Pre-Season Week 2: 3rd XI shine in a hopeful pre-season

Week 2 of HWCC pre-season campaign saw some disappointing results from the 1st and 2nd XI, however, did not lack promise and hope for the season to come. Yet, it was the 3rd XI that bestowed an awe-inspiring victory.

High Wycombe 1XI ventured to Ealing for their first Away game of the season with confidence sky high from a successful win against Crouch End the weekend prior.

Scorching rays of sunshine baked the Ealing wicket that looked prized for batting first and with such knowledge, Skipper Dan Marles saw his teams opportunity by winning the toss and electing to bat first.

Yet, with a wicket that to the eye struck gold, was in-fact consistently low bouncing. Eliot Callis was dismissed in the second over without troubling the scoreboard, so it was up to Dan Marles and AJ Woodland to steady the ship.

With strict bowling and excellent field placement, High Wycombe were quickly forced onto the backfoot, only attributing 100 runs in total by the 37th over, providing testimony to the wickets tough conditions.

Dan Marles (30), George Russell (27) and Ben Wells (22) were the only three to cross the 20 run mark. Harry Lane chipped in with a quick-fire 19 - the only Wycombe batsmen to strike above 100.

Ealing CC restricted High Wycombe to just 164 in 49.1 overs. A total that the home-owners looked eagerly upon.

It was clear that the Ealing batters had planned their attack according to the pitch conditions, coming out swinging without much risk. They piled on 42 runs in the first four overs with Oliver Wilkin (34) collecting the majority.

Whilst Connor Haddow did what he could to restrict the damage, 4-29, Ealing were able to chase the total down in the 37th over.

High Wycombe 2XI couldn't quite finish the job against Ealing 2nd XI at Home, however, showed great promise that they had and will continue to improve upon last years performance.

Ealing won the toss, and as always at HWCC, elected to bat first.

Even though Ealing opener Elech Ahmad (107*) led the charge from the first ball. Owyn Tong (61), skipper Neil Fairbairn (56) and Rohan Yadav (41) all contributed significantly with the bat.

High Wycombe bowler Satheesram Chandrasegaram (3-57) took some key wickets to off-set the flow of runs, kindly assisted by Archie Dodds (1-42), keeping the Ealing total to 321-6.

Whilst last year, 321 looked grave to a Wycombe 2nd XI batting order, the squad look confident walking out to bat.

Manav Mahesh (47) helped to build a solid foundation, however it was George Lasseter (99) and Charlie Lane (60*) who gave Wycombe a fighting chance. Their stroke play, positive intent and level-headedness will be a basis for the second team batting mantra going forwards.

Although, High Wycombe fell short with 279-6, there were a lot of postivies to take with key players taking responsibility. They will be filled with confidence going into next week's fixtures and even the season going forwards.

High Wycombe 3rd XI win riveting game in the last over against Chalfont St Giles CC at West Wycombe Cricket Ground.

Chalfont St Giles had set High Wycombe a competitive score of 162 off 40 with two Wycombe youngsters Ben Widdowson (2 wickets) and Rehan (1 wicket) showing an impressive display with the ball.

Chriss Russell batting (55*) took charge opening the batting, setting both the tone and the foundation for the innings. Callum Stay (43*) assisted superbly to the end in which High Wycombe required 7 off the last over.

A Chalfont St Giles injury saw the last daunting ball be delayed with High Wycombe only requiring two runs. Callum Stay bravely hit the winning runs seeing High Wycombe 3rd XI to their first win of the season.

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