Bucks lose third in row as storm de­lays match

Tro­phy de­feat de­cided with Duck­worth-Lewis method

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - By Tim Street tim.street@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

UNI­CORNS COUN­TIES TRO­PHY Bucks Oxon 152-8 129-2 BUCKS suf­fered their third suc­ces­sive de­feat in the Uni­corns Coun­ties Tro­phy, when they lost to Ox­ford­shire by eight wickets in a rain-short­ened match at Wormsley on Sun­day.

Bucks never re­cov­ered from slip­ping to 43-5 af­ter be­ing put into bat in seamer-friendly con­di­tions and, fol­low­ing a long in­ter­rup­tion caused by a thun­der­storm, they even­tu­ally made 152-8 from a re­duced 35 overs.

Oxon, whose orig­i­nal Duck­worth-Lewis tar­get of 148 from 35 overs was fur­ther re­duced by bad light to 128 from 31 overs, even­tu­ally got home with 16 balls to spare.

The 50-over match had al­ready started an hour late fol­low­ing heavy morn­ing rain and af­ter for­mer Mid­dle­sex seamer Chad Kee­gan dis­missed Shaan Khan with the fourth ball of the game, the hosts lost three quick wickets to the swing bowl­ing of Karl Pen­hale, a for­mer Bucks Academy player.

The 23-year-old bowled Jack Scriven, had Bucks skip­per Michael Payne caught be­hind and then trapped Hamza Ri­azud­din LBW to leave his for­mer county in big trou­ble.

Robin Pritchard and Ge­orge Rus­sell then fell to the seam of Ollie Wright to leave Bucks on 70-6, from which they re­cov­ered par­tially thanks to a sev­en­th­wicket stand of 59 be­tween Dan Hamp­ton and Matt Rance.

Just af­ter Hamp­ton de­parted to Pen­hale for an ac­com­plished 48, his third suc­ces­sive im­por­tant innings, a huge storm halted play.

The tor­ren­tial rain would have ended the match on most club grounds, but Wormsley’s su­perb equip­ment and en­thu­si­as­tic ground staff en­sured play re­sumed af­ter a lenghty break.

With Oxon chas­ing a re­vised tar­get, they lost Joe White, play­ing across a straight one from Simon Stan­way, in the first over, but Lloyd Sabin, strik­ing three sixes, in­clud­ing a huge one right over the sightscreen, raced to his half­cen­tury in 52 balls.

He de­parted af­ter a fur­ther 20minute break for bad light, but Hugo Darby helped Oxon home and kept their 100 per cent record at the top of the group, while Bucks will try to bounce back against Here­ford­shire at Brock­hamp­ton this Sun­day.

ON TAR­GET: Chad Kee­gan

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