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Unicorns Championship, Eastern Division: Bucks CCC skipper looks ahead to Lincolnshire clash

Bucks CCC skipper Tom Hampton has spoken to Sports Shots as his side prepare to play host to Lincolnshire this weekend.

Tom Hampton

The Unicorns Championship, Eastern Division leaders have taken maximum points in their opening two games and Hampton is looking for his side to perform to the same standards at Chesham Cricket Club’s Amy Lane ground.

Hampton told Sports Shots:

Having played two, won two with full bonus points, the lads are in great spirit and are growing in confidence every week. It’s going to be a step up in opposition this week and we will need to keep the same standards that we have set over the last two games and improve on them.

We have one change with Garry missing out with the finger injury he sustained in the last game. AJ Woodland comes in and has been in great form recently with scores in the Premier league and a century in the Academy this week.

AJ Woodland

I’m very much looking forward to the weekend, it’s a great opportunity to test ourselves against a good opposition and I have no doubt that if we perform the way we have been we can get the result.

Bucks CCC: Captain Tom Hampton (High Wycombe CC), Teddy Casterton (High Wycombe CC), AJ Woodland (Tring Park CC), Dan Marles (High Wycombe CC), Masoor Khan (Clevedon CC), Mike Payne (Tring Park CC), Shelvin Gumbs (Tring Park CC), Robin Pritchard, wkt (Chesham CC), Matt Rance (Chesham CC), Cam Parsons (High Wycombe CC), Jon Burden (High Wycombe  CC).
12th Man: Stephen Croft (Harefield CC).

Parsons to lead Bucks Academy for Free Foresters opener

Bucks CCC Academy start their season when they play Free Foresters at Radley College in a three day game (Monday 16th – Wednesday 18th) starting at 11am.

Cameron Parsons

Cam Parsons will skipper the side that also will include the last two winners of the Wisden Schools Cricket of the Year. Current holder, Teddie Casterton, and 2016 season winner AJ Woodland are named in the starting eleven.

Teddie Casterton


AJ Woodland

Bucks Academy: Cam Parsons (Captain), Teddie Casterton, AJ Woodland, Dan Ogden, Mo Choudhry, Tahir Kazmi, Stephen Croft, Sulaiman Akhtar, Will Hatton (wk), Imran Malik, Yash Rastogi, Samiullah Sajid.

Unicorns Championship: In-form Payne praises table-topping Bucks

The in-form Michael Payne praised his Bucks team mates after they returned from Northumberland joint top of the Unicorns Championship, Eastern Division table.

The former skipper has flourish this campaign as he has scored two centuries and a fifty in his three Championship innings.

Michael Payne

Payne told Sports Shots:

We (Bucks CCC) had a successful trip up to Northumberland winning within the two days.

The tone was set right from the off with two personal best scores for Bucks from Masoor Khan (63) and Dan Marles (99) giving us an excellent platform to post a big first innings total. Later on in the innings some great cameo knocks from Shelvin Gumbs and Robin Pritchard that made sure the innings was finished off in style. Also a special mention for captain Tom Hampton who hit his first ball for 6! I still think he should of declared there with a strike rate of 600!

From a personal point of view it felt great to carry on the form from the Bedfordshire game at Tring Park. Posting 440 in the first innings at Northumberland and 383 in the first innings at Tring is a sign of the maturity of our batting line up.

Our bowling and fielding performance throughout the game was nothing short of professional. Tom Hampton took centre stage getting 5 wickets first innings and 8 in the game. All of the bowling group were superb picking up wickets regularly and not giving the batsmen the chance to score freely.

To bowl a team out for under 200 in a championship game was a fantastic achievement.

It’s always a tough ask to make a team follow on as the bowlers don’t get much respite, especially for the seamers but they went about their work exceptionally well setting the standard the second time round.

Our fielding in both innings backed up the bowling efforts taking the chances when they came and stopping everything.

The great thing for me about the performance was every single player contributed in some way to make it a thoroughly enjoyable win.

We’ll be looking to make it 3 wins from 3 games in our game against Lincolnshire at Chesham CC.

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Unicorns Championship: Bucks win by an innings inside two days to maintain 100% start

Skipper Tom Hampton led from the front as Bucks beat hosts Northumberland by an innings with more than a day to spare to set the pace at the top of the Unicorns Counties Championship Eastern Division.

