Disappointing start for Bucks in NCCA Trophy
31 May 2023

Bucks made a disappointing start to their National Counties Trophy campaign when they lost by three wickets to Wiltshire in their opening 50-over group game at Marlborough College on Monday.
Batting first after winning the toss, Bucks were bowled out for 240 in 49.2 overs, before the hosts edge home with just ten balls to spare.
Bucks seemed well-placed at 109-2 at the half-way mark, after useful contributions from Alexei Kervezee, left (45), AJ Woodland (30) Ewan Cox (26) and Teddie Casterton (27), but a middle-order collapse saw them slip to 183-8, and it needed a valuable 31 from Conner Haddow as the last two wickets added 57 from the final ten overs.
Wiltshire got off to a flying start in reply against the Bucks opening attack, reaching 109-2 in 20.3 overs. But tight bowling by Woodland, Haddow and Ed Bragg reduced them to 170-6, before Wiltshire captain Ed Young (75 off 88 balls), scored the only half-century of the match to see his side home. (Right Stephen Croft) Scorecard

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Bucks will be hoping for more fortune when they entertain Dorset in their second group match at Gerrards Cross on Sunday, starting at 11am.
All-rounder Michael Payne, who missed the Wiltshire game with a finger injury, is fit and is included in the squad for the game, along with seamer Tom Weymes, who has recovered from a leg injury.
Spectators at Sunday's match are asked to park in Dukes Wood Avenue if the car park is full and not in Dukes Lane, the private road leading up to the ground.
Bucks squad: T Hampton (High Wycombe) capt, AJ Woodland (High Wycombe), E Cox (Buckingham), E Casterton (High Wycombe), A Kervezee (Halesowen), R Richardson (Blackheath), M Payne (Amersham), C Marrow (Gerrards Cross), H Ramanadanpulle (Buckingham), E Bragg (Halesowen), C Haddow (High Wycombe), T Weymes (Tring Park), S Croft (Harefield).