Park and Gumbs take Bucks to vic­tory

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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).

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