Henley 1st XI at home to Slough in season’s finale – 2 September
Henley will be looking to put on a valedictory performance in their final match of the Home Counties Premier League season on Saturday, at home to Slough starting at 11.00 am.
Henley are 42 points ahead of second-placed Oxford, cannot be caught barring penalty points, and will be looking to maintain or extend that lead by close of play to round off an exceptional season. Winning the League would give Henley their sixth Championship since reaching this level and put them one short of High Wycombe who have seven wins, a realistic target for Henley next season if they can carry through their current form.
Henley have been the outstanding team this season and have won games even when not playing their best. Exceptionally well led by captain Michael Roberts and coach Stewart Davison, they have carried through their winning habit to take full points in all four matches since the series of weather-affected games a few weeks ago. Through the season they have lost just 2 matches, compared to the next lowest total of 4, coincidentally by Slough, and they have won 10.
A big factor in this has been the form of Henley’s strike bowlers, Tom Nugent and Tahir Afridi, who are at the top of their game and at the top of the League averages with 36 and 35 wickets respectively. Roberts has scored the most runs in the League, 766 to date, and new signing Waqas Hussain plus promising youngsters Euan Woods and Jack Davies have contributed massively in a fine all-round team effort.
This should be a good last match. Slough’s skipper Bobby Sher has pulled his team well clear of relegation with a string of good performances, indeed they have drawn one and won three of their last four matches, to put them in sixth spot. Last week Slough beat 2017 champions Finchampstead and Sher chipped in with four wickets himself. Their front line seamers Ikhlaq Nawaz and overseas player Zohaib Ahmed, with 49 wickets between them, are well supported by spinners Steve Green and Ali Akbar Raja, with 42 wickets between them. In the batting department Fahim Quereshi is top scorer with 520 runs, closely followed by Lloyd Paternott on 476, plus a host of other talented players.
So all looks set for a good day at the Brakspear Ground and a fitting finale to the season.
Our traditional LAST SUPPER will be held at the Pavilion after all three games have been completed, with food beng served from 8.30pm. Come along and celebrate another successful season for Henley CC. All welcome!
Henley 2nd XI finish their season with a match away at 4th placed Gerrards Cross. The 2’s have done extremely well to secure their future in this very competitive division, the top level of the Thames Valley League, and will look to build on this further next season. Henley 3rd XI are away at Boyne Hill 2’s. After last week’s match, forfeited by Chiswick and Whiton, they sit as runners up to this week’s opponents and will be keen to do well as they continue to strive for promotion. Both these matches start at 12.30 pm.
The Admiral’s bar in the pavilion will be open this Thursday and Friday for a trail period. Thursday 18th and Friday 19th May. Thursday from 6.00 until 8.00pm and Friday from 5.30 until 8.00pm or later if the demand is there.
Henley Herald Article About Our New Driveway and Equipment
Henley Cricket Club have put their joint South Oxfordshire District (SODC) and Henley Town Council grants of £54K to very good use to resurface their car park and driveway and to purchase some new ground maintenance equipment.
Each Council gave the club £27k and they have spent this on a new permeable tarmac surface for their car park and driveway up to the pavilion, a specialised cricket square mower with attachments (brush, slitter, spikes and scarifier), a proper cricket drive on auto roller and a Variseeder.
John Nelson, President, Roger Garfath, Vice Chair and David Winter, Fundraising & Sponsorship Chairman of Henley Cricket Club showed off the new investments yesterday morning to Paul Harrison, Chair of SODC and Henley Mayor, Councillor Julian Brookes and Mayor Elect, Councillor Will Hamilton at the Remenham ground.
David Winter said,”We have wanted to do the driveway for years, it was costing us between £3/4,000 a year to just maintain the horrible old one. We needed to install permeable tarmac as we are on the flood plain. Every year we have also spent money on our machinery to maintain it. Our previous roller was an old road one – we have passed this one on to Nettlebed Cricket Club. The new equipment will enable us to do all of the maintenance work ourselves now instead of paying contractors.”
Councillor Hamilton said, “The Town Council grant is a commitment to giving all levels of cricket the best facilities across the town.”
“Henley Cricket Club is a community asset and is not used just for cricket. SODC gave the grant so it would allow for a much needed improvement to the driveway so that more groups could continue to use the pavilion all year round, making it more sustainable in the long term,” said, Paul Harrison.
