Home ad­van­tage im­por­tant in Cum­ber­land clash

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The 21-year-old, along with Bucks team-mates Ge­orge Rus­sell and Us­man Am­jaid, helped High Wy­combe lift the Home Coun­ties Premier Cricket League ti­tle last sea­son.

But more im­por­tantly, af­ter four years there, Bur­den feels he knows the in­tri­ca­cies of the club’s Lon­don Road ground like the back of his hand.

He said: “It’s very dif­fi­cult to bowl there, very flat and, speak­ing as a bowler, we will just have to ac­cept it for what it is and be pa­tient.

“The key to play­ing there will be try­ing to win the game over three days rather than fo­cus­ing on bowl­ing that mag­i­cal ball.

“There’s three of us who all know how to win games there, so hope­fully that will be a big ad­van­tage for Bucks.”

Last sea­son, Cum­ber­land were the team to beat, hav­ing stormed to the Uni­corns Cham­pi­onship Eastern Di­vi­sion ti­tle, push­ing a Bucks side hav­ing a great sum­mer of their own into sec­ond place. This year, by con­trast, both made a slow start to their Cham­pi­onship cam­paigns, with each bag­ging a draw and a de­feat from their open­ing two games and still search­ing for their first win.

But Bur­den still be­lieves Cum­ber­land pose a threat, and is keen to see how his own side fare against the county who pipped them to glory last time round.

He said: “Cum­ber­land beat us to the ti­tle last year and we didn’t get to play them last year due to the ro­ta­tion in games, so it will be good to mea­sure our­selves up against them.”

Mean­while, Hamp­shire’s Gareth An­drew will make his de­but in the game, which starts on Sun­day, af­ter Bucks signed up the 32-year-old for the rest of their cam­paign.

The for­mer Worces­ter­shire seamer has taken 232 wick­ets in 91 first-class matches but now pri­mar­ily plays in one-day games, in­clud­ing two T20 clashes for Hants in the past week.

Bucks di­rec­tor of cricket Ja­son Har­ri­son said: “Gareth will be a most use­ful ac­qui­si­tion for Bucks and will add ex­pe­ri­ence to what is a young squad.”

Jonathan Bur­den in ac­tion for Bucks; (in­set) Gareth An­drew will make his de­but

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