Heavy defeat against Devon
10 Jun 2024

Bucks men suffered their second defeat in the National Counties Trophy when they lost by 92 runs to Devon in their group match at High Wycombe on Sunday.

Following their narrow defeat by Oxfordshire in their first game, this result leaves their hopes of qualifying for the later stages of the competition hanging by a thread.

Devon, for whom this was a measure of compensation for their 550-run defeat by Bucks in last year's National Counties Championship final, chose to bat first on an excellent pitch and fast outfield.

The visitors made 279-8 from their 50 overs thanks to a splendid 101 from 112 balls by opener Ben Privett who hit one six and ten fours.

When they were 157-1 after 28 overs they looked like topping 300, but they slipped to 197-6 against some tidy bowling from Conner Haddow (3-43) (pictured above), Max Uttley (3-53) and Cam Parsons (2-43).

A fine flourish from Lawrence Walker (40 not out from 27 balls) enabled Devon set Bucks 280 for victory.

Bucks needed a big innings from one of their main batters, but did not get it as George Harvey (34), Cameron Hemp (32) and Billy Mead (25) all got out when well set.

Seamer Kaz Szymanski blew away the middle order with figures of 5-28 to leave Bucks struggling at 92-5.

A defiant 47 from Ed Bragg delayed the inevitable before Bucks were dismissed for 187 in 41.3 overs.

To keep their hopes alive, Bucks will have to beat Cornwall at Redruth this Sunday and Berkshire at Chesham the following Sunday.