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Unicorns T20: Bucks skipper looks ahead to T20 encounter with Oxfordshire in Banbury

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.

Tom Hampton

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.

Bucks CCC 2018

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).

Unicorns Trophy Rd 2: Russell praises Bucks ‘grit & determination’ in Trophy defeat

George Russell has spoken of how Bucks fought to the end in their Unicorns Trophy defeat against Suffolk at Ipswich School on Sunday.

George Russell

The High Wycombe wicketkeeper dug his side out of a hole as his battling 53 from 72 balls helped Bucks recover. His stand with skipper Tom Hampton doubled their side’s score.

Russell glossed over his own knock and preferred to focus on that of his team’s fight. He told Sports Shots:

The seconds innings was a fantastic display of grit and determination.

We had spoken about being the individual to take the game by the scruff of the neck and I believe all 11 of us put our hands up and fought till the end.

It was great to see the lads putting there bodies on the line, buzzing around and diving on every ball.

Unicorns Trophy: Bucks suffer an agonising last-over defeat

Unicorns Trophy: Bucks suffer an agonising last-over defeat

Bucks suffered an agonising last-over defeat to Suffolk in their Unicorns KO Trophy second round tie at Ipswich School on Sunday.

Chasing the Bucks total of 191, the hosts won by three wickets with just two balls to spare to secure their place in the quarter-finals.

Bucks performed near miracles to take the game to the bitter end after slumping to 94-7 after choosing to bat first.

They lost their first three wickets for four runs and were indebted to Shelvin Gumbs, who made 44 from 48 balls, and Garry Park for pulling the innings round.

However following a further collapse, the visitors were in dire straits at 94-7.

They were rescued by a superb eighth-wicket stand between wicket-keeper George Russell and skipper Tom Hampton, which doubled the score.

George Russell

Hampton made 47 from 56 balls with one six and five fours, while Russell made 53 from 72 balls.

Tom Hampton

However, Bucks crucially left 3.4 overs unused when last man Jon Burden was run out with the total on 191.

In reply, Suffolk looked in charge at 128-3, but the Bucks attack – in which spinner Uzair Amjaid shone – kept it tight and kept picking up wickets.

Uzair Amjaid

At 171-7 with overs running down, Bucks had a chance, but Suffolk lost no further wickets and got home with two balls to spare.

Scores: Bucks 191 (46.4 ovs, G Russell 53, T Hampton 47, S Gumbs 44, J Cantrell 3-21, A Ball 3-53), Suffolk 192-7 (49.4, D Batch 40, U Amjaid 2-32).


This Sunday, Bucks return to the Unicorns T20 competition as they play Oxfordshire in two matches.

These will be played at Banbury Twenty CC, Ermont Way, near the town centre – not Banbury CC’s ground at Bodicote as first advertised. The games will start at 11am and 2.30pm.

In their first round of matches, Bucks had one win and one defeat against Berkshire at Amersham.

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.

Unicorns T20: Bucks inflict Berkshire’s first defeat in two years before suffering second game defeat

An unbeaten 25-ball 51 runs from Garry Park helped Bucks inflict current Unicorns Trophy holders Berkshire’s first defeat in two years in the Unicorns T20 Group 2 at Amersham on Bank Holiday Monday.

Garry Park hits a ramp-shot six as he takes Bucks to a three-wicket win over Berkshire. Monday 7th May 2018.

Park’s innings thrilled the crowd who basked in the glorious sunshire in the county’s first game at Amersham cricket club’s Shardeloes ground in 21 years.

Masoor Khan and Fahim Qureshi gave the home side a solid platform before Khan increased the scoring with some lusty blows in his 30-ball, 39 runs.

Gumbs (15) supported Khan before both fell in quick succession leg before.

Park took the fight to the visitors and with Michael Payne (14) then George Russell keeping Bucks in the game, skipper Hampton fed the strike to his set batsman.

It was fitting that Park deftly paddled paceman Andy Rishton to fine leg to give Bucks a three-wicket win with two balls spare.

Early in the day, Bucks won the toss and started brightly as the fielders supported the bowling unit.

Jonathan Burden picked up two for 22 while Hampton claimed two for 26 as Berkshire posted 153 for 7 from their 20 overs.

Our gallery of images from the first game below. Click on the link below to view all.

Buckinghamshire v Berkshire

Berkshire came out for the second game and straight away showed their class as they bowled very well.

