FINCHAMPSTEAD opener Greg Smith scored an outstanding century in the rain-affected draw at Home Counties Premier League Division One champions-elect Henley last Saturday.

He earned the praise of the host club with one supporter rating it the best innings he had seen at the ground for a very long time.

The ultra-stylish Smith produced a delightful array of attacking shots against a Henley attack containing three of the current Berkshire team.

He reached three figures from 135 balls in 159 minutes, hitting a six and 16 fours. Four runs and four balls later, however, he holed out to Michael Roberts off the bowling of Euan Woods.

It was Smith's second total of 104 in five matches as he followed up his innings against Slough which came off 140 balls.

Smith contributed 19 of an opening stand of 70 at Henley before Oli Soames was bowled by Harry Jordan for 46 which came off just 27 deliveries, with all but two of his runs coming off boundaries.

Dan Lincoln was caught behind by Stewart Davison for 14 (93-2) before Smith shared a partnership of 73 with Billy Rogers (27) followed by another of 43 with Adam Dewes (17). When Smith was out, Finch had moved on to 209-4.

Ryan Bone cracked 45 off 28 balls with three maximums and as many fours, enabling the visitors to finish on 298-9 off 63 overs.

Smith was not the only centurion of the game, as Henley's Matt Rowe smashed 100 not out from 91 balls, hitting three sixes and 10 fours.

Rowe and Roberts put on 130 for the first wicket before the latter fell for 68, caught by Dewes off the bowling of Josh Lincoln (1-19).

But there were several interruptions for rain and when the game was eventually abandoned the hosts had moved on to 207-1 in 36 overs.

Finch remain seventh in the table ahead of their home game with fourth-placed Aston Rowant this coming Saturday when the fixtures revert to the 50-50 format.

Dan Lincoln is expected to play for Berkshire 2nds against the Isle of Wight at Finchampstead tomorrow (Thursday) along with several of his county 1st XI colleagues.