Fantastic Fifth Team - Rain Catches All But One: Match Report Mondays

The wet weather certainly had the last laugh over High Wycombe Cricket Club on Saturday 31st August.

After oscillating on and off the field, High Wycombe 1XI managed to set 207-4 after the game was reduced to 42/33.

Eliot Callis continued his run of fine form accumulating 92 runs from 98 balls. Callis alongside Woodland (39) once again set a strong foundation, before Conrad Louth (47) came in with some late overhitting.

Oxford's response was rather dismal, encouraging a Wycombe win. Tom Hamptom bowled a scintillating spell with figures of 4/8 off just 3 overs. Bad light meant that seam bowling was restricted. Conner Haddow and Sam Parry carried on piling the pressure with wicket-taking deliveries.

However, with the rain coming down harder with each delivery, the Oxford batters managed to wait out a crushing defeat, and the game was subsequently abandoned.

High Wycombe 2XI was abandoned with rain before they could even bowl a single bowl against Ickenham.

On a more promising note, High Wycombe 3XI looked strong at 38 without the loss of a wicket, Chris Russell (23*) and Zain Naseer (12*).

Despite the strong start, High Wycombe 3XI was abandoned after 10 overs.

High Wycombe 4XI were unable to start due to the wicket being too wet and the outfield being dangerously slippery.

However, the shining light amongst the clouds and heavy downpour was High Wycombe 5XI who climb out of the relegation zone after a comprehensive victory.

On a very wet afternoon, High Wycombe travelled to Little Kingshill to play fellow Div 9b strugglers, Amersham. With the weather around and forecast to get worse throughout the day, skipper James Bibby won the toss and inserted the Amersham on a damp wicket.

It didn’t take long for the Wycombe bowlers to justify this decision with Dave Parsons making the first breakthrough in the 3rd over, with Musa Idris sending back his opening partner in the next over.

No Amersham batter was able to reach double figures or last more than 21 balls throughout the innings as Wycombe applied constant pressure with the ball and in the field, contributing to 2 run-outs. T

The pick of the bowlers was Dave Parsons who returned sensational figures of 9-4-7-3 as Amersham succumbed to a total of 33 all out.

Wycombe quickly knocked of these runs for the loss of only Amit Mallya, with Mahesh Gopal scoring an excellent 23* to take Wycombe over the line in the 14th over.

Skipper James Bibby commented: "An excellent performance in the field and with the ball again. It was especially pleasing to see such high standards in the field as this has been a real area of focus for us over the past few weeks."

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