Tom Hampton

Hampton took eight wickets in the match, which combined with his predecessor Michael Payne’s brilliant century, gave Bucks victory by an innings and 59 runs.
After waiting three seasons without a Championship victory, Bucks have now made it two out of two and have a realistic chance of challenging for the divisional title.
The visitors took charge on the first day, rattling up 440-9 from 90 overs on the small Jesmond ground, after being put in to bat.
Payne, whose loss of the captaincy, appears to have freed up his batting, made his second successive century, scoring 126 from 173 balls with 17 fours.

Michael Payne

He shared in two century stands. He and Masoor Khan (63) put on 124 for the second wicket.
Then Payne was joined in a third-wicket partnership of 101 with Dan Marles.

Dan Marles

In his second Championship game for the county, Marles was unluckily dismissed for 99, which came off 163 deliveries with a six and 12 fours.
With such a platform, the later batsman feasted themselves in the free-scoring condition to reach 440-9.
Hampton then took centre stage, taking 5-51 from 19 overs, as Northumberland slipped from 76-1 to 186 all out in reply. Good support came from Gary Park with 3-25.
Robin Pritchard taking six catches behind the stumps.

Robin Pritchard

With a first-innings lead of 254, Hampton had no hesitation in enforcing the follow-on, despite the hot conditions.
The hosts fared little better second time around, falling for 195 all out.
Hampton again led the way with 3-40 – for match figures of 8-91 – while Jonathan Burden and Khan also picked up two wickets.
The side thoroughly deserved their day-off after a superb display.
There is now excited expectation ahead of their next Championship match against Lincolnshire at Chesham from July 22-24.
Scores: Bucks 440-9 (90 ovs, M Payne 126, D Marles 99, M Khan 63, R Prichard 36, G Park 30), Northumberland 186 (57, ovs, J Thompson 43, T Hampton 5-51, G Park 3-25) & 195 (62.3 ovs, A Simpson 30, T Hampton 3-40).
Bucks (24pts) won by innings an innings & 59 runs.


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Northumberland 1st Innings

Northumberland 2nd Innings

Unicorns Championship: Bucks set for long trip after winning opening game

Bucks make the very long trip to face Northumberland in the Unicorns Championship, Eastern Division at Newcastle Cricket Club in Jesmond for a 3-day game (Sunday 8th-Tuesday 10th July).

Bucks CCC 2018

Bucks: Tom Hampton (High Wycombe CC, (Captain), Masoor Khan (Clevedon CC), Teddy Casterton (High Wycombe CC), Dan Marles (High Wycombe CC), Mike Payne (Tring Park CC), Garry Park (Swarkestone CC), Shelvin Gumbs (Tring Park CC), Robin Pritchard (Chesham CC, wkt), Matt Rance (Chesham CC), Cam Parsons (High Wycombe CC), Uzair Amjaid (Highgate CC), Jon Burden (High Wycombe CC).

Northumberland make five changes from the team that faced Herefordshire.
Northumberland: T.Cant (C) M.Brown (WK) (Tynemouth) M.Brown (Eppleton) T.Hewison E.Hurst O.McGee A.Simpson C.Smith J.Thompson K.Waterson M.Williamson.


Unicorns Championship: Bucks Skipper buoyant after dramatic curtain-raiser win

Unicorns Championship: Bucks Skipper buoyant after dramatic curtain-raiser win

Bucks skipper Tom Hampton has praised his side after their dramatic last-over Unicorns Championship win against Bedfordshire at Tring Park last week.

Tom Hampton

Talking to Sports Shots, Hampton said:

It was a really pleasing start to the 3-day campaign. I felt we played some very good cricket over all three days.

Michael (Payne) and Garry (Park) batted superbly which put us in control of the game, and then were backed up by brilliant bowling performance from all the guys to bowl them out for what was an under par score. Special mention to Mas (Masoor Khan) for finishing their innings so quickly.

We then went about setting as close to 400 as we could whilst still having a short period to bowl that night, which worked perfectly and with Matt Rance getting the wicket in the last ball of the day.

The last day started superbly with quick wickets for Matt, but a couple of very good knocks including a brilliant knock from there captain. It meant that we had to work all the way to the end of the day. Cam (Parsons) opened the door with two wickets in an over with the second ball and rightly so Matt finished the game with two in two in the last over of the game.

We played some brilliant cricket and really worked hard every session of the game, so to get the win felt amazing and well deserved. It really felt like a team effort for three days with special performances from Michael, Garry and Matt.

We know move onto Northumberland in Jesmond, which will be my first time there but I’ve heard it’s a brilliant place to play an I can’t wait. We are full of confidence and looking forward to it.

