Bucks knocked out of T20

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In the event, even if they had won both matches, they would not have been able to catch Berk­shire, who se­cured the one win they needed against Here­ford­shire to top the group.

Bucks fin­ished third on net run rate.

Bucks were in­volved in two vastly con­trast­ing games.

In the first, they bowled out Shrop­shire for 92 in 16.4 overs thanks to a bril­liant spell of spin from Ma­soor Khan, who took 4-14 in 3.4 overs. Tom Hamp­ton and Uzair Am­jaid both re­turned 2-18 from three overs.

Bucks won by five wick­ets in 15.3 overs, George Rus­sell leading the way with 37 from 25 balls.

In the se­cond game, Shrop­shire amassed a stag­ger­ing 210-4 from their 20 overs, Ross Au­cott and Si­mon Gre­gory adding 84 from the last six overs, with 24 runs com­ing off Cameron Par­sons’s only over.

Af­ter a de­lay for rain, Bucks’ tar­get was re­vised to 90 from seven overs un­der the DLS sys­tem.

But they fell short 75-3, with Shelvin Gumbs scor­ing 32 not out from 14 balls, los­ing by 15 runs.

Mean­while, four play­ers from High Wy­combe, in­clud­ing the cap­tain Tom Hamp­ton, are in the Bucks team for their first three-day Uni­corns Coun­ties Cham­pi­onship East­ern Di­vi­sion match of the sea­son against Bed­ford­shire at Tring Park, start­ing on Sun­day.

Wy­combe’s Dan Mar­les makes his cham­pi­onship de­but for Bucks along­side Tring Park seamer Andy Har­ris.

The Bucks team con­sists of Teddy Caster­ton (High Wy­combe), Ma­soor Khan (Cleve­don), Dan Mar­les (High Wy­combe), Garry Park (Swarke­ston), Mike Payne (Tring Park), Shelvin Gumbs (Tring Park), Robin Pritchard (Che­sham), Matt Rance (Che­sham), Cameron Par­sons (High Wy­combe), Andy Har­ris (Tring Park) and Tom Hamp­ton (High Wy­combe). The 12th man is Stephen Croft (Hare­field). HUR­LEY

Hur­ley won the toss and opted to bat un­der heavy skies and howl­ing winds.

Cap­tain Akhtar chased a wide ball in the third over and played on. Josh Cole skewed the pace of Matt Wood to point where slip had time to run round and take the catch.

Hur­ley were in dan­ger of im­plod­ing at 12-2. Dave Si­moes (13) and Vik Bhag­wani (11) added 24 be­fore Si­moes fell to Will Brock­well (3-30).

Henry Gra­ham (48) laid an early claim to man-of-the-match with some pow­er­ful straight driv­ing and his part­ner­ship of 67, with some deft touches from Phil Ridge­way (44), took Hur­ley to a use­ful 145-5 when Gra­ham dol­lied to mid-wicket.

Hur­ley’s in­nings was boosted by 44 ex­tras as 24 byes and eight wides jol­lied along the score.

Jonothan Lang­lands (15no) added some hard hit­ting in the last three overs, adding 20, which took the vis­i­tors to 191-9 from 47 overs.

Short ra­tions might have in­spired Hur­ley to fin­ish the match early. They forced the home side into 65-7 inside 26 overs.

Naeem Akhtar (2-38) and Henry Gra­ham (3-35) made the early in­roads and Jonothan Lang­lands (4-28) took out the lower mid­dle or­der.

Two wick­ets to Lang­land in the 32nd over left Lit­tlewick tot­ter­ing at 100-9 with 11 overs re­main­ing.

Matt Wood (58) be­lied his num­ber eight billing with a con­fi­dent and un­trou­bled in­nings. Chris Sy­monds (18no) de­fended res­o­lutely with only one scare as he fended off Gra­ham where the ball plopped be­tween short leg and square leg as Lit­tlewick set­tled for the draw at 164-9.

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