A GRITTY fight by HURLEY’S beleaguered ranks finally saw them fall to a four wicket defeat at COLESHILL in Division 2.
The miserable start to the season whereby three out of the first four matches have been washed out, continued as they lost the toss and were asked to bat shorn of vital first team resources.
Things could hardly have got worse as they then slumped to 17-4 inside 11 overs as the early batsmen failed to get a grip with the slow wicket.
The visitors rallied thanks to a 70 run fifth-wicket stand between a brilliant Yassir Ali (87) and wily Steve Taylor (27). Taylor advanced on Charlie Edwards (1-31) and was stumped with the score on 87, Ali having completed a fine half century.
Ross Brown (26) and an ever-entertaining knock of 21 from Jonathan Langlands launched Hurley towards a fourth batting point, but after Langlands lofted Taylor (1-43) to extra cover Hurley stuttered to a somewhat less than replete 183 all out in 51 overs.
Naeem Akhtar (3-46) knocked over the cornerstone of the home batting by removing Dom Spencer (12) early, trapped lbw following the previous over when Langlands (2-44) had removed James Dean (9) skying to square leg. The home side faltered on 59-3, but a crucial spill at mid off let Thompson (51) off the hook when he had scored only 2.
Thompson and Edwards (19) went on to build a punishing partnership of 63 and though Akhtar bowled Thompson immediately after he had reached his half century, Edwards and Tucker coasted the home side home, adding 48 untroubled runs with four wickets and seven overs to spare. Hurley’s travails continue.
D Day, c Taylor, b A Edwards 1
P Hunjan, c Taylor, b Scott 0
N Akhtar, b A Edwards 6
T Balchin, b Scott 0
Y Ali, run out 87
S Taylor, st Ljubisic, b C Edwards 27
R Brown, lbw, b Spencer 26
J Langlands, c C Edwards, b Taylor 21
V Bhagwani, b Spencer 9
R Singh, not out 0
D Walton, lbw, b Spencer 0
D Spencer, lbw, b Akhtar 12
J Dean, c Ali, b Langlands 9
L Thompson, b Akhtar 51
R Bousfield, b Akhtar 18
C Edwards, b Bhagwani 19
J Tucker, not out 23
M Ljubisic, lbw, b Langlands 6
A Edwards, not out 23
TOTAL (6 wickets) 184
HURLEY 2nds lost by three wickets in a thrilling match at Shepherds Lane against AMERSHAM HILL 2nds in Division 4.
In a closely-fought contest, ex-Amersham Hill 1st’s skipper, Andrew Harrison, proved to be the deciding factor with a miserly 15 over spell of 1-20 and 125 runs.
The hosts were invited to bat first in conditions which favoured the bowlers. Considering the amount of rain that has fallen recently, the wicket played remarkably well.
Shoaib Kayani (45) and Mike Walton (17) gave their side a solid start with a partnership of 70 in 24 overs.
Kayani was the first to go, playing all round a straight delivery from Harrison.
The introduction of Merv D’Costa proved to be the undoing of Walton, a rare straight delivery trapping the batsmen in front of middle stump at 81-2.
Imran Arshad (77*) and his brother Abdullah Ali (50) provided the impetus needed with a third-wicket partnership of 99 in 16 overs to take Hurley to 209-4 after 50 overs when the skipper called the batsmen in.
In reply, Amersham Hill also got off to a circumspect start, with Mo Basharat and Maqadas Tasadiq getting the ball to swing in the humid conditions. Ron Hedley (10) and Luke Saunders (9) had only managed to post 17 in the first 10 overs, when scoreboard pressure told.
Hedley called a risky single to Scott Taylor at square-leg, who managed to get the ball in close enough for Walton to complete the run-out leaving Saunders short of his ground.
The visitors reached the drinks break without further loss, although Harrison was lucky to survive his first few overs.
After the drinks break, Cole replaced Taylor and his first ball of the season induced Hedley into a rash shot, top- edging to the keeper.
Paul Wheeler replaced his skipper and entertained the crowd on his way to 30 in a partnership of 70 with Harrison, before Tasadiq found the top of his off stump. With 50 required from 12 overs, Hurley were beginning to rue a couple of dropped catches off Harrison as he passed his century to put Amersham Hill firmly in the driving seat.Three wickets in four overs, including the prized wicket of Harrison, bowled off an inside edge by Tasadiq, gave Hurley a chance and with 14 runs needed from five overs and three wickets in hand the game was delicately poised.
A good catch from Kayani, off Arshad removed Tucker (6) in the 48th over but with only two runs needed, the experienced Mac Mackenzie (7 not out) saw his side home with ten balls to spare. A great game of cricket, enjoyed by all, left Hurley wondering what might have been, had they held their catches.
M Walton, lbw, b D’Costa 17
S Kayani, b Harrison 45
I Arshad, not out 77
A Ali, c Harrison, b Tucker 50
M Tasadiq, b Tucker 5
Scott Taylor, not out 4
TOTAL (4 wkts) 209
AMERSHAM HILL 2nds
R Hedley, c. Walton, b Cole 10
L Saunders, run out 9
A Harrison, b M Tasadiq 125
P Wheeler, b M Tasadiq 30
S Squires, c T Tasadiq, b Basharat 1
S Hazelhurst, c Khan, b M Tasadiq 10
C Tucker, c Kayani, b I Arshad 6
R Mackenzie, not out 7
J Newbury, not out 0
Total (7 wkts) 210
HURLEY’S first victory of the season came against OLD ASHFORDIANS at Shepherds Lane, courtesy of a 67 ball century from Fayyaz Kayani.
The visitors won the toss and opted to bat first with Rob Handley (45) and Daryl Smith (68) with a third wicket partnership of 99 in 18 overs, the score moving to 178-6 at tea.
The Hurley reply was a bit of a lopsided affair with only 21 runs on the board after 11 overs. At 27-3, things were looking a little precarious for the hosts but Fayyaz and Jeff Dawson (31) soon got into their stride with a partnership of 112 in 16 overs.
When Dawson fell, 41 more runs were required from the last nine overs but it only took Fayyaz and Hinnell (6, not out) five overs to reach the target.