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Unicorns Championship, ED: Bucks suffer first defeat despite Payne’s history-making innings

A historic display by Michael Payne could not prevent Bucks losing by eight wickets to Lincolnshire in their Unicorns Counties Eastern Division match at Chesham.

Michael Payne

Payne became the the first Bucks batsman to score centuries in three successive Championship matches, but it could not undo the damage of a disastrous first day against Lincolnshire.

Bucks were buoyant after winning their first two matches coming into the game.

Choosing to bat first on a wicket that resembled an oasis in a desert, Bucks were dismissed for 147, having at one stage been 28-5.

By contrast, the visiting county made the most of the the fast-scoring conditions to rattle up a massive 486-3 in 90 overs, thanks to an unbeaten 230 from opener Joe Kendall and 137 from Louis Kimber.

Trailing by 339 runs on first innings, Bucks performed much better second time around thanks to Payne.

The former captain, who had scored 123 not out against Bedfordshire and 126 against Northumberland, made it three in a row with 125 against Lincolnshire.

He shared a third-wicket stand of 161 with AJ Woodland, who scored 68 on his return to the side.

However at 261-8, Bucks still looked like losing by an innings.

But a ninth-wicket stand of 87 between Cameron Parsons (64no) and Tom Hampton (48) avoided that indignity.

Bucks were all out for 375, before Lincs lost two wickets in knocking off the 37 runs for victory.

Bucks’s next Championship game is against Cambridgeshire at Fenners, starting on Sunday August 5.


Bucks 147 (65.2 ovs, M Rance 33, A Woodland 30, D Freeman 4-22, M Fowler 3-10) & 375 (107 ovs, M Payne 125, A Woodland 68, C Parsons 64no, T Hampton 48, A Willerton 7-92),

Lincolnshire 486-3 (90 ovs, J Kendall 230no, L Kimber 137, C Jones 66) & 37-2 (9.3 ovs).

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Parsons leads from the front in Bucks Academy’s 63-run success

Bucks Academy started their season with a 63-run win over Free Foresters at Radley College last week.

Cameron Parsons

Cameron Parsons’ side posted 239 in their first innings with AJ Woodland (112) staring at the top of the order with a fine century.

AJ Woodland

Parsons took three for 10 in an outstanding opening spell while Stephen Croft returned with three for 39 as the home side were dismissed for 189.

Imran Malik (50) and Woodland (42) gave the Bucks Academy a solid start in their second innings before Parsons added a 70-ball 56 runs as his side closed on 288 for 9, declared, a lead of 338 runs.

The skipper then picked up two early wickets in the chase but despite Bill Mead’s 94 for the home side they eventually fell short as Sulaiman Akhtar four for 46 took the Bucks Academy to victory. Free Foresters eventually dismissed all out for 275.

Skipper Parsons was named Man of the Match.

Free Foresters v Bucks

Academy coach Tom Hampton told Sports Shots:

It was a very pleasing start to the Academy season!

We played some really good cricket throughout the 3 days with a couple of stand out performances, but the most pleasing thing was that at some stage in the game every player contributed.

There were tough periods in the game and the game was played by two good sides but I feel that over the 3 days we played the better cricket and the result was well earned.

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.