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Unicorns Trophy: Bucks call up former Derbyshire all-rounder Macdonell & Tring’s Harris for Suffolk trip

Bucks CCC skipper Tom Hampton has the services of former Derbyshire all-rounder Charlie Macdonell and Tring Park’s Andy Harris for this weekend’s Unicorns Trophy, second round fixture.

Macdonell, who was released by Derbyshire in March to pursue other opportunities, and Harris are named in a twelve-man squad that heads to Ipswich School to face Suffolk on Sunday.

The 23 year-old all-rounder Macdonell played six first-class matches for Derbyshire and finished with a batting average of 46. He is plying his trade with Home Counties Premier Cricket League, division 1 Tring Park this season.

Andy Harris

Macdonell has been joined at Tring this campaign by fellow new signing Andy Harris. The all-rounder joined from Great & Little Tew over the winter and also transferred his Minor Counties registration from Oxfordshire CCC to Bucks CCC. After an impressive start to the 2018 season, Harris has earned a call-up and makes the twelve that heads east.

Tom Hampton

The Bucks skipper Hampton told Sports Shots:

Sunday’s game against Suffolk should be another step up, batters have started to get time in the middle and bowlers have overs under there belt so I’m expecting a far more clinical performance from both my team and Suffolk.

We have two changes with Saif (Zaib) unavailable due to Northants commitments, but we are lucky enough to bring in a player of similar caliber in Charlie Macdonell. Jason Rance misses out due to his coaching commitments to the club, but we bring in Andy Harris who has started well for Tring.

It’s going to be a case of improving on the things we haven’t got quite right whilst building on the things we have. The knock out nature of this competition definitely brings an edge and does focus the mind. The lads are very excited and hopefully we can put in another performance to get on the right side of the result.

Bucks CCC 2018

Bucks Squad: Masoor Khan (Clevedon CC), Charlie Macdonell (Tring Park CC), Shelvin Gumbs (Tring Park CC), Mike Payne (Tring Park CC), Garry Park (Swarkestone CC), Robin Pritchard (Chesham CC), George Russell (High Wycombe CC), Andy Harris (Tring Park CC), Cam Parsons (High Wycmbe CC), Tom Hampton (High Wycombe CC), Uzair Amjaid (Highgate CC), Jon Burden (High Wycombe CC).

Ground Ipswich School, 25 Henley Road, Ipswich. IP1 3SG

The winners go into the third round on Sunday 10th June.

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South Northants Cricket League – Cup draws for the 2018 season

Premier Division Knockout Cup

1st Round
To be played on Thursday 31st May 2018 (or Thursday 7th June 2018 if wet):
A Silverstone V Syresham
B Charlton V Bye
C Byfield V Wroxton
D Marston St. Lawrence V MK Air

Semi-Finals
To be played on Thursday 5th July 2018 (or Thursday 12th July 2018 if wet):
1 A V B
2 D V C

Final
To be played on Sunday 29th July 2018 (4.15pm):
2 V 1

Division One Knockout Cup

1st Round
To be played on Thursday 21st June 2018 (or Thursday 28th June 2018 if wet):
A Kings Sutton V MK Afro Caribbean
B Hanslope V MK Air ‘A’
C Greens Norton V Castlethorpe
D Hinton in the Hedges V Radway

Semi-Finals
To be played on Thursday 12th July 2018 (or Thursday 19th July 2018 if wet):
1 D V B
2 A V C

Final
To be played on Sunday 29th July 2018 (12.30pm):
2 V 1

Division Two Knockout Cup

1st Round
To be played on Thursday 7th June 2018 (or Thursday 14th June 2018 if wet):
A Towcestrians V Marston St. Lawrence ‘A’
B Bye V Syresham ‘A’
C Byfield ‘A’ V Bye
D Helmdon V Wroxton ‘A’

