Friday, 18 June 2021

Tail fails to wag as Gorrie wraps up win for Harrow Wayfarers

HARROW WAYFARERS ran out convincing winners at HURLEY on Sunday in this annual fixture.

HARROW WAYFARERS ran out convincing winners at HURLEY on Sunday in this annual fixture.

The Wayfarers won the toss and opted to bat first with David Croft and Luke Pollard opening the innings against the bowling of Joe Graham and Matthew Wadsworth. Both bowlers found some movement through the air to keep the batsmen honest and it was Wadsworth who got an early breakthrough taking a return catch as Pollard got a leading edge trying to work the ball to leg.

Youngster Johnny Baron and Croft dug in and made steady progress taking the score to 94 in the 17th over when James Calliss trapped Croft lbw. Calliss’s next delivery proved too good for Andy Gorrie as it went through the gate to take the top of middle stump.

Wayfarers’ skipper Jerry Laxton survived the hat-trick ball and went on to make 24 before chasing a wide leg side delivery from Howard Mansell and top edging it to the keeper.

Elmo Gorrie stepped across in front of a straight one from Mansell and saw the umpire’s finger raised. Amir Ali kept one end quiet while Mansell tormented the batsmen from the river end.

Hallam provided some much needed stability in the lower order and some lusty blows from Michael Ball ensured that the visitors posted a par score despite losing their last seven wickets for 59 runs in 11 overs.

A rare over from Greg Double saw him dismiss Ball, who was beaten as he advanced down the track and Mike Walton managed to gather the ball and complete an untidy stumping. Double had the chance to wrap up the innings, spilling a caught and bowled chance so it was left to Ali to pick up a third wicket, bowling McLoughlin as the visitors finished on 213 all out.

Joe Graham was promoted to open the batting for Hurley and made 22. A poor call saw Clive Williams run out to allow Yasir Gul to join Graham in a partnership of 36 for the second wicket.

Just as the pair looked to be getting the better of the bowling, Graham shouldered arms to ball and lost his off stump. Gul’s innings was cut short, adjudged lbw to McLoughlin despite an inside edge. Calliss hit a boundary off Bennett but fell to the next delivery lofting to Baron. The main hopes of a Hurley victory rested on the fifth wicket pairing of Greg Double and Mike Walton and at the start of the last hour they had got their side into a good position, requiring a run a ball from the last 20 overs.

A catch at slip from Laxton to dismiss Double ended the partnership on 54, leaving the hosts requiring 106 from the last 16 overs, but some tight bowling soon put this task out of reach.

Walton became victim of an lbw decision leaving the tail to try and bat out the last 12 overs for a draw. The last four wickets could only manage another five runs in seven overs, despite some stubborn resistance from Wadsworth and the Williams brothers. Gorrie polished off the tail to finish with figures of 3-11 and give the Wayfarers victory by 94 runs.


D Croft, lbw, b Calliss


L Pollard, c & b Wadsworth


J Baron, c Graham, b Ali


A Gorrie, b Calliss


J Laxton, c Walton, b Mansell


E Gorrie, lbw, b Mansell


S Hallam, not out


M McGee, b Mansell


T Bennett, c C Williams, b Ali


M Ball, st Walton, b Double


N McLoughlin, b Ali






Best bowling: H Mansell 3-17, A Ali 3-47, J Calliss 2-14.


C Williams, run out


J Graham, b Ball


Y Gul, lbw, b McLoughlin


J Calliss, c Baron, b Bennett


G Double, c Laxton, b Baron


M Walton, lbw, b Pollard


M Wadsworth, b Pollard


A Ali, b E Gorrie


M Williams, b E Gorrie


A Williams, not out


H Mansell, b E Gorrie






Best bowling: E Gorrie 3-11, L Pollard 2-2.

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