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High Wycombe 1XI venture to Thame for a must-win game that will see them win the Home Counties Premier League.

Last week, High Wycombe's middle order of George Russel (75) and Cameron Parsons (52) stole the show as they put on a hundred partnership. They both played aggressively despite Wycombe being in a tumultuous position of 117-5.

With those two at the crease, assisted briefly by Harry Lane (28 off 13) allowed the Wycombe total to rise to 277-7 off their allotted 50 overs.

Aston Rowant batted similarly, the top order batting only managing 99-4, However, with wickets from Harry Lane, Conner Haddow, Sam Parry, AJ Woodland who all took 2 apiece, Wycombe were able to stem the flow of runs and stamp on the pressure.

With each bowler managing to apply the same amount of pressure, Aston Rowant were left stranded on 172 within the 44th over.

High Wycombe took home the victory by 105 runs, looking strong for the week ahead.

Skipper Dan Marles commented: "Fantastic show of character from the boys on Saturday. Being 110-5 and getting to 280 was a brilliant effort! Well backed up by all the bowlers. One cup final to go!"

High Wycombe 2XI are staying at London Road for their fare against Cove Cricket Club, having remained at the bottom of the table, their chances of staying up are looking troublesome.

Last week, High Wycombe looked promising having set a very respectable 209 for the Faulkland batting to chase. Although they knew that taking key wickets would be vital, they were still within a chance of taking home a victory.

Having won the toss, youngster and prospect batsman Archie Dodds managed to anchor the innings brilliantly, claiming 91 not out. Skipper Simon Janes played elegantly alongside young Dodds, but soon fell LBW for 39.

With that, a batting collapse started and a domino effect took place which was unable to be stopped. Only two other batsmen managed to turn their efforts into double figures.

Faulkland managed to come out swinging as if planes were already lined up for them ready to take them on holiday.

James Bird who scored a magnificent 137 took the game away from the Wycombe bowlers early in the innings. He was aided by James Ettridge (49 not out).

At this point, there were only ten more runs required for the win and Faulkand tracked down the missing runs within 30 overs.

"After a sound start we lost 2 quick wickets in the middle order slowing our progress. Ultimately being 50 or so below par. Lovely batting form Archie Dodds showing his more senior peers how it’s done. Bowled too short and got punished early on. A couple of dropped catches didn’t help us and from there we were always second in the contest" said Skipper Simon Janes.

High Wycombe 3XI to face off against NPL at Winchmore Hill CC in a 45 over game. Following a 2 year spell in Canada Tyler Armiger returns.

In the previous week, High Wycombe missed out against Burnham CC after they managed to chase down 194 with 15-overs to spare.

High Wycombe batted first totalling 194-10 in 44 overs. Notable performances came in from Aran Hammond who struck an elegant 44 with the bat, whilst Sajid Zaib contributed with 33 of his own.

A batting performance that allowed for many individuals to chip in certainly allowed HWCC 3XI to remain hopeful. Zain Naseer managing to score 34 not out at the end of the Wycombe Innings to allow them to reach 194.

In return, Burnham came out in the usual force pushing boundaries where they could and looked to accelerate the pace of the game.

Adnan Shabbir anchored the innings with his 59* with Malik (39 not out), Baig (27) and Saba (28) batting around him, each chipping in.

With the partnerships inevitably holding strong, Burnham managed to chase down 194 in 30 overs, collected 22 points on their way.

High Wycombe 4XI will take to Eastcote at West Wycombe CC starting at 12:30.

In the weekend prior, High Wycombe 4XI missed out narrowly to Windsor CC 2XI.

Having lost the toss, HWCC were put into the dirt but with Aarav Band taking 5-38 they were looking hopeful. Other notable wicket-takers included Mo Zeeshan who took home 3 for his trouble. However, Windsor managed to trickle their way up to 215-10 off 38 overs.

In return, High Wycombe tops order were unable to capitalise with the bat.

Although, a good stint from Widdowson (28) and Akhtar (20) caused Wycombe to reach a respectable total of 160, they were left with too much to do and subsequently, Wycombe were bowled out for 167 in the 36th over.

High Wycombe 5th XI will play their last game against Slough away at Lascelles Park.

