Big innings sets up comfortable triumph
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