THE manager of the Buckinghamshire U11s cricket team pulled no punches in his assessment of their 28 run defeat to Hertfordshire at Winchmore Hill on Sunday.

Having restricted Herts to 129 for nine in 47 overs Ken Blair's side were bowled out for 100 in 40 overs, leaving him livid.

He said: "Five batsmen getting starts and not going on to make a big score is just not good enough for county cricket," he said. "The bowling and fielding was acceptable for the first 40 overs, but then we lost the plot and let Hertfordshire get away from us.

"The first seven batsmen, who all had good seasons in 2008, showed a complete lack of application and got us in all sorts of trouble at 64 runs for the loss of seven wickets in 23 overs.

"Then Usman Lalustani, Jack Whelan, Kamran Bahra and George Holden did an excellent job in an attempt to snatch a draw.

"But this was not an acceptable performance."

Jack Rushmere was the pick of the Bucks bowlers, taking three for four in six overs. However, he was one of three batsmen who could only muster 12 runs in reply, with Jack Whelan (17) top scoring as Bucks folded.