Visitors take full advantage of Hurley’s batting collapse
HURLEY’S batting had an end of term look about it as they capitulated against ICL/FUJITSU at
HURLEY’S batting had an end of term look about it as they capitulated against ICL/FUJITSU at Shepherds Lane on Sunday.
The visitors won the toss and asked Hurley to bat first. The opening pair of Clive Williams and Mike Walton looked to be untroubled by the bowling of Adams and Gotham as they posted 20 from the first five overs.
Gotham induced Williams to loft to mid off where Bishop took the catch. Yasir Gul looked far from convincing, lasting only half a dozen deliveries before getting a leading edge to Adams and popping the ball up to Mott for an easy catch.
Gotham then produced a good delivery, nipping away off the seam to take the top of Walton’s off stump at 28-3. Phil Ridgeway and Joe Graham added 48 for the fourth wicket to get the Hurley innings back on track, but the loss of Graham, bowled by Humphrey, precipitated a collapse with the last six wickets falling for only 37 runs with only Nigel Haines providing any resistance adding 15 with Ridgeway for the seventh wicket.
When Ridgeway missed a straight delivery from Dalton, Hurley’s hopes of a competitive score had all but disappeared and the innings petered out with only a dozen more runs coming from four more overs.
The visitors’ reply began with Alan Goswell opening the innings in his final match after a 41 year career. Goswell was given a guard of honour by his team mates as he entered the field for the final time. Goswell made 11 out of an opening partnership of 33 with Dalton before an in-swinging delivery from Mo Basharat struck him a painful blow on the toe in front of middle stump giving the umpire no option other than to raise the finger and signal the end of Goswell’s cricketing career.
Tanvir Ahmed replaced Joe Graham and picked up the wicket of Gaurav, caught by Basharat after having been dropped the previous delivery by Matthew Williams. Dalton and Mott added 32 for the third wicket to put their side in sight of victory.
Phil Ridgeway troubled both the batsmen and was rewarded when Haines held a sharp catch at slip to dismiss Mott. Ridgeway struck again to end Dalton’s innings with Graham taking the catch in the deep.
John Garrett and Simon Humphrey saw the visitors home without further alarm to record an easy victory by six wickets.