Qureshi (20) held the innings together early on and Park (23) was again in the runs but credit to the visiting side whose display highlighted how good the win was in the day’s opening fixture.

Bucks closed on 98 all out from 18.1 overs.

The visitors lost Chris Peploe, castled by Khan’s slow left arm, with the score on 14 but the Henley duo of Andy Rishton (50) and his captain James Morris’s unbeaten 38 saw them to victory with plenty of time to spare.

Our gallery of images from the second game below. Click on the link below to view all.

Bucks CCC v Berks CCC

We caught up with Tom Hampton for his thoughts on our Russell & Butler YouTube channel.

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Unicorns T20: Bucks welcome T20 champions Berkshire – Spectators welcome at Amersham CC blast!

Bucks host the current T20 champions Berkshire with spectators welcome to attend the two big blast games (11am/3.45pm) at Amersham cricket club’s Shardeloes ground on Bank Holiday Monday (7th May).

Admission to the game is free with plenty of parking at the picturesque ground. The Shardeloes ground bar will also be open with families encouraged to attend and watch some blast action. Programmes will be available for £2.

Berkshire made Minor Counties history in 2017 in becoming the first-ever team to lift the trophy for both formats of the game. A four-wicket win in the Unicorns Trophy at Wormsley was followed by an eight-wicket Unicorns Championship success at Banbury. Both times they defeated Lincolnshire.

Tom Hampton

The host county have named their squad for the fixture with Harefield skipper Dan Ogden and Chesham wicketkeeper-batsman Rob Pritchard coming in after missing the opening Unicorns KO Trophy six-wicket win over Cambridgeshire.

Saib Zaif collected the Man of the match award for last Sunday’s victory.

Saib Zaif collect the Man of the match award from Bucks Life member Stuart York for his display against Cambridgeshire (Sunday 29th April 2018)

Bucks: Masoor Khan (Clevedon CC), Fahim Qureshi (Slough CC), Shelvin Gumbs (Tring Park CC), Garry Park (Swarkestone CC), Mike Payne (Tring Park CC), Dan Ogden (Harefield CC), Rob Pritchard (Chesham CC), Jason Rance (Chesham CC), George Russell (High Wycombe CC), Cam Parsons (High Wycombe CC), Tom Hampton (High Wycombe CC), Uzair Amjaid (Highgate CC), Jon Burden (High Wycombe CC),

Ground: Amersham CC, Shardeloes, Missenden Road, Old Amersham, Bucks, HP7 0RN, First game starts at 11.00 and the second around 15.45.

INTERVIEW Unicorns KO Trophy: Hampton praises Bucks on six-wicket win

Bucks skipper Tom Hampton has spoken to Sports Shots after his side’s six-wicket win over Cambridgeshire in the weekend’s Unicorns Knockout Trophy game.

Tom Hampton

Hampton told Sports Shots:

Firstly the ground staff at High Wycombe Cricket Club did a brilliant job in getting the game on and on time.

Winning the toss was always going to be an advantage, it was always going to be tough to work out what would have been a competitive score on the wicket with the short boundary one side.

Cambridgeshire started really well win the bat and punished and put us under pressure by putting away anything loose. But the nice thing from my point of view was that the lads never stopped believing that we were in the game. All the bowlers stuck to our plans and continued to look for wickets.

Both Uzair (Amjaid) and Saif (Zaib) bowled brilliantly and turned the game on its head. Saif with the stand out performance and five wickets.

The batting unit then went about the chase brilliantly knowing that the wicket wasn’t the easiest to score freely on especially against a decent Cambridgeshire attack. With limited risks they got over the line to give us our first win.

On the whole it was a really pleasing performance, there were some elements of ring rust but with a washed out pre season that was to be expected. Saif (Zaib) showed his class with bat and ball. I think we have set a nice benchmark to start the season and can look to improve on game by game during the rest of the summer.

We move into this weeks game against Berkshire. With some confidence from the win at the weekend and the success at the end of last season in the 20-20 competition. It’s going to be a case of adapting to the change of competition and improving on our personal performances from last time out.

We will be expecting two tough games with Berkshire being the reigning one-day and 3-day champions. But if we can perform how we know we can then we will compete with them and hopefully get over the line in both games.

Unicorns Trophy KO: Zaib all-round display helps Bucks progress to set up Suffolk tie

Buckinghamshire secured a six-wicket victory over Cambridgeshire to progress into the next round of the Unicorns 2018 Trophy on Sunday afternoon.

