HURLEY slipped to their sixth successive Division 2 defeat away to PINKNEYS GREEN on Saturday.
The visitors lost the toss and were asked to bat. Shoab Kayani fell early but Phil Ridgeway and Naeem Akhtar added 20 before Ridgeway was bowled to the first ball of Asif’s opening over.
In ideal batting conditions Akhtar and Steve Taylor cruised along to 52 before Taylor offered a feint edge behind. From a position of 86-2 and looking like posting a competitive score, Hurley’s innings collapsed to 96-7.
Varun Sharma applied a counteroffensive with Denis Day and Raj Singh as these two added 32 for the final wicket as Hurley were all out for 160 in 50 overs.
Ridgeway and Akhtar opened the bowling with the old ball. Pinkneys Green were pegged back to scoring 14 from their opening 16 overs. A change of bowling released the shackles until Akhtar returned to uproot Ben Purchase and then Steve Curlewis to leave the home side 93-2.
When Ridgeway took a low caught and bowled to remove Mehmood, Pinkneys tottered to 100-3. But the home side threw in Butt who hit several boundaries and his 31 ball stay swung the match. He inevitably fell to a steepling catch by Greg Double, but at 146-4 the game looked inevitable.
A collapse then ensued as Pinkneys Green lost five wickets for nine runs to add some surprising tension to the gathering dusk and panic amongst the scorers.
Paul Todd and Shoab Kayani were the main beneficiaries, but Pinkneys then scrambled the required runs with four byes to claim the win by two wickets and 10 overs.
P Ridgeway, b Asif 15
S Kayani, b Ahmad 4
N Akhtar, st Mehmood, b Snapes 40
S Taylor, c Mehmood, b Curlewis 19
Y Ali, st Mehmood, b Snape 6
G Double, lbw, b Snape 0
P Hunjan, lbw, b Snape 1
V Sharma, not out 45
D Day, c Mehmood, b Peck 7
P Todd, b Peck 4
R Singh, c Mehmood, b Dhillon 4
TOTAL 160e_SClBPINKNEYS GREEN
S Curlewis, b Akhtar 53
B Purchase, b Akhtar 17
T Butt, c Double, b Ridgeway 51
B Mehmood, c & b Ridgeway 0
J Dhillon, c Akhtar, b Todd 21
M Nazir, c Akhtar, b Kayani 1
N Asif, lbw, b Todd 0
I Tariq, c Hunjan, b Kayani 0
B Snapes, not out 6
M Peck, not out 2
TOTAL (8 wkts) 164
Best bowling: S Kayani 2-3, P Todd 2-22, N Akhtar 2-24, P Ridgeway 2-63.
COLESHILL 2nds made it five Division 4 wins in six games at HURLEY 2nds’ Shepherds Lane.
Dave Pollitt won the toss and asked the visitors to bat first. Runs came easily on a good batting surface and the opening partnership had reached 52 in the 11th over when a delivery from Ross Brown swung in to take the left-handed Steven Edwards’ middle stump.
Dave Pollitt replaced Taylor and struck with his first ball, trapping Pollock lbw. Two more wickets, one for Ben Fraser and another for Pollitt, courtesy of a casual, one-handed catch at backward point by Yasir Khan pegged the visitors back to 93-4 after 20 overs.
Dave Walton was introduced and had appeals for the dismissals of James Amar and skipper Nick Gibson turned down. This proved to be the turning point in the match as Gibson added another 100 runs.
A partnership of 136 in 16 overs between Gibson and Amar took the game away from Hurley. Alexander Williams, making his senior debut, picked up the wicket of Amar thanks to a running catch in the deep by Scott Taylor.
Coleshill continued to pile on the runs as Alan Edwards joined Gibson in a stand of 56 for the sixth wicket, eventually broken by Ross Brown when Edwards was caught by Mike Walton at the second attempt. Gibson called a halt on 301-6 after 47 overs with the skipper unbeaten on 137.
Although 302 in 53 overs looked beyond Hurley, they were confident of being able to bat out for a draw. The first four overs did nothing to dispel this feeling as Mike Walton and Clive Williams looked comfortable against the opening attack of Alan Edwards and Alan McGeever.
With the score on six in the fifth over, Edwards found just enough swing to find the edge of Walton’s bat on the way through to the keeper.
This precipitated a collapse as four more wickets fell for only 21 runs in five overs. Williams was joined by Ben Fraser and the pair set about rebuilding the innings. While Williams dug in, Fraser played in his usual style, hitting the ball hard whenever the opportunity presented itself.
The score gained some respectability, reaching three figures in the 23rd over but Fraser perished shortly after — attempting to hit Adil Hussain over the top he could only find Pollock at mid-off, much to the delight of the Coleshill side who were beginning to get frustrated at their inability to break the partnership.
The loss of Fraser proved to be the beginning of the end as the next two wickets added only nine runs in three overs.
Hussain produced the ball of the day to dismiss Taylor, swinging in to pitch on leg stump and jag back to hit the top of middle and off.
Alexander Williams became the sixth Hurley batsman to fail to trouble the scorers and despite a brief flurry from Dave Pollitt, Coleshill wrapped up victory in 29 overs.
T Pollock, lbw, b Pollitt 34
S Edwards, b Brown 21
L Dawson, b Fraser 11
J Amar, c Taylor, b A Williams 57
A Khan, c Khan, b Pollitt 3
N Gibson, not out 137
A Edwards, c M Walton, b Brown 17
A Hussain, not out 4
TOTAL (6 wkts) 301
Best bowling: D Pollitt 2-46, R Brown 2-71.
M Walton, c S Edwards,
b A Edwards 0
C Williams, b Khan 55
Y Khan, b A Edwards 0
R Brown, c Dawson, b McGeever 0
C Wright, c Pollock, b A Edwards 7
A Morgans, b McGeever 0
B Fraser, c Pollock, b Hussain 38
Scott Taylor, b Hussain 0
A Williams, b Khan 0
D Walton, not out 1
D Pollitt, b Khan 8