Wednesday, 04 August 2021

Big-hitting Dawkins and Hill help side secure silverware

HURLEY U15s ran out winners in the Berkshire Division 2 final against COOKHAM DEAN U15s at

HURLEY U15s ran out winners in the Berkshire Division 2 final against COOKHAM DEAN U15s at Falkland on Sunday.

Following a deluge of rain the previous day, a delayed start was called for and having won the toss Hurley put Cookham Dean into bat first.

Dawkins made the early breakthrough, with a caught and bowled in the first over. Cookham’s attempts at rebuilding soon floundered, Dawkins making further inroads, Hill with a catch low down in the slips. Cookham’s aggressive intent backfired further, Jones chipping into the arms of Bussell in the covers off Dawkins with the score on 22.

Hurley continued to press home their advantage, Graham ripping the heart out of the middle order, as well as the stumps out of the ground in two successive balls to put his side firmly in the box seat.

Captain Hill marshalled the team well with effective field placings and a frugal bowling spell (4-0-9-1) including the wicket of Lemon, handily snaffled by Dawkins in the slips. At 42-6 Cookham Toby Hill put on 40 runs. However, once again Cooper (2-0-11-1) made a key breakthrough, with a caught and bowled and Bussell (3-0-15-1) deceived Salter in the air, before Graham (4-0-28-3) returned to bowl Hill with the final ball of the innings to dismiss Cookham Dean for 109.

In response Hurley got off to a poor start, with the pacy Sherriff (4-0-11-1) proving too quick for Graham with the score on 0. Cookham attempted to exert some pressure and the Hurley pair of Dawkins and Hill rode their luck at times with the occasional nervy run. Having become accustomed to the conditions, both Dawkins and Hill began to dominate the bowlers, utilising the wide open spaces at Falkland Cricket Club. Dawkins’s 32-ball 38 run innings included six fours while Hill dealt mainly in boundaries.

With the end in sight Dawkins fell attempting to clear the clubhouse. It could have led to a nervy finish, but Green (11) kept the momentum going with a run a ball innings, Hill pressed the accelerator as Hurley secured victory with a wide.

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