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Unicorns Championship, Eastern Division: Bucks pushing for a top five finish in final 3-day game

Bucks are pushing for a top five finish in the Unicorns Championship, Eastern Division table so they will be in the top division of the new National Counties Cricket Association, East.

Tom Hampton’s side host Cumberland in their final Championship fixture at Tring Park Cricket Club.

Below is the fixtures and latest Eastern Division table.

Eastern Division fixtures – Matchday 6

MCCA T20 Finals Day: Bucks skipper reflects on T20 campaign + congratulates winners Hertfordshire

Bucks skipper Tom Hampton has spoken with Sports Shots after his side’s excellent Unicorns T20 campaign ended with a semi-final exit to winners Hertfordshire at Wormsley on Sunday.

Tom Hampton

In an honest interview, Hampton said:

It was great to experience our first finals day as a group. Wormsley does have something very special about it.

T20 is a game of small margins and unfortunately we weren’t quite good enough on the day. Hertfordshire played some very good cricket, they struck the ball cleanly and bowled and fielded very well. They were the deserved champions on the day. I would like to congratulate them again on their achievement.

It’s been a really pleasing couple of years with Bucks and the group is growing and improving and to get to a finals day shows that. There are some  things to learn and work on, but I am sure that this group will win some silverware in the near future.

2019 Unicorns T20 Group 2 – Final table

MCCA T20 Finals Day: Bucks defeated by winners after Zaib display

A superb innings from Saif Zaib could not prevent Bucks bowing out in the semi-finals of the Unicorns Counties T20 competition at Wormsley on Sunday, writes Michael Knox.

Saif Zaib

Bucks went into the finals day in confident mood, having won seven of their eight group matches, but lost by 12 runs to eventual champions Hertfordshire.

Winning the toss, Herts rattled up 180-8 from their 20 overs, led by Reece Hussain’s 67 from 42 balls. Spinners Zaib (3-38) and Masoor Khan (2-27) were the pick of the Bucks attack.

This was a huge target for Bucks to chase, but thanks to Zaib they came very close.

The Northants all-rounder slammed 86 off just 48 balls with a six and 14 fours to give them a chance.

But losing three wickets in three balls on 164 ended their chances and they finished on 168-8.

Hertfordshire went on the lift the title with a one-sided nine-wicket win over Dorset in the final.

Bucks now turn their attentions this Sunday to their final three-day Championship match against Cumberland at Tring Park.

The hosts need to win the match to stand any chance of making the top five in the Eastern Division table and secure a place in next season’s Eastern Division 1 table, following a restructuring of the competition.

MCCA T20 Finals Day: Bucks set to face Herts as Dorset await winners in the final

Bucks cricketers will be trying to lift their first major silverware for ten years when they compete in the Unicorns Counties T20 finals day at Wormsley, near Stokenchurch today.

Bucks, who claimed their last Minor Counties Championship in 2009, must win two matches to lift the T20 crown.

After winning seven of their eight matches in their qualifying group, Bucks take on Hertfordshire at 1pm in the second semi-final.

Dorset will be their opponents if they can win – the two winners will meet in the final at 4pm.

Bucks have picked a squad of 14, including Saif Zaib, who has secured a place in the Northants first team this season, and T20 specialists Conrad Louth, Shelvin Gumbs and Andy Harris.

Bucks squad: T Hampton (H Wycombe) capt, C Louth (Slough), R Pritchard (Chesham), M Khan (Clevedon), S Zaib (Slough), G Park (Wickersley Old Village), C Macdonell, S Gumbs, M Payne (Tring Park), G Russell, C Haddow, J Burden (High Wycombe), A Woodland, A Harris (Tring Park).

Unicorns Championship, Eastern Division: Bucks suffer narrow two-wicket defeat at Norfolk

Bucks lost their Unicorns Championship, Eastern Division clash at Norfolk by just two wickets this afternoon (Day 3).

Conner Haddow

Masoor Khan stroked 87 as Bucks posted 218 after being inserted by the home side.

Masoor Khan

Good lower order partnership took Norfolk to 226, seven ahead,  having been 170 for 8. High Wycombe’s left-arm spinner Conner Haddow took four for 78 from 33 overs while Harefield’s Stephen Croft picked up three for 51 from 25 overs.

Stephen Croft

Khan (31) and Charlie Macdonell (28) helped Bucks get off to a steady start before they lost quick wickets as the game ebbed and flowed. Robin Pritchard (37) and Cameron Parsons (23) rebuilt the innings before Bucks were finally all out for 169.

The Norfolk chase saw the game go to the wire as Haddow picked up five for 55 but the visitors reached their target with just two wickets intact to go top of the division.

