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Bucks Academy win Tom Orford Trophy opener

Daniel Ogden and Teddie Casterton both hit centuries, while Suliamin Akhtar was among the wickets as Bucks Academy recorded a 44-run win over Free Foresters Academy this week.

Dan Ogden

The three-day game in the Tom Orford Trophy saw Bucks elect to bat after winning the toss.

Harefield opener Ogden, who performed well in pre-season for the Bucks first eleven, batted superbly as he scored 133 at the top of the order. He found good support from Scott Rolfe (84) and John Bowers (66) as they declared on 341 for 6 from 78.1 overs.

In reply, the visitors totalled 327 for 8 from 76 overs with Akhtar taking three for 38, while Stephen Croft and Mohammed Choudhry both picked up a brace of victims.

In the second innings Casterton stroked 118 as Bucks declared on 385 for 9 in 100 overs. Aizaz Ahmed (75) and Jack Rodnight (51) both making useful middle-order runs.

Teddie Casterton

Foresters Academy gave an excellent chase but fell just short.

Akhtar, Croft and Samiullah Sajid all picking up three wickets each.



Unicorns Championship, Eastern Division: Bucks prepare to to host Northumberland + Suffolk defeat reflection

Bucks are looking to bounce back as they prepare to face Northumberland in the Unicorns Championship, Eastern Division at Chesham Cricket Club on Sunday.

Speaking after their home defeat against Suffolk, Bucks skipper Tom Hampton told Sports Shots:

Tom Hampton – in red ball action for Bucks in 2019.

On the whole it was a disappointing performance and result over the three days.

We had opportunities in both Suffolk innings to finish them off but weren’t able to take them. The lower order for Suffolk batted brilliantly and showed how to deal with the pressure, and got through some tough periods.

Suffolk then bowled with great control and kept at us throughout, and ultimately we weren’t able to deal with the sustained pressure.

There are defiantly some frustrations as we didn’t match the levels of performance that we have become used to. The great thing is we get another game in a couple of weeks where we look to bounce back.  Hopefully we take care of the small details which will lead to a more positive performance.

Well played to Suffolk and best of luck for the rest of the summer.


Bucks, who started the final day with a fair chance of victory, ended up suffering a crushing 246-run defeat by Suffolk in their Unicorns Counties Championship Eastern Division match at High Wycombe on Tuesday.

The hosts, who conceded a 46-run first innings lead, had their opponents struggling at 57-5 in their second innings. But Suffolk recovered to 314-8 dec before bowling out Bucks in their second innings for just 114 with more than two hours to spare.

On the first day, Suffolk, who had been put in to bart recovered from 183-7 to 337 thanks to half-centuries from lower-order batsmen James Poulson (51) and Michael Coomber (59).

The Bucks reply centred around a fourth-wicket stand of 126 between AJ Woodland (87), who for the second successive match fell just short of his maiden Championship century, and Michael Payne (78).

AJ Woodland – in action for Bucks.

Some late fireworks from skipper Tom Hampton, who  hit four sixes in his 40, and debutant Conner Haddow (27) saw 60 runs come from eight overs in their total of 291, Poulson taking 6-60.

Excellent seam bowling from Jonathan Burden (3-57) and Cameron Parsons (2-34) had Suffolk in trouble at 124-6 at the close of the second day – a lead of only 170.

Jonathan Burden

But Suffolk dominated the final day, thanks to a county record unbroken ninth-wicket stand of 136 between Tom Rash (103 not out) and Josh Cantrell (68no).

The visitors declared their second innings at lunch, leaving Bucks to score 361 for victory off a minimum of 64 overs.

They surrendered meekly for just 114, losing their last five wickets for seven runs and thus suffered a heavy defeat.

Bucks will be hoping for better fortune when they hosts Northumberland at Chesham from July 21-23.

Unicorns Championship, Eastern Division – after round two of matches played.

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Bucks CCC v Suffolk CCC

Tring Park batsman Shelvin Gumbs returns to the squad for this weekend’s fixture.

Shelvin Gumbs

Bucks squad: T Hampton (High Wycombe) capt, M Khan (Clevedon), A Woodland, M Payne, S Gumbs (Tring Park), G Park (Wickersley Old Village), R Pritchard (Chesham), C Haddow, C Parsons, J Burden), S Croft (Harefield), M Choudhry (Tring Park).

Unicorns Championship ED: Hampton looking for Bucks to build on solid opener

Tom Hampton has previewed the visit of Suffolk in a three-day game at High Wycombe, starting on Sunday.

