Bucks lose dou­ble ton Smith


Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT -

BUCKS CCC will be with­out dou­ble cen­tury hero Tom Smith for their Uni­corns Coun­ties Cham­pi­onship Eastern Di­vi­sion game against Cam­bridgeshire.

Smith, who scored an un­beaten 244 as Bucks chased a record 490 in the fourth in­nings to de­feat Hert­ford­shire at High Wy­combe in their open­ing Cham­pi­onship match last week, is re­quired to play for par­ent club Glouces­ter­shire’s sec­ond XI.

Also miss­ing for the same rea­son is Ger­rards Cross seamer Tom Hamp­ton, who took four wick­ets in the Hert­ford­shire sec­ond plays sec­onds.

It is a dou­ble blow for Bucks, who have not only lost the ser­vices of a player who piled up a record per­sonal score for the county side in his as­ton­ish­ing in­nings, but also that of a county stal­wart, who still of­ten turns out for Bucks, de­spite be­ing snapped up by Glouces­ter­shire last Septem­ber.

Re­plac­ing them for the three- in­nings, and who also for Glouces­ter­shire’s day clash at Wis­bech, which starts on Sun­day, will be young­sters Char­lie McDonell (Hor­ton House CC) and Archie Ham­mond (Din­ton CC), both mak­ing a re­turn to the Bucks squad, while Slough spin­ner Ali Ak­bar Raja is set to make his Cham­pi­onship de­but for Bucks. Squad: M Payne (Tring), S Khan (Slough), C McDonell (Hor­ton House), S Gumbs (Tring), D Hamp­ton (Ger­rards Cross), G Rus­sell (High Wy­combe), M Rance (Che­sham), J Bur­den (High Wy­combe), J Rance (Che­sham), A Ham­mond (Din­ton), A Ak­bar Raja (Slough), S Helm (Tring).

CALLED UP: Tom Smith

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