Humphreys treble not enough for Peppard Stoke Row Kites
A HAT-TRICK for PEPPARD STOKE ROW KITES’ Humphreys was not enough to force victory over HURLEY
A HAT-TRICK for PEPPARD STOKE ROW KITES’ Humphreys was not enough to force victory over HURLEY at Shepherds Lane on Sunday.
The visitors opted to bat first and openers Chris Proudfoot and Gareth Legg made slow progress against Kuldeep Nothey and Henry Graham, as both bowlers found some movement to trouble the batsmen.
It was Graham who got the breakthrough with a one-handed return catch to dismiss Legg. The next over saw Nothey pick up the wicket of Proudfoot, chipping to extra cover.
A partnership of 27 between Atkinson and May was ended by a catch in the deep by Yasir Gul off the bowling of James Calliss. Nothey was unlucky to have catches dropped off consecutive deliveries as Ali shelled a regulation chance at gully followed by Steve Taylor diving to his right at slip but failing to hang on to the chance.
Taylor redeemed himself a couple of overs later with a high catch to dismiss Atkinson, giving Nothey his second wicket. Matt Baker-Smith and U17 Josh Perkins both scored half-centuries in a big partnership for the fifth wicket which was only ended when Baker-Smith retired.
With tea approaching, Peppard extended their innings to try and get Perkins to his century but he fell three runs short, chipping Nothey to Ali at mid wicket. Perkins’s knock was scored off just 65 deliveries.
The Hurley reply started with Parvinder Hunjan and Amir Ali. Scott and and Atkinson kept the run rate down initially but the second string bowlers came under pressure from the Hurley openers as they took the attack to the bowlers.
At the start of the last hour, the game was delicately poised with the hosts requiring 142 from 20 overs with 10 wickets in hand. The opening partnership reached 135 before Humphreys dismissed Ali.
Humphreys followed this up with a hat-trick in his next over to dismiss Hunjan, Henry Graham and Tanvir Ali, reaching 40 wickets for the season, reducing Hurley to 144-4 and effectively ending their chances of victory.
Yasir Gul and Mike Walton added 35 for the fifth wicket. The final over saw Gul slog across the line to Widdicombe off the first ball, leaving Steve Taylor to see out the remaining five deliveries for the draw as Hurley finished on 184-5.