Billy Root hits double century for Suffolk against Buckinghamshire in Minor Counties Championship
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Billy Root plundered a marvellous double century as Suffolk completely dominated day two of their Minor Counties Championship game, against Buckinghamshire at Ipswich School yesterday.
Root dazzled with a terrific unbeaten 210, sharing a potentially match-winning partnership of 225 with Martyn Cull for the third wicket – Cull contributed a fine 120.
The day had begun with Buckinghamshire resuming on their overnight score of 254 for four, but the visitors were soon in trouble as Suffolk tore through their lower order.
Tom Huggins took four of the last five wickets to fall, finishing with excellent figures of five for 59 as Buckinghamshire were dismissed for 320 in the 90th over.
Although Huggins was an early victim of Suffolk’s reply, out for just one, and Sasha Ward was also back in the pavilion with just 45 on the board, that merely set the scene for Cull and Root to take centre stage.
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Cull had been involved in Suffolk’s previous record third wicket partnership of 223, alongside Hassan Adnan against Hertfordshire in 2009. Five years on and Cull, in harness with Root, beat that record by two runs.
The duo took the score on to 270, before Cull was finally caught for a superb 120, achieved off 214 deliveries and featuring 10 boundaries and one six.
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At the other end Root, the younger brother of England batsman Joe Root, was scoring at more than a run a ball, and he also received good support from Michael Comber, who struck 54 in a little over an hour. The two shared a fourth wicket partnership of 121.
Simon Guy raced to 27, off 13 balls, while Root finished unbeaten on 210 after 90 overs with Suffolk declaring their innings. Root helped himself to 26 fours and a six in his 181-ball stay at the crease, spanning more than four hours. He was only 26 runs short of Adnan’s highest individual score by a Suffolk batsman (236 not out, against Northumberland in 2011).
Bucks were 55 for two at the close, still trailing by 73 runs with eight wickets remaining.