Bucks lose third in row as storm delays match
Trophy defeat decided with Duckworth-Lewis method
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