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Bucks play their final Unicorns Championship Eastern Division three day match, starting this Sunday. They play a ‘home’ match against Herts at Tring Park CC, having already beaten Beds there earlier this season.
This comes after two matches on the road, a two wicket loss at Fenners against Cambridge and an impressive three wicket win against Staffs at Longton, Stoke. Staffs had won three and drawn one this season but Bucks replied to the home team’s 361 all out with 396-3 off the allotted 90 overs. This included 133 from opener Masoor Khan and an incredible 100 n.o. from Garry Park, off just 50 balls and including 10 sixes and 5 fours. In the second innings Staffs were bowled out for 213, leaving Bucks to get 179, which they did with the loss of seven wickets, Khan 75 n.o.
Had Park played at Cambridge I think Bucks would have won and be sitting at the top of the table. As it is they have won three and lost two, and are 12 points behind leaders Lincs, just behind Suffolk, Staffs and Cambs. So a championship win is still possible. Herts have won one, drawn one and lost three.
The weather is looking good, Garry Park is down to play, I will be there all three days!