Semi-Finals
To be played on Thursday 28th June 2018 (or Thursday 5th July 2018 if wet):
1 B V C
2 A V D

Final
To be played on Sunday 22nd July 2018 (4.15pm):
1 V 2

Division Three / Four Knockout Cup

1st Round
To be played on Thursday 14th June 2018 (or Thursday 21st June 2018 if wet):
A Chipping Warden V Braunston Paddox
B Gawcott & Hillesden V Silverstone ‘A’
C Gayton V Woodford Halse
D Wardington V Winslow Town

Semi-Finals
To be played on Thursday 28th June 2018 (or Thursday 5th July 2018 if wet):
1 D V B
2 C V A

Final
To be played on Sunday 22nd July 2018 (12.30pm):
2 V 1

Wardington Cup

Preliminary Round
To be played on Tuesday 22nd May 2018 (or Tuesday 29th May 2018 if wet):
P1 Charlton V Byfield
P2 Greens Norton V MK Afro Caribbean

1st Round
To be played on Tuesday 12th June 2018 (or Tuesday 19th June 2018 if wet):
A Hinton-in-the-Hedges V Wroxton
B P1 V Silverstone
C Syresham V Castlethorpe
D Marston St. Lawrence V P2

Semi-Finals
To be played on Tuesday 10th July 2018 (or Tuesday 17th July 2018 if wet):
1 D V C
2 B V A

Final
To be played on Sunday 5th August 2018 (3.00pm):
1 V 2

Buckingham Senior Charity Cup – Buckingham Athletic 0 Daventry Town 2

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SSMFL,D1: Winslow chairman reflects on ‘extraordinary season’ at the gate

Winslow United chairman Andy Setterfield has reflected on a ‘extraordinary’ season for the Elmfields gate outfit.

Andy Setterfield

In an interview with Sports Shots, Setterfield said:

Well it’s time to reflect on what has been an extraordinary long season, one that we will be able to talk about in the years to come, both in terms of the weather and the football.

As the Chairman of the club, I would like to thank all the supporters, committee, management, and players of all our teams. The effort and commitment of everyone this season has been unbelievable.

To see our First team pushing for promotion in a highly competitive division, finishing in our highest position in Division One for 43 years, reaching the semi final of the Berks and Bucks Senior trophy and securing our first foray in the FA Cup is a testament to Paul, Roni, Steve, and the players who have created a fantastic team spirit. Our supporters witnessed some exhilarating football which saw us score the most league goals across all divisions in the South Midlands and cheered the team in large numbers both home and away, which saw us end as the most watched team in Division One and helped to create a record breaking season.

The Under 25 development squad have had a very difficult season with a lack of officials meaning a late start, coupled with the bad weather and teams withdrawing meant a premature end to their season. However, despite all this the commitment shown initially by Nick, and Mark, and latterly Nick, Gareth, and Richard in bringing together a team of very talented youngsters and combining that with a few experienced heads culminated in not only reaching the Quarter Finals of the Berks and Bucks Intermediate Cup, but also in having two players not only stepping up to the first team squad but also scoring and playing a massive part in a 9 game winning run for the First Team. The football that has been played has been some of the best we have seen from a Winslow Development Squad. The league position has been an improvement from last season showing a good positive progression. I’ve seen this as a very successful season for the Management team.

Thank you as well to everybody who puts their time and effort into helping the Club on matchdays and non-matchdays alike. There are simply far too many to mention individually.

Grassroots football is built on those who give their time as freely as they can to help their clubs. We are very fortunate to be blessed with a great band of volunteers at Winslow, but we are always looking for more help, so if you feel you can contribute in any way please do get in touch with us.

Remember, there are always tasks to be done around the ground over the summer, and details of working parties will be announced shortly. If you can lend a hand now and again it would be very much appreciated!

One thing to remind you all about is our Presentation Evening on Friday 25th May, when we will be presenting the Awards for this season. The evening starts from 7.30 pm, at The Bell in Winslow with the Awards ceremony from around 8.30pm onwards. Cost will be £20, so please let me know if you wish to join us.

