HURLEY fielded a development side with five U15s, four of whom were making their senior debut, against HARROW WAYFARERS at Shepherds Lane on Sunday.
A finish ensued with the visitors hanging on for a hard fought victory against the young Hurley side.
The visitors won the toss and chose to bat first in a 40 overs per side match. Scott Taylor and Ben Pool kept the flow of runs in check, restricting the opening pair of Ali Jeal and George Kinsman to 37 from the first 10 overs.
Ben Fraser replaced Taylor and immediately made the breakthrough, having Kinsman caught at fine-leg by Ben Poole.
Ben Lederman proved a handful for the Wayfarers batsmen, picking up 3-21 from his six over spell to help reduce the visitors to 68-4 after 18 overs.
Sam Browne made 45 from 31 deliveries including a couple of sixes off Fraser before lofting Lederman to Steve Taylor at long-off.
Tom Bennett and Jerry Laxton added 91 for the sixth wicket before Scott Taylor returned to pick up a wicket.
Raff Bowler bowled a spell of off-spin against a pair of batsmen who were in full flow and was unfortunate not to pick up a wicket. The Wayfarers innings finished on 227-6.
The Hurley reply stuttered from the start with Fraser falling to Hallam in the second over with the score still in single figures.
David Morgans and Stephen Wright got things back on track with a 49 run partnership for the second wicket before Morgans skied a catch to the keeper off Sam Buckfield.
Wright reached 31 before falling the same way as Morgans and precipitating a collapse as Buckfield claimed a hat-trick from the final three deliveries of his spell, dismissing Lederman and Ben Poole to leave the hosts floundering at 66-5.
Charlie Poole proved to be unfazed by the rapid fall of wickets, scoring a solid 16 runs to help his side to 106-6. With 120 runs required from 16 overs, the match looked all but over, but Hurley skipper Matt Hampton and Steve Taylor had other ideas.
Taylor made 40 before the return of Steve Hallam, who produced a delivery which nipped back off the seam to take the left-hander’s leg stump. Hallam struck again in his next over, Scott Taylor shouldering arms to a delivery which took his off stump leaving Hurley still needing 56 from the remaining seven overs with only two wickets remaining.
Raff Bowler showed a maturity beyond his years supporting his skipper, as Hampton proceeded to flay the bowling to all parts with 72 from 48 deliveries before holing out to Sam Buckfield at mid-wicket off the bowling of Will Buckfield.
With the last pair at the crease and 14 needed from two overs, the game was in the balance. Bowler could only manage a four from the penultimate over, leaving 10 runs required from the final over.
Will Buckfield held his nerve, conceding only a couple of singles to see Harrow Wayfarers home by seven runs.
A Jeal, c Wright, b Lederman 25
G Kinsman, c B Poole, b Fraser 8
L Pollard, c Fraser, b Lederman 12
M Ball, lbw, b Fraser 2
S Browne, c Steve Taylor,
b Lederman 45
T Bennett, b Scott Taylor 57
J Laxton, not out 32
W Buckfield, not out 16
TOTAL (6 wkts) 227
• Best bowling: B Lederman 3-21, B Fraser 2-51.
D Morgans, c Browne, b S Buckfield 22
B Fraser, b Hallam 0
S Wright, c Browne, b S Buckfield 31
Steve Taylor, b Hallam 40
B Lederman, b S Buckfield 0
B Poole, c Jeal, b S Buckfield 0
C Poole, b Ball 16
M Hampton, c S Buckfield,
b W Buckfield 72
Scott Taylor, b Hallam 1
R Bowler, not out 15
A Morgans, not out 5
TOTAL (9 wkts) 220
• Best bowling: S Buckfield 4-39.