg spin to good effect, but the ninety run partnership  (including  five runs when the ball hit a helmet) was broken by a smart catch on the boundary by Ludo off Henry and then we were able to apply some pressure to the new bat. Thankfully, Semmence didn’t score another hundred against us and was smartly stumped by Tom Fletcher down the leg side off Henry.

Ludo and Henry bagged another couple of wickets but we couldn’t winkle out the remaining batsmen and OHJs fell thirty runs short with seven wickets down.

We drank some ale and listened to the Last Post being played as the OHJs lowered their flag for the last day of their cricket week. Next year is the fiftieth anniversary of this fixture and we expect to hear some stories of historic events through the ages (Hatrick off the first three balls of the match, anyone!).

Innings of Buccaneers

J Milne st May b Lowndes 81
A Rydon lbw Semmence 30
T Fletcher run out 4
A Marsh ct Warrender b Hall 11
S Moules ct Hall b Warrender 68
H Rydon ct Hall b Warrender 13
W Rydon ct Semmence b Hall 0
L Milne not out 8
R Rydon ct Warrender b Hall 16

Extras 23
Total 254-8 dec

P McGahan 10.1-0-53-0
M Harrison 7-0-36-0
M Semmence 8-1-20-1
S Hall 15-1-67-3
S Lowndes 3.5-1-23-1
S Warrender 6-0-45-2

Innings of OHJ

E Welch ct J Milne b L Milne 15

T Harrison b L Milne 4
S May ct L Milne H Rydon 53
M Harrison ct H Rydon b S Moules 15
M Semmence st Fletcher b H Rydon 75
B Moulton ct Okines b L Milne 7
S Warrender not out 11
M Lowdnes ct T Rydon b H Rydon 6
S Hall not out 0

Extras 34
Total 220-7


L Milne 10-0-46-3
T Rydon 4-0-27-0
S Moules 6-1-22-1
W Okines 7-1-43-0
H Rydon 11-3-39-3
A Marsh 4-0-25-0

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Battling Buccs denied in controversial finale at The Mote

As the clock approached 8pm on yet another sun drenched Sunday afternoon the Buccaneers were left mad in Maidstone as they were robbed of victory at the last.

The 10 men of the Buccs had battled throughout the day to set an imposing target and then squeeze the opposition on a lightening outfield and shirt front of a pitch. Victory was snatched away however, by the bizarre shout of “Not out!” from the Mote umpire after appeals for a clear run out. So blatantly short of his ground was the Mote skipper, that gloves were off for hand shakes and thoughts turned to the bar. A shame to end the game in this fashion after what started first as an exercise of cajoling players to turn up and was followed by some fine cricket.

After an agreed toss, the Buccs were invited to bat first on another sweltering Sunday. Liam ‘premier league’ Ward and S Leefe opened up and got the the side off to a solid start. What followed was an excellent display of batting from everyone in the top order. Nearly all the batsman got starts with Ward showing his class by passing 50 in only his third Buccs appearance.

Other notable contributions came from S Moules, M Harms, P Hobson and A Rydon, all of whom stroked the ball around nicely, finding gaps and ensuring that the Mote’s pretty woeful chat was kept to a minimum. As we reached 40 overs the Buccs fell away just short of 250. With only 10 men in Buccs’ colours, defending was always going to be tricky but as we were reminded throughout we had two players that had just two weeks prior lined up in the same side as Joffra Archer.

After a decent tea, the highlight being ice lollies, washed down with several pints of the local pale ale, the Buccs took the field. The new ball was taken by Buccs debutante Dr James Knight, and T Rydon as the perils of 10 men started to show. The Mote getting off to a quick start. Skipper Berry then introduce the threat of left arm spin from both end with S Leefe and the skipper himself wheeling away for 16 overs. This slowed the rate considerably and Leefe in particular found ways of taking wickets at regular intervals.

With the Buccs edging ahead in the game as the final overs came into sight the game’s flash point reared its head. Liam ‘I really am friends with Joffa’ Ward bowling, the opposition skipper batting, Dr Knight prowling the boundary, the Buccs victorious? Alas, as the Dr threw down the stumps from long on, the opposition skipper beginning to unpad, skipper Berry charging to the bar, the home umpire decided that he wanted a little more time in the sun. “Not out” he bellowed. Cue disbelief, on all sides.

The Mote got over the line in the following over with the oppo skipper deciding to apologise for not walking. A bizarre time to decide to do so but there we go. We finished the day in the bar discussing the poor umpiring decisions from the history of the game. With just enough time for our premier league players to tell us which county players they will be fielding fine leg to next week.

