Pre-season Week 1: HWCC 1XI Continue Successful Form

Updated: Apr 13

A pre-season batting masterclass from Dan Marles saw our 1st XI take a convincing win in the opening match of the season.

Our opening game of the season saw the 1st XI take on current Middlesex Premier League champions, Crouch End. HWCC won the toss and elected to bat on a pitch that looked prepped for batting, coupled with a short boundary towards London Road. High Wycombe lined up with 3 debutants in Henry Chapman, Ben Wells and Pranav Mahesh along with Brandon Allen's return after a 9-year hiatus.

Before the start of play, we announced that this year we will be playing in tribute to young Jessica Newell, who is no longer with us. We will be featuring her birth date on our One Day Kit and Whites.

With the early loss of AJ Woodland, Teddie Casterton and skipper Dan Marles put on a 110 run partnership before the loss of Casterton for 53 from 28 balls. A leaner middle order performance brought Conner Haddow to the crease at 164-5, where Marles and Haddow began to build a formidable 126 run partnership from 16 overs. They built nicely before exploding into action with 9 sixes and 5 fours, with a towering 47th over bringing 29 runs. Soon after, Marles departed for an outstanding 132 runs from 142 balls including 14 fours and 5 sixes. HWCC completed their innings 318-6 with Haddow's undefeated 52 from 54 balls.

AJ Woodland & Cameron Parsons started proceedings with the ball, bowling a tidy opening spell, both going under 3 runs per over. The breakthrough was made by Harry Lane to dismiss Sachin Patel for 16, soon followed by Tom Hampton dismissing Crouch End's second opener, Dhaval Nartom (37) with a sharp bouncer gloved to Brandon Allen.

Crouch End looked to build around Patik Patel (50) and Natim Kureshi (28), before Conner Haddow made the breakthrough to remove the latter, shortly followed by Parsons removing No.5 Nehag Parvin for a 3 ball duck. A run-out followed before Pranav Mahesh - on debut - removed No.3 Patik Patel with an excellent diving catch at deep cover. Another wicket came at the hands of Mahesh aided by Allen's quick hands behind the stumps before the final wicket of the day went to Tom Hampton, bowling a sharp spell of towards the end of the match.

Link to scorecard

Following a convincing victory, we look forward to next week where both our 1st XI (Away) and our 2nd XI (Home) will be locking horns against Ealing. Our 3rd XI will play Chalfont St Giles at West Wycombe Cricket Club.

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