Tuesday, 15 June 2021

Duo hit half-centuries as Henley ease to victory

HENLEY completed their warm-up programme last Saturday with a convincing win over Home Counties Premier League Division 2 West side

HENLEY completed their warm-up programme last Saturday with a convincing win over Home Counties Premier League Division 2 West side ASTON ROWANT, running out winners by 90 runs.

Winning the toss and batting first, David Barnes (4) was an early casualty lbw, but fellow opener Stuart Davison and Dave Allaway put on 44 before Allaway (30) was caught behind.

This brought Henley’s Australian A and U19 recruit Ashley Agar to the crease to make his debut on English soil in a summer that could see him play in the Ashes series.

Agar was soon in the groove and he and Davison (54) added 92 between them. Following Davison’s departure, Agar (58) pushed on, a mix of strength and subtlety, only to be caught out when a mighty strike down the ground faded in the stiff breeze and he was caught just inside the boundary.

Graham Ferber (17) got himself in only to get out, Todd Ferguson was run out and skipper Bjorn Mordt (26) looked in good touch only to hole out to cover.

Tom Nugent (10) struck a six then to be bowled by Rowant skipper Wesley Morrick and Simon Wheeler (3 not out) and Gurveer Singh (7 not out) completed the 45 overs to give Henley a total of 233.

In response, Rowant got off to a slow start, pinned down by Simon Wheeler and Nugent and soon found themselves 16—1 when Nugent bowled Morgan (6).

Watling and Cook regrouped to make it 40 off 12 overs only for Agar to come on in the 13th over and remove Cook (10) with his fourth ball. Johnny Wright showed a good turn of pace and seam to dismiss Matthews (6), caught Mordt diving sharply low to his left, and Agar struck again to remove Matthews (32) making it 63—4.

Muttitt and Morrick restored order putting on 38 for the next wicket when Muttitt (20) was stumped off the spin of Singh.

Morrick (52) fought on but his partners came and went, notably Penhale (8) who fell victim to a remarkable one handed catch in the deep by Nugent.

When Morrick nicked off to Wright, caught Barnes, at 142—8 in the 32nd over, the end was not long in coming as Wright removed Leaney caught behind and Singh snapped up the last wicket, caught Mordt, and Rowant were 143 all out.

Pick of the bowlers were Singh 4—33 and Wright 3—35 but Nugent (1—17) was pacey and miserly and Agar (2—30) completed a promising all round contribution.

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