HURLEY went down to defeat in their annual fixture against FIDDLERS on a hot day at
HURLEY went down to defeat in their annual fixture against FIDDLERS on a hot day at Shepherds Lane on Sunday.
On winning the toss, Mike Walton chose to bat first. Shoaib Kayani got the hosts off to a flying start with seven coming from Luke Beard’s first over.
The bowlers soon gained control with a couple of maidens and the score had reached only 18 in the seventh over when Beard trapped Kayani in front of middle stump. Yasir Gul and Clive Williams added a steady 54 run partnership despite Gul playing and missing regularly to the unlucky Beard.
Mike Salmon replaced Mahoney and had Williams smartly stumped by John Hewitt at 72-2. Gul fell three overs later to a diving catch by Nigel Haines off Tom Mellor.
Fayaz Kayani started in typical fashion, hitting his first ball down the ground for a six but was cut off in his prime, having reached 17 from 11 deliveries, when adjudged lbw to Mellor.
Scott Taylor made 36 before getting a leading edge back to Haines who claimed the second of his three catches. Mike Cole and Ross Brown added some impetus to the innings before both holed out off Mellor. Hurley declared their innings on 191-8.
Fiddlers made a good start to their reply with Simon Jessup and Farhan Quereshi posting 54 for the first wicket. Jessup was far from his fluent best, employing a variety of mis-hits and edges to reach his half century.
Kuldeep Nothey finally got the breakthrough having Quereshi caught in the covers by Scott Taylor. The introduction of left-arm spinner James Calliss proved the undoing of Jessup, lofting a full toss to extra cover where Gul pouched the catch.
Govinder Bhachu took the game away from the hosts with 53 and despite wickets for both Kayani brothers and Mike Cole, Fiddlers eased home with six wickets and five overs to spare.