Monday, 21 June 2021

Henley looking to do league double

HENLEY travel to Great & Little Tew tomorrow (Saturday, 11am) in the Home Counties Premier League.

HENLEY travel to Great & Little Tew tomorrow (Saturday, 11am) in the Home Counties Premier League.

Following the frustrating draw last weekend against Tring, Henley will be more determined than ever to win and do the double over a Tew side which has struggled in recent weeks and has gravitated towards the bottom of the division.

Well beaten last Saturday by Burnham and a fortnight earlier by High Wycombe, although the previous week, they came close to defeating near-neighbours Banbury.

But Tew have to go back to May 28 for their last win against Harefield in a 50-over game and they have certainly found the timed games more of a challenge.

However, as the Banbury game showed, Tew possess some quality players and one thing they have in common with Henley is that both sides are yet to win a timed game.

So with nine games down and nine to go, Henley find themselves well placed, two points behind new leaders Finchampstead, who completed a Coetzee-led demolition of Harefield last weekend.

Despite their draw at Tring, Henley were assisted by Banbury coming unstuck at home to Slough and a full-strength High Wycombe side had to settle for a draw against a Reading side which showed a degree of mettle and resistance which has been lacking to date in this campaign.

As a result, High Wycombe lie third on 133 points, five behind Henley and Banbury are a further three points back in fourth. It is all too close to call and there is nothing in it.

This Saturday, Banbury entertain Harefield but High Wycombe have a tricky home fixture with Slough whilst the match of the day for the neutral probably is Finchampstead at Burnham which both sides go into on a run of good form.

At this rate, the championship is going to go right down to the wire.

Elsewhere, the Henley second XI marched on at the head of Division 2B of the Morrant Thames Valley League with another win, this time over Beaconsfield at Shiplake College.

This weekend, they are at home to second-placed Hurst whom they beat comfortably by eight wickets on the opening day of the season.

The Henley third XI will look to continue their winning ways in Division 4B at the Nettlebed Cricket Club ground against North Maidenhead 2nds.

Henley’s fourth side are away to Eversley 3rds in Division 7A. All these games start at 1pm.

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