Thursday, 17 June 2021

Henley hit by Agar’s success

ASHTON AGAR’S rise to prominence in the Ashes could lead to Henley Cricket Club losing its last overseas player.

ASHTON AGAR’S rise to prominence in the Ashes could lead to Henley Cricket Club losing its last overseas player.

The 19-year-old left-hand spin bowler played three Home Counties Premier League games for the club earlier in the season before leaving to join up with the Australian A squad.

He was replaced by fellow countryman Cameron Boyce but following Agar’s promotion to the Test squad last week, the right arm leg spin bowler could now be called up to the A squad for its tour of South Africa at the end of the week.

It means Henley will have used up their maximum allocation of overseas players for the season after passing the registration deadline of June 30.

Captain Bjorn Mordt said: “When you lose someone who goes to play for their country you don’t really mind and it’s different from guys leaving just to go home.

“We replaced Ashton with someone really good in Cameron but he could also be going back to Australia A.

“Next year we’re going to get a player who’s not quite as good so we don’t lose them.”

Mordt, who described 23-year-old Boyce’s style of bowling as “exactly like Shane Warne”, said the club should still be in a good position to win their first title since 2010.

The club is now 34 points clear at the top of the league after a win against High Wycombe on Saturday.

Mordt said: “We’ve got some good players even if we lost Cameron but we need to start playing some good cricket in the last eight games.”

Chairman Brian Kenworthy said he was “delighted” for Agar and Boyce, should he be picked for the A squad, but said it leaves a hole in his team.

The club received the players from Hampshire CC, which has a programme in which promising Australian players come over and gain Premier League experience.

Kenworthy said the players they receive are luck of the draw, adding: “If we get offered players again next year it won’t be a risk because Australia won’t be touring over here.

“If you get good up-and-coming players there’s always a risk they might be selected to play at a higher level.”

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