NEWLY-FORMED club HENLEY ASTROS, made up of players from Henley Hockey Club, drew their first ever match away to LITTLE MISSENDEN MISFITS on Sunday.
The Astros lost the toss and were invited to bat. Presented with a slow and tricky pitch, openers Dan Austin and Tony Gaze got the visitors off to a good start as they shared an opening stand of 66 before Austin was trapped lbw for 26.
This brought Ed Foster to the crease and his crisp shots provided an impressive foil to Gaze’s striking. Gaze (64) reached his half-century with a cover drive before being bowled and bringing a partnership of 78 to an end.
Foster was then out, caught off a top edge soon after for 35. This left the middle order to build to an impressive total of 183-7.
The hosts’ reply started in a similar vein and although Richard Woolfrey and Rowan Austin bowled tightly, Lyne and Graham attacked the loose balls to keep the run rate moving. With the pitch drying out, runs started to flow more freely.