Wet Weekend: High Wycombe 2XI Struggle
High Wycombe 2XI suffered an excruciating 9-wicket loss at the hands of Beaconsfield 1XI.
Beaconsfield started the day off by winning the toss and electing to field. High Wycombe battled to set a working total with a wet outfield barring elegant shot selection from reaching the boundary.
But Matt Pugh stuck in as an opening batsman, playing an anchor role for the foundation of the Wycombe total. He contributed 44 off 76 balls, playing calmly as only 3 scoring shots were sent to the boundary ropes.
It was only Andrew Higgins from the perturbed top six that managed to reach above 20, top-scoring for High Wycombe with 52 (75).
Alongside, stood Harry Lane with some ferocious late order batting, accumulating 32 runs from just 17 and striking at above 180. With that late attack, High Wycombe managed to accelerate the run rate in the last 10 overs, finishing with a total of 179/7.
However, Beaconsfield's opening pair of Francis and Rendell laid a strong foundation with a 97-run partnership before Ben Hoggan took Rendell's wicket.
James Warsop, who clearly had somewhere to be, struck the ball at over 200 amassing 67 runs from just 33 balls.
Beaconsfield's attacking batting style worked in favour as they chased down the Wycombe par score in just 30 overs for the loss of just a single wicket.
"We fought well with the ball but couldn’t build quite enough pressure to keep the scoring rate down. and a top-notch knock from one of their overseas made the difference today." Skipper Simon Janes commented.