Monday, 14 June 2021

Paice’s accurate bowling ensures winning ways

HARPSDEN, playing their fourth consecutive away game, got back to winning ways at GREAT KINGSHILL in Division 2

HARPSDEN, playing their fourth consecutive away game, got back to winning ways at GREAT KINGSHILL in Division 2 on Saturday.

The league leaders started well with some tight bowling from Birkett and Wright with the first wicket falling via a Whittaker-Ward run out.

Paice then settled the score with some accurate bowling ending up with 5-24 off his overs. He was supported by the spinner Brown whose three wickets and economical spell stopped any Kingshill recovery dead.

Chasing 144 Harpsden started badly and were wobbling at 65-4. However Brown (41 not out) and the dominant Whittaker (48 not out) saw Harpsden home with 30 overs remaining.

Elsewhere in the division an innings of 60 from Phil Ridgeway led a fighting display from a weakened HURLEY side as they drew at home to WRAYSBURY 2nds.

Batting first the visitors hit 105 from the first 16 overs. Pav Midha and Tarangit Singh hit 110 before drinks triggered Midha to scoop to short midwicket where Amir Ali pouched a catch off Naeem Akhtar.

Singh survived catches behind and at slip before Akhtar had the opener lofting to mid-on. Akhtar bowled Patel to reduce the visitors to 135-3. The chance to restrict the visitors was blown away by a fourth wicket stand of 72 in 10 overs as U Ahmed and Harry Kibble blitzed the bowling. Ross Brown found bounce to get one to rear up at Kibble who could only fend off to short point where Josh Cole took the catch.

Yasin and Ahmed continued to prosper with another stand of 65 in six punishing overs. Three quick wickets in eight balls brought the declaration on 290-7 from 46 overs. In reply Dave Simoes and Abdullah Ali handed out an untroubled opening stand of 78 in 18 overs. The only way these two would be parted was through a lbw and Ali was the unfortunate recipient and Imran Ahmed the beneficiary.

Hurley then sunk to 99-4 in the space of six overs as Arshad lapped loosely back to the bowler and Akhtar had a straight low delivery and was bowled.

Ridgeway hit the one lose ball an over square but also dig a defensive wall. Ross Brown looked equally determined until the score reached 134 before he attempted a heave and edged behind.

Mike Cole joined Ridgeway and he controlled his more rapacious spirit before exposing his leg stump to Harry Kibble. Ridgeway then shepherded the tail to collect maximum batting and bonus points from a draw at 224-7. Kuldeep Nothey’s dismissal was poor reward for his 150 mile effort to make it to the match as he was given out lbw to cause nervous twitches at 217-7 with two overs to see out.

In Division 4 HARPSDEN 2nds’ captain Sasha Burgess won the toss and elected to bowl first for the hosts as they defeated LITTLE MARLOW. Tom Ham took a wicket in his first over with a smart catch from Tom Imlay. This was Ham’s last contribution with the ball as he broke down with a groin injury in the second over, leaving Brooks to complete his over.

Little Marlow took a liking to the medium pace of Birkett and Brooks as Shore and Thistlewaite put on 37 for the second wicket before Jonny Howorth came on to pick up a wicket in his first over. Howorth was supported by good fielding from Ham and Broome as Little Marlow collapsed to 60-6 with Howorth bowling a double wicket maiden followed by a triple wicket maiden to leave him with figures of 6-9 off his four overs.

Imlay, Brooks and Birkett all bowled with good discipline as Little Marlow were bowled out for 74 from 25.2 overs.

Harpsden’s reply started emphatically with Broome hitting anything full or short which ensured the hosts were off to a flyer. Broome and debutant Baxter ensured Harpsden were moving along well before Broome was caught behind for 26. Burgess saw the side home with a four to ensure Harpsden won by nine wickets.

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