Hampshire seamer Gareth Andrew will make his Unicorns Championship debut for Bucks in their Eastern Division match against Cumberland at High Wycombe, starting this Sunday 3rd July.
Bucks have signed up the 32-year-old to play for the rest of the campaign.
Andrew has been with Hampshire since 2003, and has taken 232 wickets in 91 first-class matches, but now primarily plays in one-day matches.
He has played in two T20 matches for Hants in the past week.
Bucks team manager Jason Harrison said : "Gareth will be a most useful acquisition for Bucks and will add experience to what is a young squad.
Three High Wycombe players, including teenage off-spinner Usman Amjaid are included in the Bucks team as they seek their first three-day success of the season.
Bucks CCC has announced the 12 to face Cumberland in three day Unicorns Championship, starting this Sunday 3 June: : P Castleden (Cookham Dean), J Scriven (Cranleigh), S Gumbs (Tring), M Payne (capt,Tring), D Hampton (Gerrards Cross), G Andrew (Hampshire CCC), R Pritchard (Tring), G Russell (wkt. High Wycombe), J Rance (Chesham). G Humphries (Great Brickhill), J Burden (High Wycombe), U Amjaid (High Wycombe)
Given the recent appalling weather, we did well to get in a competitive game against Bedfordshire at Wardown Park over the last three days. The pitch and surrounds were very damp and soft on Sunday morning and, although some thought that the umpires might have made an earlier start, the delay until 1.40pm ultimately proved a blessing in disguise. Heavy rain overnight and for a large part of the day prevented any play at all on Monday, but after much hard work by the ground staff the match resumed at 1.30pm on Tuesday. Because Bedfordshire, who had been put in to bat by Bucks, had still not completed their first innings, a positive attitude by the two captains in forfeiting innings gave both sides something to play for. (In some other Championship matches, which saw more play on the first day and, like us, none on the second, the match was too far advanced to allow a similar approach.)
Bedfordshire declared at their first day total of 241-4 and then forfeited their second innings, after we had forfeited our first innings. This left us a target of 242 in 61 overs for victory and, with the pitch still damp and keeping low, we made a poor start, slipping to 18-3. Despite a very slow outfield, Tring Park batsman Shelvin Gumbs scored a brilliant century for Bucks, sharing a fourth-wicket stand of 144 with Dan Hampton. We were on course for our target but, after Shelvin was out for exactly 100, we lost further cheap wickets, and unlitmately settled for for a draw on 188-7, with Gerrards Cross batsman Hampton unbeaten 60.
Alex Woodland, also from Gerrards Cross made his Championship debut.
Our next Championship game is against Cumberland at High Wycombe from July 3-5.
Bucks 249-5 45 overs Garrini 38, Ralphs 56, Warr 52* Bentley 48*
Sussex 250-1 43.2 Overs
Beautiful Ground, slow pitch and Bucks batted solidly and ran well but we needed a hitter. The Sussex batting proved too strong. They batted better than we did with more boundaries. We dropped catches and only Alan Smith and Jim Spooner bowled well.
Bucks Over 60s 1st XI 126-9 v Worcestershire (quite close) at Farnham Common CC
Having won the toss and elected to bat - a decision which pretty quickly looked questionable if not verging on the stupid - Bucks found themselves on the wrong end of some accurate slow bowling on a slow pitch and outfield. Mike Stafford's 30 provided the pivot around which others chipped in, but 45 for 2 at the halfway point was an accurate reflection of how hard-going it was. (A far cry from the 102 for 1 at the same point against Shropshire). A breezy 17 from Larry and 22 from Brian got us up to 126 for 9 off the 45 overs, which felt like a total we could give a good shot at defending.
With no margin for error, right up to the end, the bowlers (Denzil, Brian, Mathew, Chris and Staffs) bowled tightly, conceding only 2 or 3 an over and taking wickets steadily, helped by 2 catches in the deep by Dick, a skyer that Larry snaffled, and 1 by Mike Stafford that would be the outright winner of the Olga Korbut bendy-stretchy award, for one taken running back and over his shoulder. Staffs ( 4 for 19) and Denzil closed out the last few overs to take us over the line. A darn close-run thing that was never over til it was over.
And all cheered on by the Bucks Barmy Army of Keith, Smithy and Potts, with guest appearances by Ron and Chris Tucker, and Master Scorer Toby on the book.
Net result : Played 3. Won 3. Bucks march on !