SAM HENDERSON – DEMON BOWLER OF ROFFEY
by Martin Read
At Taunton in June Somerset all rounder Alfonso Thomas took four wickets in four balls – against Sussex, a very rare accomplishment. But, Roffey’s Sam Henderson went one better, captaining the Under 9 side in a league match against Horsham. Sam’s first over was unremarkable, but his second was sensational. The first delivery was a dot ball, no runs being scored, but then he polished off Horsham with five wickets from the remaining five balls of the over, two batsmen being caught and the other three bowled, a quintuple wicket maiden. Sam told the District Post: “I felt really good afterwards. It was my best game and I hope to do the same again!” Sam also scored 43 in the match and his team won, as they have done in every game this season. His brother Joe is scorer for Roffey first team but in Sam’s all star match his mother, Maria, Secretary of Roffey Cricket Club, was on the book. Maria said: “Sam loves his cricket and has got better as the season has progressed. He’s had a one to one session with our overseas player Kuldeep Rawat and I think that’s helped him a lot. As the over went on I was very nervous watching and thought I’d better not shout and cheer when he got his hat trick. Then when he took five wickets in five balls it was amazing!”
Roffey Committee stalwart Peter Cheesman added: “Sam’s got a really happy personality and seems to have been around the club for ever. A great cheer went up when he pulled off this fantastic achievement.”
50 years ago a young Garry Sobers took 5 in 5 for a commonwealth touring side – spread over two overs. Later he famously hit 6 sixes in an over, so, come on Sam, keep training and who knows what other records you might break.