Rain Fails To Thwart Henley 3rds

Henley Thirds traveled to Royal Ascot on Saturday looking to make amends for their heavy defeat last week. On a showery afternoon, captain Jeremy Palmer won the toss and elected to bat first. Openers Chappell and Price sought to build a solid platform from which Henley could build a decent total and they went about their business in fine style. Price (52), hitting some fine cover and straight drives, while Chappell (56), played in his usual fashion of nudging and nurdling, put on 108 for the first wicket.

When Chappell and Pryce were out Ward and Gurung upped the scoring rate and Henley moved to 191-2 before rain stopped play after 46 overs. After a prolonged break the game was reduced, so that Ascot had 43 overs to chase the runs. After a steady start, Ascot collapsed to 90 for 9 wickets. Notable was Ranger and captain Palmer taking three wickets in three balls. Ranger took 3 wickets and Palmer 2 in total. Birkett bowled aggressively at the tail and took four wickets. However the last pair defied Henley for 16 overs before Birkett took the final wicket with a stunning catch by Will Ward behind the stumps. Ward took four catches, three very good ones.

A very comprehensive win for Henley that takes them to second in Division 3a. Even more important when other games were rained off.