Minor Counties crunch match is major for Bucks

Bucks in action against Wales at Dinton recently
Bucks in action against Wales at Dinton recently

Bucks’ hopes of qualifying for the quarter-finals of the Minor Counties Trophy suffered a major setback when they lost by eight wickets to Berkshire in their Group 4 game at Kidmore End on Sunday.

After being bowled out for 175, Bucks could not stop their opponents cruising home with nine overs to spare.

Bucks’ chances of qualifying now depend on beating Dorset in their final group game at Tring Park this Sunday and hoping Berkshire lose to leaders Wales MC.

Berkshire and Bucks would then be level on four points in the group, with final positions decided on net run rate.

Berkshire’s big win means that they hold a big advantage, so Bucks need things to go their massively their way on Sunday.

Put in to bat, Bucks, who were missing injured skipper Jason Harrison and wicket-keeper batsman David Cranfield-Thompson. with three of their top six batsman falling for ducks.

From 109-7 they did well to reach 175, with a late contribution of 27 not out from Doug King, and the same number of wides.

High Wycombe keeper George Russell, son of former Bucks player Tim, made 19 on his competitive senior debut for the county.

This total never looked enough, despite tidy spells from Simon Stanway and Bobby Sher, and Berkshire eased home thanks to an unbeaten 74 from Richard Morris.