Unicorns Championship ED: Bucks grab dramatic victory with four balls to spare

Bucks won their Unicorns Championship Eastern Division opener with just four balls of the game remaining at Tring Park today.


Going into the final over of the day, Bedfordshire were 313 for 8 with the defiant Andy Reynoldson on 159 and on strike. Matthew Rance trapped Reynoldson leg before with the first ball of the over before Shelvin Gumbs held a catch the very next ball to secure a dramatic victory.

Matt Rance

Rance finished the day with an outstanding seven for 103 from a marathon 38.2-over spell while Cameron Parsons picked up three for 36.

A special mention must go to Reynoldson who held up Bucks with a brilliant innings.

The result sees Bucks go joint top after the first round of matches.

ICYMI – reports from the other two days of the game below:

Unicorns Championship: Bucks looking to secure final day victory

Unicorns Championship: Park & Payne share huge 279-run fourth wicket partnership for Bucks on day one

Unicorns Championship: Bucks looking to secure final day victory

Bucks will be looking to secure an opening 2018 Unicorns Championship victory on the final day of their fixture with Bedfordshire at Tring Park tomorrow.

Masoor Khan spun his way to four for 28 from 10.3 overs as Bucks dismissed their visitors for 181 all out.

Masoor Khan


In their second innings, Michael Payne was again in-form as he stroked 56 with Dan Marles (36) and Robin Pritchard (24) playing supporting roles as Bucks were 191 all out.

Michael Payne

Bedfordshire closed the day on 7 for 1, still requiring 391 to win, as Matt Rance had opener Darlow caught by Teddie Casterton.

Bucks will be looking to press home their advantage on Tuesday.

Unicorns Championship: Park & Payne share huge 279-run fourth wicket partnership for Bucks on day one

Garry Park made 166 and Michael Payne stroked an unbeaten 123 as the pair shared a fourth-wicket partnership worth 279 runs against Bedfordshire on day one of the Unicorns Championship today.

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

Michael Payne

Bucks posted 283 for 6 from their 90 overs before Bedfordshire finished 10 without loss from the final five overs of the day.

Unicorns Championship: Bucks skipper eyes positive future as red ball cricket returns

Bucks skipper Tom Hampton was in positive mood as he reflected on another Unicorns T20 weekend and looked forward to the return to red ball cricket on Sunday.

Tom Hampton

In the Unicorns T20, Hampton has seen his improving side now looking to go to the next level. Excellent displays in their first fixture have seen Bucks not wanting a break between games. Clearly if consistency can be added then next season will be an exciting one.

Hampton told Sports Shots:

It was another weekend where we played brilliantly for the first game but didn’t quite match the levels in the second.

Throughout the tournament we have played some really good stuff, and it’s pleasing to have won 5 from 8 games in a tough group.

All the lads have enjoyed the change to white ball cricket and definitely think it has enhanced both the one-day competitions.

We have learnt a lot about the squad this year and we just need to improve on the things we have done well and address the areas that we haven’t been quite as good at.

With the squad we have I can definitely see success in white ball cricket over the next couple of years.

We now move into the 3-day competition and I believe we can go into the competition with a lot of confidence.

We need to start well to give ourselves a chance to be in the mix at the end of the 6 games.

The challenge of 3-day cricket will be to compete in every session and keep the standards throughout each day.

Very much looking forward to our first game at Tring, a ground that we have had a lot of success at in the last few years.

Four players from High Wycombe, including the captain Hampton, are in the Bucks team for their first three-day Unicorns Counties Championship Eastern Division match of the season against Bedfordshire at Tring Park, starting this Sunday 24th June.

Dan Marles

Wycombe’s Dan Marles makes his championship debut for Bucks alongside Tring Park seamer Andy Harris.

Teddie Casterton

Bucks also include Wisden Schools Cricketer of the Year, Teddie Casterton. The Wycombe opener has impressed in the current Home Counties Premier League, division 1 campaign.

Chesham’s Matt Rance also comes into the side.

Matt Rance

Bucks: Tom Hampton (Captain) (High Wycombe), Teddie Casterton (High Wycombe), Masoor Khan (Clevedon), Dan Marles (High Wycombe), Garry Park (Swarkeston), Mike Payne (Tring Park), Shelvin Gumbs (Tring Park), Robin Pritchard (Chesham), Matt Rance (Chesham), Cameron Parsons (High Wycombe), Andy Harris (Tring Park).

12th man: Stephen Croft (Harefield).