Wokingham CC see off promotion rivals High WycombeBy Adam Lee
June 13, 2012
Wokingham stretched the gap between themselves and fourth-placed High Wycombe 2nd to nine points with victory over their league rivals on Saturday.
Wokingham's two-wicket win, secured with just a single ball left to play, saw them cement third place in the table as they continue their quest for back-to-back promotions.
With skipper Dan Reddyhough unavailable due to his England commitments (supporting the football team in Euro 2012), Simon Myles took up the captaincy and was off to the best possible start by winning the toss.
With conditions still fairly wet underfoot, he put High Wycombe into bat first, with early rewards.
The visitors were soon on 40-3, before a fine mid-order partnership saw them put on a century stand to get themselves back into the game.
However, with High Wycombe looking on course for at least 220, Wokingham rediscovered their form in the second half of the innings.
Incredibly tight bowlinmg from Paul Dewick, Sanjay Jain and Stevie Smidt contained the High Wycombe score, with Dewick and Jain both grabbing a wicket before New Zealander Smidt (3-34) mopped up the tail.
Wokingham, chasing Wycombe’s total of 183, certainly fancied their chances.
High Wycombe, though, took the old ball and had some good early success, leaving Wokingham 20-2 with 10 overs gone. However, stand-in captain Myles took to the crease and led by example, putting togther some handy partnerships on course for his 76.
Wokingham required 40 off the last eight overs when he was dismissed, but an excellent unbeaten 44 from Smidt, ably supported by Will Ellison and Dewick, saw Wokingham to their target with a ball and two wickets to spare.
They face second-placed Amersham away on Saturday, where a convincing win, coupled with other scores going their way could see the Oaks take top spot in the league.
However, with the league as tightly placed as it is, a comprehensive win for Amersham would put Wokingham even further adrift of the promotion pack.