HURLEY rounded off a successful weekend for the club with victory over neighbours CRAZIES HILL
HURLEY rounded off a successful weekend for the club with victory over neighbours CRAZIES HILL at Shepherds Lane on Sunday.
On winning the toss, Mike Walton opted to bat first and opened the innings alongside Phil Ridgeway.
Walton scored a boundary off every one of Shelley’s first five overs while at the other end Alan Searle picked up two wickets without conceding a run from his first four overs. Ridgeway was the first to go, edging to the keeper in the second over. Gul followed in the sixth, stepping across his stumps as the ball thudded into his pads.
The arrival of Parvinder Hunjan spoiled the party for Searle; after playing out a maiden, the next over saw Hunjan stroke three boundaries from the first three deliveries, followed by a two and a single. He followed this up with 10 runs of Searle’s sixth and final over.
The score had reached 46 when Shelley produced a Yorker to dismiss Walton. Hunjan continued to build his innings, reaching 50 from 55 deliveries before letting loose. He proceeded to butcher the bowling, sending balls soaring into over the boundary with seven maximums on his way to an unbeaten 151.
At the other end, Scott Taylor provided valuable support until pulling a short delivery from Doug Simpson straight into the hands of Capron at fine leg. James Calliss and Kuldeep Nothey kept Hunjan company until he reached his 150 from 125 balls and Hurley declared on 234-5.
The Crazies Hill reply got off to a shaky start with Nothey dismissing Capron, caught at mid-on by Yasir Gul in the second over. Doug Montgomery and Rhys Simpson staged a recovery with a partnership of 45 for the second wicket, broken by Mo Basharat bowling Montgomery off his pads.
Nigel Haines replaced Nothey with immediate effect. Despite being hit for a big six by George Connell, Haines stuck to his task and had Simpson stumped. Haines’ next over saw him come under pressure from the hard hitting Connell before trapping Clarke lbw.
A couple of loose overs from Bert Simon saw him replaced by Hurley’s other left-arm spinner Phil Ridgeway. Between them the two spinners regained some control and Ridgeway dismissed Darius Simpson to Yasir Gul’s second catch.
At the start of the last hour, the visitors were in a strong position requiring 87 for victory with Connell going well. Haines and Walton combined to take the next three wickets, all stumped, to turn the tide. The critical wicket was that of Connell who looked like winning the match single handed, but once Haines enticed him down the track to be beaten by turning delivery Hurley were back in the hunt. Margrie and Shelley both fell the same way without scoring and at 168-8 Hurley were in the box seat.
Sam Montgomery kept up the run chase but received little support. Ridgeway trapped Steve Hanton leg before at 197 for 9 and followed up with the catch off Haines to seal the victory with 10 overs and 36 runs to spare.