First Team Defeated As Henley Clinch Title
By James Wheeler
“Baloo the Jugster” turned out for his last match against title chasing Henley. Having won the toss, captain Shelvin Gumbs decided to take to the field offering the host first use of the pitch.
The customary early wicket came from David Brent as Henley lost their first with the score on seven. Veteran Simon Stanway bowled through his ten overs conceding only 19 runs. Henley however, was very aggressive against all the other bowlers and from a position of 41 for 3, continued to take the attack to our bowlers. Richard Morris in particular batted extremely well for his deserved 138 out of a total of 308 for 8. Andy Harris and Mo Choudhry were the pick of our bowlers picking up 3 wickets.
AJ Woodland was back in the team was and once again was partnered by Andy Dixon at the start of our innings. The opening stand was looking fine until Woodland edged to first slip. Dixon was next to follow for 26 with the score on 58. An excellent catch by Euan Brock saw the downfall of Michael Payne and the start of a middle order collapse as we went from 63 for 2 to 66 for 6 as we lost Payne, Brent, Gumbs and Choudhry.
Liam Gough, Jeremy O’Neill, Rory Criddle and Andy Harris put up a good fight, to drag the innings out as we were eventually bowled out for 136 and Henley was crowned champions of the 2018 season with the First Team ending finishing in sixth place.