Thanks to all of those that traveled to the game with some long journeys among the ten men. Well done to debutante Dr James Knight, hopefully not the last time we see you in a Buccs shirt. A good performance given the circumstances and a real shame that we had victory stolen from us.

Should make revenge all the more sweeter next year.    

Innings of the Buccaneers

L Ward – 52
S Leefe – 11
S Moules – 45
P Hobson – 36
M Harms – 34
A Rydon – 28
C Leefe – 9
T Rydon – 3
A Berry – 5 Not Out
J Knight – 1 Not Out
Extras 12

Total 242-8 from 40 overs

Buccaneers Bowling

J Knight 6.2-0-38-1
T Rydon 4-0-19-1
S Leefe 8-1-27-3
A Berry 8-0-34-0
P Hobson 5-0-33-1
C Leefe 5-0-35-1
L Ward 3-0-33-0

The Mote 242-9 from 39.2 overs

The Mote CC win by 1 wicket

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Different formula, same result as Buccs lose to Hurly Burlys

(Editors note: this report dates from 17 June, hence reference to rain!)

The overnight rain neither dampened our spirits nor the famously rapid croquet lawn outfield at the prestigious Hurlingham Club. Miraculously the Buccaneers arrived on time with 10 healthy players; the unhealthy one was late due to a family emergency. With our opening batsman delayed, the Bucc’s won the toss and elected to field. This also meant that we couldn’t be skittled before lunch like last year…

Metcalfe (1-53 from 12 overs) and P. Hobson (0-42 from 9 overs) were the two lucky opening bowlers to be thrown the swinging Duke’s ball. Will and Paul both had some early deliveries swinging and using length well to stifle the batsmen with their very very medium paced technique. Upon tiring of the ball whistling past the outside edge, the captain decided to call on the first change attack made up of S. Moules and for a gruelling two over spell, S. Leefe. Moules, despite claiming injury from a previous match, bowled with genuine zip and saw some lovely bounce around the lugholes of the aristocratic batsmen.

We retired for lunch with Hurlingham 150 odd for 2. As we all settled down for a mixed bag of lunches; from beef curry to roast gammon or even an enviable ploughman’s, we quickly noticed that it was only the Buccaneers’ table that was littered with beer bottles. The oppo appeared to be taking on isotonic fluids of the non-alcoholic variety. Perhaps this was a sign of what was to follow.

However, when the bowling attack opened up after lunch with young Charlie Leefe (3-56 from 8 overs) from the Croquet End and Richard Hobbs (3-38 from 7 overs) from the Exhibition Court End, there was great success. Hobbs struck the two batsmen into the 50s (runs not age) whilst Charlie cleaned up the middle order and before you knew it Hurlingham were 8 down. Thanks to a dour interjection from Ollie Metcalfe we had to bare witness to a huge 9th wicket stand of over 120 runs leaving Hurlingham declaring on 294-8 after 51 overs.

Hurlingam opened up the batting with Jeremy Milne and Chris Leech, who put on an admirable opening stand of 55 runs after Leechy was bowled by the Burly Hurly captain Ben Thompson (5-49)m and Jezza fell moments later to the same fate. A few lusty blows from Stephen Moules (31) and debutant Ryan Martin (20) spelled the end of the top order batting. The all too familiar Buccaneers collapse started from there; going from 105-3 to 140 all out. Hurlingham used four bowlers, but only needed two in the end with Thompson and Robins both claiming five wicket hauls.

Jugs were taken in the clubhouse and then both teams retired for an early-ish night given this year the fixture was on a Sunday, so alas no partying up the Kings Road this year.

Innings of Hurlingham

F Eltingham ct J Milne b R Hobbs 74
J Kennedy ct and b W Metcalfe 5
S Rhys ct T Fletcher b S Moules 34
A Andiel ct O Metcalfe b R Hobbs 60
J White ct C Leefe b R Hobbs 3
R Hall ct T Fletcher b C Leefe 0
S Kennedy b C Leefe 12
J Dickins b C Leefe 9
B Thompson not out 50
H Robins not out 25
Extras 22
Total 294-8 dec

W Metcalfe 12-3-53-1
P Hobson 9-0-42-0
S Leefe 6-0-37-0
S Moules 10-2-52-1
C Leefe 8-0-56-3
R Hobbs 7-1-38-3

Innings of Buccaneers

J Milne b B Thompson 25
C Leech b B Thompson 34
R Martin b B Thompson 20
S Moules ct A Andiel b H Robins 31
O Metcalfe lbw H Robins 1
S Leefe b H Robins 1
T Fletcher ct J Dickins b B Thompson 12
P Hobson ct B Thompson b H Robins 1
C Leefe b H Robins 0
W Metcalfe not out 10
R Hobbs lbw B Thompson 0
Extras 12
Total 135 all out


H Robins 16-5-65-5
B Thompson 13.3-3-49-5
J Kennedy 3-0-11-0
S Kennedy 4-0-15-0


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Buccaneers’ festival cricket in the sun

Mark Lawrence Memorial Trophy – Lindfield 121 all out, Buccs 122-7 Won by 3 wickets

In sunbaked conditions at Lindfield in rural West Sussex, a vibrant Buccs team outplayed a youthful Lindfield side to win by three wickets.

