New Buckinghamshire captain Tom Hampton has discussed his new role ahead of the Minor Counties 2018 season.
In an interview with the new man at the helm of Buckinghamshire’s senior men’s outfit, Hampton, who has kindly agreed to contribute to Sports Shots, took time out to discuss his recent appointment and his goals for the campaign.
Hampton, who played for Middlesex and Gloucestershire, started by speaking of how his appointments came about.
It came as a bit of a surprise to be honest and wasn’t something I had really given much thought. Jason Harrison phoned me and asked me whether I would be interested in the role. I asked for a few days to have a think but to be honest it didn’t take much time, the opportunity to captain my minor county with a team that has some real potential was something i wanted to give a go. It was also brilliant timing as I had just been offered a role as High Wycombe Cricket Club head coach and felt that the two could work really well together. Especially when you throw in the role as academy coach whilst also working as a specialist bowling coach with the Bucks age group system. So it was a case of things fitting nicely into place and the excitement of a new challenge.
The 27-year-old High Wycombe seamer, who succeeds Michael Payne, is looking for his Buckinghamshire side to build on their improvement of the past few campaigns.
I think the nice thing is that as a group over the last couple of years the team has been improving and there have been some brilliant individual performances during those seasons. Looking at the squad we have now I feel that we have a really well balanced strong squad that has plenty of experience, and by doing a few things differently we can challenge in all 3 formats. It’s just a case of being better for longer periods in games and I think a change in mindset, because as a group we are good enough to win things, we have to start believing. It’s an exciting year with white ball cricket being introduced with coloured kit and its given the guys an added buzz to the year. I would really like to see us have some real success in the 20/20 competition as well as the 3 day competition, and I believe we can do that.
2018 will see Hampton working hard to succeed at both club and county level.
My personal situation is that I am a player and a coach for both Bucks and High Wycombe. I still feel I have a lot to offer as a cricketer and there is a real hunger to achieve success at both county and club. It will be the first year that I will not be actively trialling with major counties, but if a county were to come with an offer to play some first-class cricket then I would jump at it. I would be lying if I said I wouldn’t. The main thing though is to bring some success to the two teams and help some of the guys get the best out of themselves and hopefully reach some of their goals.
The team’s curtain-raiser, a friendly at Home Counties Premier League, Division 1 side High Wycombe this weekend, has already fallen victim to the weather. Instead Buckinghamshire will have an outdoor session at Wycombe’s London Road ground.
Next up is a trip to Oxfordshire where the two sides meet at Aston Rowant Cricket Club’s Butts Way ground.