Monday, 21 June 2021

Present side have edge during intriguing clash

AFTER a gap of several years the HURLEY PAST versus HURLEY PRESENT match was resurrected

AFTER a gap of several years the HURLEY PAST versus HURLEY PRESENT match was resurrected on the initiative of John Furneaux on Sunday.

The Present team batted first in a 40 over contest as Neil Halliday and Ian Dawkins opened the bowling. Alan Morgans (21) and Cameron Wright posted 29 for the first wicket in 10 overs before Dawkins (3-24) had Morgans caught behind by Mike Taylor.

Dawkins also accounted for Wright, Mo Basharat and Josh Cole to reduce the Present to 56-3 after 16 overs. Dave Walton fell lbw to give Fred Furneaux his first wicket for many years.

Jeff Dawson, despite being hampered by injury, and Steve Taylor added 40 for the sixth wicket, claimed by Ian Hopes with a return catch to dismiss Taylor. When Brown fell lbw to Nally Fernando and Dawson became Fernando’s second victim at 140-8, the Present were looking to their tail to bat out the remaining eight overs and post a competitive total.

Mike Cole holed out to Andy Dobson off Junior at 157-9, but Phil Ridgeway (45 not out) and Mike Walton added 41 for the 10th wicket to take their side to 198-9 at lunch.

When play resumed the Past side sent out Fred Furneaux and Brian Griffin, both players having in excess of three score years and ten to their names. Quick singles were not going to be the order of the day; Dave Walton and Mo Basharat (3-18) kept a tight rein on the runs while Basharat picked up the first three wickets.

The Past side were looking to their middle order to provide the bulk of the runs but dangerous Dobson and Taylor both failed to go on having got a start. Basharat had a hand in both their wickets, bowling Dobson then taking a good catch in the gully to dismiss Taylor off Mike Cole.

From 58-4 the Past collapsed to 64-7 with Brown, Taylor and Morgans all picking up wickets. A useful partnership of 27 between Dawkins and Michael Furneaux was ended by a good catch in the deep by Morgans off the bowling of Ridgeway.

Paul McDermott top scored for the Past who were allowed 13 batsmen in their innings. The Present side used 10 bowlers with Jeff Dawson picking up the wicket of Halliday (23) and Cameron Wright dismissing McDermott, as the match ended with the Past on 142-11.

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