High Wycombe 1XI lose their undefeated title after a day to forget at Henley Cricket Club.
On a wicket that looked promising, High Wycombe won the toss and elected to bat. Initially, this looked poised to be a great decision with Eliot Callis and AJ Woodland playing without much trouble.
However, it was too soon spoken as High Wycombe collapsed to 46-4. Edmund Casterton was the only one to reach above 20, with 29 scored off 82 deliveries, showing testament to both the Henley bowlers and the wicket provided.
Only 4 of High Wycombe's batting lineup reached double figures, stumbling to 105 all out.
Henley in turn came out swinging, fearful of a replay of the previous years batting collapse. Richard Morris the pick of the Henley strikers, with a strike rate of over 250, reaching 39 runs - the top score of the game.
Other Henley batsmen chipped in with 15 apiece, thanks to Cameron Parsons tight-knit bowling once again, picking up 3 wickets for his trouble.
However, Henley chased down the dull Wycombe total within 15 overs, and for the loss of 5 wickets.
"A day to forget for the 1st team, we didn’t get much right on Saturday. We move on to 2 massive games, 2 cup finals…. All to play for!" Skipper Dan Marles commented in the week.
High Wycombe 2nd XI fails to chase down a formidable Slough total at a flat London Road.
Winning the toss and electing to field proved to be a fatal decision from skipper Simon Janes.
After, Jake Wildman (2-28) and Joe Hoggan (2-43) finally dismissed the opening pair, yet, Slough's middle order continued to dominate, striking the ball at over a 100.
Janed (86) and Nizami (63) piled on the pressure to the Wycombe bowlers, who searched for some magic through the eight bowlers used in the innings.
However, without the strike bowling required to dismiss the catapulting Slough batting line-up, the total managed to rise to 394-6 off the allotted 50 overs.
Knowing that they would have to come out strong, opening youngster Archie Dodds (36) did just that striking at almost a run a ball. However, with the intermittent and frequent wicket loss, Wycombe was unable to form a stable partnership.
Harry Lane scored his consecutive half-century reaching 66 off just 38 balls, giving the Wycombe 2XI some hope. However, once he was dismissed the middle-order failed to create a new foundation resulting in the team being dismissed for 205 inside 40 over.s
Simon Janes commented: "We didn’t use the wicket well bowling first and could not create enough pressure. Sadly dropped catches cost us dearly. Not our best day in the field! Fought well with the bat to ensure we at least maximised our points from a losing position. Better days are ahead."
High Wycombe 3XI failed early with the bat, on a tricky surface, allowing for Gerrards Cross 2XI to capitalise on a win.
Having lost the toss, Wycombe were put in to bat with a strong Gerrards Cross bowling order looking to attack.
A lack of foundational batting cost the Wycombe team, with only 5 batsmen making double figures, the pick of them being number nine, Mubashir Hussain (23).
With wickets being taken quickly, and without the strength of a partnership, High Wycombe were bowled out for 110 after only 25 overs. The age-old saying of face 30 balls is seemingly present in hindsight and will be a key learning point for the team to take into training.
Not all was lost, as Wycombe came out with a strong bowling start. Mubashir Hussain being an MVP for the Wycombe 3XI taking 3 wickets. He was aided by Zain Naseer who took 2 wickets for his troubles.
However, with such a low total it would have taken a magnificent effort to come out with a win. Unfortunately, Gerrards Cross raced over the line 7 wickets down after 27 overs.
Captain Daniel Stay commented on the good bowling performance: "Bowlers looked good and looked like taking wickets"
However, he continued on a different note in regard to the batting: "it let us down once again. Another 40 runs and we were in with a chance."
High Wycombe 4XI fell short of a competitive total set by Chesham despite a positive start.
Having won the toss and elected to field, High Wycombe led a strong attack limiting Chesham to 30-4.
A combination of Jayant Babu and Mo Zeeshan, who struck at key times allowed for a positive start from the Wycombe team and piled on the pressure posing the team for a quick run chase.
However, that thinking soon changed after the impenetrable Chesham middle order remained strong. Vaidyanathan (81), Watson (43) and Stevenson (31).
High Wycombe were unable to come up with a reply, as Chesham grew from 30-4 to 189-7, before finishing on 220-8.
Billy Dodds led the batting attack valiantly, with 64 off 93 before being run out. With such pressure on young shoulders, Dodds will be someone to look out for over the years.
However, with only Khan (37) and Babu (26) chipping in, the remainder of the Wycombe batting line-up were unable to make it past 10 runs.
Subsequently, High Wycombe were bowled out for 165 in the 41st over.
"Another spirited performance that just fell short. A great start with the ball saw us have league leaders Chesham at 33-4. Some great recovery batting from them allowed them to post a decent score but we rallied to take 8 wickets."
"The batting got off to a great start with Billy Dodds and Aazam Khan effortlessly chasing down the runs with strokes all round the ground. Unfortunately once the partnership was broken we never recovered momentum and subsided to 165 all out." Matt Dodds commented.
High Wycombe 5th XI fell short with the batting leading to an Uxbridge 4XI win.
Having lost the toss, Wycombe were put in to bat. Except from the effortless striking of skipper James Bibby (48), who managed to score quickly and limited the opposition bowling's ability to manufacture wicket-taking deliveries, High Wycombe struggled from the outset.
With only Musa Idris and Atharva Naik managing to claim double figures, High Wycombe 5XI were bowled out for 104 off 35 overs.
In return, Wycombe started strong claiming one of the two Uxbridge openers for a duck. However, this vein soon dissipated with a strong Uxbridge middle order, particularly Rahul Panditha (36) and Sanjay Patel (18).
Uxbridge managed to cross the line just 4 wickets down and inside 22-overs.
High Wycombe will continue to train on both Tuesdays and Thursdays in an attempt to throw away the recent dishevelling weekend. There is a lot to learn, and some great takeaways for the teams to be working on before bouncing back again next weekend.