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Unicorns Championship, ED: Hampton looks ahead to Bucks trip to Staffordshire

Bucks CCC skipper Tom Hampton will be looking for his side to get back to winning ways when they head to Staffordshire in the Unicorns Championship, Eastern Division on Sunday.

Tom Hampton

Bucks CCC have been chasing the previous two games after losing early wickets in the first hour. In truth it is something they have been left to rue.

Good early season promise was clearly there, with Michael Payne, in particular, enjoying an incredible season. Hampton’s young side now need to add consistency to their game.

Looking ahead to this weekend’s encounter, Hampton told Sports Shots:

It was a game of frustrations last time round against Cambridge. We played on a wicket that offered lots of spin and variable pace and bounce from day one which was a shame because we had the best of the pitch as we batted first!

Unfortunately we didn’t bat well enough to post a big enough score to take control of the game. Some of the guys played well but when we had the opportunity to take the game by the scruff of its neck we let it slip. This happens though and to fight hard in the last innings and to have them 8 down was a great effort.

Moving into the next game we have to make sure when we have the opportunity to take control we take it, it’s a good chance to finish the year well.

Bucks CCC: Masoor Khan (Clevedon CC), AJ Woodland (Tring Park CC), Dan Marles (High Wycombe CC), Mike Payne (Tring Park CC), Garry Park (Swarkestone CC), Teddy Casterton (High Wycombe CC), Robin Pritchard Wkt (Chesham  CC), Matt Rance (Chesham CC), Cam Parsons (High Wycombe CC), Tom Hampton, Capt (High Wycombe CC), Andy Harris (Tring park CC), Jon Burden (High Wycombe CC)

Bucks CCC Academy coach enthuses over bright future

Bucks CCC skipper and Academy coach Tom Hampton has enthused as his young guns have enjoyed a positive summer campaign.

Tom Hampton

Hampton told Sports Shots:

The academy make it 3 wins from 3 games in our three-day championship and winning the Tom Orford Trophy.

The lads have played brilliantly in all 3 games and I feel we have dominated all but two of the sessions of cricket we have played.

The side has been superbly captained by Cam (Parsons) and Jon (Burden) and it’s brilliant that two guys playing first team cricket are happy to play their part in developing the younger generation.

As a coach it’s been brilliant that every player that has played in the three games has looked at home at the level and to a man have put in a performance along the way.

AJ and Ted have shown why they are the two young batsmen in the first eleven and both contributed heavily, whilst our young spin trio have been superb, led by the youngest of them all in Farhan.

It’s been great to see that the future of Bucks cricket is bright!

We move on into the one day games now and hopefully the lads take every confidence into these games!

Unicorns Championship, ED: Bucks suffer narrow defeat despite more Payne heroics

Another superb individual display from Michael Payne could not prevent Bucks suffering a narrow two-wicket defeat in their Unicorns Counties Championship Eastern Division game at Fenners.

Michael Payne

After making Bucks history by scoring centuries in three successive Championship matches, Payne returned figures of 7-44 with his off-spin in the second innings of the low-scoring match, which finished a day early.

This was Bucks’s second successive match to finish in two days, but unlike the eight-wicket defeat by Lincolnshire, this was a tight, closely-fought affair.

Choosing to bat first, Bucks recovered from 49-4 to 174 all out thanks to a sixth-wicket stand of 59 between Shelvin Gumbs (62) and debutant wicket-keeper Brandon Allen (Lansdown).

Cambridgeshire looked like establish a healthy first-innings lead when they progressed to 102-1.

But a fine spell of left-arm spin bowling by Masoor Khan, who took 6-36, reduced them to 194 all out.

Masoor Khan

Trailing by just 20 runs on first innings, Bucks batsmen again struggled and were all out in their second innings for 165.

Gumbs again top-scored with 46, while AJ Woodland battled hard with his 35 coming off 135 balls, as Rob Sayer captured 8-66.

Left 146 for victory, the hosts looked like cruising home when on 88-1.

But Payne then delivered his deadly spell but Cambridgeshire eventually crept over the line at 147-8.

After two wins followed by two defeats, Bucks next face Staffordshire at Longton , starting on Sunday August 19.

Unicorns Championship ED: Bucks captain looks ahead to Fenners clash

Bucks CCC skipper Tom Hampton has spoken to Sports Shots as his side head to face Cambridgeshire in the Unicorns Championship, Eastern Division at Fenners in a three-day game, starting Sunday.

Tom Hampton

The Bucks CCC skipper told Sports Shots:

After a disappointing day one performance and overall result in the last match, I feel we can still take some positives from the performance.

The bowlers all bowled well during the game and every batsman worked really hard to ensure that Lincolnshire had to bat for a second time and again Payney (Michael Payne). He has scored 3 hundreds in 3 games which is a very special achievement and nothing more than he deserves as he’s worked very hard this year and is reaping the rewards.

We move onto Cambridge this weekend, the main thing from my point of view is how we bounce back, a poor performance doesn’t make us a poor side but it will be up to us to show what we can do.

We will have Gary Park back for the match which obviously is a massive boost he brings massive amounts of skill but also huge knowledge and experience.

We will also have a debutant in Brandon Allen. Robin (Pritchard) is away for the week and luckily Gloucestershire have lent us Brandon for the game. He is a Bucks lad who’s been doing really well with Gloucestershire over the last couple of years so hopefully he can put in a memorable debut performance.

Bucks: Tom Hampton Capt (High Wycombe CC), Brandon Allen (Lansdown 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), Gary Park (Swarkestone CC), Matt Rance (Chesham CC), Cam Parsons (High Wycombe CC), Jon Burden (High Wycombe CC), Andy Harris (Tring Park).

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