Thursday, 24 June 2021

Coetzee to test Henley’s batsmen

FINCHAMPSTEAD make their first appearance for nine years at the Brakspear Ground tomorrow (Saturday, 11am) for

FINCHAMPSTEAD make their first appearance for nine years at the Brakspear Ground tomorrow (Saturday, 11am) for Henley’s sixth Home Counties Premier League match of the season.

A founding member of Division 1 of the league and champions in 2001, Finch were relegated at the end of the 2007 season and have since spent several years back in the Thames Valley League before promotion back into Division 2 for 2014 followed by promotion to Division 1 as runners-up last season.

So far Finch have recorded two wins, two defeats and lost one game to the weather. Over the winter they were strengthened by the arrival of Andy Rishton and Suki Kang from Reading and former Henley player Matt Carter to join established talents such as Matt Jones and Dan Lincoln.

The real talking point about the side was the recent arrival of South African opening bowler Jandre Coetzee, a left-arm medium pacer, who has had a galvanising effect on Finch’s season. Unavailable for the first three games owing to visa issues, Coetzee made his league debut at Tring, returning figures of 4-25 off nine overs as Tring collapsed to 79 all out, a total which Finch chased down in just eight overs.

However, it was his performance last weekend at home to Great and Little Tew that really caught the attention as the Tews were skittled out for 41, Coetzee accounting for seven wickets for just 15 runs in a 10 over spell that included five maiden overs.



FINCHAMPSTEAD make their first appearance for nine years at the Brakspear Ground tomorrow (Saturday, 11am) for Henley’s sixth Home Counties Premier League match of the season.

A founding member of Division 1 of the league and champions in 2001, Finch were relegated at the end of the 2007 season and have since spent several years back in the Thames Valley League before promotion back into Division 2 for 2014 followed by promotion to Division 1 as runners-up last season.

So far Finch have recorded two wins, two defeats and lost one game to the weather. Over the winter they were strengthened by the arrival of Andy Rishton and Suki Kang from Reading and former Henley player Matt Carter to join established talents such as Matt Jones and Dan Lincoln.

The real talking point about the side was the recent arrival of South African opening bowler Jandre Coetzee, a left-arm medium pacer, who has had a galvanising effect on Finch’s season. Unavailable for the first three games owing to visa issues, Coetzee made his league debut at Tring, returning figures of 4-25 off nine overs as Tring collapsed to 79 all out, a total which Finch chased down in just eight overs.

However, it was his performance last weekend at home to Great and Little Tew that really caught the attention as the Tews were skittled out for 41, Coetzee accounting for seven wickets for just 15 runs in a 10 over spell that included five maiden overs.



Now 32, Coetzee first played for Griqualand West in 2004 and in a first class career spanning 82 matches has taken 313 wickets, not to mention a further 182 in List A and Twenty20 games. He is also a useful lower order batter.

The only likely change to the Henley line-up will be the return of Bjorn Mordt, unavailable last weekend against Harefield.

Henley remain joint top of Division 1 with Banbury who clinched victory at home to Tring last weekend off the very last ball of the game. High Wycombe slipped up again, this time at Burnham, so just nine points separate Wycombe in fourth from Slough in eighth, with Harefield and Reading beginning to drop off the back and Finch sandwiched in the middle on 60 points.

With Banbury away to Great and Little Tew, on paper an away win, Henley need to keep up their winning ways before they meet Banbury and High Wycombe in successive weeks. The difference now of course is that as the season moves into a mid-section of nine timed games, draws and ties are possible and there are 25 points on offer for a win.

Elsewhere, Henley 2nds play High Wycombe 2nds at London Road, Henley 3rds are at home to Thatcham Town 2nds at Nettlebed while Henley 4ths are away to Maidenhead and Bray 3rds. All these games get underway at 1pm.



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