• Teddie Casterton

Wycombe's Wet Weekend - One for the Covers




With rain hailing down over High Wycombe and far beyond, only two games were managed to be put on this weekend.


High Wycombe's 1st XI, 3rd XI and 4th XI were all called off due to poor weather before the morning was over.


London Road was the feature event with High Wycombe 2nd XI taking on Gerrards Cross. A bleak day with the clouds overhead acted as more of a pathetic fallacy as High Wycombe failed to chase down 260.


Chris Marrow was the lead batsmen for Gerrards Cross who took the game away from HWCC 2nd XI as he pummelled his way to 120, anchoring the GX innings. He was calmly supported by Fahim Qureshi (19), Ben Lane (37) and Edward Snushall (15), all of which contributed to partnerships of over 50 respectively.


It wasn't without a great effort from Harry Lane and Paul Brzezicki both took two wickets to slow the rate down in their 10 overs, but Ben Hoggan topped the bowlers picking up 3 wickets for his time.


The Wycombe fielding was good quality managing to restrict Gerrards Cross to 260, which one would think is around par at HQ.


In return, High Wycombe 2nd XI only managed to chase 74 off the runs before they were bowled out; club new-comer Isaac Leckie top-scoring with 22.


Skipper Simon Janes said, "After a solid performance in the field giving us a good chance of a win, we never got going with the bat."





The 5th team didn't manage to come home with much success either as Stoke Green managed to lift the crown winning by 4 wickets.


On a wicket that was sceptical to play, the captains decided that playing a game would be much more enjoyable considering their luck with the weather over the last few weeks.


Unfortunately, it meant that HWCC were only able to total 60 runs in 30.4 overs before being bowled out.


David Parsons was picked out for his notable performances both with the bat and the ball. Top scoring with 22 Dave scored over a third of his teams runs, whilst also taking 2-22 with the ball.


However, even with his bowling performance, Wycombe hadn't managed to stop Stoke Green chase down their total in 25 overs, 6 wickets down.


"Given how much cricket we missed over the last year or so, we were just happy to get a game." James Bibby said.


"Our fielding let us down a little with 7 dropped catches that could have turned the game around"




Finally, High Wycombe 1st XI played in the National Knockout Competition away against Henley.


Both Henley and Wycombe sides were considerably reduced due to minor county commitments, However, Henley didn't let that stop them as they were crowned victorious chasing down Wycombe's 120 just five wickets down and 4 overs to spare.


When batting, both Isaac Leckie (34) and Dan Marles (35) bolstered the High Wycombe innings in a game that was reduced to just 20 overs per side.


However, in return Henley's Matt Dalrymple whacked 53 off 29 balls, striking it at over 180. He gave his side the confidence and the start that was needed in order to seal the victory.


Henley managed to chase down the Wycombe total in 16 overs.


Skipper Dan Marles remained optimistic, "It was a good game of cricket. We were probably 20 runs shorts with the bat and a couple of bowlers light. But it was a good experience for some of the younger players"











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