Peter Noakes Has Sadly Passed Away
“It is with shock and great sadness that the club reports the passing of Peter “Shep” Noakes yesterday – 11th April.
Peter had a long and distinguished playing career with Henley as a first team player and Club Captain and also worked tirelessly behind the scenes helping the club. He will be sadly missed.
We send out thoughts and best wishes to his wife Cathy and his two daughters Lauren and Jess”
Peter Allen Has Sadly Passed Away
Henley Cricket Club has just received the sad news that Peter Allen died yesterday morning. As you know, he gave outstanding service over many years to the cricket and rugby clubs. This service was carried out both on and off the field of play as he served, amongst many things, as the 1st X1 scorer.
The Club’s thoughts go out to Peter’s family and friends.
Peter’s Memorial Service is on Thursday 6th April; 12 noon at St Margarets Church, Harpsden; afterwards at Henley Rugby Club.
Henley Cricket Club – Chairman’s report November 2016
2016 has been an interesting and exiting year on a number of levels. The club has continued to develop both on and off the field. We were also blessed with largely good weather which is a very important ingredient for us all.
The junior section has continued to develop, supported by an active junior committee and team managers. The U13 side won their Berkshire Cup competition again which is fantastic. The girl’s teams continued to develop. Damaris is doing a great job, and the U13 girls won through to the Ageas Bowl in August. Damaris also launched a ladies team which entered the Thames Valley Ladies league.
Junior coaching was full on, as was our development programme with local state schools, providing increased opportunities for these children to experience cricket.
Our 4th X1 is the prime development side providing a pathway for juniors (particularly the U13 and U15 groups) to progress into senior cricket. There were challenges regarding availability on some weekends which meant that we missed two matches but I would like to than Sean Taylor for his indefatigable efforts in trying to get a side out, which included the utilisation of several “not so junior” players across the season. He should also be commended for his mentoring of the junior players. The 4ths were unable to sustain their position in division 7a and will play in 7b next season (so not technically relegated)
The 3rd X1 had a challenging year in 2016 primarily due to availability and selection challenges, and were unable to retain their position in TVL Div 4b. I would like thank our group of umpires who supported the team throughout the season, Bill Waldron for scoring, and Nathan Hopkins who gamely led the side this year. I’m sure that next season the team will bounce back with more consistent availability.
The 2nd X1 had a fantastic season. We have a good bunch of young players and I think their potential bodes well for the future. Simon Wheeler led the side and did a great job ably supported by experienced “senior players” such as David Allaway and Euan Brock, and latterly David Barnes. To win the league is a great result and it provides an exciting opportunity in Division 1 for 2017. I would like to thank Mark and Brian “team Wheeler” for supporting Simon with the admin required on match days. I would also like to thank Craig Oldershaw for his consistent support, and Alison Rushton who scored for the team throughout the season.
The 1st X1 started the season intent on improving on their 3rd place in the league in 2015. With a new Captain in place they did a fantastic job finishing second to a Finchampstead side that performed well all season once their overseas professional arrived. A number of our players had very strong seasons including newcomers Richard Morris and Euan Woods who both fitted seamlessly into the side. Bjorn Mordt played his 200th HCPL match for the club during the season, a fantastic achievement. Mikey and Stewart can be proud of what they achieved.
I would like to thank Linda for scoring, Alan for supporting her, Eric for being our resident D/L manager, and Michael Roberts for his match reports. I would also like to thank our “match mangers” for their support at all home matches.
Our Bar Team “Gary & Kaz” did a great job again in their second season, and were instrumental in helping us get a defibrillator sorted for the club.
I would also like to thank Rachael and Anne for their catering efforts throughout 2016 keeping us well fed again!
On the coaching side Stewart Davison took over from Todd Ferguson and did a great job, energising training sessions and providing support for players across the club throughout the season.
Cricket requires a ground and a square as the basis for staging matches. Charlie Jacobsen our new groundsman and Dylan Jones have together done a great job at Henley. Having a green square for a whole season is wonderful, and I’m sure that next season we shall benefit even more from Charlie’s efforts. Dylan also supervises the Ground at Nettlebed and this continues to improve thanks to the efforts of Colin Vernon. The new sight screens and covers have certainly lifted it as a venue.
No club can run without the committee who do a lot of work – much of it unseen – behind the scenes to allow us to play on our lovely grounds.
