Bucks skipper Tom Hampton has spoken with Sports Shots as they travel to play Oxfordshire in the Unicorns T20, Group 2 at Banbury on Sunday.
Bucks inflicted Berkshire’s first defeat in two years when the pair met in the opening T20 double-header at Amersham on Monday 7th May. The current one-day Unicorn Trophy champions fought back to win the afternoon fixture but Hampton’s side are learning every game and he was quick to offer an honest opinion ahead of the games at Ermont way.
We didn’t get it quite right on Sunday! After winning the toss and batting we got off to a poor start losing three quick wickets.
Shelvin (Gumbs) and Garry (Park) then batted brilliantly and put the pressure back on Suffolk but just as we were looking like getting some control back we lost another three quick wickets!
George Russell then played a brilliant innings to help us post a score that was under par but we felt we had a chance.
The second half of the game I don’t think we could have done a lot more, all the lads with the ball did there job and had plans on how we were going to squeeze and we were backed up in the field by every player.
It’s a shame to have lost the game and we were definitely not tough enough with the bat, but it was really pleasing to see the lads fight all the way to the end.
Hampton is pleased that the chance to bounce back has come around so quickly.
The best thing about sport is that you generally have another game shortly after a loss to put things right. This weekend’s 20-20s against Oxfordshire offers us that opportunity.
We go into the game knowing that we have to be a bit smarter and harder with the bat, but also take a lot of confidence in how we have bowled and fielding so far in all the white ball matches.
I know all the lads are excited to get back at it and it’s two big games to keep ourselves in the mix in the Twenty20 competition.
Bucks squad: Masoor Khan (Clevedon CC), Saif Zaib (Northampton Saints), 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), Cam Parsons (High Wycmbe CC), Tom Hampton (High Wycombe CC), Uzair Amjaid (Highgate CC), Jon Burden (High Wycombe CC).