Saif Zaib

Saif Zaib lead the way with five wickets and a half century to set up a trip to Suffolk on Sunday 20th May.

After winning the toss, new Buckinghamshire skipper Tom Hampton invited his opposition to bat first at a cold High Wycombe Cricket Club.

Former Northants batsman Ben Howgego and his opening partner Ed Ballard gave Cambridgeshire a steady start.

Howegego (34) was eventually dismissed by Cam Parsons thanks to a catch by Hampton.

Ballard and Pepper took the score to 92 before the opener was dismissed one short of his half century as Uzair Amjaid had him caught by Michael Payne.

Jonathan Burden struck twice as he trapped Pepper in front before Sayer was caught by Garry Park to leave Cambridgeshire 131 for 4.

The introduction of Saif Zaib’s left-arm spin saw him pick up wickets at regular intervals, with Park also grabbing a dismissal. Zaib spun the visitors tail out, including three ducks, to finish with figures of five for 24 from 9.4 overs as Cambridgeshire were finally all out for 177 from 37.4 overs.

In reply Bucks had a positive start as Zaib and fellow opener Fahim Qureshi (17) shared a half-century stand.

As Buckinghamshire passed the century-mark, Zaib (51) was caught just after reaching fifty. His 56-ball innings contained seven fours and a six.

Tring Park duo Shelvin Gumbs (36) and Michael Payne (20) helped take Buckinghamshire towards their target before Garry Park’s unbeaten 29 and Masoor Khan (7) saw them home.


Minor Counties Unicorns KO Trophy: Hampton relishing Bucks curtain-raiser with Cambs

Tom Hampton finally takes charge of his first Bucks game when Cambridgeshire visit High Wycombe Cricket Club’s London Road ground on Sunday.

Tom Hampton

The new man at the helm of the county’s Minor counties side knows his players are up for the start of the season despite a very wet April.

It’s been a frustrating pre season with both matches being abandoned due to the weather, but the lads have been brilliant and have done what they have needed to to get themselves as ready as they can be.

There is defiantly a buzz around the start of the season, especially with the introduction of the coloured kit and white ball, which defiantly gives one-day cricket an added edge.

It’s also exciting that it’s knock out cricket as every game becomes must win which helps bring focus. With that we just need to make sure that we perform our skills on the day and compete for the whole 50 overs.

I know myself and the guys are desperate to get going and hopefully we will put in a performance to get us into the next round.

Bucks squad: Tom Hampton (High Wycombe CC) Captain,  Fahim Querishi (Slough CC), Saif Zaib (Northampton Saints CC), Shelvin Gumbs (Tring Park CC), Mike Payne (Tring Park CC), Garry Park (Swarkestone CC), Masoor Khan (Cleveden CC), George Russell (High Wycombe CC), Jason Rance (Chesham CC), Cam Parsons (High Wycombe CC), Uzair Amjaid (Highgate CC), Jon Burden (High Wycombe CC).

Minor Counties: Qureshi returns as Bucks name a squad of twelve for Cambridgeshire opener

NEW Bucks captain Tom Hampton takes charge of Bucks for the first time when they play Cambridgeshire in their opening Unicorns K.O. Trophy match at High Wycombe on Sunday.

Tom Hampton

Sports Shots will carry an interview later this week as he looks ahead to Sunday’s game.

Bucks go into the game without any ‘time in the middle’ after their tradition one-day warm-up match against Oxfordshire was cancelled due to the wet weather earlier in the month.

Hampton, who has taken over from Mike Payne, has three High Wycombe clubmates in Bucks’ squad of 12 for the game. He will be joined by wicket-keeper George Russell, plus seamers Jon Burden and Cameron Parsons.

There is a welcome return for Slough opening batsman Fahim Qureshi, a key member of the side that won the Championship in 2009.

Fahim Qureshi

The 50-over game starts at 11am.

Bucks squad: Tom Hampton (High Wycombe CC) Captain,  Fahim Querish (Slough CC), Saif Zaib (Northampton Saints CC), Shelvin Gumbs (Tring Park CC), Mike Payne (Tring Park CC), Garry Park (Swarkestone CC), Masoor Khan (Cleveden CC), George Russell (High Wycombe CC), Jason Rance (Chesham CC), Cam Parsons (High Wycombe CC), Uzair Amjaid (Highgate CC), Jon Burden (High Wycombe CC).