HENLEY visit Oxford tomorrow (Saturday, 11am), a side stranded at the foot of
HENLEY visit Oxford tomorrow (Saturday, 11am), a side stranded at the foot of Division 1 without having won a game and already relegated in a match will see David Allaway make his 200th Home Counties Premier League appearance for the visitors.
In a late twist to the title race last Saturday High Wycombe triumphed at Banbury and hauled themselves eight points ahead of Henley who had a disappointing loss at the hands of Burnham. If the weather holds for the final Saturday, this loss could turn out to be irrelevant since the winners of the Henley versus High Wycombe showdown on the final day of the season should take the honours regardless.
The first task is to join all other clubs in dispatching Oxford, though intriguingly they did draw their home matches against Burnham and High Wycombe. In the current 50:50 format, a draw is not an option.
Oxford are led by the experienced Ian Crosby, who top-scored last week at Harefield with 71. Their overseas player, batsman-keeper Ryan Carters has returned to Australia, and their top scorer this season with 320 runs is Vishane Perera, who opens along with Brad Sutherland. Crosby, and the all-rounder Shami Mendis, are next-highest with 265 and 205 runs respectively.
The leg-spinner Mendis is the team’s best bowler this season with 21 wickets. Next is 17 year-old Harvey Eltham, the right arm off-spinner now playing for Oxfordshire. Right-arm medium pace Will Rooney leads the seam attack.
In the game between the sides at the end of June, remembered for being Jake Doran’s last for Henley, Oxford were skittled out for 78, courtesy of three wickets apiece for Afridi and Nugent, which Henley bettered for the loss of two wickets.