Celebrations dampened by Norfolk

Published: Wednesday, 21 June 2017

The gloss was taken off Buckinghamshire's 1,000th match celebrations as the county suffered a heavy 185-run defeat by Norfolk in a one-sided Unicorns Counties Championship Eastern Division clash at Burnham.
Many former players gathered on the first two days of the match to mark Bucks passing the 1,000 mark in Championship matches earlier this month, stretching back to 1895.
However, their 1,001st encounter did not go well for the home county, who after a promising start, found themselves outclassed.
Norfolk won an important toss, but it was Bucks who were on top just after lunch on the first day as the visitors slumped to 133-7.
However an eighth-wicket stand of 144 between Ashley Watson (77) and Chris Brown (58) turned the tide and helped Norfolk reach 308. This was a good total of a dry pitch taking spin.
Bucks's frail batting line-up struggled against the off-spin of Brown (5-49) and slipped from 61-0 to 192 all out.
Building on their 117-run lead, Norfolk made 195-9 dec in their second innings, despite a fine five-wicket haul for Bucks off-spinner Matt Rance (5-84).
Set 313 for victory, Bucks lost two early wickets on the second evening.
Things did not get any better on the final day. Despite a resilient 44 from Gary Park, who top-scored in both innings, Bucks succumbed for 127, with Patrick Castleden bagging a four-ball pair.
Brown again proved a thorn in the side, taking nine wickets in the match to following his match-turning knock in the first innings.
The next Bucks match is against Lincolnshire at Grantham from July 2-4.