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Minor Counties: Bucks appoint new skipper + 2018 Bucks fixtures released

Tom Hampton, a former 12th man for England, has been appointed as the new captain of Bucks, writes Bill Scholes.

Tom Hampton

The 27-year-old High Wycombe seamer succeeds Michael Payne who has led the county for the past three seasons.

Hampton, who fielded for England in Lord’s Test while with the MCC Young Cricketers in 2012, was formally ratified at the Bucks annual meeting in Wendover on Monday.

He started his cricket career at Marlow, before moving to Gerrards Cross and making Bucks debut in 2014, for hom he returned figures of 6-48 in one game

His performances for the county led to his being offered a two-year contract by Gloucestershire, for whom he played a handful of games.

He then joined High Wycombe as head coach.

Having been released by Gloucestershire, he is now free to play a full season for Bucks, where he could play alongside his brother Dan Hampton, who has represented the county since 2015.

Payne will continue to play for Bucks this season as the county bid to end two season without a win in the Unicorns Counties Championship.

Meanwhile, Stuart York the Bucks president, was elected a life member of the county at the annual meeting.

He played for Bucks in the 1970s, while a member of High Wycombe, and was chairman from 1997-2010.

Bucks  County Cricket Club Fixtures 2018


(Matches start at 11am)

Sunday April 15th HIGH WYCOMBE High Wycombe

Sunday April 22nd OXFORDSHIRE Aston Rowant

All matches will start at 11.00 am with two games on the same day – Coloured clothing will be worn and white balls will be used.

Date Opposition Venue Result
7 May Berkshire AMERSHAM
27 May Oxfordshire Banbury
3 June Herefordshire HIGH WYCOMBE
17 June Shropshire  Whitchurch
26/27 August Finals Day Wormsley


All matches to start at 11.00 am

This is now a straight knockout competition, so teams will only progress to the next round if successful – Coloured clothing will be worn and white balls will be used

Date Opposition Venue Result
29 April Cambridgeshire –Preliminary Round  HIGH WYCOMBE
20May Suffolk –If win above Away
10 June Quarter Finals Away
1July Semi Finals Away
29/30 August Finals Day Wormsley

Note 1: The Quarter Final will be away to Oxfordshire or Hertfordshire  if Bucks  is successful in the earlier round.

Note 2: Bucks will be away in the Semi Final  if successful in the Quarter Final

Play is scheduled to start at 11:00 am each day

Date Opposition Venue Result
24/25/26 June Bedfordshire TRING PARK
8/9/10 July Northumberland Jesmond
22/23/24 July Lincolnshire CHESHAM
5/6/7 August Cambridgeshire Fenners
19/20/21 August Staffordshire Longton
2/3/4 September Hertfordshire TRING PARK
16/17/18/19 September Championship Final Banbury


Minor Counties: Record stand highlight of Bucks draw

By Bill Scholes

A record double-century stand between Gary Park and skipper Michael Payne was the feature of Bucks’ high-scoring draw against Staffordshire in the Unicorns Counties Eastern Division match at High Wycombe.

Park, who hit 163, and Payne (99) added 221 for the fourth wicket in 44 overs. This beat the Bucks record fourth wicket stand of 220 unbroken, set by Paul Atkins and Paul Sawyer against Lincolnshire at Burnham in 2006.

The stand helped Bucks reply to Staffordshire’s impressive first innings total of 445 all out, with 428-6 of their own

After Staffs batted well into the third day and set an impossible target of 373 at nearly eight an over, Bucks played out time at 113-3 to secure their second draw in four games.

Choosing to bat first, Staffs lost three wickets for 52 on the first morning, before a fourth-wicket stand of 250 in just 37 overs between Peter Wilshaw (144) and Tim Maxfield (130) took the game away from Bucks and helped reach that big first innings score. Tom Hampton was the pick of the home bowlers with 4-94.

After Shelvin Gumbs scored 73 from 82 balls, the Bucks reply was dominated by Park whose 163 from 200 balls, included two sixes and 21 fours, and Payne who was unluckily dismissed for 99, having batted for 134 balls.

With a 17-run lead, Staffs were made to struggle for runs in the second innings by the excellence of the Bucks bowling. Hampton again impressed with 2-36 from 20 overs.

Skipper Kadeer Ali laboured to 78, while Maxfield added a rapid 90, but their declaration on the final afternoon came too late to force a result.

The next Bucks game is against Cambridge at Chesham from Sunday July 30th to Tuesday August 1st.

Scores: Staffordshire 445 (88.4 ovs, P Wilshaw 144, T Maxfield 130, R Coates 39, T Hampton 4-96, G Park 3-73) & 355-9 dec (95 ovs, T Maxfield 90, K Ali 78, M Hill 45, P Wilshaw 33, G Park 3-78, M Rance 3-98), Bucks 428-6 (90 ovs, G Park 163, M Payne 99, S Gumbs 73, M Spencer 4-106) & 113-3 (36 ovs, P Castleden 51, P Byrne 3-53). Match drawn.

