A HASTILY arranged friendly between HURLEY and YATELEY on Sunday became the third Hurley fixture to
A HASTILY arranged friendly between HURLEY and YATELEY on Sunday became the third Hurley fixture to fall victim to the weather this weekend.
Yateley won the toss and elected to bat first, wasting no time as Jon Dourman and Harry Maxfield raced to 59 in eight overs. Both Scott Taylor and Chris Dawkins beat the bat regularly but could do little to stem the flow of runs until Taylor swung one into the pads of the left-handed Maxfield.
A bowling change paid immediate dividends as Phil Ridgeway bowled Anthony Muir for a duck. Ridgeway’s first three overs were all maidens and although Jacques Pienaar took him for 14 off his fourth over, Ridgeway had his revenge trapping the South-African leg before in his next.
At the other end Henry Graham’s first delivery, a full toss, was chipped back to the bowler by Dourman. Another wicket for Ridgeway as Ben Simmons played back to a quicker ball which thudded into middle stump pegged the visitors back to 103-6 after 22 overs.
Graham produced an unplayable delivery which jagged back to take Anush Base’s middle stump. As wickets fell around him Sam Kennett went on the attack, racing to 50 off 38 deliveries, dishing out punishment to all the bowlers. None of the other batsmen could handle Ridgeway who finished with 6-50 from 14 overs.
With nine wickets down, John Muir delayed his declaration to allow Kennett to try and get his century but on 91 he skied a drive off Joe Graham and keeper Walton raced down the wicket to take the catch.
The Hurley reply started under an overcast sky and some sharp bowling saw them reduced to 23-4. There were only seven runs on the board when Amir Ali edged Base to slip where Anthony Muir parried the ball and Merker clung onto the rebound.
Jono Patrick drove Pienaar firmly to cover but couldn’t evade Kennett who held onto a head high catch. Pienaar also claimed the wickets of Dawkins and Gul as the rain started to get heavier forcing the players from the pitch as the match was abandoned.