Rance inspires Bucks to first win

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A superb bowling display from Matt Rance inspired Buckinghamshire to their first win of the season as they beat Lincolnshire by 32 runs in a nail-biting MCCA Championship Eastern Division encounter.

Having won the toss and to bat first, Bucks openers Charlie Macdonell and Alex Morgan made a flying start, scoring 126 for the first wicket.

Morgan departed for 61 but Shaan Khan (37) at three and Rob White (59) at four continued the flow of runs, while Macdonnell bagged his first century of the season as Bucks reached 217-2.

A mini-wobble followed before a partnership of 95 between Robin Pritchard (65) and George Russell (36) helped Bucks declare on 400-8.

Lincolnshire struggled in their reply, stumbling to 140-5, but Karanjit Bansal’s century thwarted Bucks as the hosts recovered to 279 all out with Rance taking 4-90.

Leading by 121 going into their second innings, Bucks remained on top when they reached 84-2 before a dramatic collapse handed the home side a lifeline as Bucks crashed to 130 all out.

Needing 252 to win, Lincolnshire made a poor start in reply as the top four all departed cheaply to Rance.

Conrad Louth (28), Alex Osmond (36) and Luke Robinson (43) led a fightback and put the game in the balance, but Rance was in top form to take the first six wickets of the innings before Jonathan Burden (2-42) and Tom Hampton (1-50) wrapped up the innings and a victory.

Rance finished with 7-92 from 31 overs in the second innings to take his total to 11 wickets in the match.