UNICORNS CRICKET INTERVIEW (2 of 2): Hampton talks Bucks 2019 & reveals a new addition for the campaign

In this, our second interview with Tom Hampton, the Bucks County Cricket Club skipper talks about the Unicorns Minor Counties for 2019.

Tom Hampton

Hampton, who takes charge of his second campaign, started by reflecting on his first season.

Looking back on last year we built some really impressive performances, probably more pleasing was that we had many players contributing at different times. Each putting in performances to win games for Bucks.

The goal from the out set is a simple one.

The main message from me is that we need to keep improving on what we have started, the standards have been set and we need to go on and better them.

Building on 2018 will be aided by a very useful new signing.

We have a very similar squad to last year with one addition in Conrad Louth, who is a hard hitting top order batsmen with vast experience at the level. He had moved to the area last summer and its brilliant to get him on board.

Louth has been a regular for Lincolnshire, as well as having played for Northamptonshire second eleven. Last season saw the batsman score 748 runs for Home Counties Premier Cricket League, Division 1 outfit Slough.

So what does this season hold?

As for the three competitions, in the T20 competition the challenge is, not just for us but across all the teams, to be able to win both of the games in a day. Berkshire were the team that managed to do that twice out of there 4 games, and that’s why they went through.

I think the aim has to be win at least 6 of 8 games to qualify.

In the knockout we travel to Cornwall first-up, and as with any knockout competition we will have to be at our best to get the result.

So as cliché as it is, the knockout competition really does need to be taken one game at a time.

I really believe that we have the squad to challenge for the top spot in the Championship and that will be the goal there. If we had picked up a few more bonus points last year we may well have been in with a chance. So I think that is our learner for this year, every point counts.

A few of the lads have been away overseas furthering there cricket and I’m sure they have all had a brilliant time. As for the rest of us, we have had a few shorter training sessions, leading into 2 longer indoor days and an outdoor practice before the pre season matches. Lets just hope we have a better pre season weather-wise than last year and can hit the ground running.

Sports Shots would like to thank Tom for taking the time to talk with us and we look forward following Bucks County Cricket Club in 2019.

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