Tom Hampton

After the weather forced their Unicorns Championship, Eastern Division opener to finish early at Bishop’s Stortford, Bucks host Suffolk in the second round of fixtures.

Unicorns Championship Eastern Division – after round one.

The Bucks skipper told Sports Shots;

It was really nice to get back into the longer format of the game. On the whole it was a pleasing performance, bowlers ran in and put balls in the right area over a longer period of time and the batsmen all batted time, led very well by AJ (Woodland).

It was a shame about the weather finishing the game short, but in truth the slow docile nature of the wicket was going to make it tough for either team to really force a move to win the game.

This week we are back at home which is always nice, the lads enjoy playing at (High) Wycombe for obvious reasons. Hopefully we can build on the solid start in the first game, improve in a couple of areas and put in a good performance against a very good Suffolk side.


Unicorns Championship, ED: Haddow in line for Bucks Championship debut on home turf

Unicorns Championship, ED: Haddow in line for Bucks Championship debut on home turf

Young High Wycombe left-arm spinner Conner Haddow has a chance to make his Unicorns Counties Championship debut for Bucks in their Eastern Division game at High Wycombe, starting this Sunday, writes Michael Knox.

Conner Haddow

The 19-year-old, who has featured in Bucks’ successful T20 campaign this season, is one of five Wycombe players in the squad of 13 for the game on their home ground, including skipper Tom Hampton.

Bucks will be looking for better weather than they had in their three-day Championship opener against Hertfordshire which was ruined by rain.

Bucks squad: T Hampton (High Wycombe) capt, M Khan (Clevedon), A Woodland (Tring Park), D Marles (High Wycombe), C Macdonell, M Payne (Tring Park), G Park (Wickersley Old Village), R Pritchard (Chesham), C Haddow, C Parsons, J Burden (High Wycombe), S Croft (Harefield), M Choudhry (Tring Park).

Suffolk squad: Jaik Mickleburgh, Alex Oxley, Darren Ironside, Kyran Young, Jack Beaumont, Ben Shepperson, Tom Rash, Mike Comber, Adam Mansfield (capt & wkt), Josh Cantrell, Ollie Bocking and James Poulson.

Unicorns T20 Finals Day: Bucks draw Herts in semi-final

Bucks will face Hertfordshire in the semi-final at the Unicorns T20 Finals Day.

The draw for MCCA T20 Finals day – at Wormsley on Sunday 25 August – has been completed and is as follows:
Semi Final 1 Lincolnshire v Dorset
Semi Final 2 Buckinghamshire v Hertfordshire

The first semi final commences at 10.00. The scheduled times for the 2nd semi final and the final are 1.00pm and 4.00pm respectively.

Unicorns + HCPCL D1: Woodland talks Tring, Bucks & Cardiff MCCU

AJ Woodland has talked with Sports Shots about First-class cricket with Cardiff MCCU, the Unicorns Minor Counties circuit with Bucks and his club side, the Home Counties Premier League, Division 1 outfit Tring Park.

AJ Woodland

The very talented 21 year-old top scored with a well grafted 89 in the Bucks first innings against Hertfordshire in Bishop’s Stortford in the 3-day Unicorns Championship, Eastern Division opener.

It was great to get back in a Bucks shirt against Hertfordshire and score some runs on a pitch which was pretty slow, and was hard to score.

The Bucks set up is great, I have come all the way through the age groups and through to the first team, which has been a great journey.

Our coach Jason Harrison is a fantastic coach with bags of experience, he keeps things very simply and is very laid back which allows the players to enjoy their cricket without having pressure on them. Competition for places in the side is great, the boys are always pushing each other to get better and succeed, not just as individuals but as a collective.

Woodland’s call-up for the Championship clash came off the back of an impressive match-winning knock two weeks ago for his club side, only their second win in six outings.

It was a much-needed win for Tring against Slough after a tough start to the season. It was great to score some runs as conditions were not easy at all after losing the toss and being asked to bat on a wicket that suited seam bowling as well as overhead conditions. I felt we needed a few partnerships to get us towards a matching winning total and thankfully we got that between Shelvin Gumbs and myself, which aided us to a total of 184. We had the momentum going into the second innings which allowed our bowlers to attack the Slough batsmen and we took our chances in the field.

Woodland achieved one goal in 2018 and a further one this time around.

