Saturday, 19 June 2021

Carter and Allaway pile on the runs for hosts

HENLEY progressed to the next round of the Home Counties Premier League Twenty20 competition by defeating BUCKINGHAM at the Brakspear Ground on Sunday.

HENLEY progressed to the next round of the Home Counties Premier League Twenty20 competition by defeating BUCKINGHAM at the Brakspear Ground on Sunday.

Home skipper Bjorn Mordt won the toss and elected to bat in reasonable playing conditions with a touch of cloud and plenty of sunshine.

Opener Matt Rowe soon lost his wicket to a medium pace ball which he chased outside the off stump and was caught behind for 2.

Michael Roberts replaced him and, with plenty of runs under his belt this season, began confidently. At the other end Matthew Carter, who hit the ball to all parts of the field, put up his personal 50 in the eighth over, the over which also saw the demise of Roberts for 21 runs.



At the halfway stage, Carter had perished for 59 out of 82 but David Allaway, who had replaced Roberts, soon began to show the form of which he is capable, batting with panache. Mordt provided an ideal foil and he and Allaway continued with both batsmen producing a variety of strokes, scoring at well over 10 runs per over.

Henley soon reached the 200 mark off 19 overs before Allaway went for 76. The innings finally concluded at 212-4, with Mordt on 50 not out.

The confidence of Henley supporters soon took a setback as Tahir Afridi and Carter’s opening spell was wayward and lacked a cutting edge.

Jonathan Cater and his fellow opener Robert Large for Buckingham Town put on more than 100 for the opening stand before Mordt bowled Cater’s partner and this was soon followed up by two further wickets, falling to Euan Brock and Gurveer Singh, both stumped by Stewart Davison.

At this stage, the target appeared to be beyond Buckingham as lower order batsmen did not possess the power of their openers or of Henley’s strong batting line up.

Rowe, Singh and Brock, Henley’s spin trio, applied the brakes even further in the latter stages of the Buckingham innings, which at one stage looked in danger of over hauling the Henley total, but ended at 177-3 with Cater having scored 102 not out

The next round of the competition will see Slough — victors against Great and Little Tew — visit the Brakspear Ground on Monday, May 25.



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