High Wycombe Senior Match Reports
High Wycombe 1XI continue their dominance in the Home Counties Premier league as they secure 25 points against Datchet.
Winning the toss and electing to bat allowed for AJ Woodland to continue on his run of good form, collecting a consecutive century for his trophy cabinet. He was able to set up the foundation that eventually enabled some middle-order master class from overseas player Harvey Brennan.
Brennan managed to secure his maiden century for the warriors playing with an array of talented shots. With Woodland and Brennan taking apart the Datchet players together, High Wycombe managed to finish on 274-7 off their allotted 64 overs.
Cameron Parsons nailed the Datchet's coffin early doors as his continuous run of form allowed him to collate 6-wickets, whilst spinner Conner Haddow also played a part in building pressure.
High Wycombe bowled Datchet out for 106 in the 27th over.
"Outstanding win for the 1st team. Everything came together and we put a very strong performance down against a strong side."
"Harvey managed to get to his first hundred. Everyone was ecstatic for him!"
High Wycombe 2nd XI weren't able to follow in the same vein as they missed out on a win playing against Stoke Green 1XI.
Skipper Simon Janes commented: "Having made one of our better starts this year at 57-1 from 13 overs we were slowed down by some accurate spin bowling and lost wickets regularly to 123 all out. From then on we were always chasing the game on a wicket where we needed 180-200 to have a good chance of victory. The lads fought hard as always. Joe Hoggan continued to make good progress."
Notably, it was Matt Pugh who top-scored with the bat. They will look to his experience and form next week to hopefully find some success.
High Wycombe 4XI failed to capitalise against Wargrave 3XI.
Although Ali Rudge ()15-4-44-2) and Matt Walker (10-0-31-2) performed well with the ball, it wasn't quite enough to disrupt Wargrave's strength in batting.
"Another tough loss. After pegging Wargrave back following a fast start we exerted some control and got back into the match. Unfortunately at the end of the innings they got away from us again and posted a competitive total. Our batting never really got going in the face of some very good bowling and although we showed some resistance in the lower order we subsided to defeat with 10 overs to go." Captain Matt Dodds said.
But it wasn't all doom and gloom for the 4th XI team, as a worldie catch from Ali Rudge at slip above his head from a fast, nasty delivery from Matt Walker caused some shrieks of excitement on the pitch.
High Wycombe 5s collapse to defeat against Windsor. High Wycombe’s 5th team visited the lovely Windsor this week hoping to put weeks of COVID frustration behind them but were ultimately found to be 2nd best in all departments.
In 30 degree heat and with clear blue skies in all directions, there was only one choice at the toss and that was to bat. Unfortunately for Wycombe, and in a sign of things to come, the toss went Windsor’s way and they gleefully declared that they would bat first.
The young opening bowling partnership of Mo Babu and Mo Zeeshan bowled tightly up top without causing too much alarm for the Windsor openers, who pounced on anything remotely loose and were a steady 42 runs without loss at the end of the first 10 overs. At this point, the experienced duo of Doug Porter and Mike Ball were brought on in an attempt to get a breakthrough but Wycombe’s fielding let them down and as simple chances went begging and the runs kept coming. The Windsor batsmen happily took advantage of Wycombe’s errors and both went past 50 and began to accelerate as the score rocketed past 100 without further issue.
The introduction of Yusuf Akhtar and Mahesh Gopalakrishnan brought Wycombe some joy as after more simple catches went down, Yusuf took the fielders out of the equation and snuck one through the openers defences for his first league wicket. Mahesh followed suit and bowled an excellent spell of 6 overs 3-28 but the Windsor batsmen scored freely at the other end in racking up a good score of 203-4 at the end of their 40 overs.
The Wycombe reply got off to a solid start as captain James Bibby and Mahesh looked to take the game deep while punishing anything loose early on. As early boundaries flowed, Wycombe's hopes began to rise, but as the saying goes, it’s the hope that kills you, and this was proved to be correct as 2 quick wickets fell as Mahesh and Amit Mallya were both run out (skipper Bibby taking full responsibility for the 2nd of these).
With the batting not particularly deep as many of Wycombe’s membership continue to be stuck in self-isolation, the game rested squarely on the shoulders of Bibby and Porter and they began to exert pressure back onto the Windsor bowlers with a flurry of boundaries but the partnership was brought to a close as Bibby played around a straight one and was LBW for a season high score of 46 leaving Wycombe 92-3 after 22 overs. It was at this point that the wheels began to come off as wickets fell at regular intervals with Wycombe eventually crashing to a disappointing 109 all out.