Sunday, 25 July 2021

Chairman optimistic of club’s chances

THE new chairman of Henley Cricket Club says there are “exciting” times ahead for the club.

THE new chairman of Henley Cricket Club says there are “exciting” times ahead for the club.

Former treasurer Brian Kenworthy, 52, took over from Paul Bradbury after he stepped down at the end of last season.

He said he is “honoured and privileged” to succeed Mr Bradbury, who has been at the club for 33 years and will stay on as vice-chairman until the end of the current campaign.

Mr Kenworthy is enthusiastic about the new season, saying: “We’ve got a great first XI and it’s very exciting. The players have developed from last year and we also have new players.

“We have two players that are playing Universities Centre of Cricket Excellence in Tom Nugent at Loughborough University and Stuart Davison at Oxford Brookes University.

“They will get the benefit of the coaching and first team experience, which is great for those two lads and it strengthens the team further.

“We’ve also got Michael Roberts, who can play when he’s not in the Hampshire first team, so we’ve got a strong squad.”

Mr Kenworthy, who lives near Abingdon, joined the club as a player in 1984 when he moved to the area.

His goal as chairman is to strengthen the underbelly of the club and he believes all four senior squads have a role alongside the junior section.

He said: “This year hopefully the first and third XIs will be much stronger, while the second team have also got three or four new players this season.

“I think the first team have a very good chance of winning the Home Counties Premier League and I think the second and third teams have a good chance of finishing in the top half of their leagues.”

Mr Kenworthy, whose son Brian plays for the second and third teams, said the other objective for the club is to field a fourth XI on a more regular basis now they have a larger pool to pick from.

“The fourth team is a development stage and a few older players coming to the end of their careers. We’re trying to create a pathway from the junior section to progress into the fourth team and then climb the ladder.”

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