Friday, 18 June 2021

Australian to stay on at Henley

CAMERON BOYCE will remain at Henley Cricket Club until the end of the season.

CAMERON BOYCE will remain at Henley Cricket Club until the end of the season.

The right arm leg spin bowler had been tipped to join up with the Australian A squad following former Henley player Ashton Agar’s promotion to the Test side for the Ashes series against England.

He missed out on the cut but didn’t allow it to affect his performance on Saturday as he took five wickets in the win against Welwyn Garden City, which extended his club’s lead at the top of the Home Counties Premier League to 55 points.

Boyce, 23, replaced his countryman Agar, who played three league games for Henley earlier in the season before joining up with Australia A, but if he had left then the club would have been unable to replace him because the deadline for registering new players passed on June 30.

Chairman Brian Kenworthy admitted to feeling a mixture of emotions.

He said: “We’re delighted to have him but disappointed for him at the same time because we know he wanted to play for the Australian A team.

“I think he’s happy playing at Henley but disappointed he didn’t get included in the squad because that’s his ambition.

“It’s the next step up the ladder and the stepping stone to the Test side.”

Reflecting on Boyce’s weekend performance, Kenworthy said: “It’s the second time he’s done that and he’s a very useful acquisition.

“He’s a very good cricketer and we were very fortunate to have replaced Ashton with another great player.”

Boyce will still miss the last game of the season against Burnham in September because he is on a training programme hosted by Hampshire CC, in which he is due to return to Australia at the end of August.

Kenworthy said: “Hopefully by then we will have done the job.

“Cameron will go back at the end of the season and be playing the Australian season, where he will hope to break through then.”

Despite another win for Henley, Kenworthy was cautiously optimistic about his club’s chances of winning the title they last achieved in 2010.

He said: “When you are at the top you can’t take your foot off the gas. It’s the old cliché of taking one game at a time and that’s what we’re doing.”

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