I actually made my First Class debut last year against Gloucestershire for Cardiff MCCU, which was a massive achievement in my cricketing career. I was given the opportunity to captain the MCCU side this year and stepping out against Somerset in our First Class game was a really proud moment for me. Unfortunately I got injured in the game which was a huge shame and I missed the next 3 to 4 weeks of cricket which was not the ideal start to the season, and it was very frustrating having to watch from the changing rooms. But these things happen when you’re playing high level sport.

The progression goals are simple but this talented cricketer knows what he needs to do.

My aim is to continue to score runs in whatever cricket I am playing in. It would be nice to convert a few more of my starts this year, which has been frustrating at times.

On the 17th June, the left hander turned out for the MCC Young Cricketers against Surrey second eleven at High Wycombe in a Second XI Championship, South Group fixture.

Surrey included the England pairing of Jade Dernbach and Sam Curran, while Arjun Tendulkar, son of Sachin, lined up with Woodland.

The taste of such a high standard of sport has only left Woodland wanting more.

I would love to play professional cricket. It has always been a dream of mine but I know what I have to do the get there, so it’s down to me to prove to everyone that I am good enough.

Playing for the YC’s was great. I managed to get 69 against Somerset 2nd XI on debut which was great fun. I also played against a very strong Surrey 2nd XI side with a number of 1st XI players playing in their side, so that was a great experience for me.

Woodland joined the likes of Jonny Bairstow (2008) and Jos Buttler (2010) when he was named Young Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 2017 after a fruitful summer with St Edward’s School, Oxford.

Sports Shots hopes that this AJ can deliver a knockout punch like his namesake and make his way in the professional game.



Unicorns Eastern Division: Rain thwarts Bucks in Championship opener

Rain on day three of the Unicorns Championship, Eastern Division, saw Bucks one of a number of clubs who were thwarted.

AJ Woodland

A tenth-wicket partnership of 61 saw Hertfordshire frustrated Tom Hampton’s side as they closed on 257 for 9 from the 90 overs. The skipper took three for 60.

AJ Woodland (89) lead the reply with his Tring Park team mate, Charlie Macdonell (62).

Late runs by Michael Payne (43), Garry Park (35) and Robin Pritchard (30) saw Bucks lead by 35 runs going into the last day, but the rain had other ideas.

SCORECARD LINK: Hertfordshire v Bucks

Lincolnshire were the only side to win as they eased to a ten-wicket win over Cumberland.

All other games fell victim to the widespread rain fall.

Unicorns Championship Eastern Division – after round one.

Unicorns Championship Eastern Division: Harrison previews opener & reflects on successful T20 campaign

Bucks director of cricket Jason Harrison has looked ahead to their Unicorns Championship Eastern Division opener, plus reflected on their successful T20 campaign that sees them head to Finals Day at Wormsley.

Jason Harrison – Bucks CCC Director of Cricket

Harrison told Sports Shots:

At the start of the season we backed ourselves with the squad we had that we could do well. We believed we had a balanced squad, with a depth of talent with both bat and ball.

Across the competition every member of our 15-man squad stepped up and performed, which is encouraging and pleasing.

Those views were supported by the fact Bucks won Group 2 and now head to Wormsley in August.

Harrison spoke of the aspect that his side’s spirit displayed and how this has evolved.

We have a squad which has played together now for a while, everybody knows everyone else well, both on and off the field. This has forged a spirit and togetherness which showed.

But Harrison was also quick to highlight the part that the squad’s individual condition and gameplay had played in delivering a T20 Finals Day.

Fitness with fielding is often overlooked. But we are a fit side and this showed in the way we performed in the field, which obviously supports our bowling unit. We took our chances in the deep, we caught well, and we displayed a sharpness in the ring. It set the standards.

We have a fistful of talent who played smart cricket when we had a tight situation which was pleasing.

But what have been the key factors in a successful T20 campaign.

We focus on ourselves, the pitch conditions, we do our research.

We have set standards across all three aspects of the game which we now need to maintain going forward.

This weekend sees Bucks head to Bishop’s Stortford to face Hertfordshire as red ball cricket returns to the Minor counties circuit. Their opponents are one of the other three sides who have reached Wormsley.

We have made some changes to our line-up for the red ball game.

It is important we now keep those standards we have set in T20 and carry them forward.

Last season’s Championship campaign saw us go well with four wins out of our six games and we are now looking to build on that.

The three formats of the game are equally important to Harrison and the Bucks director of cricket finished by reflecting on their Trophy campaign.

In the 50-over competition we had a bad hour and Cornwall bowled a very, very good spell in fairness to them. Apart from that we have played well, but you cannot afford for this to happen.

