Bucks within touching distance of championship after superb bowling display defeats Lincolnshire

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Bucks recorded their second Minor Counties Championship victory of the season, when they recovered from a poor start to beat Lincolnshire by 90 runs at Tring Park on Tuesday.

The win takes them up to second in the Eastern Division table, five points behind Cumberland, with two games to play.

It was a remarkable success for Bucks, who at one stage on the first of three days, lost six wickets for eight runs to throw away a strong position after choosing to bat first.

After going all out for 159, the outlook was bleak. However, a superb spell of fast bowling from Harefield youngster Doug King put Bucks right back into the game. King took a career-best 6-49 to restrict Lincolnshire’s first innnigs lead to just 20.

Bucks batted much better second time around. Former England one day star Mal Loye hit 74, while a stand of 127 for the fifth wicket between skipper Jason Harrison (64) and David Cranfield Thompson (78 off 104 balls), helped them reach 324 all out, despite another late collapse.

This set Lincolnshire a victory target of 305. The visitors lost four early wickets, but former Notts batsman Mathew Dowman led a recovery.

However, after being bowled by off-spinner Michael Payne, the resistance did not last much longer and Lincolnshire were all out for 214 in the 77th over. King returned 3-73 for an outstanding match return of 9-122.

Bucks, who have a chance to repeat their Championship success of 2009, next play Bedfordshire at Slough on August 5-7.