Last ball drama helps side on way to Twenty20 title
HENLEY are this season’s Homes Counties Premier League Twenty20 champions following victories against Slough and Banbury at Oxford on Sunday in games of contrasting plots but equal measures of suspense and excitement.
In the semi-final SLOUGH won the toss and decided to bat on what is the second ground at Oxford — the flattest of wickets with short boundaries.
Opening up with Hussein and Shah, Slough charged off into the distance, the ball flying to all parts and Henley’s bowlers powerless to do much about it.
By the eighth over, having just lost Hussein (39), Slough had amassed 104 runs. But Ryan Bezuidenhout bowled Shah (47) and Euan Brock removed the dangerous Shaan Khan lbw (13) before he could cause too much damage and with the exception of an unbeaten 66 by Slough skipper Sher, the remaining batsmen made little impression. Sher kept the pressure up and plundered runs as Slough completed their 20 overs on 195-7.
Set almost 10 an over to win, Henley were well up with the rate at half distance on 96. Bjorn Mordt (38) and Matt Carter (25) got things off to a good start and though Michael Roberts (5) went cheaply, Zia Ashraf (35) and David Barnes (40) both put in a good shift to keep Henley in the hunt.