Tuesday, 22 June 2021

Change of fortune for Henley

SLOUGH exacted revenge for their league defeat the previous week when they beat Henley in the Home Counties T20 quarter–final

SLOUGH exacted revenge for their league defeat the previous week when they beat Henley in the Home Counties T20 quarter–final on Monday.

Henley won the toss and elected to bat but their attempt to set a decent target faltered when Bjorn Mordt was out caught off Nawaz to the first ball and Matt Carter, having lofted an early six, was also caught, this time off Slough’s best bowler Khan. 

Khan brought Matt Rowe’s tenure in the middle to an abrupt end in the fifth over and also accounted for Zia Ashraf, the fourth to be caught, with the score now on 47. 

In overcast conditions, and facing tight bowling, Henley were struggling to force the pace. Roberts hit three boundaries before being bowled for 26 by unorthodox spinner Akbar in the 12th over, and Barnes hit a run–a–ball 32 before being run out by Iqbal’s direct hit from the boundary. 

Davison and Nugent both hit sixes at the death but Henley were only able to post 124.



Slough lost both openers in Henley’s first over, by Ashraf, courtesy of a good throw by Barnes and a straightforward catch at cover by Mordt. 

Thereafter, Slough settled down, keeping their shots low and matching the run rate throughout.  Their No 3 Waqas Hussain top–scored in the match with 55 including eight fours from 52 deliveries, until well caught by Rowe on the midwicket boundary in what turned out to be the final over, Slough running out winners with one over to spare.



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