Monday, 21 June 2021

Extras prove difference as Henley fall short

HENLEY were unable to sustain their resurgent performance against Harefield when they visited TRING last Saturday, conceding far too many extras when they bowled and then failing to chase down a relatively modest total.

As heavy rain showers enveloped Tring around 10am, the prospects of any cricket at all looked decidedly bleak. But efficient work from the groundsman, who had covered a large part of the square, improving and drying weather and a draining albeit lush outfield enabled play to commence at 1pm, with only eight overs lost to each side.

Winning the toss, Henley skipper Bjorn Mordt unhesitatingly elected to bowl. But rather generous bowling from Tahir Afridi and Tom Nugent ensured that the Tring openers got off to a flyer before Pritchard was taken low down at second slip by Michael Roberts.

Mordt replaced Nugent and by dint of taking pace off the ball, began to peg things back and accounted for opener Tomlinson, caught at mid-on by David Barnes.

That was it for a while as Tring skipper Jones and former skipper Payne put on 48 for the third wicket before Jones holed out to Roberts at long-on off the bowling of Euan Brock, following which the remaining seven wickets fell in less than the remaining 17 overs for just 59.

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