Tuesday, 15 June 2021

Bashrat and Gul unable to hold on for Hurley

A REARGUARD action almost salvaged an unlikely draw for HURLEY at home to FLEET STREET STROLLERS on Sunday.

A REARGUARD action almost salvaged an unlikely draw for HURLEY at home to FLEET STREET STROLLERS on Sunday.

When Mo Basharat joined 10-year-old Hassan Gul at the fall of the ninth wicket there were still 15 overs remaining and the visitors looked assured of victory but Gul and Basharat made them wait until the penultimate over with a stoic 18 run partnership.

On winning the toss the Strollers opted to bat first. Ferrick started positively with three boundaries from Ross Brown’s first couple of overs, while Addis struggled at the other end.

Brown made the breakthrough in the fifth over of the match, trapping Addis lbw. The Hurley seamer followed this up in his next over with a slower delivery which Ferrick skied to the safe hands of Scott Taylor at point.

Taylor replaced Brown with devastating effect, bowling Oliver and McDougall with successive deliveries to leave the visitors struggling at 54-4. The next over saw Deveraux top edge a wide delivery from Mo Basharat to Mike Walton, standing up behind the stumps.

An 81 run partnership between Timperley and Keightley took the score to 138 before James Calliss held a return catch to dismiss Timperley. Calliss also had a hand in the dismissal of Keightley, taking a difficult catch off Steve Taylor.

Fayyaz Kayani kept the score under control, conceding only 11 runs from seven overs and picking up the wicket of Logan. The two leg-spinners had the final say with Taylor bowling Duff and Hassan Gul having Brodbeck stumped as Strollers finished on 214.

The Hurley reply got off to a rapid start with Shoaib Kayani and Amir Ali posting 35 from the first five overs.

A change of bowling did the trick with Ross Wood claiming two wickets with his first two deliveries. Amir Ali drove in the air to mid-off and Yasir Gull chipped a full toss to extra-cover.

Another flurry of wickets with the score on 62 saw the demise of Scott Taylor caught in the deep off Duff and Fayyaz Kayani edging Wood to the keeper. Despite some indifferent bowling, Hurley batsmen continued to fall.

Mike Walton mishit a full toss from Logan to mid wicket leaving the hosts needing another 118 for victory from the final 20 overs with five wickets in hand.

With Shoaib Kayani and Ross Brown at the wicket, the game was still in the balance. Simon Brodbeck swung the match in favour of the visitors, bowling Kayani and Steve Taylor, while Devereaux had Brown stumped.

James Calliss followed in the next over as his patience withered and he lofted to Keightley off Devereaux, bringing Mo Basharat to the middle to join Gul. The pair shared a last wicket stand of 18 which lasted for 76 deliveries before Gul was caught by Ferrick to give Fleet Street Strollers victory with nine balls remaining.

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