New captain leads the way with 100-partnership

Saif Zaib took two wickets on his Bucks debut

Saif Zaib took two wickets on his Bucks debut

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BUCKS County warmed up for the season with a four-wicket win over Club Cricket Conference at Aston Rowant on Monday.

New one-day captain Michael Payne shared a sparkling century stand with High Wycombe’s George Russell as Bucks chased down a target of 232 in 43 overs.

CCC batted first and reached 245 from their 50 overs, with Gerrards Cross seamer Tom Hampton taking three wickets on his debut – although his figures were slightly tarnished by conceding 25 runs off his final over.

Wycombe’s 15-year-old bowling protege Saif Zaib also took two wickets.

But the fireworks came in Bucks’ reply, after three wickets for one run ruined a fine start that had got them to 119-2.

That became 120-5, but Payne and Russell turned the game around with a 107-run partnership in under an hour.

Payne scored 63 off 87 balls while Russell blated 60 not out from 55 balls.

Bucks open their Unicorns Trophy one-day campaign against Herefordshire at Burnham on May 4.

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