Big in­nings sets up com­fort­able tri­umph

ICK­EN­HAM CC

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT -

QUICK-FIRE in­nings from Dan Pope and Steve Gib­son saw Ick­en­ham make it back-to-back wins by beat­ing Wy­combe House by 116 runs on Satur­day.

House won the toss and in­serted the hosts, whose in­nings started with a bang as opener Pope played his way to 56 off only 40 balls be­fore de­part­ing af­ter a stun­ning catch was taken in the gully.

Fel­low opener El­liot Evans (40) and new bats­men Luke O’Driscoll (34) took Ick­en­ham past 100 with the loss of only one wicket, be­fore the House spin­ners turned the screw on the mid­dle or­der and 127-1 be­came 151-7.

But Gib­son smashed an un­beaten 50 off 40 balls to pro­pel the Ick­en­ham in­nings to 230-9 de­clared, be­fore, young fast bowler Krissie Mistry had the House opener caught at first slip to get the re­ply off to the worst pos­si­ble start. Things did not get much bet­ter for House as some fan­tas­tic field­ing on the bound­ary from Mistry led to a run-out, and con­tin­ued pres­sure from the Ick­en­ham at­tack led to wick­ets fall­ing in quick suc­ces­sion.

All the bowlers chipped in, but it was Mistry (3-34) who had the fi­nal say, tak­ing the last two wick­ets with two fierce de­liv­er­ies, one of which saw the bats­man hit his own wicket.

Mean­while, up in Di­vi­sion One of the Home Coun­ties Premier League, Hare­field are still in dan­ger of rel­e­ga­tion af­ter draw­ing with Tring Park.

n BIG-HITTER: Ick­en­ham’s Steve Gib­son hit 50 off 40 balls

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