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Unicorns T20: Bucks CCC skipper Hampton reflected on his side’s Unicorns T20 games with Herefordshire CCC last Sunday

Bucks CCC skipper Tom Hampton reflected on his side’s Unicorns T20 games with Herefordshire CCC last Sunday.

Tom Hampton

Hampton told Sports Shots:

In the first game we bowled and fielded brilliantly and were able to to restrict Hereford to a bellow par total. It was then really pleasing the way the batters went about the chase, especially Dan Marles on debut.

The second game we got ourselves into a position to post a really competitive score but unfortunately weren’t able to capitalise and maybe we tried to hit the big shot rather than take the runs on offer. Having said that we put a total on the board. The two guys from Hereford then batted brilliantly and struck the ball really well and consistently. We had a couple of half chances to get rid of them both but unfortunately missed them and they were the deserved winners of the second game.

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Unicorns T20: Bucks second in table after T20 Blast Sunday at High Wycombe

Bucks’ hopes of qualifying for the final stages of the Unicorns Counties T20 competition suffered a major blow when they could only win one match in their double-header against Herefordshire at High Wycombe.

After a convincing seven-wicket success in their first game, they suffered defeat by the same margin in the second.

It now means that Bucks must win both their matches against Shropshire at Whitchurch on Sunday June 17, and hope that group leaders Berkshire slip up in their final matches on the same day against Herefordshire.

A brilliant display of fielding, which include several fine catches in the deep and a smart run out, restricted Herefordshire, who won the toss and batted first, to 113-8 in their first game against Bucks on Sunday.

All the Bucks bowlers performed well, with spinner Uzair Amjaid taking 3-13 on his home ground.

Dan Marles

Wycombe’s Dan Marles, on his Bucks’ debut, then hit an unbeaten 50 off 46 balls as the hosts got home with seven wickets and ten balls to spare.

In the second game, Bucks chose to bat first and made 147-9 from 20 overs, falling away badly towards the end after they had been given a bright start by Robin Pritchard, Alex Woodland and George Russell.

This time Bucks bowlers could not contain the Herefordshire batsmen.

Opener Peter Burgoyne, who had earlier taken four wickets, led the way with 72 from just 44 balls to lead them home with neatly three overs to spare. Adam Dobb, who had bowled well in the first game, received particularly hard punishment, his two overs going for 35 runs.

Scores:

Game 1: Herefordshire 113-8 (20 ovs, D Ball 31, U Amjaid 3-13), Bucks 114-3 (18.2 ovs, D Marles 50no).

Game 2: Bucks 147-9 (20 ovs, G Russell 34, R Pritchard 31, P Burgoyne 4-25), Herefordshire 151-3 (17.1 ovs, P Burgoyne 72, M Pardoe 41).

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Bucks CCC v Herefordshire

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Unicorns T20: Bucks face big game against qualification rivals Herefordshire in T20 blast

Bucks face a Herefordshire side on Sunday who are level at the top of the Unicorns T20, Group 2, as our graphic below shows.

Bucks CCC 2018

Tom Hampton’s side have won three of their four games in the competition. As it nears it’s conclusion, Bucks travel to Shropshire while Herefordshire face Berkshire with all to play for on Sunday 17th June.

Tom Hampton

After last weekend’s double over Oxfordshire, Hampton reviewed their games. Speaking on Sunday he told Sports Shots:

Today’s was the perfect response to last weeks last over defeat.

Winning both toss’ today definitely gave us an advantage with the wicket playing pretty slow and offering spin.

But having said that the batting unit batted brilliantly in both innings with some real stand out performances from Robin (Pritchard), Shelvin (Gumbs), Gary (Park) and Saif (Zaib). Between all the guys it was an awesome effort to post two big scores.

Robin Pritchard

And then with the ball we carried on from last week with everyone bowling with a plan and being backed up in the field by every player. All the spinners took advantage of the slow nature of the wicket, but a couple of special mentions to JB (Jonathan Burden) in the first game taking 3 wickets in the middle overs to kill the game and Andy (Harris), on debut, showing his skills at the death in both games.

It’s sets us up really nicely with 3 from 4 in the competition and it’s brilliant to see us making improvement week on week.

Their visitors, Herefordshire, add Dan Conway and Chris Whittock to the eleven who were scheduled to face Shropshire in the rained off game last weekend.

It was announced in the Hereford Times that Coach Steve Watkins will play in the second of the two games while all the other members of the squad will play at least once.

The game is at High Wycombe Cricket Club’s London Road ground, starting at 11am.

Bucks: Saif Zaib (Northampton Saints), Dan Marles (High Wycombe 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), Cam Parsons (High Wycmbe CC), Tom Hampton (High Wycombe CC), Uzair Amjaid (Highgate CC), Jon Burden (High Wycombe CC), Adam Dobbs, (High Wycombe CC).

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Unicorns T20: Bucks defeat Oxon to keep hopes alive of semi-final qualification

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Unicorns T20: Bucks defeat Oxon to keep hopes alive of semi-final qualification

Bucks kept alive their hopes of qualifying for the semi-finals of the Unicorns Counties T20 Championship with a double victory over Oxfordshire at Banbury on Sunday.
Having had to settle for one win and one loss in their opening round of matches against Berkshire, Bucks could not afford to slip up – and came up trumps with respective victories by 50 runs and 30 runs in their two matches against Oxfordshire after choosing to bat first.
In the first game, the visitors scored 155-7, Shelvin Gumbs top-scoring with 43 off 23 balls. They were given a flying start by Robin Pritchard and Masoor Khan, who added 40 in four overs.
Tidy spells from seamer Jonathan Burden (3-10 in three overs) and spinners Saif Zaib (2-22) and Uzair Amjaid restricted the hosts to 105-9 off their 20 overs.
The second game followed a similar pattern.
This time Bucks rattled up 170-4, Pritchard hitting 62 off 40 balls, while there useful contributions from Zaib (43) and Garry Park (36no).

Robin Pritchard

Skipper Jonny Cater got off Oxon off to a brisk start, but no batsman played a major innings and they were all out for 140 off the final ball.
Cousins Zaib (3-17) and Amjaid (3-18) returned the best figures.
Bucks will be aiming to keep up their good form in this competition when they face Herefordshire in a double-header at High Wycombe this Sunday. The games start at 11am and 2.30pm.
Scores:
Game 1: Bucks 155-7 (20 ovs, S Gumbs 43, S Zaib 26, M Khan 24, H Eltham 3-35), Oxfordshire 105-9 (20 ovs, J Burden 3-10, S Zaib 2-22).
Game 2: Bucks 170-5 (20 ovs, R Pritchard 62, S Zaib 43, G Park 36no), Oxfordshire 140 (20 ovs, S Zaib 3-17, U Amjaid 3-18).
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Oxon Cricket v Bucks CCC

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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).

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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

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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).

FULL SCORECARD: Suffolk CCC v Bucks CCC

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.

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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.

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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.

Unicorns T20 Group 2 – latest table

Team
4 6
2 4
4 4
2 2
4 0
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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.

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