Hewitt blasts superb ton against Henley
PUBLISHED: 19:11 13 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:17 26 October 2009
Home Counties Premier League Division One WGC 282-8 Henley 229-10 ALL-rounder James Hewitt smashed a spectacular century to ensure WGC secured their first ever win in the elite ECB Premier League. In their opening match of the season, ex-Kent and Middles
Home Counties Premier League Division One
WGC 282-8 Henley 229-10
ALL-rounder James Hewitt smashed a spectacular century to ensure WGC secured their first ever win in the elite ECB Premier League.
In their opening match of the season, ex-Kent and Middlesex player Hewitt stole the show with a fine knock of 120.
Following their promotion last summer, WGC came up against a strong Henley side on Saturday.
They featured two ex-county players in former Hampshire paceman Billy Taylor and former Gloucestershire all-rounder Mark Alleyne.
But even they were no match for a confident WGC side, who made 282-8 with Hewitt top scoring with 120.
Australian batsman Derek Tate also chipped in with 62.
In reply, Henley could only reach 229 and were all out in a total of 52.4 overs.
Alleyne top scored with 68, with Gavin Baker posting bowling figures of 4-40 as WGC won by 53 runs.
Henley put WGC into bat and opener Dan Blacktopp was soon caught out by Tom Lambert for lbw to go for five in only the second over.
Hewitt and Nick Lamb then began to build up a decent partnership in the middle.
Lamb was outscoring his normally more aggressive partner, but he took this too far when he was stumped for 37 with the score on 75 in the 28th over.
Aaron Laraman then came in, but was caught lbw to ex-Gloucestershire captain Alleyne for only two.
Former Queensland all-rounder Derek Tate was next to bat.
He put on 127 with Hewitt before he was caught behind for 62 with the score at 219.
Ben Frazer fell cheaply for a duck, but the remaining WGC players supported Hewitt well.
He passed the century mark before he was caught by Michael Roberts for 120.
A bright finale from Gavin Baker and Martin James added 26 runs in the last five overs, setting the home side a formidable target of 283.
Henley opener Michael Roberts didn't last long, struggling against Baker's pace and Simon White's guile, and he was caught by Frazer for seven.
The other leading batsmen all got comfortably past 20 without really threatening to win the game.
Laraman took the next two wickets removing Chris Ellison for 43 and Greyvenstein for 27, leaving Henley at 94-3 needing nearly 200 runs in the remaining 31 overs.
In the exciting closing stages it looked as though Alleyne on 68 not out would shepherd his side through to a draw.
However, Baker's intelligence outwitted him leaving WGC to claim a tremendous win.
A 25-point haul in their first Premier League match will ensure they go into their next game against Tring Park at Digswell Park on Saturday full of confidence.
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