Monday, 21 June 2021

Graham and Ali set the pace in run chase

HURLEY went 2-1 up against KEP DOON in their annual friendly fixture.

HURLEY went 2-1 up against KEP DOON in their annual friendly fixture.

Visiting captain Paul Trennell called correctly and opted to bat first in this 40 over contest.

But openers John Pope and Rob Tait struggled against the swing of Jonathan Langlands and Henry Graham and Pope succumbed to a bouncer from Graham which he tried to hook but could only glove to Clive Williams at slip.

Pat Hinnell replaced Pope but fared no better as the batsmen barely managed two runs per over for the first 10. Hinnell was eventually put out of his misery when Langlands brought one in to graze the off stump.

Trennell looked to be in good form with 14 from 10 deliveries when Alexander Williams produced a yorker to rip out the middle stump.

Williams followed this with the wicket of Tait, who skied a catch to the keeper and when James Calliss trapped Ashley Lemming leg before in the 19th over, the visitors were on the rack at 72-5.

Tom Hooper led a recovery with an excellent 41, sharing a partnership of 32 for the sixth wicket with Louis Burton. Burton was unfortunate to be sold down the river by Hooper, failing to regain his ground as Adnan Khaliq scored a direct hit at the bowler’s end to run him out for 11.

Amir Ali was introduced at the Shepherds Lane end and produced a marvellous spell of five overs, three maidens with two wickets for three runs, dismissing Hooper and Nico Adams for two.

Matthew Williams claimed his first senior wicket thanks to a catch at backward square by Calliss to dismiss Bert Simon for four but some lusty blows by Jack Burton, 18 not out, ensured that Kep Doon reached 166-9.

The Hurley reply started in flowing fashion with Henry Graham and Clive Williams scoring freely to put on 78 for the first wicket in 18 overs.

It was Rob Tait who got the vital breakthrough when umpire Matthew Williams answered an appeal for leg before in the affirmative to send his disgruntled father back to the pavilion having scored 21.

Amir Ali continued his fine form adding 62 with Graham to take Hurley to 140 before three wickets for five runs saw the hosts pegged back.

Simon accounted for Graham, who finished with 61 and Trennell returned to send Ali and Khaliq packing.

James Calliss then joined Mike Walton with 22 needed for victory. The 38th over, bowled by Pope saw Walton go on the offensive, scoring 12 runs to bring the scores level before being run out for 21.

Langlands finished the job four balls later with a boundary to ensure the victory with eight balls remaining.

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