Bucks cricketers beat Surrey
1 Aug 2022

Bucks cricketers celebrated an excellent victory over Surrey in their showpiece game against the first-class county at High Wycombe on Sunday.
In front of several hundred spectators, Bucks secured a four-wicket win with six overs to spare against a young Surrey side managed by former England captain Alec Stewart.
Putting Surrey in to bat on a fast-scoring ground, Bucks got off to a great start when Ed Bragg dismissed Ryan Patel for a golden duck in the first over.
But then Cameron Steel and Ben Geddes added 177 for the second wicket in 27 overs as Surrey appeared set for a total well over 300.
But then off-spinner Michael Payne dismissed both in quick succession - Steel for a splendid 114 off 102 balls and Geddes for 57 off 75.
Bucks bowlers then took a grip on the game as the last nine Surrey wickets fell for just 99 runs as the visiting county, whose side contained several players with first-class and T20 experience, were dismissed for 268 in 49.3 overs.
Payne finished 2-43 in his ten overs, Bragg 2-51 in ten, while Cameron Parsons claimed 3-53 in nine. AJ Woodland kept it tight with 1-27 off eight.
This seemed an eminently gettable target for Bucks. A third-wicket stand of 103 between Woodland (47) and Alexei Kervezee (Right), who struck three sixes and five fours in his 67 from 53 balls set up the run chase.
Ross Richardson maintained his good for with a fluent 48 from 50 balls as the Surrey bowlers were unable to stem the tide. Chris Marrow (34) and Bragg (27 not out) saw Bucks home on 272-6 in 44 overs.
This was Bucks's first victory over a first-class county since beating Somerset by seven runs in the NatWest Trophy on the same ground in 1987.
Credit goes to the High Wycombe club for staging this game and to groundsman Robin Baker for producing such an excellent pitch in the recent drought conditions.

Scorecard - Pictures courtesy of www.charliecarterphotography.com