After starting life at Chester Boughton Hall in impressive fashion, Australian Josh Henderson has set his sights on achieving glory this season with his new team-mates.
Aussie pace bowler Henderson, 25, joined Hall prior to this season’s campaign from South Brisbane Magpies in his native Queensland, and has been in scintillating form, taking 18 wickets in Hall’s six league games so far.
Henderson, who has taken five-wicket hauls twice this campaign, including a superb 7-22 against Bowdon a fortnight ago, has attributed his good form to his new surroundings, team-mates and his cricketing background in Australia.
“It makes things a lot easier when you are coming in to a side where there is a great set up and a great bunch of guys, and that is what they have here,” said Henderson, who also had a spell on UK soil back in 2010 with a village side in Devon.
“I think playing my cricket out in Brisbane when I was younger meant that I had to hit the wickets harder with pace because of the conditions. That’s something which I have continued to do since I’ve been here and it’s working well so far for me.
“Things have been going really well and I’ve been pleased with how I’ve been performing. I think that things just all clicked into place during the Bowdon game. Hopefully that can continue.”
Henderson, who had a spell playing for Queensland 2nds last year, where he dismissed Tim Bresnan and Varun Chopra during a game with a visiting England XI, is hoping that his spell with Hall will further enhance his reputation and help him realise his ambition and make the breakthrough into first class cricket.
“The aim for me is to play first class cricket. It’s what I’ve always wanted to do,” he said.
“Hopefully my time here will help me with my game and help me improve further. I’m here for this season then I’ll be heading back home in time to play in the new Australian season, so hopefully things work out.
“While I’m here I want to be able to help Chester achieve some success on the field.
“There’s a good group of guys here and the league is a great standard. The defeat to Hyde was disappointing but I think that we will be able to challenge them and hopefully become champions again.”
Chester Boughton Hall captain Lee Dixon believes victory over Alderley Edge this weekend could see the battle for the league title become a two-horse race.
He said.” There is a bit of a gap opening up already and I think that it could be shaping up to be between us and Hyde.
“You do get one side that makes a push on the top two but we’ll have to wait and see. Alderley Edge are a decent side but they haven’t played any top sides yet. We’ll give them the respect, as we do with all our opponents but we’ll be going there to win.”