Bucks brought back to earth

Published: Wednesday, 25 July 2018

A historic display by Michael Payne could not prevent Bucks coming down to earth with a mighty bump as they lost by eight wickets to Lincolnshire in their Unicorns Counties Eastern Division match at Chesham.
Payne became the the first Bucks batsman to score centuries in three successive Championship matches, but it could undo the damage of a disastrous first day against Lincolnshire.
Bucks were buoyant after winning their first two matches, but picked just one point from this clash.


Choosing to bat first, Bucks were dismissed for 147, having at one stage been 28-5.
By contrast, the visiting county made the most of the the fast-scoring conditions to rattle up a massive 486-3 in 90 overs, thanks to an unbeaten 230 from opener Joe Kendall and 137 from Louis Kimber.
Trailing by 339 runs on first innings, Bucks performed much better second time around thanks to Payne.
The former captain, who had scored 123 not out against Bedfordshire and 126 against Northumberland, made it three in a row with 125 against Lincolnshire.
He shared a third-wicket stand of 161 with AJ Woodland, who scored 68 on his return to the side.
However at 261-8, Bucks still looked like losing by an innings.
But a ninth-wicket stand of 87 between Cameron Parsons (64no) and Tom Hampton (48) avoided that indignity.
Bucks were all out for 375, before Lincs lost two wickets in knocking off the 37 runs for victory.
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Bucks's next Championship game is against Cambridgeshire at Fenners, starting on Sunday August 5.