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.
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
BUCKS TEAM (V SUFFOLK)
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.