Take stock – now it’s three on the spin!

BUNTINGFORD continued to rebuild their season with a third straight win in a close game at home to Takeley. The visitors scored 75 from the first 20 overs without loss and were looking to set a big target. But Buntingford stuck to their task and wickets

BUNTINGFORD continued to rebuild their season with a third straight win in a close game at home to Takeley.

The visitors scored 75 from the first 20 overs without loss and were looking to set a big target.

But Buntingford stuck to their task and wickets began to fall steadily as Takeley went for quick runs.

James Amott (76) was the second batsman to fall, and Duncan Easley batted well for 41 before being bowled by Steve Paola (3-38) and Takeley finished on 217-7.


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In reply, Martin Coote's poor form continued as he was bowled by Gunn for just seven.

Steve Paola (20) and Chris Chambers (39) then got the hosts' reply back on track.

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Richard Pearce (49) and Syeed (39) continued the good work, and they looked to have control of the game until they both fell in quick succession.

Needing a rate of five runs per over, the Buntingford middle order then played some expansive shots and paid the penalty, with the next three wickets falling to catches in the deep.

With Buntingford now reeling at 181-8, Takeley must have thought the points were theirs for the taking.

But Barry Walker (19 not out) and Mahe (11 not out) steered the home side to victory, with Walker hitting the winning boundary with five balls to spare.

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