Skipper Mordt shines with bat and ball in record win
A RECORD 10th win for HENLEY in any season in the Home Counties Premier League saw the hosts see
A RECORD 10th win for HENLEY in any season in the Home Counties Premier League saw the hosts see off TRING PARK’S challenge by 46 runs on Saturday and maintain their lead at the top of Division 1 over Banbury.
On a day when the top order did not provide the runs, it was down to the middle and lower orders to stand up and be counted which they did in the form of Bjorn Mordt, Jason Barber and Stuart Davison.
In a change of tactics, having won the toss, Henley skipper Bjorn Mordt opted to bat, thereby putting the onus on Tring, who needed to win to maintain interest in the title race, to chase down the hosts’ score.
Tring blended young and old in their opening bowling in the form of Middlesex’s U19 Tom Helm and the veteran Simon Stanway.
Michael Roberts and Dave Barnes adopted a suitably circumspect approach in the early overs, dealing almost exclusively in boundaries when the ball was there to be hit. All was well until the 11th over when Barnes nicked off to a juggling Dutch at slip making it 38-1. This became 40-4 in no time at all as Roberts saw his off stump removed by Stanway, Cameron Boyce was adjudged lbw off his first ball faced while Dave Allaway nicked off to Dutch at slip. All four wickets were down to Stanway and, albeit in different overs, the bowler picked up a hat-trick to boot.
Hamza Riazuddin and the incoming Mordt dug in to put on 66 for the next wicket before Riazuddin was caught behind for 19 off 85 balls. This brought Barber to the crease who started as he meant to go on with a cut four backwards of point and another boundary flipped over mid-wicket. This was followed up by some shots that owed more to baseball than cricket, but by the time he was bowled by Dutch, Barber had struck an invaluable 63 which had included some big hitting to all parts, comprising seven fours and three sixes off just 54 balls.
Meantime Mordt had scored an equally valuable 54 before being caught at slip. Davison proved a good foil to Barber, getting in on the act with some stylish boundaries, both batsmen scampering runs at every opportunity before Davison was caught behind for 36.
Tahir Afridi and Gurveer Singh offered little resistance and the innings ended in the 65th over, Henley on 224, some 30 or more runs light.
However, in the end Tring ended 46 runs short, all out in 50 overs in what was a fine performance by the Henley bowling unit that belied some profligate bowling, but which owed a great deal to the medium pace and flight of Mordt, returning figures of 5-38 in 14 overs. Like Stanway, he took out the top order.
Following a brisk start by the Tring openers, a short sharp shower saw the visitors lose four overs from their available 55 and, soon afterwards, their opener Pritchard who could only scoop a Mordt delivery to Barnes moving from slip to gully. Mordt’s next victim was the experienced Dutch caught at slip by Roberts to leave Tring on 57-2.
Pritchard and Tring skipper Payne took the game to Mordt and Boyce before Mordt trapped Payne lbw. The turning point came in the 27th over when Tomlinson drilled a Mordt delivery to Riazuddin at cover and Helm was bowled by Mordt with his next ball.
Devisetty became Boyce’s one and only lbw victim of the day to leave the visitors on 107-6. Tring were not giving up without a fight and as Dixon and Arshad plundered runs from Boyce and
Afridi, something needed to change.
Change it did with Singh replacing Boyce from the Pavilion end and Boyce swapping ends. First Singh cleaned up Dixon to end a 52 run partnership before Wilson, doubtless feeling the pressure to give Arshad the strike, prodded a Boyce delivery into the covers and set off for a run that never was. Nugent’s quick return and keeper Davison’s removal of the bails did the rest.
Having clattered Singh for a boundary, a disappointed Arshad was given out lbw with Singh’s next ball and Henley now had five overs to get the last wicket. For Tring, it was now a matter of seeing out 51 overs for a draw.
With both Stanway and Raja looking increasingly comfortable with spin, the overs ticked down and when Mordt brought Afridi back from the Pavilion end, Tring had just 12 balls to survive. In the event Afridi’s last delivery of the day clean bowled Stanway and that was that with just six balls to spare.
