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.
MATCH REPORT BY MICHAEL KNOX:
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.
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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Tring Park batsman Shelvin Gumbs returns to the squad for this weekend’s fixture.
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).