A BELOW par batting performance by HURLEY led to defeat against BINFIELD at Shepherds Lane on Sunday.
Mike Walton won the toss and opted to bat first with Alan Morgans opening with Pat Hinnell.
The first couple of overs produced eight runs, of which five were extras. Scully then bowled some good away swing and found Morgans’ outside edge.
Walton replaced Morgans and together with Hinnell added the highest partnership of the innings and looked to have weathered the storm as the opening attack started to tire. In the 10th over Knock found some lift and Walton couldn’t get his gloves out of the way as the ball went through to the keeper.
Stephen Wright played well for a dozen runs before being lured down the track by Taylor and giving Browning a simple stumping.
Kayani swept Taylor for two boundaries before trying to repeat the feat to a straight ball and losing his middle stump. Hinnell batted for an hour for his 14 runs, eventually falling to a catch by Taylor off Ian Goddard.
With the loss of Ben Fraser in the next over the hosts had slumped to 61-6. Cameron Wright and Stuart Savage showed promise with a well crafted partnership of 17 for the seventh wicket, undone by a delivery from Carson that got through Savage’s defences.
A rush of blood to the head from Wright saw him attempt a suicidal single and pay the price at 83-8. Jonathan Langlands and Dave Walton helped take the score to 101 when Langlands gloved Carson to slip where Paul Edgington took an easy catch.
The 10th wicket failed to add to the score as Carson found a straight delivery to dismiss Howard Mansell. The Binfield reply started warily against the pace of Langlands and flight of Dave Walton. Only 16 runs were on the board in the seventh over when York got a leading edge to Langlands, the bowler holding on to the catch.
The second wicket partnership between Watt and Andrews produced 13 runs before Langlands who proved successful, following up a bouncer to Andrews with a Yorker which ripped out the middle stump.
With Langlands and Walton both bowled out, the second string bowlers were unable to exert the same control. With 38 runs off the next five overs, Browning went on the attack and saw the visitors home with plenty of time to spare.
P Hinnell, c Taylor, b Goddard 14
A Morgans, c Browning, b Scully 3
M Walton, c Browning, b Knock 7
S Wright, st Browning, b Taylor 12
S Kayani, b Taylor 8
C Wright, run out 8
B Fraser, b Taylor 4
S Savage, b Carson 8
J Langlands, c Edgington, b Carson 10
D Walton, not out 4
H Mansell, b Carson 0
Best bowling: S Carson 3-3, A Taylor 3-33.
S York, c & b Langlands 5
S Andrews, b Langlands 20
S Watt, not out 27
J Browning, not out 44
TOTAL (2 wkts) 103
Best bowling: J Langlands 2-24.