M Roberts, b S Stanway 14
D Barnes, c K Dutch, b S Stanway 21
H Riazuddin, c R Pritchard,
b S Stanway 19
C Boyce, lbw, b S Stanway 0
D Allaway, c K Dutch, b S Stanway 0
B Mordt, c V Devisetty, b S Stanway 54
J Barber, b K Dutch 63
S Davison, c R Pritchard,
b Z Arshad 36
T Afridi, st R Pritchard, b K Dutch 4
T Nugent, not out 5
G Singh, c K Dutch, b Z Arshad 0
Best bowling: S Stanway 6-61, Z Arshad 2-24, K Dutch 2-36.
R Pirtchard, c D Barnes, b B Mordt 22
L Tomlinson, c H Riazuddin,
b B Mordt 39
K Dutch, c M Roberts, b B Mordt 8
M Payne, lbw, b B Mordt 21
V Devisetty, lbw, b C Boyce 8
T Helm, b B Mordt 0
A Dixon, b G Singh 22
Z Arshad, lbw, b G Singh 35
R Wilson, run out 4
A Raja, not out 5
S Stanway, b T Afridi 4
Best bowling: B Mordt 5-38, G Singh 2-25.
HENLEYHAWKS NEW SEASONNEWS
AnExcitingSeasoninProspectatDryLeaswiththeclub’stwotopsidespromotedatthe end oflastseason.
TomeetthechallengesposedbytheirnewstatustheHawksareabletocallonnearly100%oflastseason’ssquad. They will be withouttheveteranlockJamesWinterbottomwhoretireshavingplayedover260gamesfortheHawksandalsothreeplayerswhowereduallyregisteredwithLondonWasps-flyhalfWillRobinson,now withLondonWelsh,wingscrum-halfJonahHolmes(LeedsCarnegie)andhookerNathanMorris (London Welsh).LongterminjurieswillpreventRyanNewman(flanker),BenAshmore(flanker)andJackShaylor(scrum-half)startingtheseason.
Director ofRugby,MikePoulson,andthecoachingteamledbyheadcoachNigelDudding, with Pete Davies and Kenny Dalgleish,haveaddedaroundadozennewplayerswiththeaimtohaveasquadwhichwillhavecoverindepthagainstthestrongeroppositiontheywillnowfaceback at level 3.
New recruits in the forwards to look out for will be: LukeAllentherecentcaptainofCinderfordwhoisathomeatNo.6orNo.8inthebackrow.Ex Wasps academy RyanLongwhowasatDryLeastheseasonbeforelast whenhewasaHawksregular.TwoforwardswithrecentoverseasexperienceTomMcGregor(ex- Leicester Tigers academy lock)played atSouthernCanterbury,NewZealandandMattWeller(prop)GXTOSpainhavealso signedfortheHawks.WellerpreviouslyplayedatCoventry.
AsfarasthebacksareconcernedAlan Awcock (wing/centre) joins having been a regular for Newportin the Welsh Premiershipfor the last 4 years. Theywillbefurther strengthenedbythereturnoftwoformerplayers.Wing/fullback WillJones,whohad15gamesfortheHawksinseason2009/10andscoredeighttriesbeforestudyingatuniversityinCardiffwhereheplayedfor CardiffBlueshasreturnedtotheareaandLukeBums(centre)whowas aregularHawks1st XVplayerinseasons2005-08whenhescoredeleventriesbeforeplaying for Newbury in the Championship.
Hawks are delighted to announce that Tom Howe, Wasps Academy and Shiplake College’s exciting England U18 wing prospect will be dual registered at Dry Leas this season. Liam O’Neill will also be dual registered, with Wasps as the Hawks partnership with the premiership club builds on the successes of previous seasons
To add depth in the scrum half position experienced former Ireland clubs and sevens international Mark Bruce has arrived having captained Falkirk last season.He will contest the number 9 spot with Luke Carter and Jack Shaylor. Also joining are fly-halves GuySwadling(ex-HinckleyscoringatryagainsttheHawkstwoyearsago)andElliottMarkhamfromLoughboroughStudents.