High Wycombe 1XI showed temperament as fast bowlers steal the show.
Winning the toss, skipper Dan Marles put Aston Rowant into bat. Although initially, this seemed ill-fated as Rowant came out swinging for the ropes, Thomas Condon finding himself on 42.
However, with Cameron Parsons seeing him back to the pavilion, along with four other batters, there wasn't much more of a show, as no other batter managed to peak past 20.
AJ Woodland produced a magical spell, bowling tremendously to pick up his maiden 5-wicket-haul, Both himself and Parsons managed to put together 40 overs between them both, going for 45 runs apiece and picking up 5 wickets and 4 wickets respectively. Woodland's ability to concoct wicket-taking elixirs in the middle overs eliminated the array of hope Aston Rowant's lower order were clinging onto, whilst Cameron Parsons snaring consistency continued to pile on the pressure.
Aston Rowant were subsequently bowled out for 139.
Eliot Callis (21) started the Wycombe batting off well before Wesley Morrick took the advantage. Wycombe was sent onto the back-foot after falling to 44-4.
However, Teddie Casterton (36 not out) and Harvey Brennan (26) steadied the ship carrying on from their solid partnership against Henley the week prior, putting on a partnership of 51, before Brennan fell.
George Russel made the difficult wicket look simple as he cruised to 26 off 19 helping Wycombe get closer to the finish line.
High Wycombe crossed the line and winning by 4 wickets in the 41st over.
"Another fantastic win in hard conditions… we were 40-4 chasing 140 on a difficult pitch. The batters showed brilliant character to get us over the line after the bowlers had put us in a great position."
High Wycombe 2nd XI narrowly missed out to Falkland 1XI. After, putting up a competitive total of 189 on a tricky surface, Falkland managed to chase it down with 2 wickets remaining.
After winning the toss and electing to bat, Simon Janes topped the Wycombe scorecard with 65 off 72 balls, his highest total of the year and hopefully a return to form. He was amply supported by Jai Angell with 31 off 43. Some lower order runs from Chris Russell and Ben Wells managed to lift the Wycombe total to 189.
Wells managed to continue along the same vein, with figures of 10-4-33. Again, he was supported by Harry Lane who picked up 2 wickets for his 11 over effort.
However, with Falkland batsmen set in at one end, Wycombe found it difficult to remove all 10 batsmen with the opposition crossing the line 8 wickets down in the 40th over.
"Very pleasing that we took so much energy and enthusiasm from last weeks win into this game. A more measured batting display. Probably 30 runs under a par score. Lost some middle order wickets in a cluster that slowed our end of innings acceleration. Despite a quick start by the oppo we fought back extremely well. A few more runs and we win this one."
High Wycombe 3rd XI drew to Burnham 2nd XI after Wycombe set 196 for Burnham to chase.
Callum Stay was the pick of the Wycombe batsman, scoring 70 runs before being run out. He was ably supported by Wycombe 9th and 10th batsmen Naseer (22) and Hussain (31 not out).
At the end of the Wycombe's elected 52 overs, they climbed their way to a very respectable 196-9.
The Burnham batsmen, who although looked strong, could never build up much momentum to chase down the total, as Daniel Stay took on figures of 15-4-43. He was aided by Manav Mahesh's figures of 11-3-35. Burnham were unable to lift back off and were restricted to 170-9 off their 48 overs, Wycombe painfully close to a win requiring only 1 more wicket.
"Showed the cricket we are capable of in bursts, big improvements on recent weeks. Couldn’t quite get over the line on this occasion but our first win isn’t far away"
High Wycombe 4th XI drew to Windsor 2nd XI after the opposition had put Matt Dodd's team into bat.
Billy Dodds set up the Wycombe total with his 58 runs opening up the batting, setting a strong foundation for the rest of the Wycombe line-up to capitalise upon. He was supported by jayant Babu with 45 of his own and some late runs by skipper Dodds ensured Wycombe ended on a competitive 183.
Windsor were slow chasing from the start, only managing to reach 123 runs off their 48 overs. If the scorecard is anything to go by, they looked set to draw before they even came out to bat.
"Brilliant opening spells from Josh and Suffy who must have broken the world play and miss record" steadfastly put Windsor on the back burner.
"A good batting display in very testing conditions set up a potential result but an excellent tight bowling display stopped Windsor from mounting a chase as they rode their luck and clung on for a draw."
High Wycombe 5th XI good run of successful performances unfortunately comes to an end.
Having won the toss, Ickenham decided to have a bat on what looked like a green seamer. Early on, it became apparent that looks can be deceiving as the Ickenham batters rocketed along without looking too troubled throughout their 40 overs compiling a total of 236-4.
It was a disappointing effort with the ball by Wycombe and in the field with dropped catches and loose deliveries never really allowing Wycombe to build any sustained pressure.
The chase got off to a bad start when skipper James Bibby cut the opening bowler to cover in the second over but a solid 2nd wicket partnership between Mahesh and Amit put Wycombe in with a good chance of taking as many batting bonus points as possible.
The partnership was ended just as the batsmen were beginning to put their foot down as Amit’s innings was brought to a close by an inducker. This brought Steve Gould to the crease who continued his excellent form with the bat in scoring 59.
Wickets continued to fall as Wycombe tried to press on with Wycombe falling to a disappointing 170-7 at the end of the chase.
"A good learning experience today for everyone, we know the areas that weren’t good enough but this gives us something to work on in training this week. In truth we were second best all day and Ickenham thoroughly deserved their victory."
High Wycombe Sunday XI overpower the visiting Chenies.
On the back of some entertaining close fought Sunday fixtures in recent weeks, the Sunday XI were happy to see skipper for the day Aran Hammond win the toss and elect to bat on a very flat wicket at London Road.
The Sunday XI again opted for a youthful approach in terms of selection with only 3 senior playing this week.
The young Wycombe side got off to a less than ideal start losing opener Fabio in the second over of the ball bowled through the gate. From this point onwards however the Wycombe batters put their foot down and powered to a barely believable 316-6 in their 40 overs with Ajmal, Aazam and Sulay all getting 40s before playing one shot too many.
Top scorer for the innings was James Bibby who threw caution to the wind early on and scored 78*.
The Wycombe batters were helped somewhat by the Chenies fielding with dropped catches playing a big part.
With a large total to defend Wycombe went on the attack early with Jacob Berry and Mo Zeeshan bowling a very tidy opening spell that made it clear that Wycombe’s score wasn’t being chased.
Mo Zeeshan getting his rewards with 2 early wickets. Aran rang through the changes throughout Wycombe’s 40 overs in the field with 6 bowlers being used and every one of them bowling tight lines to keep the Chenies batters in check.
A moment of genuine surprise came late in the innings when Jamie Oakford unveiled his off-spin and turned one through the gate to dismiss his opposing number in the Chenies line up.
The innings was again closed out in style with Mo Zeeshan coming back on at the death to pick up his 3rd wicket to leave him with impressive figures of 8-1-23-3. Chenies chase never really got going and at the end of their innings finished a long way short on 152-5.
"We put on a really impressive total today with everyone contributing to the score. The batting was then backed up by consistent bowling throughout the innings, never allowing the opposition to get into the game."