Minor Counties: Town’s Gough set for Bucks debut

Bucks will play their 1,000th match in the Minor Counties Championship when they play Suffolk in their opening three-day Eastern Division match of the summer at Bury St Edmunds on Sunday.

Liam Gough

Bucks, whose first Championship match was against Oxfordshire at Thame in 1895, give a Unicorns Championship debut to Buckingham’s Liam Gough, son of the legendary England and Yorkshire fast bowler Darren Gough.

Lee Tyrrell, of Harefield, also plays his first game.

The side includes three players from both High Wycombe and Tring Park

Bucks will be holding their 1,000th match celebrations, during their home game with Norfolk at Burnham from June 18-20

Masoor Khan (Clevedon)
AJ Woodland (Tring Park)
Liam Gough (Buckingham)
Garry Park (Swarkeston)
Mike Payne (Tring Park) capt
Pat Castleden (High Wycombe)
Rob Pritchard (Tring Park)
Lee Tyrrell (Harefield)
Matt Rance (Chesham)
Cam Parsons (High Wycombe)
Tom Hampton (High Wycombe)

Last time out –

Bucks missed their chance to qualify for the Unicorns Trophy quarter-finals, losing to Hertfordshire by three wickets the final group game last Sunday. Victory would have seen Bucks top the group, but despite an outstanding all-round display from Garry Park, they were unable to deny the visitors victory. The former Derbyshire player followed his half-century with five wickets, but it was not enough to carry Bucks through.
After a delayed start, following heavy overnight rain, Bucks, who were put in, got off to a steady start. Openers Masoor Khan and AJ Woodland laid the platform for a good total with a half-century stand. Shelvin Gumbs, with 44 off 48 balls, and Mike Payne, with a run-a-ball unbeaten 40, supported Garry’s 56 as they accelerated to 245-6 from the 50 overs – which at the time looked a defendable score.
However, with conditions drying out, the Bucks bowlers, with the exception of Cameron Parsons, were unable to contain the Hertfordshire top order as they cruised to 113-1. Although Park, the fifth bowler used, took wickets at regular intervals to keep in with a good chance, with the sixth wicket falling at 190, a rapid seventh-wicket stand between Reece Hussain (nephew of Nasser) and James Leather guided Herts to the brink of victory, which came with 13 balls to spare, despite Park’s spell of 5-38.

Minor Counties: Bucks qualifying hopes takes a big blow + Scorecard

By Bill Scholes

Bucks’ hopes of qualifying for the knock-out stages of the Unicorns Counties Trophy suffered a big blow when they lost by 20 runs to Bedfordshire in a tight game Dunstable
In the end, the difference between the side’s was the bowling of former England left-arm spinner Monty Panesar, who took 1-21 in ten tight overs to thwart Bucks’ chase of 217 for victory. They finished on 196-9.
The hosts got off to a flying start after winning the toss, with James Kettleborough and Jack Keeping putting on 123 for the first wicket.
Bucks did well to keep the innings in check thanks to good spell from Saif Zaib (3-26) and Tom Hampton and must have been confident after restricting the hosts to 216-8, only one run coming off their final over.
However, the Bucks reply suffered from the lack of a major innings.
Their first eight batsmen all reached double figures but only one – No 8 George Russell (31) – made it to 30.
After falling behind the required run rate, they never looked like reaching the target despite a late flourish.
Bucks must now beat Hertfordshire handsomely at Gerrards Cross this Sunday to have a chance of going through to the quarter-finals.

J Kettleborough b S Zaib 59
JBR Keeping c M Payne b S Zaib 58
BH Howgego st G Russell b M Rance 23
GR Thurstance c M Rance b T Hampton 17
AM Reynoldson* not out 28
CD Berrill b M Rance 2
NJ Barden+ c R Pritchard b S Zaib 10
MS Panesar st G Russell b M Payne 4
T Brett c and b M Payne 0
CR Griggs not out 1
Extras 4nb 8w 2lb 0b 0pen 14
Total (50 overs) 216 for 8
Fall: 1-123, 20128, 3-163, 4-182, 5-190, 6-3207, 7-215, 8-215.
C Parsons 7.0 1 36 0
T Hampton 8.0 2 26 1
G Park 3.0 0 19 0
M Rance 10.0 0 46 2
S Zaib 9.0 1 26 3
M Khan 7.0 0 37 0
M Payne 6.0 0 24 2

S Zaib c MS Panesar b CR Griggs 17
M Khan lbw b K Anwar 21
S Gumbs lbw b MS Panesar 21
G Park b T Brett 19
M Payne* c BH Howgego b T Brett 14
A Woodland c GR Thurstance b AM Reynoldson
R Pritchard run out 24
G Russell+ c J Kettleborough b CR Griggs 21
M Rance c NJ Barden b CR Griggs 2
C Parsons not out 12
T Hampton not out 1
Extras 1nb 11w 0lb 1b 0pen 13
Total (50 overs) 196 for 9
Fall: 1-36, 2-49, 3-63, 4-89, 5-113, 6-147, 7-147, 8-162, 9-194.
GR Thurstance 9.0 0 48 0
CR Griggs 10.0 0 40 3
K Anwar 7.0 0 27 1
MS Panesar 10.0 1 21 1
T Brett 10.0 0 36 2
AM Reynoldson 4.0 0 23 1

Minor Counties: Gumbs century takes Bucks to eight-wicket success

By Bill Scholes

A Sparkling century from Shelvin Gumbs sped Bucks to a convincing eight-wicket victory over Suffolk in their Unicorns Trophy Group 4 match at Tring Park last Sunday.

