Friday, 25 June 2021

Derby day for Henley

TOMORROW (Saturday, 11am) Henley are at home for the second consecutive Saturday as they take on

TOMORROW (Saturday, 11am) Henley are at home for the second consecutive Saturday as they take on local rivals Reading.

The Berkshire side currently occupy ninth spot in Division 1 of the Home Counties Premier League and their chances of retaining Division 1 status took a bit of a knock when they lost at home last weekend to Great and Little Tew.

In the rain-affected game over at Sonning Lane in May, Reading were all out for 69 which Henley chased down in just over 10 overs for the loss of three wickets.

In recent weeks Reading have held High Wycombe to a draw and narrowly lost to Tring in a game which they came within a whisker of winning.

Henley’s victory over Burnham last weekend moved them into second place in Division 1, just three points behind leaders Finchampstead who were held to a draw at home to Banbury in a nail-biting finish that saw them close on 194-8 in their allotted overs, just one run short of a tie and two runs short of victory.



When the dust had settled, Finchampstead had garnered nine points and Banbury came away with 13 which leaves the north Oxfordshire side in third spot just three points adrift of Henley and four ahead of High Wycombe who cruised to victory over Harefield, now firmly anchored at the bottom of the table.

It is as tight as ever in the championship race and another 25 point haul against Reading would be most welcome especially as Finchampstead travel to High Wycombe and Banbury entertain Burnham.

Elsewhere tomorrow Henley 2nds make the short journey to Wargrave whilst Henley 3rds play Fleet at Nettlebed and Henley 4ths travel to North Maidenhead 3rds. All these Thames Valley League matches get under way at 1pm.

Henley are also in action on Sunday in the Home Counties Premier League Twenty20 finals day which takes place at Banbury. Henley play High Wycombe and if they win, will meet either Oxford or Burnham in the final. The semi-finals begin at 11am and the final is at 3pm.



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