DESPITE bowling and fielding well to bowl out WRAYSBURY 2nds for 137 in 34 overs
DESPITE bowling and fielding well to bowl out WRAYSBURY 2nds for 137 in 34 overs and replying with 69-0, HURLEY crashed to a morale-sapping 14-run defeat in Division 2.
A rare correct call of the coin saw the home side inserted and then feasted on a diet of short-pitched bowling as Singh exploited the square leg boundary.
Wraysbury raced to 42 in seven overs before Singh top-edged Scott Taylor and Dave Simoes pouched the steepling catch.
Pav Midha and Popalzai added 28 in nine overs before a dramatic collapse triggered by the fall of Midha as Kuldeep Nothey had the batsman caught at long-on.
From 70-1 the home side disappeared to 73-5 in four overs. Tom Dibley and Harry Kibble countered with a sixth-wicket stand of 29 with Kibble dispatching three maximums over the long-on boundary.
Phil Ridgeway accepted a strong return catch to dismiss skipper Dibley. Kibble and Sattar added a crucial 31 in five overs before Sattar also drilled back to Vikram Bhagwani with the score on 133-7. The tail was wrapped up by Bhagwani as Kibble was run-out and the final two wickets fell in the 34th over.
Hurley opened with Bhagwani and Dave Simoes with the former hitting a half-century in 34 balls as the visitors raced to 69 in 12 overs as Wraysbury wilted.
But a change of bowling yielded immediate results. Bhagwani top-edged to backward square off Popalzai.
Next over Mo Nawaz dismissed both Sharma and Akhtar and Scott Taylor slapped a return catch to Popalzai to plunge Hurley to 84-4.
Simoes and Ridgeway made a fifth-wicket stand of 22 but Ridgeway then lost his leg-peg to Nawaz before Simoes fell lbw for 22 on 109-8. Kuldeep Nothey and Ross Brown added 13 to take Hurley to within 14 runs but Nothey holed out to Popalzai and, without an 11th man, a crushing defeat.
P Midha, c Akhtar, b Nothey
T Singh, c Simoes, b Sc Taylor
A Popalzai, c Brown b Akhtar
S Midha, lbw b Akhtar
M Nawaz, c Akhtar, b Nothey
T Dibley, c&b Ridgeway
H Kibble, run out
A Sattar, c&b Bhagwani
S Allaway, not out
Z Rabbani, c Nothey, b Bhagwani
A Babania, st Simoes, b Bhagwani
Best bowling: V Bhagwani 3-13, N Akhtar 2-27, K Nothey 2-31.
V Bhagwani, c P Midha, b Popalzai
D Simoes, lbw b Popalzai
V Sharma lbw b Nawaz
N Akhtar, c S Midha, b Nawaz
Sc Taylor, c&b Popalzai
P Ridgeway, b Nawaz
St Taylor, b Nawaz
Y Gul, c S Midha, b Popalzai
K Nothey, c Nawaz, b Popalzai
R Brown, not out
Best bowling: A Popalzai 5-35, M Nawaz 4-25.
The honours were shared when GREAT KINGSHILL 2nds visited Shepherds Lane to take on a young HURLEY 2nds side.
The visitors won the toss and opted to bat first. Ex Hurley player Ramesh Sistla and Kingshill skipper Carl Selby staged an opening partnership of 62 in 15 overs.
With Mike Cole and Henry Graham unable to force a breakthrough, Joe Graham and Matthew Wadsworth were brought on and it was the left-arm seam of Wadsworth that did the trick as Sistla heaved a wide off-side full toss to mid-on where Cole took the catch.
Selby and Cameron Webb continued to make progress after the drinks break with a 55-run partnership before Hurley turned to their spinners. Nigel Haines trapped Selby leg-before to get the much-needed wicket at 117 for two. Amir Ali bowled with control and was rewarded with the wicket of Webb, leg-before in the 36th over.
Great Kingshill declared one over early on 222-6 with Haines finishing on 4-73. Jeff Dawson and Abdullah Ali opened the Hurley reply in positive style against the father-and-son attack of Ian and Jason Talmer.
Having hit a couple of crisp boundaries Dawson just failed to clear Lewis at mid-wicket at 14-1. Ali also looked in good form with three boundaries until a good delivery from Jason Talmer re-arranged his furniture. Then Josh Cole edged his second delivery to the keeper to reduce the hosts to 30-3 after eight overs.
Abdullah and Mike Walton set about rebuilding the innings. Together they saw off the opening bowlers before Abdullah went through the gears, smashing nine boundaries, clearing the ropes on three occasions to keep Hurley in the hunt.
After the drinks break Hurley required 150 from 22 overs. With a threatening partnership building, Ian Talmer was brought back and broke the 96-run partnership when he had Abdullah well caught by Sistla at long-off in the 35th over.
Mike Cole was promoted to continue the attack but fell second ball, dragging on from Jason Talmer, effectively ending Hurley’s hopes of victory with 95 needed from eight overs. The final over saw the 150 come up as Walton edged through the hands of Selby at slip to secure the extra batting point, leaving Hurley on 152-6.