Bucks win Eastern Division One title
24 Aug 2023

Bucks have a chance to capture their 11th National (Minor) Counties Championship after topping Eastern Division 1 this season.
Despite losing by 115 runs to Suffolk at Copdock in their last match on Tuesday, Bucks acquired enough points to finish three points clear of Staffordshire at the top of the table.
Bucks will now play Western Division 1 winners Devon in the Championship play-off over four days at West Bromwich Dartmouth, starting on Sunday September 3rd as they attempt to win their first title since 2009.
Bucks went into the Suffolk game, needing six points to ensure coming top. By restricting third-placed Suffolk to just one batting point on the first day, as well as picking up four bowling points, the visitors required just one batting point, something they achieved on the second morning.
Star of the match was Bucks's 17-year-old debutant George Harvey, who top-scored in both innings with 92 and 41, despite primarily being picked as a wicket-keeper.
Choosing to bat first, Suffolk were dismissed on the first day for 197, seamer Ed Bragg leading the way with 4-68 from 18 excellent overs
Bucks now needed to reach 175 to secure their first batting point and the divisional title.
They achieved this with six wickets down thanks to Alexei Kervezee's 52 from 71 balls.
Bucks looked like taking a slender first-innings lead, but Harvey, who hit one six and eight fours in his 92 from 157 balls, and Conner Haddow (39) added 83 for the eighth wicket and they were eventually all out for 312 in 88.1 overs, a lead of 115 runs.
Suffolk rallied in the second innings, scoring 336 in 119.2 overs, Josh Cantrell s scoring an excellent 100.
Set 252 to win in 49 overs, Bucks collapsed from 37-0 to 57-6. Harvey (41) led the tail-end resistance before Bucks were all out for 136 with 8.1 overs remaining to be bowled.
Still, Bucks had done enough to top Eastern Division 1, a remarkable achievement, considering they only gained promotion to this division this season. Scorecard

NCCA Division One East - Final Table 2023
  P W D L Bon Pen Pts
Bucks 4 2 1 1 29 0 65
Staffs 4 2 1 1 26 0 62
Suffolk 4 2 1 1 24 0 60
Lincs 4 1 3 0 21 0 49
Norfolk 4 0 0 4 20 2 18