Bucks win after last over drama

Published: Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Bucks recorded their first Unicorns Counties Championship victory for three seasons with a thrilling last-over success against Bedfordshire at Tring Park on Tuesday
In a dramatic Eastern Division clash which included a county record partnership, Bucks won by 84 runs with just four balls to spare
After a record stand between Michael Payne and Garry Park put Bucks in charge on the first day, they were able to set Bedfordshire a massive 399 for victory in little over the day.
After taking four early wickets, Bucks seemed set for a comfortable victory.

But a century from Andy Reynoldson and dogged resistance from the lower order took the match to the wire.
Bedfordshire seemed to have secured a draw when they reached the final over on 313-8.
But spinner Matt Rance trapped Reynoldson lbw for a magnificent 159 with the first ball of the over, and the very next delivery bowled last man Harry McBrearty for nought amid scenes of Bucks jubilation.
The Chesham off-spinner finish with match-winning figures of 7-103 from 38.2 overs.
After Bucks chose to bat first, the opening day was dominated by a stand of 279 for the fourth wicket between Payne and Park – a Bucks record for the fourth wicket, beating the 221 the same pair put on against Staffordshire 12 months ago.
Park was the dominant partner making 166 from just 179 balls with three sixes and 20 fours, while Payne was unbeaten on 123 from 200 balls when the innings closed on 383-6 after 90 overs.
In reply Beds slipped from 110-1 to 181 all out, Masoor Khan taking four wickets.
Bucks declined to enforce the follow-on, and led by Payne's 56, made 195 all out in their second innings.
This left Beds chasing a mammoth target on the final day, but Bucks pulled off a superb victory in new skipper Tom Hampton's first Championship game in charge.
Bucks's next Championship match is against Northumberland at Jesmond from July 8-10.