White heroics earn Bucks draw

Rob White in action for Northamptonshire. Picture by Georgi Mabee
Rob White in action for Northamptonshire. Picture by Georgi Mabee
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A spectacular innings from Rob White helped Bucks CCC to a record total in their high-scoring draw against Cambridgeshire at High Wycombe.

The former Northamptonshire batsman scored 183 not out as Bucks, set a mammoth 525 for victory in the Unicorns Counties Championship 
Eastern Division match, finished on 426-8 – their highest ever fourth innings score.

For most of this game, Bucks were under the cosh, after Cambridgeshire had won an important toss and rattled up 475-5 from 90 overs in batting friendly conditions.

Another ex-Northants man Ben Howgego (117) and Asim Butt (107) made the most of a flat pitch and fast outfield as they made centuries in a second-wicket stand of 186. The visitors eventually declared on 475-7 with off-spinners Matt Rance and Michael Payne picking up all the wickets.

The Bucks batsmen failed to perform in their first innings, slipping to 97-6 before an unbeaten 60 from George Russell, batting on his home ground, took them to 197.

Despite a first innings lead of 278, Cambridgeshire declined to enforce the follow-on and batted again to make 246-6 declared to set Buckinghamshire an unlikely 525 to win.

Undaunted by the task, Shaan Khan and Charlie Macdonell, with a maiden championship half-century, put on 116 for the first wicket. Khan went on to make 87. But the innings was dominated by White, who struck 29 fours and a six in his 254-ball stay.

Victory was never an option, but Bucks held on for a draw with only a few alarms.

Bucks play their next MCCA Championship match away at Suffolk on July 6.