IN their first competitive game of the season, reigning Home Counties Premier League Division 1 champions HENLEY came off second best against a BANBURY side that was simply superior in all departments.
Winning the toss, Henley elected to bat on a warm, slightly breezy morning at Banbury, and found the going tough from the start as the home bowlers made the most of a slow wicket.
With the ball not coming on as they would like and the odd one keeping low, Henley openers Michael Roberts and David Barnes struggled for runs as the Banbury bowlers kept their discipline and bowled good areas.
Barnes departed early lbw to a ball that kept low and his replacement, Australian Ben McDermott, found himself pinned down and the paid the price for going down the track to Ryan and getting stumped for his pains.
The arrival of Euan Brock at the crease signalled the start of the most fruitful partnership of the day (63) as both Roberts and Brock grafted away and kept the scoreboard ticking along with some good running between the wickets before Brock was adjudged out lbw to Banbury skipper Phillips.