The hosts chose to bat first on a hard, dry pitch and the Buccs opening attack of Caspar Milne and Hamish Robertson had the home team four down inside the first 10 overs. Caspar was too quick through the air, knocking back off stump and middle stump in successive overs. Hamish relied on lateral movement and his brother and keeper Ollie took the catch of the day in front of first slip. Hamish then hit the top of off with a “Jimmy” away swinger starting on leg.

‘Leafy’ West Sussex took over with Georgie and Simon combining to tie the opposition down in overs 10-20. G, unlike her love island namesake, bowled an immaculate line and length and was unlucky not to get among the wickets. Simon flirted (again like Love Island) with the Lindfield batters with his “almost but not quite” half volleys on off stump and used gravity to extract turn down the slope. Hamish took a smart catch at extra to remove Geoffrey Lawrence on the drive, and there was a foolhardy attempt to sweep a straight one which attracted the attention of the umpire’s finger.

At 80 odd for 6, with half the overs used, the Aussie pro arrived at the wicket. It really could have gone either way, but Ludo Milne started to get a head of steam down the hill and bowled the quickest spell of the day. The pro drove on the up to Hamish at extra who took another sharp chance. Ollie gobbled two more behind the stumps and number 10 was trapped in front. The Milne boys had snaffled six wickets between them (L Milne 5.1 overs 4 for 13) and the Robertson boys had caught five catches. The youth of the team were leading the way as Lindfield reached 121 of 28 overs.

122 to win off 35 overs with a lightening fast outfield was never going to be problem for a Buccs team packed with stroke makers. Ollie opened-up with his dad and proceeded to bat by numbers with watchful defense on balls 1 to 3 and then a crunching drives balls 4 to 5 with judicious single on ball six. Neil clothed one his drives to mid-on and Ollie smashed a long hop into a cloudless sky. Buccs were favored by Lindfield with the gift of an 11th player in the name of Pete.

Pete with local knowledge played the anchor role around which Rob Rydon played minimalist batting. Pulls and drives only and no singles please. After the drinks break with Buccs sitting at 60 odd for 2, Rob pulled out the sand wedge from Carnoustie and chipped in from 35 yards. Alex Rydon met his father coming out and plundered a few quick runs before getting an adverse lbw decision. The local, Pete, caught the kamikaze bug chipping back at the bowler for a well-made 45 and Ludo tried to finish the match in a few lusty blows before slashing to backward point. Six down and a few to get.

Two new batters at the crease with less than 10 to win. Could the youth finish it? No – Caspar cleaned up first ball by Geoffrey Lawrence and a mad scramble in the pavilion for pads and bats. Luckily Simon avoided being timed out and steadied the ship. With the impetuosity of youth on his side, Hamish launched a massive drive over extra to win the match for Buccaneers.

Thank you all who played, and cricket was the winner. The Trophy stays with the Buccs for another year at least.

Innings of Lindfield

J Cooper b C Milne 8
E Castle ct A Rydon b H Robertson 4
T Colvin b C Milne 4
Geoff Lawrence ct H Robertson b S Leefe 47
A Pedley b H Robertson 8
L Sowton lbw S Leefe 0
R Pedley ct A Rydon b L Milne 12
C Parker ct R Rydon b L Milne 4
H Jones ct A Rydon b L Milne 12
R Jones not out 0
Total 121 all out

C Milne 5-1-24-2
H Robertson 5-2-13-2
G Leefe 5-0-29-0
S Leefe 7-0-18-2
L Milne 4-0-13-4
A Rydon 3-1-5-1

Innings of Buccaneers

O Robertson ct Jones b G Lawrence 19
N Robertson ct Cooper c R Pedley 4
P Vinall ct and b Sowton 43
R Rydon ct Parker b H Jones 17
A Rydon lbw R Pedley 20
L Milne ct x b G Lawrence 12
H Robertson not out 4
C Milne b Geoffrey Lawrence 0
S Leefe not out 4
Total 122-7


R Pedley 6-1-21-2
A Pedley 5-2-17-0
R Jones 4-0-21-0
George Lawrence 1.2-0-14-1
H Jones 4.2-0-17-1
L Sowton 6-0-24-1
Geoffrey Lawrence 1-0-0-2

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