Taylor bludgeons 168 runs to help side get back to winning ways at Littlewick Green
DIVISION 2 league leaders HARPSDEN eased to victory at WRAYSBURY to maintain their unbeaten record on
DIVISION 2 league leaders HARPSDEN eased to victory at WRAYSBURY to maintain their unbeaten record on Saturday.
The visitors won the toss and put the hosts into bat first and Tom Hancock and Toby Stevens bowled with too much pace and quality for the Wraysbury batsmen who quickly succumbed to 19-5.
The Harpsden duo were aided by some quality catching as Ed Birkett held a fine catch at cover and Gordon Morgan was out to a Stevens catch.
Some resistance came in the Wraysbury tail but in the end Whittaker and Paice bowled them out for a well below par 73 and an early tea.
Andy Bryan and Jack Brown opened the batting for Harpsden and saw the victory through. Brown was the early aggressor sending anything over pitched to the cover boundary while Bryan hit the winning runs through the covers in the 16th over.
P Midha, c Birkett, b Stevens
T Singh, c Ward, b Hancock
M Ward, c Ward, b Hancock
U Ahmed, c Brown, b Hancock
G Morgan, c Stevens, b Hancock
S Midha, run out
M Nawaz, c Cary, b Paice
T Dibley, not out
W Afridi, c Bryan, b Paice
I Ahmed, st Ward, b Whittaker
A Sattar, c Ward, b Whittaker
A Bryan, not out
J Brown, not out
TOTAL (0 wkts)
A game that ebbed and flowed had a nail-biting finish as HURLEY defeated GREAT KINGSHILL at Shepherds Lane. Naeem Akhtar opened the batting and quickly got into his stride but his expansive play was his downfall as he drove over a Yorker from Luke Wright to leave the score on 37-1.
Nally Fernando was out for four to a ball down the leg-side as Hurley battled against some lively pace from 14-year old George Lasseter. Opener Dave Simoes took the initiative in a 45 run third wicket stand with Scott Taylor as the edge through slips and third man proved profitable. Taylor went to an ill-judged pull when Hurley were well placed on 90-2. This became 117-5 as Nick Hallatt prospered.
Greg Double lost his off-stump for nine while Ross Brown found the boundary with regularity. A stand of 42 with Phil Ridgeway was broken with Hurley well placed on 159-6.
An impressive debut from John Kemmis-Betty saw him launch his first ball to the long off boundary. However, at 174-6 his 10 ball cameo was ended by Mark Crangle as Hurley were all out in the space of 19 balls.
Mark MacKenzie-Crooks and Alex Hallett built an opening stand of 52 in 18 overs with Hallatt surviving a spill at point with the score on 40.
The switch to Akhtar yielded immediate results as his second ball crashed into Hallatt’s stumps. Scott Taylor found a good length and Dave Simoes took a good catch behind to remove the other opener. A spell of six overs saw Akhtar take three wickets, Taylor two and Brown smartly ran out Nick Hallatt as the visitors spiralled to 99-8. Max Free put on a last wicket stand of 42 with Mark Crangle as Hurley saw the visitors close in on victory. Kemmis-Betty had Free hitting to long-on where Akhtar pouched the catch to win the match.
N Akhtar, b Wright
D Simoes, lbw, b Graham
N Fernando, c M-Crooks, b Wright
Sc Taylor, b Hallatt
R Brown, st M-Crooks, b Prothero
G Double, b Hallatt
P Ridgeway, c Sistla, b Lasseter
J Kemmis-Betty, b Crangle
St Taylor, c Auld, b Crangle
V Bhagwani, not out
T Ahmed, b Lasseter
M M-Crooks, c Simoes, b Sc Taylor
A Hallatt, b Akhtar
A Prothero, b Akhtar
N Hallatt, run out
G Auld, b Akhtar
L Wright, lbw, b Akhtar
R Sistla, b Sc Taylor
M Free, c Akhtar, b K-Betty
J Graham, b Sc Taylor
G Lasseter, b Sc Taylor
M Crangle, not out
James Taylor hit 168 runs as HURLEY 2nds ran out Division 4 winners at LITTLEWICK GREEN 2nds. After three weeks without a match Hurley captain Mike Cole won the toss and decided to bat first on a green track.
Qasim Khan struck with his second delivery to dismiss Josh Taylor for 0. This was to be the only joy for some time for the hosts, as Taylor and Abdullah Ali piled on 150 runs in 24 overs for the second wicket. Taylor was in flowing form, hitting anything loose.
Thomas Blowfield broke the partnership, bowling Ali via bat and pads, bringing Amir Ali to the middle to make his best score for Hurley with an unbeaten 67, sharing a 101 run partnership with Taylor. Taylor eventually fell in the 39th over, stumped off Chris Leakey. Hurley declared after one more over setting Littlewick 279 to win from 50 overs.
Hurley opened the bowling with the pairing of Dave Pollitt and Nigel Haines who kept a tight rein on proceedings with only 13 runs coming from the first seven overs for the loss of Dave Herron bowled by Pollitt. Haines produced turn and bounce to catch the glove of Will Neale as the ball flew sharply to slip where Josh Cole took the catch. A brief recovery saw 20 runs added for the third wicket before another catch in the slips by Cole off Pollitt saw Marcus Hickman depart at 34-3.
Amir Ali replaced Pollitt and produced a good delivery to dismiss Chris Leakey. Blowfield was run out without facing, called for a sharp single by Khan, he dropped his bat, leaving him short as Taylor’s throw was taken by the keeper.
Qasim Khan continued to take the attack to the bowlers, playing the major role in a 97 run partnership with Peter Mason-Apps. Josh Cole put down a sharp chance of Haines before Mason-Apps was off the mark and he gradually gained in confidence scoring a useful 21 runs.
Like their opposite numbers, some of the Hurley fielders went off the boil in the hot sun as Khan smashed the ball around the park. Just as they were wondering where the next wicket would come from, Taylor bowled Mason-Apps with a full toss that dipped late to hit the top of the stumps. Soon after Bart Leach lofted Pollitt to Amir Ali at mid-off. Taylor then dropped a catch to give Oscar Wiking a reprieve. Taylor atoned for his error, bowling Wiking off his pads as the batsman stepped towards square-leg.
With only two more wickets needed Haines enticed Beckinsale to loft to mid-on and the safe hands of Mike Cole and Pollitt wrapped it up by taking the off stump of John Nicholls.