Thursday, 24 June 2021

Taylor wraps up end of season win for visitors

HURLEY triumphed in their end of season friendly at PENN STREET on Sunday.

HURLEY triumphed in their end of season friendly at PENN STREET on Sunday.

The home captain won the toss and inserted Hurley on the green, damp track. Hurley’s experienced opening pair of Phil Ridgeway and Pat Hinnell made cautious progress against some erratic bowling from Goodchild and Yashoman who were aided by unpredictable bounce.

The score had reached 13 when Hinnell gloved a leg-side delivery from Goodchild to the keeper. Steve Taylor joined Ridgeway and the two left-handers gradually adjusted to the conditions to add 49 for the second wicket.

Despite coming under some punishment from Ridgeway, Will Clark stuck to his task and was rewarded when Ridgeway pulled him into the waiting hands of Henry at mid-wicket.

Taylor followed in the next over, slicing Russell to point. Russell struck again in his next over to remove Cameron Wright reducing the visitors to 74-4.

Skipper Mike Walton joined Scott Taylor and both batsmen struggled to get Russell away as he bowled big in-swingers but never looked like getting either batsman out.

Taylor and Walton played patiently, picking off the bad balls to add 54 in a dozen overs before Walton smashed a double bouncing long-hop from Goodchild straight to Armiger at short extra.

The two Graham brothers, Henry and Joe, kept the score ticking along. Taylor’s innings ended when he toe-ended Armiger to the keeper having made 58. Some determined tail end hitting from Joe Graham and Mo Basharat ensured Hurley finished on 211-9.

Penn Street’s opening pair struggled to seven in the fourth over when a Scott Taylor slower ball deceived Russell and skimmed the off bail.

Sutherland played and missing on several occasions as well as being dropped by Joe Graham off Basharat before a well judged catch by James Calliss off Taylor sent him back. Two wickets in an over for Basharat put a dent in Penn’s chances at 54-4.

While wickets tumbled around him Armiger kept his cool to keep the hosts in the match reaching his 50 with a boundary off Robert Simon. Henry helped Armiger add 41 for the fifth wicket before holing out off Simon to Ridgeway on the long-on boundary. Simon followed this by trapping Yates leg before wicket.

At 99-6 Hurley had the upper hand but with Penn skipper Mendy joining Armiger the hosts were still in the game with the required rate down to less than a run a ball.

Some good fielding from Scott Taylor, recovering from a mis-field to get the ball in flat to the keeper, was too good for Mendy who had been called for a quick single.

With three more wickets still needed the game was still in the balance as long as Armiger was still at the wicket. Yashoman provided some stubborn resistance to keep Armiger company until he contrived to guide a delivery from Joe Graham on to his stumps.

With the game still evenly poised, Hurley turned to their most experienced bowlers and Ridgeway got the vital wicket of Armiger; having just cleared Scott Taylor at extra-cover he fell to the next delivery as Taylor made good ground to hold the catch.

Goodchild managed a single off Ridgeway but only lasted five balls against Steve Taylor who wrapped up the victory by clean bowling the number 11.


P Ridgeway, c Henry, b Clark


P Hinnell, c Mendy, b Goodchild


St Taylor, c Clark, b Russell


Sc Taylor, c Mendy, b Armiger


C Wright, b Russell


M Walton, c Armiger, b Goodchild


H Graham, c Mendy, b Armiger


J Graham, not out


J Calliss, b Armiger


M Basharat, b Yashoman


R Simon, not out




TOTAL (9 wkts)


Best bowling: T Armiger 3-13, C Russell 2-13, P Goodchild 2-29.


C Russell, b Sc Taylor


T Armiger, c Sc Taylor, b Ridgeway


R Sutherland, c Calliss, b Sc Taylor


R Spooner, b Basharat


N Richardson, b Basharat


G Henry, c Ridgeway, b Simon


M Yates, lbw, b Simon


J Mendy, run out


T Yashoman, b J Graham


W Clark, not out


P Goodchild, b St Taylor






Best bowling: Sc Taylor 2-28, R Simon 2-32, M Basharat 2-37.

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