Pre-Season Week 3: 1st, 3rd & 4th XI all record comfortable wins

Updated: Apr 26

Week 3 of pre-season came to a close with almost all four sides coming away with victories. Only the 2nd XI fell just shy of a victory with a last over loss on Saturday having battled hard to push for a win.

The 1st XI faced off against Banbury at London Road, led by Vice-Captain George Russell and delivered an excellent victory on a flat wicket at HQ. Banbury won the toss and elected to bat - this would be the first time Wycombe would have to chase this season - starting well to reach 41-1 off the first 7 overs. Richard Simpson hitting 26 from 17 before being dismissed by AJ Woodland.

Lloyd Sabin and Keiran Coyne started to build a partnership before the in-form Conner Haddow provided the breakthrough, stumped by Russell with Banbury 107-2. Wycombe continued to take regular wickets with Haddow removing Coyne, finishing with figures of 1o overs 2-31. Parry then removed Waqas Hussan for 38 before Cameron Parsons got in on the action removing Joe White for 10.

Hampton and Woodland returned for 2nd spells to collect the wickets of keeper Shazad Rana and David Eaton leaving Banbury with a total of 248-8. With the sun shining on a good-looking London Road wicket, the Banbury total looked slightly under par.

Wycombe's opening duo made a good start before Woodland was caught behind off Charles Hill for 16. Eliot Callis fell shortly after for 36, again caught behind by Rana off Coyne. Teddie Casterton arrived at the crease at 43-1 and continued his pre-season form notching up an excellent 88* from 80 balls, containing 10 fours and 3 sixes. Casterton was supported by Brandon Allen (16) and Henry Chapman (30) before Russell came to the crease at 174-4 needing another 75 runs to win from 17 overs.

Russell continued his fine form with the bat delivering a lovely 43 from 36 balls with 5 fours and 2 sixes. His blistering stricking in the 41st over increased the total by 23 runs, 19 coming from Russell off the first 5 balls of the over. Wycombe cruised to victory with 7 overs remaining.

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Stand-in skipper George Russell had this to say, 'It was a good all-round performance, the lads showing promising signs heading into the first competitive game of the season. No slug, no worries.'

The 1st XI 50-over pre-season is now wrapped up before their opening match of the league campaign on 7th May against Buckingham Town away. Next week they face Cumnor CC in the HCPL T20 comp with the winner going through to the final.

The 2nd XI faced Banbury 2nd XI on a very windy day in Oxfordshire.

Skipper Simon Janes returned to lead the side, whilst Sam Buckfield made his return to HWCC after spending the 2021 season at Witney CC. Janes won the toss and elected to bat on a dry Banbury wicket, which produced little bounce or pace.

Banbury's opening bowlers started well with economical opening spells restricting Wycombe to 50 off the first 20 overs. Before long, Wycombe lost Buckfield for 28 from 62 balls on a pitch that was tough to get going on, bringing the in-form George Lasseter to the crease.

Archie Dodds battled hard to reach 38 from 102 balls with Wycombe 104-2 at 32 overs. There was quite a bit of work to do to put a good score on the board with just 18 overs to go. But Lasseter continued in the same vein of form he found himself in the week beforehand, delivering some big blows, before losing partners Charlie lane (10) and Janes (2). Lasseter departed for 67 from 58 with the 2nd XI 174-5 at 42 overs.

Some quick-fire runs at the end of the innings from Andy Higgins, Harry Lane, Pranav Mahesh and Sathees Chandrasegaram brought Wycombe to an above par 242-9 at the end of the 50 overs.

Wycombe looked to start positively with Sathees and Dodds opening the bowling but Banbury captilised on the over-pitched deliveries. Harry Lane removed opener Mokler for 25, before a terrific spell from Pranav Mahesh removed opener Bartlett for 53. With Banbury 129-2 from 19 overs, Wycombe were left with some work to do to peg Banbury back with only needing 114 runs to win from 30 overs.

Charlie Lane and Pranav worked hard and reaped the rewards of bowling a tidy line and length with Charlie taking his first 2s wicket. He removed Marland for 7 before Mahesh removed Lamden LBW for 31 in the 26th over - Banbury falling to 151-4. Both continued to bowl economically with Mahesh picking up his 3rd wicket to close with brilliant figures of 10 overs 3-31.

Harry Lane returned for a 2nd spell dismissing No. 5 Cross, bowled with a yorker and soon removed William Marland, LBW for a duck an over later. Lane finished with figures of 3-48 from his 10 overs.

