In 2017 Bucks will celebrate its 1000th match of Minor Counties cricket. During their 1001st game which is against Norfolk at Burnham CC on Sunday 18 to Tuesday 20th June (Their 1000th match is away against Suffolk), the club intend to have two celebration lunches. The first will be on Sunday 18th for former players and officials and the second on the Monday 19th which will include clubs, members, sponsors etc. Further details and invitations will be sent in the new year.
Bucks currently have five home grown players playing first class cricket: Alex Hales (Notts, England), Tom Hampton (Gloucs), Tom Helm (Middx), Charlie Macdonell (Derbys) and Said Zaif (Northants).
Bucks suffered an agonising and dramatic last-ball defeat against Oxfordshire in the semi-final of the Minor Counties Wormsley Invitational T20 on Friday.
Having made 141-9 in their 20 overs, Bucks bowled well to leave Oxon needing 16 runs to win from the last over bowled by Cameron Parsons.
Having scored nine from the first five balls, Oxon wicket-keeper Jonny Cater then hit the last ball for six to tie the scores.
Oxon, who included Sussex one-day specialist quick bowler Tymal Mills in their side, won the semi-final by virtue of having lost fewer wickets and went on to defeat Bedfordshire by 18 runs in the final of this inaugural competition.
Against Bucks, Mills took an economical 1-10 in his four overs.
For Bucks there were good innings by young opener Alex Woodland (36) and his Gerrards Cross teammate Dan Hampton, who hit a rapid 33.
The academy side have won every game they have played this year and with the win against the Free Foresters, which went well into the last hour of play, with 9 wickets down means Bucks win the Tom Orford Trophy for this year.
Bucks chased down Lancs 272-6 to win with 9 down, off the last ball, Brian Shipley taking the side home with 76no.
We play Surrey at Horsley and Send (KT24 6JS) next Tuesday, 23rd August, in the ‘last 8’ round. All support welcome as usual.