THE next opponents for Home Counties Premier League leaders Henley are Oxford, who languish at the
THE next opponents for Home Counties Premier League leaders Henley are Oxford, who languish at the foot of the table having lost five games. The game starts at 11am at Henley’s Brakspear Ground.
To add to Oxford’s woes, their captain Ian Crosby has been banned for two matches by the league’s disciplinary committee, following his scathing criticism of umpires in a recent match with local rivals Horspath, who were awarded six penalty runs which was enough to secure them a one-wicket victory in the final over.
Last season Oxford finished mid-table, with five wins, eight losses and three draws but their losses this season, in addition to Horspath, have been at home to Tring and away at Reading, Wycombe and Slough.
The mainstay of their batting has been Stewart Laudat, who scored 59 at Wycombe, with other contributions from their New South Wales opener Ryan Carters and from Vishane Perera who scored 43 at Slough and 87 last week against Harefield.
Crosby welcomes the longer form of the game, reckoning that his key bowlers are their spinners, including leg spin bowler Shami Mendis. Right arm seam bowler Will Rooney accounted for both Harefield’s opening batsmen last week before the rains came.
This Saturday will be Jake Doran’s last game for Henley as he takes up the captaincy of the Australia U19 side. Previously this season he has played six matches, scoring 257 runs at an average of 64 with his best being his outstanding and match-winning knock of 121 away at Banbury. He has hit 25 fours and 13 sixes and has bowled in three matches to take seven wickets at an average of 10.