Bucks win all four matches to secure Div 2 East Championship
24 Aug 2022

Bucks cricketers are celebrating promotion following their comprehensive 299-run victory over nearest rivals Cambridgeshire at Tring Park this week.
This success completed a clean sweep of four wins which saw them top National Counties Championship Eastern Division 2 by a massive 42 points to earn promotion to Division 1 next season, when they will play Lincolnshire, Suffolk, Staffordshire and Norfolk.
Needing only three points from their final game to secure promotion, Bucks secured these on the first day when they scored 386 all out in 89.5 overs after being put in to bat.
Star of the show was AJ Woodland, who scored his second Championship century of the summer, when making 111 from 206 balls with 15 fours. He shared an opening stand of 129 with Michael Wells, who made 64. Other useful contributions came from Cameron Parsons (44), Alex Kervezee (40), Ed Bragg (32), Tom Hampton (31) and Chris Marrow (24).
In reply, Cambridgeshire could muster only 153 against a superb spell of slow left-arm bowling from Conner Haddow, whose full figures were 20-2-6-40-6.
Bucks skipper Hampton declined to enforce the follow-on. When Bucks batted again, Woodland again led the way 83, with ten fours. His main support came from Michael Payne (72) and Ross Richardson (32*) as they declared on 245-4.
This set the visitors a target of 479 for victory. By the close of the second day they were in disarray at 19-4.
 A century stand between Callum Guest and Lee Thomason held Bucks for a while on the final day, but the innings fell away against Haddow (right) who took 4-83 to complete an excellent ten-wicket match haul - his overall figures being 43-2-12-123-10. Bragg and Payne took three wickets each as Cambridgeshire were dismissed for 179 in mid-afternoon.


Thanks to Charlie Carter for above picture of the team and Andy Bone for all their pictures during the summer.