Kew Jumpers

hcc-logoA middle order batting collapse proved costly for Kew 2nds as Henley 3rds leap-frogged them in Div 3a as they ran out winners by 4 wickets on Saturday.


Kew won a good toss on a hot day and with a good batting pitch the hosts were looking to make big runs. The innings started strongly with Weeks hitting boundaries early on in the face of loose bowling. The introduction of Palmer and a change of ends for Birkett tightened things up and wickets started to fall at regular intervals as the Kew batsman struggled to contain their aggression, with batsman 1 to 7 all out caught. Bishop top scored for Kew with 43 as they slumped from 51-0 to 167 all out from just 39 overs. Palmer (4-40) and Birkett (3-46) being the pick of the bowlers.


Henley, needing 168 to win from 61 overs, started cautiously in the face the accurate spin bowling trio of Tindall, Bajaj and Kohli. Kenworthy’s dismissal brought Nepalese under 19 international Naresh Budhaayer to the crease and his aggressive 57 proved the difference between the teams as Henley ran out winners by 4 wickets with almost 20 overs to spare. Useful contributions also came from Tom Chappell (26), who set the tone at the top of the innings and Charlie Homewood (31 not out), who ensured that there would be no collapse upon the dismissal of Budhaayer.


Henley 3rds remain fourth in a very congested Division 3a and host Hurst next Saturday at Harpsden.