FINCHAMPSTEAD bounced back from their 10-wicket home defeat by Datchet to register their first Home Counties Premier League Division One win of the season on Saturday.

Fielding an unchanged side, Dan Lincoln's men recorded an emphatic 148-run win at Buckingham after bowling out their hosts for 127.

A delayed start caused by rain led to the game being reduced to 45 overs, and Finch, having been put into bat, wasted no time in making up for lost time.

Tommie Predgen and Greg Smith brought up 50 off 55 balls and took their stand into three figures in 20 overs.

Their partnership moved to 142 before both were dismissed in quick succession, Pregden falling for 50 (off 83 balls) and Smith bowled for 69 after facing 92 deliveries.

Lincoln (26) and Toby Albert (37) maintained their side's momentum, which was increased when Josh Lincoln needed just seven balls to smash 24, hitting three sixes in succession.

Late wickets went down as batsmen went looking for quick runs, but Finch were well satisfied with their score of 275-8.

This put extra pressure on the Buckingham openers and Steve Brunning only lasted two balls before Billy Rogers had him caught by Ryan Quinn.

With Leigh Tomlinson and Andy Hall both quickly being snapped up off the bowling of James Woodford and Zac Jones, Finch were able to maintain control of the game.

From 63-6, Buckingham struggled to 117 before Darren Augustus ripped through the rest of the order, along with a wicket for Quinn.

Paceman Augustus finished with excellent figures of 5-28 off six overs and Woodford 2-21 from seven, while keeper Simon Bell took three excellent catches.

This coming Saturday, Finch entertain High Wycombe, which means a return to the club for former skipper Dan Marles.

And he is in great form, having smashed an unbeaten 154 in Wycs' huge total of 364-4 off 50 overs on their way to inflicting a 253-run defeat on Slough last weekend.

There was also a century for Conrad Louth, who was close to joining Finch a year ago before deciding to join Slough. He then moved to Wycombe during the winter.