HENLEY bowler Tahir Afridi dismissed the last four TRING PARK players in four balls to help his side move clear
HENLEY bowler Tahir Afridi dismissed the last four TRING PARK players in four balls to help his side move clear at the top of Division 1 of the Home Counties Premier League last Saturday.
Winning the toss, Henley skipper Bjorn Mordt wasted no time in inviting Tring to bat on an initially overcast and breezy morning.
From the off the Henley bowling attack posed plenty of problems. Tom Nugent delivered the ball with pace and nip and when Afridi bowled opener Vinay Devisetty in the third over, it was clear that the Tring batsmen had their work cut out on what was a benign deck.
The incoming Keith Dutch brought all his experience to bear as he and Leigh Tomlinson were made to graft for every run with the odd boundary thrown in.
After 12 overs Tring had only 18 runs on the board and there was little change in the rate when Mordt and Hamza Riazuddin came on as first change, Riazuddin going for just 18 in his first seven over spell.
Dutch took more of a shine to Mordt’s medium pace to clatter several boundaries. Just as he had done the hard work and was looking set to up the rate, Dutch went to sweep Gurveer Singh, lost his balance and was stumped by Todd Ferguson for his pains.
Soon after Tomlinson nicked off a Singh delivery to Mordt at slip and Tring were 91-3 off 27 overs.
Henley gave Oratory School skipper and left-arm off-spinner Cameron Jacobsen his league debut. The 18-year-old showed plenty of poise and confidence to remove Tring skipper Michael Payne with the score still on 91. Zashan Arshad charged down the wicket to Singh and was bowled in the 35th over to leave the hosts on 107-5.
Tom Helm, a Middlesex and England U19 bowler, led the charge with the bat but Henley kept the pressure up to remove Robin Pritchard, bowled Nugent, fast and straight.
Andy Dixon weighed in with Helm, the pair plundering runs from a returning Riazuddin and Afridi, before Afridi pulled off the move of the day to remove Helm, Rory Wilson, Ali Raja and Simon Stanway with successive deliveries, each delivery clipping off or middle and off.
Tring collapsed from 159-6 to 159 all out in 46.4 overs with Afridi taking 5-15 in 8.4 overs and Singh 3-39 in what was a good all-round bowling performance by the visitors.
Having started off with three wides, Stanway accounted for Jason Barber, lbw, with his second legitimate delivery.
But toil as they might, success was limited for the Tring bowlers as the sun shone, the breeze dropped and David Barnes took up where he left off against North Mymms and settled into a productive partnership with Fahim Qureshi, the pair running hard and rotating the strike.
Neither looked in any bother, until Qureshi, in a momentary lapse of concentration, played on off an inside edge. This brought Dave Allaway to the wicket and he and Barnes began to set about the Tring attack, all of whom felt the heat as the batsmen struck several fours and sixes. Allaway would nick off for 31 with 33 needed, but Raizuddin proved a good foil to Barnes who applied his trademark acceleration as the target neared.
It was left to Raizuddin to stroke Wilson into no fielder’s land for the 160th run in the 44th over to win the game.