HENLEY kept up the pressure at the top of the table with, in the end, a convincing five wicket victory at GERRARDS CROSS last Saturday.
Winning the toss the hosts elected to bat first on their picturesque Dukes Lane ground. Openers Anwar, a Berkshire U17 player, and Watson got them off to a steady if slow start before the former, pinned down by Tahir Afridi, was induced into the drive and nicked off to Michael Roberts at second slip.
A ridge that runs across the wicket at the Pavilion End makes it difficult for batsmen to judge length and height and in the ensuing overs, this was exploited by Afridi to the full as the hosts went from 42-1 to 52-2 and then fell off the cliff to 53-6.
Australian overseas player Solway announced his arrival with a boundary though midwicket only to balloon a leading edge to Euan Brock at point a few balls later.
Opener Watson went the same way as Anwar, Roberts taking the catch low to his right. Hoddle was caught behind and Hunt, fortunate to survive an appeal off his first ball, indecisively prodded at the next and spooned it to Roberts. In between whiles, Bjorn Mordt trapped Dan Hampton lbw.