Thursday, 29 July 2021

Stevens and Birkett pile on the runs as hosts triumph

HARPSDEN were made to work hard for their win at home to HENLEY ASTROS on Sunday.

HARPSDEN were made to work hard for their win at home to HENLEY ASTROS on Sunday.

The Astros won the toss and elected to bowl first with moisture on the pitch following earlier rain. The decision to bowl first looked like a good one with two early Harpsden wickets falling thanks to tight opening spells from R Woolfrey and I Rechner.

Mick Greenwood and Will Stevens put on an important partnership but when Greenwood fell, Harpsden looked like they would make an under par score.

Adam Birkett and Will Stevens then put on a 120 run partnership which increased the run rate without many risks. Stevens played a fine innings with a mixture of big hitting and watchful batting. Harpsden eventually got up to 227 with some big hits from Birkett to finish the innings.



In reply Harpsden’s opening spell from both ends was tight and restricted runs thanks to Tom Ham and Alex Bradley.

Henley Astros got back into the game with runs from R Hibbard and S Baker but the batsman who put Harpsden under the most pressure was E Foster who hit a quickfire 43 until overseas leg spinner Matt Hayward got his man and all but ended any hopes to successfully chase 227. Henley Astros were eventually bowled out for 161.

HARPSDEN

S Burgess, c —, b R Woolfrey

13

O Brown, b I Rechner

0

M Greenwood, lbw, b J Measures

31

W Stevens, b R Mortimer

92

A Birkett, not out

65

A Cary, not out

2

Extras

24



TOTAL (4 wkts)

227

HENLEY ASTROS

D Austin, lbw, b A Cary

10

I Rechner, c A Birkett, b T Ham

13

R Hibbard, c A Birkett, b M Hayward

22

E Foster, c T Ham, b M Hayward

43

J Baker, b A Bradley

22

T Gaze, lbw, b M Hayward

1

R Woolfrey, b A Bradley

17

T Barrass, b M Stanley

7

J Measures, b T Ham

12

R Mortimer, run out

7

R Austin, not out

1

Extras

6



TOTAL

161

Best bowling: M Hayward 3-47, A Bradley 2-21, T Ham 2-37.



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