Bucks have included High Wycombe skipper Dan Marles, Tring Park opener AJ Woodland and his team mate, seamer Mo Choudhry.

Mo Choudary

Bucks: T Hampton (High Wycombe) capt, AJ Woodland (Tring Park), R Pritchard (Chesham), C Parsons (High Wycombe), G Park (Wickersley Old Village), C Macdonell (Tring Park), S Croft (Harefield), M Payne (Tring Park), Mo Choudhry (Tring Park), M Khan (Clevedon), J Burden (High Wycombe), D Marles (High Wycombe).

Ground: Bishops Stortford CC, Cricketfield Lane, Bishops Stortford,  CM23 2TD


Unicorns T20 Group 2: Bucks clinical in win-double – Next stop National Finals Day!!

By Michael Knox

Bucks qualified for the Unicorns Counties T20 finals day with two overwhelming victories in their double-header against Shropshire at Gerrards Cross on Sunday.

The hosts needed to win one of the games to top the group table but secured big victories by seven wickets and 70 runs to make it seven out of eight.

They will now join other group winners Hertfordshire, Lincolnshire and Dorset on the finals day at Wormsley near Stokenchurch on Sunday August 25.

After a short delay for rain, Bucks put Shropshire into bat in the first game and restricted them to just 110-7 in their 20 overs, with a tight bowling and outstanding fielding display.

Saif Zaib was the main beneficiary, taking 4-25 in his four overs.
Bucks knocked off the runs in just 14.1 overs thanks to a sparkling 65 not out from 48 balls by Conrad Louth, who hit three sixes and seven fours. Two of the three wickets fell to run-outs.

With top place secure, Bucks made changes for the second game and rejigged the batting order after choosing to bat first.
Shelvin Gumbs, with few opportunities to shine in this competition, smashed 82 from just 47 balls, with six sixes, one of which entered the pavilion bar.

Bucks rattled up 171-6 in their 20 overs.

Shropshire never got remotely close after another slick fielding display, highlighted by Charlie Macdonell’s direct hit to run out Simon Gregory, restricted them to 100-7.

Afterwards, Bucks’ director of cricket Jason Harrison said the side had signs of ‘real growth’ since Tom Hampton had taken over as skipper last year.
“The side has grown in confidence and this gives the players the freedom to play aggressive cricket,” he said.
“We’ve got a squad, which covers all bases, depending on the conditions.
“The players are also fit. When you’re fit and hungry, it’s amazing what you can achieve.
“I feel we are a match for any team in the competition.”

Bucks will be hoping to take this form and confidence into their their three-day Unicorns Counties Championship programme which starts against Hertfordshire at Bishops Stortford on Sunday.

LINK: Scorecard Bucks v Shropshire – Match 1

LINK: Scorecard Bucks v Shropshire – Match 2

Match Images below:

Bucks CCC v Shropshire CCC

Unicorns T20 Group 2 – Final table

Unicorns T20 Group 1 – Final table

Unicorns T20 Group 3 – Final table

Unicorns T20 Group 4 – Final table


Unicorns T20 Group 2: Hampton praises the Bucks mentality on the verge of National Finals Day qualification

Bucks skipper Tom Hampton has spoken to Sports Shots with his side on the verge of reaching the Unicorns T20 Finals Day at Wormsley.

Tom Hampton

Currently top of the Unicorns T20 Group 2 table, Bucks can reach the prestigious day in the Minor Counties calendar with one victory from their two games against Shropshire.

A double victory over Herefordshire in Colwall saw Hampton’s side secure wins in rain-affected games without losing a wicket.

The weekend’s performance was thoroughly professional. All the bowlers bowled really well and put pressure on the batsmen and were equally backed up in the field. Conrad (Louth) and Robin (Pritchard) played well in both games and ensured two emphatic wins.

Hampton is in his second season as captain and having worked closely with Jason Harrison, the county’s head coach, the project is evolving.

I think we have started this season brilliantly. There’s a great buzz in the group and a real desire to perform. We have a very strong squad at the moment and players have come in and out of games depending on surfaces, opposition etc. With that brings disappointment, but to everyone’s credit those players left out have really bought into it and every player who has played a part has performed.

This weekend Shropshire visit Gerrards Cross Cricket Club with a place in the Minor Counties T20 Finals day at Wormsley the prize, if Bucks can finish what they have started.

Looking ahead to this weekend we are in a great position at the top of the table, only really needing one win to secure a trip to finals day.

We will go into Sunday the same way we have all tournament, aim to be as professional as we can be with our own individual performances, and look to get the job done.