Rogers passes 10,000 mark but Norfolk struggle

Carl Rogers passed 10,000 career runs in the Minor Counties Championship, but there were few other highlights for Norfolk on the opening day of their match against Buckinghamshire at Slough.

Opening batsman Rogers needed 23 to reach the landmark and after Norfolk won the toss and elected to bat, he duly achieved that target, in his 155th match.

He went on to make 39 in an opening stand of 63 with James Spelman before becoming the first of seven wickets for Buckinghamshire's former Surrey and Leicestershire seamer James Benning.

Sam Arthurton then departed without the addition of any further runs, before Trevor Ward and Spelman put on 65 for the third wicket.

At 128 for two, Norfolk had a solid base for a commanding total, but soon an alarming slump saw them reduced to 142 for eight.

Spelman, man-of-the-match in Norfolk's victory over Suffolk in their last outing, went for 64, while Ward was dismissed for 25.

There were ducks for Stephen Gray, Luke Caswell and Chris Brown, while debutant Ali Shearer – replacing Matthew Warnes, who was injured playing for Horsford on Saturday – made just one.

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Skipper George Walker (23no) led a spirited lower order fightback as the visitors added 54 for the last two wickets, with Michael Eccles (12) and Kieron Bunting (9) providing valuable support.

Norfolk were all out for 196 with more than 10 overs of their first innings allocation unused. Benning, who was released by Leicestershire last September, returned outstanding figures of seven for 51.

Norfolk enjoyed an early success in the Bucks reply as Bunting claimed his second Championship victim, having Shaan Khan caught behind.

But there were no further breakthroughs for the visitors as Bucks closed on 67 for one, 129 behind Norfolk, with Hamza Taj (31no) and Michael Payne (35no) the unbeaten batsmen.

Norfolk 1st innings

JM Spelman c Harrison b Arif 64

CJ Rogers c Pope b Benning 39

SS Arthurton lbw b Benning 0

TR Ward c Helm b Stanway 25

SK Gray c Miller b Benning 0

LW Caswell b Benning 0

AJ Shearer c Benning b Stanway 1

C Brown lbw b Benning 0

GW Walker not out 23

MP Eccles b Benning 12

KJ Bunting c Pope b Benning 9

Extras b 4 lb10 w2 nb 2 pens 5 23

Total (79.2 overs) 196

Fall: 1-63 2-63 3-128 4-129 5-129 6-132 7-135 8-142 9-180

Bowling: Arif 14-1-48-1, Helm 10--2-32-0, Benning 23.2-7-51-7, Stanway 22-9-28-2, Khalid 10-4-18-0.

Buckinghamshire 1st innings

H Taj not out 31

S Khan c Gray b Bunting 0

MJ Payne not out 35

Extras lb1 1

Total (1 wkt, 27 overs) 67

Fall: 1-6.

Bowling: Eccles 6-2-16-0, Bunting 5-1-19-1, Walker 8-1-18-0, Spelman 2-0--6-0, Brown 6-2-7-0.