05:00PM, Friday 07 June 2019
Missed opportunities and a failure to put pressure on Henley's batting line up were the chief reasons for Slough's six-wicket loss to Henley on Saturday, says skipper Goutham Shrikrishna.
Richard Morris - who was dropped early on - went on to score 81 as last season's champions chased down Slough's total of 217-9 in 43.4 overs.
Having overcome early adversity, when Mohammed Avas Anwar (4) and Nabil Shah (6) saw their wickets taken, Slough recovered well with the bat as Saif Zaib (81) and Daniyal Akhtar built a healthy partnership. However, from 180-4 Slough were bowled out for just 217.
“We didn't make them work hard enough for their runs,” said Shrikrishna. “We'd put in four or five good balls and the sixth would go for a four or six. We were not consistent enough and never put them under enough pressure. When we were batting we had to take risks to score our boundaries but we weren't able to do the same to them.”
Before wickets began to tumble in the Slough innings, Shrikrishna was impressed with the side's display at the crease.
“We were looking at around 250/260 after 40 overs but because of quick dismissals we went from 180-4 to 217 all out,” he said. “It was difficult for the batsmen coming in but, from the position we were in, that was quite disappointing. If we could have got 250 it would have been a good match.”
Aston Rowant - another unsettled side in Shrikrishna's eyes - are the visitors to Slough tomorrow (Saturday).
“It will be a challenge for them to face us on our own ground and hopefully we can capitalise on that and get another win before we go to the long format,” said Shrikrishna.
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