Croft with 8-33 on debut leads the way

Published: Wednesday, 05 September 2018

croft hertsA sensational bowling performance by Stephen Croft on his debut set up Bucks's convincing victory over Hertfordshire at Tring Park.
The 21-year-old Harefield leg-spinner, playing his first Unicorns Counties Championship match for Bucks, returned the truly amazing figures 8-33 as the county finished their Eastern Division campaign on a high note.

At the time of their fourth victory in six games, Bucks were top of the table, but three other counties recorded victories to overtake them.hampton herts
But fourth place in the table represents a highly successful season for Bucks under their new captain Tom Hampton, who also played a big part in the victory.
Hampton's decision to bowl first appeared to pay dividends when Hertfordshire slumped to 82-7 on the first morning. But Andrew Neal's unbeaten 78 helped them to recover to 244, Hampton capturing 5-60.
The Bucks reply followed a similar pattern as they slipped to 160-8 before Cameron Parsons (50) and Hampton, whose 69 came off just 49 balls, lifted Bucks to 272 all out – a first-innings lead of  28.
Hertfordshire's second innings was progressing serenely at 162-3, when Croft turned the game around with his devastating spell.
With the aid of three slip catches from Garry Park, Croft induced a collapse that saw the visitors' last seven wickets fall for 23 runs to be all out for 185.
This left Bucks 158 for victory. There were no dramas this time as Masoor Khan's 68 and an unbeaten 40 from Ed Casterton saw Bucks home around lunchtime on the third day.