Tuesday, 22 June 2021

Former youth player nets 100 Henley first team appearances

MICHAEL ROBERTS’ century of games for Henley in Division 1 of the Home Counties Premier League was marked with a presentation of a bottle of champagne by club president John Nelson shortly before the start of the game at Harefield last Saturday.

Having played in Henley’s second and third teams from the age of 14, Roberts first played for Henley first team in June 2006, where he hit a half century on his debut aged 17.

But it was his 87 not out later that season that not only saved but won the game at home to Tring Park that marked him out as someone to watch for the future. The following season he opted for the demands of league cricket rather than play school cricket. Since then Roberts has established himself as an opening bat and was leading scorer and joint player of the year in 2009.

In 2011 he scored more than 1,000 runs for Berkshire including an unbeaten 97 at Lord’s in the successful one day final against Hertfordshire.

In 2012 Roberts played second team cricket for Hampshire and was awarded a one year contract in 2013. Last season he topped the averages with 61.28 from 10 innings owing to his commitments with Hampshire for whom he played six first class and five one day games including the Pro 40 semi-final at the Ageas Bowl against Glamorgan. Currently he is Henley’s leading scorer with 366 league runs.

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