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).

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