HURLEY registered their fourth successive Division 2 defeat at HOLYPORT on Saturday.
A late drop out reduced Hurley to pressing their umpire, Brian Griffin, into the field as the visitors asked Holyport to bat.
Naeem Akhtar produced another impressive spell removing C Morgan. Akhtar took the first three wickets enticing skipper Sennett to edge to keeper Day before taking a caught and bowled to send Miller back and Holyport on a precarious 41-3.
Baillie and Fowler added runs to the Holyport innings. Vikram Bhagwani replaced Langlands and his mystery spin captured Fowler shouldering and losing his off stump and next ball uprooting Varney.
Mathias and Morgan added 41 for the ninth wicket in seven overs. Akhtar belatedly returned to wrap up the innings at 180 inside 42 overs.
Holyport started with slow off spin and Tim Hayes enticed Phil Ridgeway to slap a slow wide delivery straight to cover first ball. Akhtar had a measured innings with Jonathan Langlands adding 47 before Langlands pushed back to Varney.
Hurley made nervous progress to 102-3 before Hunjan was trapped lbw. Akhtar was similarly cut down before Ross Brown drove aerially to mid-on. Hurley collapsed to 109-7. Denis Day (16) and Vikram Bhagwani (21) rekindled some hope with a partnership of 42. Day was bowled with the score on 151 and Bhagwani left with no choice but to swing. He lasted two balls more and with Griffin having to leave early, Hurley were all out for 151.
W Sennett, c & b Akhtar 11
C Morgan, b Akhtar 18
S Miller, c Day, b Akhtar 9
K Baillie, c Sharma, b Langlands 20
M Fowler, b Bhagwani 46
I Kane, b Langlands 8
A Thompson, c Langlands,
b Ridgeway 8
S Mathias, b Akhtar 35
D Varney, b Bhagwani 0
P Morgan, b Akhtar 9
T Hayes, not out 2
• Best bowling: N Akhtar 5-14, V Bhagwani 2-26, J Langlands 2-50.
P Ridgeway, c Fowler, b Hayes 0
J Langlands, c & b Varney 27
N Akhtar, lbw, b Morgan 44
V Sharma, b Varney 3
P Hunjan, lbw, b Hayes 23
R Brown, c Kane, b Hayes 4
P Todd, b Hayes 0
V Bhagwani, b Hayes 21
D Day, b Mathias 16
R Singh, not out 0
An improved bowling performance from HURLEY 2nds was not backed up by the batting as they slumped to their third consecutive Division 4 defeat at home to BRAYWOOD 2nds.
After a short delay due to rain, the match got under way with the visitors inserted by Dave Pollitt.
Braywood skipper Colin Russell started in aggressive fashion cutting the first two deliveries from Imran Arshad to the boundary. Russell, who survived two appeals, and Stuart West posted an opening partnership of 56 in 19 overs before West played across the line to Faisal Ahmed.
Rob McDermott helped add 34 for the second wicket before Dave Pollitt had Russell out lbw. McDermott fell to a slip catch by Kayani to reduce the visitors to 103-3 in the 27th over.
This was the catalyst for a collapse by Braywood, losing eight wickets for 40 runs inside 17 overs. A sharp piece of fielding by Ahmed to run out Neal was backed up by some tight bowling from Pollitt, Arshad, Ahmed and Kayani. Only Jay Jeyarajah from the Braywood middle order showed any real defiance, batting patiently for 58 minutes to score 17 before a slog across the line to Arshad cost him his wicket.
Kayani and Arshad returned to make short work of the tailenders as the visitors subsided to 143 all out.
In reply Bobby Hussain made an early breakthrough with an in-swinger to bowl Kayani. Scott Taylor helped Mike Walton to add 18 runs for the second wicket before chasing a wide delivery from Hussain and slicing it to Jeyarajah at gully.
At 24-2 after 10 overs there didn’t look to be any cause for concern. Walton looked well set until Arshad, calling his partner for a risky third run, saw him well short as McDermott threw to the keeper.
The following over saw Arshad stumped off Bennett to put the hosts in a precarious position at 36-4. Jeyarajah replaced Bennett and immediately picked up the wicket of Ahmed, playing back to a full length delivery and losing his middle stump.
A partnership of 22 between Alan Morgans and Asif Junaid restored some sanity to the proceedings until Junaid fell to Philips at 69-6.
Morgans batted patiently, punishing the bad deliveries and was unlucky to edge a ball from Philips on to his stumps at 88-8.
Despite still requiring 56 for victory from 15 overs, with Pollitt and Walton at the crease, Hurley felt they were in with a chance.
The return of Bennett proved to be the deciding factor, bowling Pollit at 119-9. Howard Mansell was adjudged lbw two balls later, giving Braywood victory.
C Russell, lbw, b Pollitt 34
S West, b Ahmed 22
R McDermott, c Kayani, b Ahmed 40
J Jeyarajah, b Arshad 17
S Philips, c Arshad, b Pollitt 4
T Neal, run out 0
S Bennett, b Ahmed 2
R Dey, c & b Kayani 11
A Kapoor, b Arshad 0
B Hussain, c Junaid, b Kayani 1
S Davies, not out 0
• Best bowling: F Ahmed 3-60, D Pollitt 2-18, I Arshad 2-22, S Kayani 2-37.
S Kayani, b Hussain 1
M Walton, run out 12
S Taylor, c Jeyarajah, b Hussain 6
I Arshad, st West, b Bennett 10
F Ahmed, b Jeyarajah 2
A Morgans, b Philips 28
A Junaid, c Russell, b Philips 11
T Tasadiq, b Davies 8
D Pollitt, b Bennett 22
D Walton, not out 7
H Mansell, lbw, b Bennett 0
• Best bowling: S Bennett 3-18, S Philips 2-13, B Hussain 2-18.