Unicorns T20 Group 2: Bucks deliver CON-vincing double to top group going into final day

Conrad Louth was in sparkling form as Buckinghamshire completed an emphatic win-double to go into the final round of games top of the Unicorns T20 Group 2 table.

Conrad Louth

Rain affected both games against Herefordshire but Buckinghamshire have put themselves in an excellent position in their penultimate game

In match one in Colwall, Bucks got the perfect start as Jonathan Burden had Matthew Pardoe caught behind by George Russell from the first ball of the game after the hosts elected to bat after winning the toss.

After Tom Hampton and Saif Zaib castled Harrison and Morgan, respectively, Herefordshire were 25 for 3.

A brief rebuild, before the rain came, saw the home side be 43 for 3 as Duckworth-Lewis-Stern intervened and closed their innings.

Bucks were set the target for 33 from 5 overs with Louth and Robin Pritchard opening for the visitors. The pair guided them to a ten-wicket victory with Louth making an unbeaten 23 with Pritchard closing on 9 not out.

MATCH SCORECARD: Herefordshire v Buckinghamshire – Match 1

In the second game, Herefordshire won the toss again and opted to bat first for a second time.

The Bucks bowlers were soon taking scalps as Michael Payne, three for 19, and Saif Zaib, three for 22, put their side on top.

Michael Payne

Saif Zaib

Conner Haddow, two for 20, bowled a tidy spell in the latter overs of the innings as the home side were dismissed for 104 in 20 overs.

Conner Haddow

Bucks flew out of the traps as Louth struck some early lusty blows, clearly mindful of the rain and potential Duckworth-Lewis-Stern adjustments.

With another rain delay, Bucks were set the revised target of 78 in 14 overs.

Louth completed a 31-ball half century before hitting three sixes in four balls to wrap up their second ten-wicket win of the day.

High Wycombe opener Louth finishing 69 not out from 38 balls (7 x 4s & 4 x 6s) while Pritchard fed his partner with his undefeated 11.

MATCH SCORECARD: Herefordshire v Buckinghamshire – Match 2

 

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