After slumping to their third defeat of the season Nick Patel’s men boarded the ‘Terry Bus’ and made their way to Buscot Park as the proverbial wounded animals, looking dangerous with the return to the side of Haydn Amor, Rhys Davies, Roid Green and Matty Milne.
After a journey filled with dodgy 90’s pop, ropey parking and warm up out of the way, skipper Patel won the toss and sent out Hayd and Rhys to the middle to go about their business.
After a tentative start from the Burbage lads, Buscot Park’s skipper made an early breakthrough with a ball that would get many a batsman out, bowling Rhys for 12. This brought Burbage’s very own Shane Watson, Garreth Robb to the crease.
With Hayd starting to find his flow the pair built a steady partnership before Robb was squared up in front of the stumps, with the bowler not able to get to O of ‘Howzat’ before umpire Street had given him his marching orders. Rumours have circulate that it may have possibly been sliding down leg but only really Streety can know for sure.
In came Dan Swatton to play the pivotal role of robin to Haydo’s batman. Hayd was finding every boundary in sight, whilst swatty was playing a composed innings giving Amor the strike as much as possible as he was now seeing it like an absolute beach ball.
With the pair picking up the pace Hayd soon raced past his 50 and onto his 100 with some absolutely massive shots he then rocketed onto 150 with Swatty also scratching his way to 50. With his 150 up and only 5 overs to go Hayd was looking for big hits but was unfortunately found wanting when he was bowled by Z. Trevedi. A superb knock from Haydn 152 including 20 fours and 6 sixes and a 206 partnership with Swatty.
With Leggy at the crease adding a quick fire 24* (yes that’s not a typo Leggy was NOT OUT!!!) and Swatty making 76*, the 2s found themselves 314 for 3 from their 45. Credit must be given to Buscot Park who’s effort never dropped in the field, when they could easily have given up.
With a cracking tea dusted off, the Burbage lads took to the field, with the scores on the board it would have been easy be to be complacent. But with new cherry in hand Stylo for one reason or another was fired up like Mitchel Johnson on the final day of the ashes decider.
With young superstar Isaac Ashman bowling with fantastic control going for 2 runs from 3 overs, the pressure told when Stylo made the breakthrough with a cracking Yorker. And not to be out done Isaac soon joined the party producing a loose shot that was duly caught by captain Patel.
With Isaac having bowled his 5 (5-2-11-1) and Matty into the fray, Stylo was firing. Taking his second wicket and almost his third only for it to be given as a no ball. But he would soon have his third when the batsman dragging on after slapping him for 4 the ball before, que unnecessary fineworthy send off.
A fired up Stylo then had his fourth wicket with very next ball, bowling an uncharacteristic back of a length ball nicked through to leggy. With everyone around the bat for the hat trick ball, W. Thompson was the calmest man in the county, producing a forward defensive straight out the text book.
Styles soon had his man after taking a caught and bowled to dismiss W. Thompson to finish with figures of 9-2-20-5.
This brought Greener and Rhys into the game, with Matty (5-1-15-0) withdrawn to protect a knee injury and because his bowling sent the crowd (Sue Milne) to sleep. Rhys struggled to start with going for 10 in his first over but was complimented well with some unusually economical bowling from Greener.
Rhys having settled into his rhythm took the next wicket getting an edge through for Leggy to claim his second catch of the day and Greener (3-1-5-1) soon had a wicket to go with his economical bowling. Although the ball was described by the skipper as ‘absolute tosh’, the old saying goes, it still says wicket in the book.
Davies (5-0-21-3) soon wrapped things up taking the last two batsman bowled, and even removing a stump from the ground in the process. Leaving Buscot Park all out for 91.
Special mention for Terry Strong, he drove the bus to the game.
With confidence after such a performance, Patel’s men move onto a crunch away fixture against Melksham.
Pink hat; Strongy