Tuesday, 27 July 2021

A united team ethos helped Henley retain league crown

CRICKET is a game which lends itself to rigorous analysis, statistical and otherwise.

The traditional yardsticks by which players have long been evaluated are well known - number of runs scored, batting averages, strike rates for batsmen, strike rates and economy rates for bowlers.

In 2013, this basic approach to batting statistics by the Home Counties Premier Cricket League, based on eight completed matches and a minimum of 200 runs resulted in just three Henley players, David Barnes, Hamza Riazuddin and Bjorn Mordt, appearing in the batting averages for Division 1.

Michael Roberts who contributed 429 runs in seven innings at an average of 61.29 did not feature. Barnes was in sixth spot and Riazuddin and Mordt somewhat to the back of the pack.

On the bowling front, based on a minimum of 15 wickets, the picture was rather different, unsurprisingly, since the 2013 championship was based first and foremost on the excellence of the bowling unit.

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