Reading were this week's visitors to London Road to take on a young Sunday XI aiming to get some form heading into the second half of the season. Captain James Bibby won the toss and elected to bat on a flat pitch and the opening partnership of Bibby and Jamie Oakford got off to a watchful start as the Reading team opened up spin and had men on the boundary for Jamie from ball one having seen how destructive he was in last seasons visit.
After the first 8 overs, the Wycombe score of 32-0 was solid, if unspectacular but from this point on the openers put their foot down, with Bibby reaching his second consecutive Sunday 50 by launching the change bowler into the car park for 6. Jamie soon followed through to 50 as Wycombe looked set for another huge total.
However, the Wycombe innings took an unfortunate stumble as Bibby (71) ran himself out and was soon followed back to the shed by Jamie (54) and Ajmal (17).
This brought Sulay Warraich to the crease who played the innings of the day and took the attack to the Reading bowlers, reaching his first men’s 50 and finding the boundary at will. His innings was brought to a close looking to push on in the last few overs but should be immensely proud of his 78.
Pranav Mahesh and Manav Mahesh got the Wycombe score to an excellent 282-5 against their former side.
In response to this formidable total Reading’s openers targeted the short boundary and raced to 32-0 off 4 overs before Sarim Zafar put an end to the aggressive stand trapping the big left-hander in front of all 3 before finishing his spell by claiming the other opener.
The Wycombe spinners then got to work with both Yusuf Akhtar and Manav Mahesh taking 3 cheap wickets each to ensure the Reading chase never got going.
Special mention goes to an excellent 3 over spell by Fabio who claimed 2-9 and had settled into an excellent rhythm.
In the end, Reading fell a long way short being bowled out for 118.
"A brilliant day all around for the Sunday XI. I was most pleased with such professional performance today in the field, knowing early on that we had too many and setting ourselves a total of 180 to defend, it was great to see everyone throw themselves at everything to ensure we never let them get close. It was particularly pleasing to see Sulay and Jamie get the runs that their hard work deserves and hopefully this can be the start of a good run of form on Saturdays for them both." Skipper James Bibby commented.