Park and Gumbs take Bucks to victory
Thanks to tight bowling and spectacular batting from Garry Park and Shelvin Gumbs, Bucks easily accounted for Oxfordshire and Cambridgeshire in the semi-final and final, respectively, to lift the Minor Counties trophy.
The day did not start well for Bucks though, who slumped to 17-3 after being inserted in dank conditions in their 15-overs semi against Oxfordshire.
But a superb unbroken fourthwicket stand of 120 from 70 balls by Park and Gumbs saw Bucks reach a formidable 137-3.
Park hit 73no from 45 balls – with two sixes and ten fours – while Gumbs’s 43no came off 30 balls.
Oxon were never in the hunt after tight bowling by the Bucks attack and mustered just 84-6. In another onesided semi-final, Cambridgeshire (142-3) beat Hertfordshire (101-6) by 41 runs.
Cambridgeshire chose to bat first in the final but struggled to 63-5, with three of their top order run out.
Ben Seabrook’s unbeaten 42 held it together, but their 20-over 119-9 total always looked gettable.
The Bucks top order again failed, leaving Park (54no) and Gumbs (37) to take Bucks to the brink of victory with a fourth-wicket stand of 89.
Park completed the win with 13 balls to spare by a hitting a big six off his brother Craig’s bowling.
Chesham CC beat Buckingham by 117 runs in their final Home Counties Division Two match but missed out on promotion after Thames beat champions Aston Rowant to claim runners-up spot. Batting first, Chesham began with an opening stand of 80 between Andy Goddard (76) and the consistent Matt Rance (40). CHILTERN
A ball worked to the right-hand side was quickly recycled by debutant A&C scrum-half Ben Dugdale and a lovely delayed pass from Stuart Pearham put centre Lloyd Anderson through under the posts after five minutes with Pearham converting.
Pearham’s long, raking kicks were driving Chiltern into the opposition’s 22 and after 10 minutes, one such kick was cleared to touch and from the line-out the visitors set up
Luke Webb then fell for a rare low score (11) before Jason Rance (49) joined Goddard in a hard-hit partnership of 85.
Jason Rance and Goddard’s demise was followed by a mini collapse before Pip France (42 no) helped Chesham to 272-8 from the 50 overs.
Buckingham’s opening partnership was broken by Alex Watson and two wickets followed for Matt Warner (232). With the introduction of spin, wickets fell regularly to France (9422) and Nouman Aslam (3-26), leading to the final dismissal for155.
Chesham CC under-17s – pictured – secured the Bucks U17 league and cup double at High Wycombe.
Chesham’s total of 158-4 off 20 overs was largely down to a good start from Aslam (33) and Luke Dawson (27), followed by hard hitting by Mark Newsoime (43) and Theo Wetherall (38). High Wycombe were limited to 124-8 by the bowling of Joseph Rance (3-22), Humza Alam (2-30) and Aslam (1-14).