Paskins to the rescue

Published: Wednesday, 07 June 2017

There was an impressive return for Marlow's Graeme Paskins as rain prevented Bucks suffering a likely defeat in their opening Unicorns Counties Championship match of the campaign against Suffolk at Bury St Edmunds.
After being outplayed for the first two days of the Eastern Division match , Bucks were still 42 runs behind Suffolk with only five wickets standing. But then rain washed out the final fay, allowing the young visiting side to escape with a draw.
Bucks might well have lost but for the first-day contribution of wicketkeeper batsman Paskins, who was called up as a late replacement three days after his 45th birthday.

Choosing to bat first, Bucks slumped to 35-3 before half-centuries from skipper Michael Payne (52) and Patrick Castleden (53) restored the position.
However, the top score came from Paskins, with 72 not out, including the only six of the innings, as Bucks recovered to reach 260 all out in their first innings.
In reply, Suffolk's openers Martyn Cull and Jaik Mickleburgh never looked in any trouble as they added 203 for the first wicket.
Cull went for 88, while Mickleburgh retired hurt on 108, but a rapid 77 from Ben Shepperson took Suffolk to 394-6 – a lead of 134. Bucks were hampered as Tom Hampton could bowl only three overs
Second time around the Bucks top order again failed with debutant Liam Gough, son of former England paceman Darren Gough, bagging a pair.
Payne and Paskins took them from 57-5 to 92-5 by the close of the second day - and the weather prevented any more play.
So there was a damp end to what was Bucks's 1,000th match in the Championship, going back to 1895.
The celebrations will be held when Bucks entertain Norfolk in the 1,001st game at Burnham from June 18-20, when many former players will be gathering for reunion.There was an impressive return for Marlow's Graeme Paskins as rain prevented Bucks suffering a likely defeat in their opening Unicorns Counties Championship match of the campaign against Suffolk at Bury St Edmunds.
After being outplayed for the first two days of the Eastern Division match , Bucks were still 42 runs behind Suffolk with only five wickets standing. But then rain washed out the final fay, allowing the young visiting side to escape with a draw.
Bucks might well have lost but for the first-day contribution of wicketkeeper batsman Paskins, who was called up as a late replacement three days after his 45th birthday.
Full scorecard to follow