Wisdom guides the exuberance of youth to victory

No doubt due to some administrative error, the Sky cameras found themselves at Lord’s on Sunday 2 July rather than at Brook. The loss was entirely theirs.

Brook won the toss and, very sensibly, elected to bat: the glorious conditions making for a batsman’s paradise. However, they did not bank on having to face messrs Rydon and Milne (JrJr) with the new ball. Milne dismissed one of the openers with his first ball, and Rydon soon took care of the other, neither troubling the scorers. Brook’s three and four, undeterred by the loss of early wickets, adopted a Bazball approach, and they were soon flying.

Persuaded to stay on for one more over, Rydon got the breakthrough the Buccaneers badly needed – the number four snicking off and T. Fletcher leaping like a salmon to take an outstanding catch. A. Marsh bowled with characteristic guile and finesse, and S. Moules steamed in up the hill and made life difficult for the middle order – each finishing with three wickets, Moules at a miserly economy of just 1.57. A special mention must go to Marsh who, not to be outdone by Fletcher, dived to his left at full stretch to take a catch off his own bowling that rivals his brother’s the week before.

The Buccaneers took to the crease needing 117 to win in their allotted 40 overs, but Brook’s two opening bowlers (and their minor counties’ spinner) were to cause some problems. A combination of good bowling, a ball keeping low, and some hot-headed over-aggression saw the Buccaneers lose wickets at regular intervals in an attempt to grab defeat from the jaws of victory.

S. Leefe anchored the innings at number three in the face of men coming and going around him, and it took R. Rydon to steady the ship and bring some calm back to proceedings as he has done so often in his decades-long Buccaneers career.

The wisdom and experience of that partnership took the game away from Brook, with Fletcher finishing things off with his usual grace. The Buccaneers won by four wickets.

Brook innings

West                bowled                        Rydon              0
Jackman          c. A. Marsh                  b. C. Milne       0
Williams          c. Fletcher                   b. Moules        51
Holder             c. Fletcher                   b. Rydon         17
Anderson         c. Rydon                       b. A Marsh     6
Botha               bowled                        Moules          18
Clarke              c&b                              A. Marsh         9
Owen               lbw                              S. Leefe            5
Randall            bowled                        Moules            2
Martin             bowled                        A. Marsh          1
Thompkins       not out 0

Total: 116 all out         Overs: 25.3


Rydon: 5-2-24-2
C. Milne: 5-1-33-1
A. Marsh: 6-1-38-3
Moules: 7-2-11-3
Papasavvas: 2-0-6-0
S. Leefe: 0.3-0-0-1

Buccaneers Innings

J. Marsh           bowled                        Holder             14
J. Milne           bowled                        Williams          5
S. Leefe            not out                                               43*
Hugo                bowled                        Williams          6
E. Kalidasan     caught Martin             b. Clarke           6
S. Moules        bowled                        West                 11
R. Rydon          c&b                              Clarke             20
T. Fletcher       not out                                                8*
C. Milne
A. Marsh
P. Papasavvas

Total: 120-6     Overs: 32

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