Bucks edged out by Wales in Minor Counties tussle

A brilliant innings by Chris Thomas could not save Bucks from a narrow defeat in their Minor Counties Trophy match against MC Wales at Dinton on Saturday, and you can see a picture slideshow of action from the game.

The Beaconsfield left-hander struck an unbeaten 67 off 71 balls to help Bucks recover from 78-6 to a total of 188 all out, but the visitors edged home by three wickets with nearly four overs to spare.

Action from Bucks CCC v Wales at Dinton CC (Bucks batting)

Action from Bucks CCC v Wales at Dinton CC (Bucks batting)

Put in to bat, Bucks got off to a flying start with Rob White and Fahim Qureshi adding a brisk 41 for the first wicket.

White, the former Northants batsman departed for 28 off 25 balls, the first of three wickets to fall for one run.

Both David Cranfield-Thompson and Tring Park’s Michael Payne, leading the side in the absence of injured captain Jason Harrison, departed for ducks.

At 105-7, Bucks were in deep trouble, but Thomas who hit six fours and a six, added 76 for the eighth wicket with Shaftab Khalid before running out of partners with 4.3 overs left unbowled.

The Wales innings followed a similar pattern as good spells from seamer Tom Helm and spinner Bobby Sher (3-35) kept them in check.

With the Wales score on 152-7, Bucks were in with a chance, but with plenty of time to get the runs, the visitors secured their third victory in three games.

Bucks, who have now won one and lost one of their group games, take on Berkshire at Kidmore End this Sunday.