Bucks rewrite their record books in dramatic draw

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Bucks rewrote their record books during a high-scoring drawn Minor Counties Championship match against Bedfordshire at Ampthill this week.

During their only innings in their opening Eastern Division match of the campaign, Bucks amassed a huge total of 518-4 – the highest in their 122-year history.

This score beat their previous best of 505 all out, also made against Bedfordshire at Bedford way back in 1912.

A perfect pitch and fast outfield made this a batsman’s paradise with more than 1,100 runs being scored on the first two days.

It was no surprise that the encounter petered out into a tame draw on a weather-shortened final day.

It was obvious from the moment Bedfordshire won the toss and chose to bat, that this would be a difficult match of the bowlers, with a run rate in excess of five an over.

With skipper Jamie Hewitt scoring 99, and Martin Weightman hitting 123 not out – including 26 from the final over of the innings – Beds made 469-6 from their 90 overs, with off-spinner Shatab Khalid taking 1-160 off 35 overs, possibly another Bucks record for runs conceded in an innings. Bucks’ batsmen also enjoyed themselves when it came to their turn, with four separate century stands in their first innings – another record.

Rob White and Michael Payne, both of whom made 90s in the MC Trophy match against Dorset the previous weekend, this time went on to score centuries.

Bucks’s next match in the Championship is against Northumberland at High Wycombe, June 23-25.