HENLEY played themselves back into title contention last Saturday with a convincing victory over BANBURY at the Brakspear Ground.
Going into the match top of the Home Counties Premier League Division 1 table the visitors’ top order failed to deliver and their bowling attack was left with far too little to work with, and, on the day, they were made to look rather ordinary.
It was a day too when the Henley bowling unit yet again turned in a masterful performance, backed up by energetic fielding and classy keeping.
Overnight and morning rain failed to prevent the game going ahead thanks to sterling work by Henley groundsman, Tony King. Only the very edge of the square needed a little further time to dry out before the game got under way at 11.40am, the match reduced to a 59/49 over split.
Humid and sultry conditions under a cloudy sky were ideal for swing and seam bowling, so it was a toss to win and field. Henley skipper Bjorn Mordt duly obliged. The captain was rewarded by a wicket maiden in the first over of the day when Lloyd Sabin edged Tahir Afridi’s sixth ball behind to keeper Ben McDermott who dived far to his right to scoop up the ball inches off the deck.