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Wycombe batters make opening statement
ALEX Morgan says he and Alex Jewell can open the batting for High Wycombe for years to come after ending a season of strife with a massive record partnership last weekend.
Morgan, still just 19, and 26-year-old Jewell bludgeoned Potters Bar into submission with a colossal opening stand of 261, beating the previous club record of 224 set by Keith Newell and Matthew Eyles in 2009.
He said: “We’ve struggled a bit at the top this season so it was nice to get a few runs.
“We’ve been too reckless, playing too many shots too early. But this weekend we started slowly and really built it up before going for it later in the bowling.
“We realised there were no demons in the wicket and thought we could really go on to get a big one.
“We were looking to get 300 but 261 isn’t bad and it’s always nice to get a club record.”
In fact, that is Morgan’s second club record. He also shares the record second wicket stand of 205, set last summer with Eyles when again both batsmen reached three figures.
He said: “I’m not like Shane Watson, when I get past 50 I’m normally ok.”
It might never have happened though. Morgan could very easily be reflecting on another disappointing stint in the middle after being given a life early in his innings.
He said: “I nicked one on 40 and was caught behind, but I was given not out and did a bit of Stuart Broad.
“I have walked in the past. I nicked one in an academy game early on yesterday and walked – it just depends on how you’re playing and the situation.”
That was the only scare though as Morgan struck 23 fours on his way to 153, while Jewell’s 105 included 12 fours.
James Benning came in to add 40 from a 15-ball cameo late on as Wycombe barrelled along to 354-4 declared.
But despite that mass of runs, they weren’t quite able to finish off the job.
Robin Collins took four wickets and Adam Dobb struck twice, but Potters Bar clung on for a draw at 281-9.
But while the winning draw lifts the club further away from the drop zone, Saturday’s game could have more lasting benefits if it nails down their openers.
Morgan said: “Alex has been playing well all season and scoring quite consistently.
“That was my first 50 for the firsts this season but it felt great out there.
“It was pretty much perfect, and you had a left and right hand partnership too.
“There’s no reason why we can’t stay there now for a long time.
They host Welwyn Garden City at London Road on Saturday.
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