Tony has done a great job as Secretary, Roger was as ever the stalwart, looking after club house bookings, bar matters, fixtures and the Regatta – plus being in effect assistant treasurer. I would like to thank Sean Taylor who has supported our new treasurer Ian Nugent who gamely took on the role of treasurer for 2016, enjoying a second career as he winds down his medical activities!
David Winter has again led our fundraising to good effect, with able support from Sue Laing and Danny Hall and the Admiral. Ronnie handles our player registrations and subscriptions, and Phil Chappell continues to make sure our website is up to date and looks the part. Once again Peter Neville has provided resources to keep the pavilion fully operational.
On a final note, David Winter and Danny Hall should be highly praised for their efforts in securing the club two grants, one from the Town Council, and the other from the SODC to allow us to invest in capital projects – namely a new roller and ground equipment, and the resurfacing of the track down to the club house.
On balance I think we have had a good 2016 and there is much to look forward to in 2017.
Euan Woods Selected for Young England Lions
Henley’s Euan Woods, who is also on Surrey’s books, has been selected for the Young England Lions tour this winter. The Young Lions were formerly known as the England Development Programme, introducing the most talented young players to international cricket through the England Under-19s.
This winter, the Young Lions will hold two short camps in Loughborough followed by a three-week training camp in Dubai in December (including two one-day matches and one three-day match), and Euan has been selected for the 17-man squad.
An England Under-19 tour of India will follow in January and February (including two four-day matches and three one-day matches against India Under-19s). Andy Hurry is the head coach, and in Dubai he will be supported by many of the Lions coaches, including Andy Flower, Graham Thorpe, Peter Such, Chris Taylor and Bruce French, as well as the former Durham team-mates Neil Killeen and Paul Collingwood.
HCC Welfare Policy
The Club has adopted a revised Welfare Policy, which all members are encouraged to read. The policy can be found at the foot of the Home page of this website, and the full Manual is available on request from Gary behind the bar.
New Helmet Safety Measures
ECB Guidance Note: Safety measures for helmets within recreational cricket
The ECB has recently announced new helmet safety measures, which are being introduced with a view to reducing the risk of head and facial injuries within the game. The purpose of this brief note is to assist Leagues and Clubs at the recreational level to understand the key elements of these changes and what they mean.
Players over the age of 18
The ECB strongly recommends that all adult recreational cricketers should wear helmets for certain activities, preferably which meet the most recent British Safety Standard (see below). This recommendation applies to batting against all types of bowling, wicket-keepers standing up to the wicket (who may as an alternative wear face protectors) and fielders fielding closer than eight yards from the batsman’s middle stump, except behind the wicket on the off side.
The position in relation to u18s currently remains unchanged, and is governed by the ‘ECB Guidance on the Wearing of Cricket Helmets by Young Players’ (www.ecb.co.uk/youngplayershelmetguidance).
In essence, batsmen and wicket-keepers standing up to the stumps must wear head protection when playing or practising. That Guidance should be referred to in full for the position in relation to u18s.
British Safety Standard
The latest British Safety Standard is BS7928:2013 (for both adults and juniors). The full list of helmets meeting this standard is available at www.ecb.co.uk/helmets. For wicket-keeping face protectors the relevant British Safety Standard is BS7929-2:2009 (again, for both adults and juniors).
The ECB understands that there is currently no specific women’s helmet and as a consequence no specific standard for women’s cricket helmets. As the size of the standard women’s cricket ball is between the standard men and junior balls, it is recommended that women use helmets that have been tested against both the men’s and junior sized ball, or at least against the junior size ball (as that could potentially get through the gap above the face guard on a men’s helmet).
What do Leagues and Clubs need to do?
Whilst it is strongly recommended that all adult recreational cricketers wear helmets in the on-field circumstances detailed above, it is not mandatory for them to do so. For the avoidance of doubt, Leagues or Clubs do not need to go above and beyond the ECB’s recommendation by forcing their cricketers to wear helmets.
However, Leagues and Clubs in recreational cricket should ensure that their cricketers are made aware of the ECB’s above recommendation in relation to helmets, including the need to check that any newly purchased helmets meet the latest British Safety Standard. The ECB recommends that Leagues and Clubs bring the link above (i.e www.ecb.co.uk/helmets) to the attention of their cricketers and encourage all cricketers to carefully consider their own health and safety regarding helmet use.
Leagues and Clubs should always ensure that they have adequate public liability insurance. February 2016