Sports Shots has spoken to Bucks CCC’s Stephen Croft after his sensational debut in the final Unicorns Championship, Eastern Division fixture of the season.
The leg spinner picked up eight for 33 from 22 overs as Bucks defeated Hertfordshire in their final fixture of the 2018 campaign.
So what is the background on the player who took the headlines in September?
Croft played at Harefield in the Home Counties Premier Cricket league this year after spending the winter playing for Toronto Workers cricket club in the Newcastle Grade competition. In 2017 he was with Copdock and Old Ipswichians in the East Anglian Premier League.
The leg-spinner told Sports Shots:
It was a great way to start. Like any first game for a new team, you want to start of well and the way things turned out for me in the second innings, I couldn’t of hoped for better to be honest. I’ve had some nice messages from my teammates and former teammates.
After being in the squad, Croft finally got his chance and took it with aplomb.
I felt I needed to make the step up for my own cricket. I think like most players I’ve played with, we doubt ourselves every time we go up a level but I had got good players out in the past in league cricket and I felt the time was right. Being 12th man in previous games, I felt comfortable with my teammates which made things a lot easier.
So what next for Croft?
My aims and goals for my cricket are just to see how far I can take it. I would love to play professional one day but the aim for me next summer is to try and consolidate a place in the Buckinghamshire squad and hopefully get a few one day or T20 games and then bowl well enough that I can keep my place for the 3 dayers, which at the moment seem a long way away. Hopefully as well next summer I will get some county second eleven cricket somewhere and then it’s up to me to bowl well and impress the first class counties.