Tuesday, 15 June 2021

Henley win county cup at third time of asking

HENLEY U13s finally triumphed at the Berkshire Cup final last Friday.

HENLEY U13s finally triumphed at the Berkshire Cup final last Friday.

Having been losing finalists on their previous two occasions it was third time lucky for Henley at Boyne Hill CC against MAIDENHEAD AND BRAY U13s.

Skipper Jordan lost the toss and Henley were asked to bowl against a strong Maidenhead and Bray side.

West and Elrington kept the openers in check, with Elrington bowling Thomas in the fourth over.

The first change pair Jordan and Friend continued with pace, Friend bowling the other opener, and at 42-2 off eight the match was finely poised.

With Henley tight in the field, and Hilditch in good form behind the stumps, fielding proved decisive in the 10th over when a pickup and throw into Hilditch’s gloves from Monty Bradbury secured a run out.

Heath came into the attack, claiming the fourth wicket, caught by Burton at mid-off and at 82-4 off 14 the game was still in the balance. West took a wicket caught, and Hilditch claimed a run out to leave Maidenhead and Bray on 117-6.

Connell and Potter opened, but with Connell undone by a jaffa taking the top of the stumps, there were some nerves around the Henley support.

Charlie Bradbury joined Potter, and these two set about the recovery with a range of shots. Pick of the bunch was from Potter with a lofted back foot drive over the bowler’s head for four.

At 44-1 off seven Henley were back on track with the run rate, but good fielding with a diving stop and throw at the stumps caught Potter out of his ground, run out on 25.

Hilditch joined Bradbury and Maidenhead and Bray couldn’t set a field to contain him. Bradbury retired on 30, bringing Burton in at five who hit a flurry of boundaries.

Maidenhead brought back their two all rounders and after a few dots and a flash at a straight one saw Hilditch bowled. Monty Bradbury joined Burton, who was then run out for 22.

Elrington joined Bradbury, but with Bradbury out to a Yorker first ball, and Elrington sprinting for a single that wasn’t there, Henley had gone from 103-2, to 107-6.

With four overs remaining Jordan and Heath had the Maidenhead field close in and singles were hard to find. An inside edge for four off Heath in the 18th was greeted with a cheer and the pair knocked the winning runs in the 19th overs.

As champions Henley now go on to represent Berkshire in the ECB national club competition facing Surrey champions Guildford.

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