Winning the toss Finches asked the visitors to bat first. They opened the bowling with spinner Billy Rogers and seamer Zak Jones. Wycombe openers started steadily so bowling changes were used with all three Finch seamers in action.
At 45 Eddie Callis was trapped LBW to Darren Augustus then at 59 and the 13th over Conrad Louth was caught in the deep off spinner James Woodford. Five overs later Saw Josh Lincoln caught and bowl Lloyd Patternot so 83 – 3. Bowling changes helped to unsettle the batsmen so that at 128 three more wickets fell. Nicki Gouldstone was caught at slip off Woodford then Ryan Quinn had two catches behind by ‘keeper Simon Bell so six wickets down.
But skipper Dan Marles had secured his half century holding the innings together well. In the 38th over however he fell caught at mid on off Augustus for a valuable 59. The eighth and ninth wickets were down by 196 then High Wycombe closed their 50 overs on 207 – 9.
Ryan Quinn returned 3 – 32 and there were two apiece for Darren Augustus and James Woodford.
With Greg Smith unable to bat due to a hand injury fielding the openers for Finches were Tommie Predgen and Darren Augustus. By by the eighth over both were back in the pavilion out off Bucks county seamers Tom Hampton and Cameron Parsons. The side never settled into any constructive partnerships against a good mainly pace attack. At 61 five were down including skipper Dan Lincoln LBW to Parsons.
At 71 the innings was in real trouble with seven wickets down. Last of these was Billy Rogers who had fought well for 28. There were good strokes from Simon Bell 21 and Zak Jones 29 but the innings closed on 132 – 9 so a defeat by 75 runs. Cameron Parsons was the pick of the bowlers for High Wycombe taking 4 – 26.
So in the end aq comfortable win for High Wycombe. For Finches they bowled and fielded well but brittle batting with a changed line up saw failure against the three visiting county pacemen taking seven wickets between them.
All four TVCL sides saw their usual action.
At Royal Ascot Firsts in division 2B the Seconds had a fine yet very close 10 run win. Finches batting first totalled 218 with Matt eldridge 45 and Andy Lazenbury 42. Royal Ascot attacked the score but fine seam bowling from Connor Corlett just kept them below the run rate. At the end they were dismissed for 208 so a narrow victory. Connor Corlett returned 5 – 38 for Finches.
The Thirds in division 3A hosted Falkland Seconds in what turned out to be a fine match. Falkland were 171 – 8 at closure with spinner Matt Harper taking 3 – 25. Trouble indeed for the Finches early batters as they were reduced to 4 wickets for 6 runs. Worse followed as at 52 six were down. Then followed a fine 100 run partnership r to bring Finches in sight of the win. Sean Woodward fell at 152 for his fine 71. Finches were remarkably home for the win at 172 – 8 with Sam Taylor 43 not out.
The Fourths in division 6B travelled to Theale & Tilehurst Seconds. Finches totalled a workmanlike 184 – 6 with Joe Sheldon 69 and Jamie Brown 62. But the strong hosts seconds were home for the win at 185 – 3.
Another success for the Fifths at Thatcham Thirds in division 8A. They bowled out Thatcham for 129 with MK taking 3 – 30 and two wickets for Matt Arnold. Finches were winners at 131 – 5 led by Jamie Burton with 51.
NEIL DOODY 26 MAY 2019
Updated 14:32 - 28 Jun 2019 by Kwame Appiah