Henley’s run of victories came to an end on Saturday, defeated not by the opposition but by the weather as heavy and persistent showers through lunchtime and into the afternoon engulfed the Brakspear Ground and caused the game against Potters Bar to be abandoned with Potters Bar on 85-4 in the 27th over.
Winning the toss on a blustery and cool morning, Bar elected to field and opener Breeze was an early casualty, caught behind by Todd off a returning David Griffiths. Progress was slow as Griffiths and Tahir Afridi exerted control and the hitherto prolific Sikandar was Afridi’s first victim of the day trapped plumb lbw. Sogbogdor, the other opener, failed to cope with a bouncer from Afridi which he could only parry to Simon Wheeler at short mid wicket to make it 24-3, but that was it for a while as 17 year old George Scott, a Middlesex Academy player, belied his years with an unbeaten 51 that included 7 fours and 2 sixes and some stylish and eye-catching shots. Clearly a young player of some promise, he (almost exclusively) and Pascoe put on 47 for the next over before Pascoe was run out, Wheeler collecting at extra cover and returning the ball to the bowler Cameron Boyce who did the rest. Bar’s 2013 overseas, Jomel Warrican from Barbados, was next up but the heavens opened and that was that.
Other abandonments in Division 1 included North Mymms home to Burnham and High Wycombe away at Welwyn. Banbury and Slough draw but unfortunately from Henley’s perspective, Harpenden managed to win at Tring in a rain affected game, Tring managing just 102-7 in 45 overs which Harpenden chased down with relative ease for the loss of 4 wickets in 22 overs, the much travelled Dan Blacktopp getting 53 of them.
Henley thus remain notionally top having not lost a game in 2013 but Harpenden are equal on points, both 23 points clear of Tring who are themselves 28 points clear of Banbury and the chasing pack