With 10 overs remaining, Banbury were 200-7 needing just 42. The game was poised to go all the way to the end with Wycombe battling for breakthroughs. Dodds and Charlie Lane bowled at the death superbly. Dodds picked up the wicket of Justin Lambden for 16 with Banbury requiring 27 from the final 5 overs.

Wycombe took it all the way to the last over falling short of victory but showed great promise and fight.

Skipper Janes said 'Overall a very encouraging game as we continue to progress as a team. I was very encouraged to see foundations being laid by Buckers and Archie with George Lasseter putting in another great performance with the bat. Despite some wayward bowling at the top of the innings, key spells from Pranav, Charlie and Harry brought the game back to us. Good death bowling from Sathees and Archie took us to the brink but it was not quite enough today.'

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The 2s move on to their final pre-season game next week facing Beaconsfield at Home for a 12pm start.

The 3rd XI were away to Ley Hill with Dan Stay back in the hot seat to skipper.

Ley Hill won the toss and chose to have a bat on what looked to be a decent pitch with a short boundary towards the 2nd hole of the golf course. Local rules applied for a 6, having to fully clear the road whilst a 4 would be given for anything short of landing the ball on the 2nd hole fairway.

Wycombe started well with Dan Stay removing Max Lee for 8, before Sarim Zafar quickly removed Phil Bush 3 balls later for 2. Ley Hill looked disparingly with 36-2 at the end of the 10th over.

Raihan Hussain (3-56) quickly got into the action taking the wicket of Lewis Thompson for 14 before two further wickets for the young left-arm seamer saw the wickets of Callum Wilson (20) and Ben Woodbridge (0).

Sulayman Warrich bowled a brilliant spell of leg-spin, taking 4 wickets for 23 runs from 6 overs, including Jamie Woodley, Ted Sussum. He soon found himself on a hatrick with consecutive wickets of Joney Carpenter and Joe Yerrell - Ley Hill 145-9 with 6 overs to go.

Yet, as in true fighting spirit, Ley Hill rallied to hit some big overs towards the back end of the innings. The final 3 overs going for 43, bringing their total to 200-9 from their 40 overs, under par for what looked a good track for batting.

Wycombe started their innings poorly with the early loss of Chris Russell for 6 before Billy Dodds stole the show with a brilliant innings of 40 from 63 balls. He was supported by Saj Zaib (23), Aazam Khan (20) before being finally removed Billy was removed - Wycombe 107-5 off 21 overs.

Skipper Dan Stay put in a nice knock of 29 from 36 balls before being dismissed LBW with Iain Hill hitting 27 from 19 before being bowled by Thompson. Sulayman Warrich fresh off the back of his 4 wickets came to the crease and hit the 36th over for a blistering 22 runs, bringing up an excellent victory for Wycombe.

Skipper Dan Stay commented: 'another good win for the 3s with everyone contributing. Bowlers stuck to the plans with a very small boundary one side of the wicket. Batters used that to their advantage without taking any risks. We now have good momentum with the first league game fast approaching'

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The 3rd XI take on Penn & Tylers Green next week with a 12.30pm start at Penn.

The 4th XI faced Ickenham 4th XI at West Wycombe.

Newly elected 4th XI Skipper Aran Hammond decided to field first with Mo Babu removing Richard Sims in the first over and Josh field picking up the other opener Sam Ingham for 5. What looked like a brilliant start for the side, Field delivered a 2nd wicket to restrict Ickenham to 21-3 removing Jai Charan. A small collected rebuildign process occured for Ickenham, until Sachin Veerappan removed William Sims for 17 before another quick wicket for Verrappan of Namal Abhaywickrama for 34.

Steve Gould got into the action removing Namal Abhaywickrama and Guarav Pal finishing with figures of 5 overs 2-14. Thomas Gar removed Ben Mason before Mo Babu and Field returned to collect the wickets of Webhra and Lewis with Ickenham closing on 124 all out.

Wycombe made a great start with Hammond and Amit Mallya putting on a 69-run opening stand before losing Hammond for 25 caught behind. Mallya (45) was removed short of a half-century, falling to Charan before a knock from Aarav Band brought Wycombe the victory with 26 not out with a comfortable chase in 25 overs.

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The 4th XI face Hillingdon Manor 2s next weekend in their final match before they start the league campaign.

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