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High Wycombe confirm title credentials
HIGH Wycombe CC captain Matt Eyles says there is more to come from his team after they moved up to second in the Home Counties League with their best performance of the season on Saturday.
They beat Aston Rowant by 131 runs despite losing the toss and being inserted on a green pitch, as three half centuries and a superb bowling display saw them jump above Saturday's opponents Burnham into second place.
In fact, Burnham slipped from second to sixth in a tightly packed top half of the table after they lost at home to Tring Park.
Eyles said: “It’s very tight because there haven’t been that many games, but the next few weeks will see the league settle down and we’ll see who really are the better teams.
“The league won’t lie in two or three weeks time and I think it will be something like what it will be at the end of the season.”
High Wycombe have Burnham, Oxford and Banbury next up and go into that run with a spring in their step after dismantling Aston Rowant.
Despite being put in on a green wicket, their top order met the challenge with a straight bat.
Openers Gavin Baker (51) and George Russell (43) put on 98 for the first wicket before the experienced duo of James Benning and Alan Duncan gave the middle order real clout with 69 and 71 respectively.
That got the London Road side up to 291, which was more than enough once George Harper got into his rhythm.
Baker and Benning made early inroads to reduce the hosts to 7-2, but it was Harper who made the difference as he chiselled out figures of 6-40 to end Rowant’s innings on 160.
Eyles said: “As a side it was probably our best performance of the season. We lost the toss and were put into bat on a very green wicket set up for their seamers, but it was the perfect team performance.
“I was confident we wouldn’t lose if we got anything over 250 but everyone chipped in with runs and 290 was an excellent score.
“Then our bowlers did their jobs outstandingly well. Aston Rowant got the better of the conditions so it wasn’t easy to bowl a side out as the pitch got easier, but they were superb and it was nice for George to get some rewards too.
“He’s bowled well all year but we’ve dropped a few catches and he probably hasn’t got the rewards he’s deserved.”
His form coincides nicely with other members of the team as Wycombe appear to be coming to the boil at just the right time.
Eyles said: “As a side we’re improving every week and there is definitely more to come from us.
“We’ve got a good squad of 13 or 14 who we can use at any one time and people know we’re not a closed shop. There is healthy competition here.”