Newly-promoted Bucks began their National Counties Championship campaign with a superb six-wicket victory over Norfolk in their Eastern Division 1 match at Tring Park on Tuesday.
In a closely-fought three-day contest, Bucks were set 244 for victory from 60 overs on the final afternoon.
Opener AJ Woodland sent Bucks on their way with a splendid 91 from 114 balls - his second half-century of the game - sharing a second-wicket stand of 79 with Chris Marrow (37).
Then Michael Payne, with an unbeaten 54 from 51 balls and a fluent 39 from Ross Richardson, who hit two sixes, sped Bucks to victory with 4.3 overs to spare.
After winning the toss on the first day, Bucks seemed in control, when they reduced Norfolk to 122-7. But a stunning 100 from 120 balls from Callum Metcalf, who shared an eighth-wicket stand of 153 with Brett Stolworthy (66no), lifted them 299-9 from 90 overs
Left-arm spinner Conner Haddow was the outstanding Bucks bowler with 5-107 from 28 overs
The home side replied with 251 all out in 71.5 overs. Alex Kervezee led the way with sparkling 76 from 90 balls, and was well supported by Woodland (55), Ed Bragg (42) And Buckingham debutant Jake Tarling (35).
With a first-innings lead of 48, Norfolk struggled to stretch their advantage to match-winning proportions and were bowled out for 195 from 78.5 overs in their second knock.
Haddow returned his second five-wicket haul of the match 5-31 from 20.5 overs- for outstanding match-figures of 10-136.
Bucks's target of 244 seemed gettable on an excellent pitch and fast outfield - and so it proved as the expected rain held off. Scorecard
Bucks's second Championship game is against Staffordshire at West Bromwich Dartmouth, starting on Sunday July 23.
* Bucks take 22 points from the game to Norfolk's five, the visitors having been deducted two points for a slow over rate