Hayes 1st XI vs Henley 3RD XI
After a strong performance last week, for a draw, Henley were keen to push on and secure a win this week against a strong Hayes side. Henley won the toss and batted first on a pitch that only looked like getting worst throughout the day.
Alex Price and Rob Kenworthy opened for Henley and put on a strong opening partnership of 85 against a tight Hayes bowling attack. The first wicket fell as Price was caught on 46 and Kenworthy was given out LBW for 41 quickly after. Nick Johnson and Dan Hayden batted well in the middle order making 23 and 29 respectively. Which left Nathan Hopkins, Jeremy Palmer and Waqaz Khan who all made vital, quick runs at the end of the innings to pull Henley over the 200 mark. Michael Green was the pick of Hayes’s bowlers with 6 wickets for 49 runs off 11 overs.
Henley finished on 206 for 9 off 52 overs.
Henley chose to take the old ball and opened with the two leg spinners Sam Ranger and Tom Chappell who restricted Hayes well. After a dreadful running error Tom Chappell got the early breakthrough Henley wanted by running out Hayes’s opener Green for 12. Chappell then took another wicket quickly after as S. Morgan spooned one up to Hayden who took a straight forward catch. The new ball was then taken by Henley and Hayden used it well to take another two wickets for Henley. Hayes were struggling to form a partnership with their inform batsman Singh who made 66. A change of bowling then brought Nick Johnson on to bowl who took 2 wickets with last two balls of his first over. Hopkins who had been brought on at the other end then managed to take a wicket with the first ball of the next over, with the help of a sharp catch from Chappell, giving Henley a team hat-trick. Hayes then found themselves seven down and well behind. With another wicket for both Hopkins and Johnson, who finished with figures of 4 for 3 off 2 overs, it fell to Waqaz Khan to finish Hayes off.
Hayes finished on 128 all out giving Henley the full 25 points.