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Bucks win T20 at Wormsley

Published: Tuesday, 26 September 2017

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Bucks finished the season on a high note when they won the Festival T20 competition at Wormley on Saturday.
Thanks to some 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 trophy, which was played for by four Minor Counties teams.
The day did not start too well for Bucks, who slumped to 17-3 after being asked by to bat first in dank conditions in their 15-overs-per-side semi-final against Oxfordshire.
But a superb unbroken fourth-wicket stand of 120 from 70 balls by Park and Gumbs enabled Bucks to reach a formidable total of 137-3 from the 15 overs.
Park hit 73 not out from 45 balls with two sixes and ten fours, while Gumbs's unbeaten 43 came off 30 balls.
Oxon were never in the hunt after some tight bowling by the whole of the Bucks attack and mustered just 84-6.
In another one-sided semi-final Cambridgeshire (142-3) beat Hertfordshire (101-6) by 41 runs.T20 2 web
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 total of 119-9 from 20 overs always looked gettable.
But the Bucks top ordered again failed, and it again left to Park (54 not out) and Gumbs (37) to take Bucks to the brink of victory with a fourth-wicket stand of 89.
Park completed the victory with 13 balls to spare by a hitting a big six of his brother Craig's bowling.

Pictures courtesy of Michelle Benato