Last week, they managed to squeeze in an internal fixture as James Bibby wishes farewell to High Wycombe Cricket Club,

On a dreary bank holiday Monday, High Wycombe undertook an internal fixture organised as as a goodbye to long standing 5th team captain James Bibby. In his final appearance at London Road, Bibby won the toss and elected to field first against Team Hammond.

This brought out Archie Dodds and Andy Higgins to open the batting, Archie looking to continue his fine form and notch his 3rd 50 in 3 days. Unfortunately for young Archie, Jake Wildman had other ideas and gave his captain the perfect start by having Archie caught behind in the first over. This brought Aran Hammond to the crease with a rebuilding job to do. Sharing new ball duties was Charlie Lane who bowled a challenging opening spell without much luck as Higgins and Hammond dug in, determined not to lose any further wickets to the new ball.

Given the friendly nature of the fixture, the bowlers were regularly rotated throughout the innings and after Jake and Charlie had bowled their 4 overs, the Sulay’s got to work.

Firstly, Sulay Bajwa got the prized wicket of Higgins (29), tempting him into a false pull shot which was gladly pouched by the fielder. Ajmal was then brought to the crease for a brief stay, and after one lbw appeal was somehow turned down off Sulay Warraich’s bowling, Sulay spun another into Ajmal’s pads to send him back to the changing room for 1 to bring Manav Mahesh to the crease. Manav too was also sent back quickly after running himself out for just 6.

In came Steve Gould to steady the ship and Steve and Aran began to tuck in to some loose bowling as the changes continued to be wrung. Aran continued to steadily accumulate and soon passed 50 with a superb cover drive and hit a flurry of boundaries before being tempted into 1 shot too many and being caught behind off Billy Dodds. This began the first of the battle of the Hoggan’s as Del came to the crease to face eldest son Ben.

Round 1 was comprehensively won by Snr Hoggan as Ben’s 4 overs were dispatched for an eye watering 38 runs as Del and Steve began to accelerate. The bowling changed continued as all outfielders contributed at least 2 overs for Team Bibby but the changes did little to stop the runs as the batsmen took their sides tally to 222-5 after their 40 overs, Del ending on 36* and Steve an excellent 59*.

With a challenging total ahead, Sulay Warraich and Billy Dodds came out to open the batting. Lightning struck twice as Billy Dodds followed his brothers example and was caught behind in the first over for 0 giving Team Hammond the perfect start.

Wickets began to fall at an alarming rate as Aazam Khan (11), Sarim Zafar (3) and Sulay Warraich (9) were all removed within the first 12 overs. This brought captain Bibby to the crease with partner Ben Hoggan with a lot of work to do to get the chase back on track.

With Bibby scratching around and using every part of the bat except the middle, it fell to Ben to put the pressure back on the bowling side as he swept the spinners consistently which led to the ball ending in Del’s hands with a chance to further claim bragging rights in the family feud. To add further intrigue, young Joe Hoggan was brought to complete the family affair as Ben set about his work in rebuilding the innings with boundaries coming all around the park and he quickly passed 50. At the other end Bibby slowly grew in confidence as began to rotate the strike and allow the partnership to build.

The introduction of Archie Dodds to the attack began a change in fortune for Bibby as he began to find the boundary and look more assured. The key moment of the game followed as shortly after pulling Archie to the boundary, Bibby attempted to repeat the trick only to lol the ball back to the bowler, with Archie spilling the chance and maybe the game.

Joe Hoggan was reintroduced to the attack and was rewarded with the wicket of his brother Ben caught and bowled for 67. With Charlie Lane coming to the crease for company Bibby passed 50 and Charlie smashed a quick 12 before being caught behind off Joe’s bowling. Jake Wildman came to the crease looking to see his side home and began with a couple of boundaries before the reintroduction of Jacob Berry saw his caught behind for 9.

Mo Zeeshan came to the crease with the instruction to stick with his captain and dutifully stuck to his task in taking the available singles and ensuring that the game was taken to the final over with 4 to win. Singles were exchanged throughout the over and with 3 balls to spare ‘The Zeesh’ levelled the innings and provided Bibby the opportunity to finish the game.

With 2 balls to get the required run, Bibby slogged the first over mid wickets head for the winning boundary, seeing his side home with 62*.

To celebrate the end of the season, we are holding an 80's Party in The Richard Morgan Bar and are welcoming all of our Teams, their friends & family to join us. Let's celebrate the End of the Season in style.

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