Suffolk trail Bucks
SUFFOLK trail Buckinghamshire by 373 runs with one day remaining of their Minor Counties Championship match at Burnham.Although Bucks have two second innings wickets still standing, the likelihood is that they will declare overnight, leaving Suffolk 102 overs to bat today.
SUFFOLK trail Buckinghamshire by 373 runs with one day remaining of their Minor Counties Championship match at Burnham.
Although Bucks have two second innings wickets still standing, the likelihood is that they will declare overnight, leaving Suffolk 102 overs to bat today.
Starting the day precariously placed on 52 for four in reply to their hosts' first innings total of 351, Suffolk were bowled out for 221, but it could have been worse as their last three wickets added 107 runs.
Chris Warn fell for 35, caught in the gully, with the total of 97 and opener Tom Huggins, who dropped anchor and played a restrained innings spanning nearly two-and-a-half hours, followed for 29 with the addition of just one more run.
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When captain Phil Caley fell lbw for just four, Suffolk had slipped to 114 for seven and it looked likely that they would fall short of reaching the 202 required to avoid possibly being asked to follow-on.
However, the tail rallied and Justin Bishop batted for just under two hours and faced 101 balls to top-score with 43, which included five boundaries.
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Bishop and Paul King put on 42 for the eighth wicket and Bishop and Phil Edwards 45 for the ninth. Edwards cracked an undefeated 37 off 55 deliveries in 57 minutes with three fours and one straight driven six off Chris Sketchley.
Bucks still established a healthy first innings lead of 130 and added a further 66 for the loss of Alex Hales by the time tea was taken.
Former Surrey all-rounder Keith Medlycott struck 12 boundaries in his 63 which occupied just 75 balls before he was smartly caught at slip by Bishop, who was the most economical of the Suffolk bowlers, returning figures of 8-3-13-1.
Paul Sawyer, one of off-spinner Chris Swallow's three victims, scored 56 off 66 balls with eight fours and a six, which included 22 off one Smith over.
Sketchley was run out attempting a second run by a good throw from the boundary by Ben France as Bucks searched for quick runs towards the end of the day.