Friday, 25 June 2021

Lee in fine form with ball as Henley end on winning note

HENLEY LADIES finished as runners-up in their first season in the Thames Valley Ladies’ League on Sunday after

HENLEY LADIES finished as runners-up in their first season in the Thames Valley Ladies’ League on Sunday after defeating visitors MAIDENHEAD AND BRAY LADIES by six wickets.

Henley captain Romilly Hayward won the toss and invited the visitors to bat. Opening bowlers Hayward and Nicola Lee bowled tight overs with Lee rewarded with an early wicket, lbw in the second over.

Maidenhead and Bray struggled to get the ball away as first change bowlers Lucy Day and Catherine Guppy kept the pressure on.

A wicket maiden in Guppy’s first over followed by a second Guppy wicket in the 12th left the visitors on 26-2. Anne Wheeler bowled a good line and length and was rewarded with a wicket, lbw.

Damaris Hayward took a fifth wicket, clean bowled from her second ball leaving Maidenhead and Bray on 84-5 after 20 overs.

An impressive partnership between Maidenhead and Bray’s number six and seven saw them return to the task of setting a competitive target with the score moving to 165-5 before the return of openers Romilly Hayward and Lee who dismantled hopes of a late surge when 12-year-old Lee took a quadruple wicket maiden in the first over of her second spell.

The pair gave away just two runs between them from the last five overs as Maidenhead and Bray finished on 167-9.

The chase started slowly for Henley as they lost openers Tori Taylor and Lucy Day to good bowling by the visitors and were on 15-2 after six overs.

Charlotte Clarke teamed up with Lee and the pair began a good recovery with both players dispatching any loose deliveries to the boundary and calling and running between the wicket determinedly.

Clarke dragged a bottom edge on to her stumps and, with the score on 55-3 in the 13th, Lee was joined by Guppy.

For the next 15 overs the pair put on a 98 run partnership dispatching the ball to all four corners before Lee was out dragging a wide one from the Maidenhead and Bray opener on to her stumps in the 26th over. Anne Wheeler joined Guppy and the pair reached their target in the 28th over with Guppy finishing with a four to take Henley to a match-winning  170-4.

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