Thursday, 17 June 2021

Six-wicket haul not enough for Hurley

BRAYWOOD held out to claim a draw in their Division 2 match at HURLEY on Saturday.

BRAYWOOD held out to claim a draw in their Division 2 match at HURLEY on Saturday.

Going into the match a depleted Hurley side lost the toss and were put into bat under threatening skies and heavy rain.

The start was delayed by 40 minutes and 12 overs wiped from the match. When the covers were rolled back Imran Arshad and Dave Simoes added 62 in 20 overs.

Simoes was first to depart edging to gully as Hurley teetered from 62-0 to 70-3 inside three overs. Akhtar drove back to his namesake, advanced a few paces but was run out by a one-handed stop and direct throw.

Arshad fell to Aslam while Varun Sharma and Shoab Riaz added 100 in 18 overs.



With six overs remaining a final push for 200 saw Sharma sky to cover and Riaz fall to long off. A final scramble for maximum batting points saw Phil Ridgeway and Colin Ainger take eight from the final over to see Hurley through to 200-6 from their 46 overs.

In reply captain Naeem Akhtar produced pace and seam to rip out Hayes and Jadhavathan in his second over and then Vijayan and skipper Raza in each of his next two overs. Phil Ridgeway joined Ahmed as the visitors were blown away at 26-5 in 10 overs.

A further rain delay reduced the visitors’ allocation to 34 overs. Satti hit a 21 ball blitz as four balls were lost in surrounding fields.

Kazmi was another casualty of Akhtar hitting the stumps and then he had Aslam driving low to Ridgeway in an unfamiliar mid-on.

The crucial wicket fell to Riaz when a drive to short extra cover was held by Steve Taylor to leave the visitors on 93-8. This left Hurley 18 overs to remove the final two wickets. Despite shuffling his pack, Waheed and Rob McDermott blocked every effort to dislodge them as Braywood finished on 135-8 for the draw.

HURLEY



I Arshad, b Aslam

37

D Simoes, c Waheed, b Aslam

19

N Akhtar, run out

5

S Riaz, c Vijanan

33

V Sharma, c Raza, b McDermott

64

P Ridgeway, not out

6

St Taylor, run out

7

C Ainger, not out

7

Extras

22





TOTAL (6 wkts)

200



BRAYWOOD



P Vijayan, b Akhtar

11

H Hayes, b Akhtar

4

N Jathaveden, b Akhtar

0

Y Ahmed, b Ridgeway

5

A Raza, b Akhtar

2

S Kazmi, b Akhtar

14

N Satti, c Taylor, b Riaz

49

I Aslam, c Ridgeway, b Akhtar

1

M Waheed, not out

19

R McDermott, not out

15

Extras

15





TOTAL (8 wkts)

135

Best bowling: N Akhtar 6-35.





League leaders HARPSDEN’S match at home to AMERSHAM HILL was abandoned due to rain.

In Division 4 HURLEY 2nds suffered a heavy defeat at KNOTTY GREEN 2nds. Mike Cole lost the toss and a heavy shower before the start meant Hurley were inserted on a wet, well grassed wicket.

Abdullah Ali hit his first delivery to the boundary but this proved to be a false dawn as tight bowling from Sandiv Patel kept the batsmen under pressure.

Hurley lost opener Clive Williams, chipping to Jack Patel at mid-off in the seventh over with only 15 runs on the board. Wickets fell at regular intervals due to a combination of decent bowling, a difficult pitch, poor batting and a run out. Josh Cole was run out before his father fell edging to the keeper trying to cut Jack Patel. With none of the middle order except Henry Graham making double figures, Hurley subsided to 95 all out from 41.1 overs.

With the wicket drying out and a small total to chase, the hosts were always going to be favourites but Dave Pollitt got Hurley off to a good start when Parikh sliced the third delivery of the innings to Mike Cole in the gully.

Debutant Ben Dickson struggled to find a line or length and Tommy Patel took full advantage, plundering 10 runs off his first over. None of Hurley’s bowlers were able to contain the batsmen and the total raced to 34 in the fifth over before a direct hit from Pollitt sent Sutcliffe back to the pavilion when the batsman attempted to run for an overthrow.

Cole followed up with the wicket of Patel, bringing the ball back up the slope to take the left-hander’s leg stump. This was to be the last success for Hurley although Nigel Haines bowled tightly, a couple of catches went begging and Nick Scott and Ian Rundell saw their side home inside 20 overs.

HURLEY 2nds



C Williams, c J Patel, b S Patel

1

Ab Ali, c T Patel, b Patton

20

Am Ali, b S Patel

7

J Cole, run out

16

M Walton, c Scott, b Crowther

9

J Graham, lbw, b J Patel

5

M Cole, c T Patel, b J Patel

0

H Graham, c Scott, b Rundell

15

B Dickson, b S Patel

6

N Haines, lbw, b Crowther

0

D Pollitt, not out

0

Extras

16





TOTAL

95

Best bowling: S Patel 3-5, S Crowther 2-13, J Patel 2-20.



KNOTTY GREEN 2nds



T Patel, b M Cole

17

K Parikh, c M Cole, b Pollitt

0

M Sutcliffe, run out

9

N Scott, not out

21

I Rundell, not out

32

Extras

17





TOTAL (3 wkts)

96







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