Hampshire seamer Andrew could be back for Bucks’ trip
Boss Harrison hoping bowler, who signed dual forms last week, will be available for Suffolk match
BUCKS CCC are hoping Gareth Andrew will be available as their quest for a first Championship win of the season takes them to Suffolk in 10 days’ time.
The Hampshire seamer, having signed dual forms with Bucks last week, was absent from the team which lost by nine wickets to Cumberland at High Wycombe.
But Bucks director of cricket Jason Harrison is hoping to have Andrew back on board from the trip to Manor Park in Norwich, which begins on Sunday week.
He said: “Gareth was selected out of the blue for Hampshire in their fourday game. On top of that, Jack Scriven injured his hand on Saturday and George Humphries pulled his calf on Thursday evening, so we lost three players from the squad we had selected.
“But it gives our academy guys a chance. Cameron Parsons, who is a bowling all-rounder for High Wycombe, and James Hawkes, who is an opening batsman from Tring Park, both made their debuts and both performed well.
“We hope to have Gareth for the next game. Hampshire have got a Championship game as well, but Liam Dawson will be back from T20 duties, so I’m hoping Gareth will be available. He is an excellent cricketer who’s been on the county scene for 13 years.
“He will bring all round qualities with ball and bat, bowls heavy 80mph seamers and is a brilliant fielder who will add a lot of experience. Hopefully he will hand that knowledge over to the lads over the course of the games he plays.
“We have got a very young team with not a lot of experience in terms of knowledge. They are very good cricketers in their own right, but just lack that decision-making on the pitch, and Gareth will add to that with his match-winning qualities.”
All was looking good for Bucks in their first innings against Cumberland Cumberland, skipper Michael Payne being run out just one run short of a century as Bucks finished on 328 all out.
Cumberland were then bowled out for 302, giving Bucks a 26-run lead, which they extended to 247 after being bowled out for 221 in their second innings, Shelvin Gumbs topscoring with 64.
But Cumberland showed exactly why the High Wycombe pitch is seen as a batsman’s paradise in their second innings, smashing their way to 248-1 to wrap up a comprehensive win.
Harrison added: “I was very pleased with the first two and a bit days. We played some very good cricket considering how young we are.”
Defeat: Jason Rance in action for Bucks CCC at High Wycombe; (right) Gareth Andrew