Bucks escape thanks to second innings heroics

Rob White scored another huge ton at London Road

Rob White scored another huge ton at London Road

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BUCKS made their highest ever fourth innings score to save the game against Cambridgeshire this week – and their brave escape was largely down to one man.

After making just 197 in their first innings, Bucks were set a mammoth 525 for victory in their second innings.

Another Unicorns Counties Eastern Division defeat looked on the cards, but White has good memories at High Wycombe’s London Road ground and again he dropped anchor to become their immovable object.

His resolute knock of 185 not out from 254 balls saved the game for his side.

White has form though.

Last summer at the same ground he made Bucks’ highest ever score with 211 not out.

And his team needed something similiar 12 months on.

Cambridgeshire put them on the back foot immediately with a first innings score of 475-7 declared.

Asim Butt and Ben Howgego both made the most of the flat pitch and fast outfield to rattle up centuries, with Bucks spinners Matthew Rance (3-149) and Michael Payne (4-93) picking up the wickets.

Bucks’ batters failed to perform in their first innings though, with just one score more than ten until number eight George Russel rescued the innings with an unbeaten 60 that took them 197 all out.

Despite a first innings lead of 278, Cambridgeshire declined to enforce the follow on and instead piled on the runs again themselves before declaring on 246-6.

That left Bucks the small matter of 525 to chase, but they were undaunted as Shaan Khan and Charlie Macdonell, with a maiden Championship half-century, put on 116 for the first wicket.

But it was White who dominated the innings, swatting the Cambridgeshire innings aside with 29 fours and a six.

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