Eng­land vet­eran Stafford smashes cen­tury for Bucks

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BEA­CONS­FIELD’S Eng­land 60+ cricket in­ter­na­tional Mike Stafford en­joyed a fine de­but for Bucks Over60s – smash­ing a cen­tury against Shrop­shire.

The clash at High Wy­combe CC saw Bucks get life in the Seevent Over-60s County Cricket Cham­pi­onship West Mid­lands group un­der way, af­ter be­ing moved over from the south group this sum­mer.

Un­der new cap­tain Dave Brooker, of Princess Ris­bor­ough CC, Bucks elected to bat on what looked to be an ex­cel­lent bat­ting track, and although Dick de Caris fell early, this brought to­gether Stafford with fel­low debu­tant Keith Wal­lis, of High Wy­combe CC.

The duo soon took a lik­ing to the Shrop­shire bowl­ing and treated the crowd to a su­perb dis­play of classy stroke play, Wal­lis scor­ing 143 and Stafford 101 as they built an in­cred­i­ble second wicket part­ner­ship of 224.

This helped Bucks fin­ished on 2743 off their 45 overs, but Shrop­shire did not hold back in the mam­moth run chase, and with An­drew Clarke (57) and John Foster (60) at the wicket they were up with the run rate.

How­ever, when those two were dis­missed, the chase pe­tered out and Shrop­shire could only man­age 232-8 off their 45 overs. Che­nies & La­timer CC duo Chris Lowe (3-42) and Brian Ship­ley (3-46) were the best Bucks wicket takers.

The second XI, mean­while, have yet to start their sea­son, with two matches be­ing rained off, but were hop­ing to get un­der way with an away match against a tough Sur­rey side at Banstead CC yes­ter­day.

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