Bucks win not enough to make Minor Counties quarters

Bucks in action
Bucks in action

Bucks gained a handsome 95-run victory over Dorset at Tring Park on Sunday – but it was not enough to qualify them for the quarter-finals of the Minor Counties Trophy.

Sparkling innings from Rob White and acting skipper Michael Payne spurred Bucks to 270-5 from their 50 overs, before Dorset were bowled out for 175 in the 42nd over.

However, Berkshire’s narrow eight-run over MC Wales at Mumbles saw them top Group 4 and it is they and Wales - with three wins each - who go through to the last eight.

Had Berkshire lost that game, Bucks would have gone through on net run rate and their hopes were high when Berks were dismissed for 177, but they then bowled Wales out for 169.

Bucks, who could not have done more on the day, were ruing the previous week eight wicket defeat at the hands of Berkshire.

Put in to bat by Dorset on Sunday, Bucks made the most of fast-scoring conditions, despite losing their first two wickets to run outs.

The heart of the innings was a fourth-wicket partnership of 111 between White and Payne.

White, released by Northants at the end of last season, hammered 96 off 90 balls with 15 fours and one six, while Payne, leading the side in the absence of the injured Jason Harrison, ensured the good plat form was not wasted, his unbeaten 90 coming off 96 balls with ten fours and some excellent running between the wickets.

Dorset, fielding a depleted side never looked like getting close as they lost wickets at regular intervals, three of them to Harefield seamer Doug King, and struggled to 175 all out.

Bucks open their three-day Minor Counties Championship campaign against Bedfordshire, at Ampthill, starting this Sunday.