Bucks made a disappointing start to their National Counties Trophy 50-over campaign when they lost by six wickets to Wales NC at Port Talbot in their first group game.
Choosing to bat first, Bucks slipped to 28-3, but their fortunes were revived by a fourth-wicket stand of 103 in 18 overs by Conrad Louth (left) and wicket-keeper Ross Richardson. Louth top-scored with a sparkling 79 from 81 balls with a six and ten fours, while Richardson compiled a stylish 40.
However, a late collapse which saw the last five wickets fall for 14 runs in 28 balls, saw Bucks all out for 179 with nearly ten overs of their allocation left unused. Their final three batsmen all made nought.
Skipper Tom Hampton lift Bucks hopes by taking a wicket in the first over of Wales's reply, but their hopes were dashed by unbeaten 88 from 108 balls by opener Steve Rheingold who saw the hosts to victory at 180-4 in 42.1 overs.
The game marked the Bucks competitive debut for Gerrards Cross's Chris Marrow.
Bucks will be hoping for better luck when they entertain Wiltshire in their second group game at High Wycombe this Sunday start 11am.
Bucks have made one change to the squad with Wycombe's Cameron Parsons replacing Tom Weymes.
Bucks squad: T Hampton (High Wycombe) capt, A Kervezee (Halesowen), AJ Woodland (High Wycombe), C Louth (Wokingham), C Marrow (Gerrards Cross), R Richardson (Whitburn), M Payne (Amersham) E Bragg (Halesowen), J Rodnight (Great Brickhill) S Croft (Harefield), J McLeod (Harefield), C Parsons (High Wycombe).