Thank you for your support this season. I wish you and your families a healthy and happy summer, and I look forward to welcoming you back for the 2018/19 season.

Sunday Friendly: Town suffer away defeat at Stoke Hammond

Buckingham Sunday XI lost their match away to Stoke Hammond last weekend.

The hosts batted first and scored 210-8 from their 35 overs thanks mainly to Vish Valambhia who plays for Buckingham on Saturdays, He scored 104 after being dropped early on, an expensive miss.

Vish Valambhia

For Town James Stubbings took 3-55 and Stuart Holmes 3-43.

In reply, Town made 123 all out. Anant Peshavaria top scored with 45. Ade Johnson (20) and Stuart Holmes (24) scored
useful runs and Oscar Bones aged 14 impressed with 20 not out making his debut at senior level and also impressed keeping wicket.

National Village KO Cup: Parker century helps Great Horwood set up Stoke Green tie

Great Horwood progressed comfortably into the 3rd round of the National Village Cup on Sunday afternoon (13th May) as they beat Whitchurch by 175 runs.

Stuart Parker

After losing the toss Horwood were asked to bat first on a green wicket. Openers Stuart Parker and Alex Gilder began in watchful mode as the pitch displayed inconsistent bounce and progressed to 36 without loss after 10 overs. Parker began to dominate the partnership as the run rate increased and they moved the score onto 81 after 23 overs when Gilder was dismissed for a patient but important 27. Dale Armitage joined Parker and they added a further 69 runs together in the next 10 overs as the run rate increased before Armitage was caught for 39. Parker had passed 50 and was joined by Gregg Saunders who hit a brisk 7 but it was Simon Ridgway who hit a quick fire 36 and together with Parker who brought up his 100 they pushed the total up to 231 from their allotted 40 overs. Parker finished unbeaten on 104.

Robbie Taylor

In reply Whitchurch tried to get off to a quick start but 3 early wickets from Robby Taylor put Horwood well on top as he took 3-16. Gregg Saunders picket up a wicket and then youngster Owen Davies bowled superbly as he took 3-8 as wickets tumbled regularly.

Owen Davies

Olly Prendergast and Andrew Ellison picked up a wicket each as Whitchurch were bowled out in just 15 overs for 56 to give Horwood a comfortable victory.

Horwood now travel too play Stoke Green on Sunday May 27th in the next round.

BREAKING … Buckingham Athletic appoint Neil Griffiths as their new first team manager

Buckingham Athletic Football Club are very pleased to announce the appointment of Neil Griffiths as their new first team manager.

In a club statement, Athletic chairman Tony Checkley said:

We are obviously really pleased that Neil has accepted the position as manager after what has been a pretty hectic few weeks of interviews and discussions. I have to say the interest for the job was high and that makes the decision process a little harder but Neil’s enthusiasm really won us over. Over the next few weeks Neil will build up his management team but he will certainly be bringing along Ben Hill as his assistant.

There are many aspects that you have to look at when trying to choose the right person, obviously knowledge and ability is very high on that list but also making sure that people coming in fit the character of the club and during all our discussions with both Neil and Ben that certainly came across. They are fully aware of what we are trying to achieve at Stratford Fields, but they also can see what we have already put in place both on and off the field and their aim is pick up where Mark and his team have left off.

So the new phase starts here and although we are all looking forward to a break there is a busy few weeks in front of us to ensure we are all ready for the new season.

I want to finish by once again sending our thanks on behalf of all the committee and players to Mark Carter and the rest of his management team for all of their hard work and dedication over the last few years. We look forward to seeing them all at Stratford Fields next season in slightly different roles but all still striving to move the club forward.

Neil Griffiths talks exclusively to Sports Shots Russell & Butler YouTube channel regarding his appointment.