Nurton-York Cup
15 Apr 2024

Bucks opened their cricket season by recording one win and one defeat in their T20 double-header with Oxfordshire at High Wycombe on Sunday.

The counties were playing for the Nurton York Cup, which Oxon retained by virtue of their superior nett run rate.

On an excellent pitch with pace and bounce - a tribute to groundsman Robin Baker considering the recent rain - Bucks chose to bowl first in the first game and restricted the visitors to 152-9 from their 20 overs.

Zach Lion-Cachet top-scored for the visitors with 48, while Ed Bragg and teenager seam bowler Louis Gulliver each picked up two wickets.

This seemed a gettable a target for Bucks, but they lost Ross Richardson to the first ball of their reply and slumped to 95-9 before a last-wicket stand of 35 in 17 balls by Tom Hampton and Tom Weymes took them to 130 all out in 19.3 overs, and a 22-run defeat.

In the second game, Bucks batted first and reached 158-7, thanks to a late flurry from Ed Bragg, who scored 48 from 25 balls with three sixes and five fours. Fast bowler Tom Davis and teenage leg-spinner Henry Welch were the pick of the Oxon attack.

In a mirror image of the first game, Oxon lost a wicket to the first ball of their reply and slipped to 32-4. Thanks to 53 from Hayden Rossouw and 43 from Lion-Cachet, they reached 155-6 to lose by just three runs. Off-spinner Michael Payne took 3-21 for Bucks.

After the game the cup was presented to the Oxon captain Harrison Ward. (Right)

There is a change of venue for Bucks' next warm-up T20 double-header against Herefordshire this Sunday.

The Aston Rowant ground is unfit and the game has been switched to Tring Park, starting at 11am. No catering will be available.

Scorecard game 1. Scorecard game 2