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Brown and Watson play starring roles as Norfolk complete 185 run victory

PUBLISHED: 00:33 21 June 2017

Ashley Watson returned figures of 3-38 as Norfolk beat Buckinghamshire.  Picture: Tim Ferley

Ashley Watson returned figures of 3-38 as Norfolk beat Buckinghamshire. Picture: Tim Ferley

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Norfolk completed a resounding 185-run win over Buckinghamshire at Burnham yesterday to set themselves up nicely for next month’s Minor Counties Championship Festival at Manor Park.

Skipper Chris Brown and fellow spinner Ashley Watson took seven wickets between them as the hosts were skittled out for 127 on the third and final day of their second fixture when chasing an unlikely victory target of over 300.

Following a weather-affected draw in their opening match against Hertfordshire Norfolk will go into the opening Festival game against Suffolk starting on July 16 with a useful haul of 27 points under their belt.

That leaves them well placed to mount a challenge for the Eastern Division title ahead of their three home matches, which also include games against Cumberland (July 23-25) and Bedfordshire (July 30-August 1).

Norfolk were very much in the driving seat at the start of play yesterday, having already dismissed the two openers following Monday evening’s declaration to leave Bucks on 19-2.

But the job still had to be done and it was completed in impressive fashion as Brown and Watson got down to work.

Between them they took seven of the eight wickets to fall yesterday, with the other coming courtesy of a run out.

Buckinghamshire managed to add a further 26 runs to their overnight total without further loss, but once Shelvin Gumbs (10) and Tom Hampton (19) went in quick succession to Brown the writing was on the wall.

The Norfolk captain doubled his tally by removing Michael Payne (5) and Pat Castleden (0) in quick succession to leave the Bucks’ innings in tatters on 85-6 before some overdue resistance from former Norfolk player Garry Park and Robin Pritchard delayed the inevitable.

The pair put on 29 for the seventh wicket but once the latter was trapped leg before by Watson for 12 the end came quickly.

Park was eventually ninth out for 44 - making him the highest scorer in both home innings - and Buckinghamshire were all out for just 127 in the 43rd over.

Brown finished with figures of 4-36 in 14 overs - making it an hugely impressive 9-85 in the match - while Watson took 3-38 in 12,2.

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