Rain proves a pain for Bucks

Rain proves a pain as Bucks went in pursuit of consecutive wins
Rain proves a pain as Bucks went in pursuit of consecutive wins

Bucks’ hopes of recording a second successive victory were dashed when rain brought an early conclusion to their Minor Counties Eastern Division match against Norfolk at Horsford this week.

When the weather intervened a little more than an hour into the third day, Bucks were 194-4 in their second innings, an overall of 168.

For a while after the 10.30am start – imposed to make up for time lost to rain on Monday – there seemed that we would at least get a third century to applaud.

There was no reason to believe that precocious Bucks opener Shaan Khaan would not follow Bucks keeper David Cranfield-Thompson, and Norfolk’s James Spelman into three figures.

The 19-year-old had made a classy 74 in the first innings and, having raced to 81 not out overnight, he was six runs from his maiden Minor Counties Championship century when he edged Keiran Bunting to wicket-keeper Jason Blake.

He and the prolific-scoring former Northamptonshire star Rob White had put on 92 for the second wicket.

The highlight of the first day had been a brilliant 108 by Cranfield-Thompson, before Bucks collapsed from a position of strength to 312 all out, losing their last six wickets for 75

Norfolk, thanks to Spelman’s 149, gained a first-innings lead of 26. But rain the the final say.

The county side’s next match is against Cumberland at Marlow, starting this Sunday.

Highlights: Bucks 312 (D Cranfield-Thompson 108, Shaan Khan 74, RA White 59, C Brown 5-74) & 194-4 (Shaan Khan 94); Norfolk 338-6 dec (J Spelman 149, P Lambert 54, LCaswell 51).

Points: Norfolk 12 Buckinghamshire 9