MATCH SCORECARD: Norfolk v Bucks

 

Bucks leg-spinner Croft appears for Somerset 2nd XI

Bucks leg spinner Stephen Croft has been appearing for Somerset 2nd XI in recent weeks.

Stephen Croft

Croft took two for 69 from his twelve overs in Somerset 2nd XI’s drawn Second XI Championship, South Group game with Surrey 2nd XI at the LSE Sportsground.

 

Match scorecard & Video Link

Bucks Academy retained the Tom Orford Trophy

Bucks Academy retained the Tom Orford Trophy after crushing Lincolnshire CCC Development XI.

Conner Haddow

Bucks won the toss and elected to field. Lincolnshire struggled from the start and fell to 90-5, but a century partnership from Ollie Caswell (93), and James Keast (73) enabled a respectable 251 to be reached. Pick of the bowlers was Jack Rodnight (Tring Park) who took 5-59.

In reply Bucks made an impressive 393 all out, after slipping to 116-4. Rodnight capped a fine match with 109 which included a 203 partnership with fellow Tring Park player Scott Rolfe (135).
In their second innings Lincolnshire were bowled out for 100.

High Wycombe’s Connor Haddow taking 7-17, to secure victory for Bucks by an innings and 42 runs and retention of the Tom Orford Trophy.

MATCH SCORECARD LINK

Unicorns Championship, Eastern Division: Bucks skipper reflects on Beds draw

Bucks skipper Tom Hampton has reflected on his side’s drawn Unicorns Championship, Eastern Division against Bedfordshire at Flitwick last week,

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

Hampton told Sports Shots:

After losing the toss and being asked to bowl, then with the unfortunate loss of Mo (Choudhry) on debut. I thought the rest of the bowlers did really well. We managed to control the rate throughout and got our wickets later in the innings. AJ (Woodland) bowled really well and thoroughly deserved his four wickets.

To then follow up the bowling display with the way we batted was disappointing and we spoke about being smarter and adapting to situations better.

Beds then batted well and had the game in their hands, it felt like the wicket had got better and slower which meant taking wickets was trickier.

Ultimately we were left with too much to do in just over two sessions. But for the two openers to bat the way they did and to get us through to draw the game was awesome.

Hopefully we can take that as some momentum for the game against Norfolk.

Unicorns Championship, Eastern Division: Bucks name Ogden in squad for Norfolk trip

Bucks have made one change for their vital Unicorns Counties Championship East Division game against Norfolk at Manor Park, Norwich, starting on Sunday.

Dan Ogden

Harefield batsman Dan Ogden comes in for injured seamer Mo Choudhry as sixth-placed Bucks aim to leap over Norwich into the top five with just one further game to play.

In a Championship restructure, the top five will play in a new East Division 1 in 2020, with the bottom five playing in Division 2.

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

Unicorns Championship, Eastern Division: Bucks take Beds draw with two games to play

Bucks comfortably held on for a draw after being outplayed on the first two days of their Unicorns Counties Championship Eastern Division match against Bedfordshire at Flitwick.

AJ Woodland

Set a formidable 380 to win in a minimum of 90 overs, Bucks had progressed to 132-0 when rain ended play at the tea interval.

The game started well for Bucks, who after losing the toss, reduced the hosts to 166-7 before the Bedfordshire tail wagged to lift them to 266 all out. Seamer AJ Woodland was Bucks’s most successful bowler with 4-47.

The visitors were handicapped when Tring Park seamer Mo Choudhry suffered a shin injury after bowling five overs on his Championship debut and could take no further part in the match.

Woodland then top-scored with a patient 44 in Bucks’s disappointing first-innings reply of 159 all out, Mahmud Hasan taking 5-24.

Beds quickly built on their first-innings lead of 107 thanks to a maiden Championship century from Patrick Harrington (129), who shared a second-wicket stand of 188 with opener Fayaz Homyoon (74).

The hosts declared nine overs into the final day on 272-6, with Michael Payne taking 5-62.

Michael Payne

This left Bucks a target of 380.

Openers Woodland and Masoor Khan batted unscathed for 63 overs, putting on 132 before the match was called off.

Woodland, who hit his first ball for four, did not hit another boundary in his 188-ball innings. Khan batted more fluently and was 82 not out at the end.

Masoor Khan

Bucks’s next Championship match is against Norfolk at Manor Park, Norwich, starting on Sunday, August 18.

MATCH GALLERY: Click on the link below to see the images from day one of the game played at Flitwick Cricket Club.

Beds CCC v Bucks CCC

Eastern Division – Matchday 4