In the report on the Academy game v CCC Under 25s, we incorrectly stated that this was the last game of the seaon for the Academy. The final game is in fact against The Free Foresters, starting today 22nd August and is being played at Vine Lane, Uxbridge.
We apologise for the error.
Bucks chased down Lancs 272-6 to win with 9 down, off the last ball, Brian Shipley taking the side home with 76no.
We play Surrey at Horsley and Send (KT24 6JS) next Tuesday, 23rd August, in the ‘last 8’ round. All support welcome as usual.
Bucks Academy beat the club Cricket Conference easily in their final game of the season.
Despite producing a fabulous last-day run chase, Bucks had to settle for a draw against Suffolk at Tring Park, in the last game of their Unicorns Counties Championship Eastern Division campaign.
Set a massive 379 to win, Bucks were well in the hunt for a long time, but finished 350-9. The result means that winless Bucks finished bottom of the table, having come runners-up in 2015.
The high-scoring final day was in sharp contrast to the first, when 19 wickets fell.
Suffolk, who won the toss, slipped to 61-6 as young seamers Jon Burden (High Wycombe) and Alex Woodland (Gerrards Cross) took three wickets each. But they recovered to reach 214.
Bucks struggled in reply,and slumped to 99-9, before a spirited last-wicket stand between Cameron Parsons (46no) and his clubmate Burden took them up to 167.
With a lead of 47 on first innings, Suffolk batted steadily in the second knock, before being all out for 331, when Dan Hampton (GX) and Uzair Amjaid (High Wycombe) were the pick of the Bucks bowlers.
Set 379 runs to win 95 overs, Bucks were given a flying start by openers, Cookham Dean's Patrick Castleden (76) and Woodland (61), who put on 115 for the first wicket, the stand being broken just after lunch.
Further good innings by Jack Scriven (27), skipper Michael Payne (58), Robin Pritchard (40) and Parsons (33) helped Bucks keep up the chase almost to the end, the ninth wicket falling in the final over.