High Wycombe Cricket have a successful weekend with curses broken, rivals stomped and scores unmatched.
London Road hosted a tumultuous head to head clash between High Wycombe 1XI and Henley 1XI ending up in a rip-your-heart-out draw after Wycombe dominate Henley.
Both teams are top two in the table and have gone undefeated.
HWCC batted first with AJ Woodland (28) and Conrad Louth (29) steadying the ship after a rocky start. However, that wasn't to last long with Wycombe soon losing both batsmen and falling to 88-4.
Casterton (52) and Brennan (61) held the middle order strong with an 87-run partnership allowing Wycombe to climb to 175-5 before Brennan changed gear catapulting 24 in the final over leaving HWCC on 200-5 after 64 overs.
Cameron Parsons was once again fantastic finishing on figures of 5/28 after his long spell of 17 overs. Woodland was consistent with the ball once more with an economy of under 1.5 in his 12 over spell, whilst Parry managed to pick up two quick wickets in the final stages of the game. The three made an absolute showcase against the Henley batsmen who looked in complete disarray.
This meant Henley went from 60-7 to 111-9 with Parry to bowl the final over and 6 men crowded around the bat. Credit goes to Henley for managing to stay cool under the pressure and hold off against the Wycombe bowlers ending the game in a draw.
"Outstanding efforts from the 1st team. Played some brilliant cricket against a good Henley side. Unfortunately couldn’t get the last wicket but the batters and bowlers were excellent"
High Wycombe 2nd XI had reason to celebrate after their first victory of the season against Slough 2XI. The curse, which looked doomed to haunt the Wycombe players, was finally lifted after bowling Slough out for just 82.
Paul Brzezicki was a standout bowler and has shown so throughout the season thus far. With figures of 6/24 off 15 overs, he made sure to not only take crucial wickets but pile on the pressure.
It was fit that Brzezicki hit the winning runs after Wycombe struggled to 67-9, however, managed to cross the line in the 30th over.
"A thrilling victory, in tense circumstances, finally converting our excellent bowling performance with the bat. Now to take this forward for the rest of the year"
High Wycombe 3rd XI missed out to Gerrards Cross after falling short with the bat, left stranded on 125 all out. Although Saj Zaib (59) helped to keep the Wycombe total full of character, it was left with a nasty taste after Wycombe failed to capitalise on wickets. Restricting well with the ball was a good effort in the end by Dan Stay's team, however, fell 7 wickets short.
"Great knock from saj showed us how to bat on a challenging wicket, we restricted the runs really well but couldn’t get the wickets we needed to win the game"
HWCC 4th XI draws against Chesham 3rd XI. Wycombe won the toss and elected to field which proved to be a great decision after Alex Harrison took 4/36 in his 9 overs. Alongside, Sulayman Warraich rapidly took 3 wickets in his 5 overs which helped to limit Chesham to a respectable 240-8.
A great effort with the bat saw a close finish as Wycombe closed on 236/7 off 53 overs, just 4 runs short. A fantastic effort from Dylan Yatigammana (70) and Alex Harrison, (46) helped to guide Wycombe to a score hair inchingly close to a win.
"A really good performance but hugely disappointing not to chase the total down on a difficult wicket. Lots of encouraging performances to take into next week."
HWCC 5th XI beat Uxbridge by 5 wickets after chasing down 144 in 32 overs.
Suffyian Hussain with a terrific 5/23 turned the game on its head and helped to limit the Uxbridge batsmen. Steve Gould and David Parsons chipped in with 2 wickets respectively.
Steve Gould came out swinging after Wycombe fell to 18-2, smashing 66 and landing himself as top scorer for the game. Amit Mallya's nifty little 26 off 53 balls helped to guide Wycombe over the line chasing down 144 in 32 overs just 5 wickets down.
"An excellent bowling performance on a very flat wicket. To restrict them to under 150 was a brilliant effort. Suffy in particular was excellent. The chase was excellently marshalled by Gouldy and we a few contributions around him showing the values for us of building partnerships."
Finally, High Wycombe Sunday XI beat Wycombe Capitals after winning the toss and electing to bat, soaring to 204-6. Both Archie Dodds (86*) and James Bibby (49) impressed with the bat and gave their team the opening success that they needed.
It was then down to Atharva (2-20) and Mo Zeeshan (2-30) who helped to restrict the Capitals run chase, as well as take key wickets when needed. HWCC capitalised when needed, bowling out the Wycombe Capitals for 195.
"Another excellent game for the Sunday XI. Brilliant to see the colts stand up and show what they’re about when given the chance."