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

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - by Tim Street tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @Street­boyTim

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

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