Tuesday, 22 June 2021

Henley captain gunning for title

HENLEY Cricket Club can win the league this season, according to captain Bjorn Mordt.

HENLEY Cricket Club can win the league this season, according to captain Bjorn Mordt.

The 2009 and 2010 winners finished fourth last season but all-rounder Mordt believes his side can topple last year’s runaway leaders High Wycombe, who they face tomorrow (Saturday, 11.30am) at the Brakspear Ground.

The 34-year-old Zimbabwean said the first few games of the season will be crucial to shaping the outcome of their Home Counties Premier League Division 1 campaign.

“I think we can win it,” he said. “We’ve got some good players and there’s no reason why not. If we play the cricket we can there’s no reason why we can’t be champions at the end of it.

“When we’ve won the league previously we’ve started well and the first six games are crucial.

“We struggled in the first four or five games last season and High Wycombe made a good start and ran away with it. We won the last five games but by then it was too late.”

Henley have recruited batsmen Fahim Quereshi from Tring Park and Hamza Riazzudin from Hampshire to shore up their top five batsmen and professional left-arm spinner Ashton Agar has also joined.

The 19-year-old will play the first five games of the campaign before he joins up with the Australian A team and will then be replaced by fellow Aussie Cameron Boyce, 23, who is on the fringe of the same squad.

Mordt said: “We’re looking quite good and we’ve got some decent bowlers, including two very good spinners.

“If we can score the runs, which we hopefully can, and with the new recruits we have we can have a fair shot at it.”

Tom Nugent is playing for Loughborough University this year and Mordt believes the experience has served the 18-year-old all-rounder well.

“He looks like he’s put a little bit of pace on his bowling — it’s all very exciting,” he said.

The first game couldn’t be more difficult in the shape of last season’s champions, who were defeated just once last term and won the league by 37 points.

Mordt said: “The first game will be the most important going up against the champions. It will help us see where we are.”

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