Chasing only 161 for victory after a super display from our bowlers, Bucks knocked off the runs inside 30 overs, thanks to Shelvin, who struck 100 not out off just 83 balls, with two sixes and 14 fours. He shared a second-wicket stand of 111 in 18 overs with his Tring Park clubmate AJ Woodland, who made 33.

The spadework for Bucks’s first win in this season’s competition, following our narrow defeat by Wiltshire a fortniight ago, was achieved by their seamers, after skipper Michael Payne had chosen to put Suffolk in to bat.

Tom Hampton, Cameron Parsons and Gary Park helped reduce Suffolk, who included former Essex player Jaik Mickleburgh,, released at the end of last season, to 65-7 after little more than an hour’s play. It was only an excellent counter-attacking innings of 82 from 70 balls by Ben Shepperson that enabled the visitors to reach a respectable total of 160, from only 32.2 overs. But thanks to Gumbs, it was not nearly enough to test Bucks.

Minor Counties: Bucks name team to take on Suffolk

The Bucks team to face Suffolk CCC at Tring Park CC this Sunday 7th May is:
Masoor Khan (Cleveden CC), AJ Woodland  (Tring Park CC), Saif Zaib (Northampton Saints CC), Shelvin Gumbs (Tring park CC), Garry Park (Swarkestone CC), Mike Payne (capt) (Tring park CC), Rob Pritchard (Tring park CC), George Russell(wk) (High Wycombe CC), Matt Rance (Chesham CC), Cam Parsons (High Wycombe CC), Tom Hampton (High Wycombe CC)

Play starts at 11.00.

Minor Counties: Bucks name line-up to head to Warminster

Bucks team to play Wiltshire at Warminster CC this Sunday 23rd April:

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Masoor Khan (Cleveden CC), AJ Woodland (Tring park CC), Saif Zaib (Northampton Saints CC), Shelvin Gumbs (Tring park CC), Garry Park (Swarkestone CC), Mike Payne (Tring Park CC), Rob Pritchard (Tring Park CC), George Russell wk (High Wycombe), Matt Rance (Chesham CC), Cam Parsons (High Wycombe CC), Tom Hampton (High Wycombe CC).

Minor Counties: Zaib spins Bucks to Oxon victory

By Bill Scholes

A STUNNING spell of bowling by Saif Zaib gave Bucks a morale-boosting victory over Oxfordshire in their one-day warm-up match at Aston Rowant on Sunday.

Saif Zaib

The 18-year-old left-arm spinner from High Wycombe, who is contracted to Northants, returned brilliant figures of 6-12 from 7.1 overs to give Bucks a 55-run success.

Chasing the Bucks’ total of 247-7 from 50 overs, Oxon were in the hunt at 153-4, before Zaib weaved his magical spell.

Led by an opening impressive spell from Karl Penhale, Oxon able to contain Bucks, who chose to bat first, to 104-4 at the halfway stage.

But a late stand of 49 in six overs by skipper Michael Payne and George Russell for the seventh wicket helped the visitors to an impressive total on a dry pitch.

In reply Oxon slipped to 33-3, before a resolute stand of 120 between Lloyd Sabin and skipper Johnny Cater in 30 overs gave them a chance.

But they were the only home batsman to reach double figures in a rare defeat to their neighbouring county.

There was a promising debut by the experienced Gary Park, who scored 38 and took two wickets, but fellow debutant Masoor Khan made nought.

This win will put Bucks in good heart for their opening Unicorns Trophy match against Wiltshire at Warminster this Sunday.

Minor Counties: Bucks defeat Oxon

Today’s scorecard LINK

Minor Counties: Bucks name squad for Oxon curtain-raiser

The Bucks squad for the match on Monday 17 April against Oxfordshire in a friendly at Aston Rowant CC, 11.00.

Saif Zaib

Masoor Khan (Cleveden CC), AJ Woodland (Tring Park CC), Saif Zaib (Northampton Saints CC), Shelvin Gumbs (Tring Park CC). Garry Park (Swarkestone CC), Mike Payne, Capt (Tring Park CC), Robin Pritchard (Tring Park CC), George Russell, Wkt (High Wycombe CC), Matt Rance (Cheham CC), Cameron Parsons (High Wycombe CC ), Uzair Amjaid (High Wycombe CC)

Ground address is : Aston Rowant CC, Butts Way, Chinnor Road, Oxon.  OX39 4ST