Sunday, 25 July 2021

Ridgeway passes run-scoring landmark in end of season win

HURLEY rounded off their season with a 14-run victory against WYCOMBE HOUSE on Saturday, a result

HURLEY rounded off their season with a 14-run victory against WYCOMBE HOUSE on Saturday, a result that looked highly unlikely after 10 overs of the hosts’ innings.

On their first ever visit to Wycombe House Cricket Club near Isleworth, Hurley skipper Mike Walton took the decision to bat first. Openers Walton and Nally Fernando faced some hostile if inaccurate bowling at the start of the innings and raced to 21 from the first three overs thanks mainly to the number of wides being sent down.

Hamsa Elahi was withdrawn from the attack after 1.1 overs due to the number of beamers he had bowled and replaced by skipper Vasi Sheik who bowled Fernando with his second delivery.

Henry Graham joined his skipper in a stand of 85 for the second wicket. Both batsmen picked off the bad balls and ran well between the wickets to keep the scoreboard ticking over.

Off spinner Harris Elahi bowled with good control and was rewarded with the wickets of Graham just before the drinks break and Scott Taylor two deliveries later. Phil Ridgeway picked off the half a dozen runs he needed to pass 39000 for his career before falling for 18 to Abdila Gill.

Walton looked to be on the way to a half century but failed to pick a googly from Allan and was bowled attempting a cut shot. Josh Cole with a career best 41 and Yasir Gul added 54 for the sixth wicket to take Hurley past 200. Blake Cullen employed his leg spin to good effect to dismiss Dave Walton and Joe Graham as Hurley finished on 214-8.

The Wycombe House reply started at a fast pace as Khan and Perera passed the century inside 11 overs. Cole came in for some treatment as the ball soared over the boundary regularly.

Dave Walton replaced Cole but also came in for some punishment although unlucky not to pick up the wicket of Khwaja leg before. With the result looking like a foregone conclusion, the hosts retired the openers to enable others to have a bat, a decision which was to backfire on them.

Singh only lasted three deliveries edging Nothey to Ridgeway at slip. Sheik and Khwaja added 60 for the fourth wicket before Sheik retired with his side still in the driving seat at 166-4, requiring only 49 more for victory with 18 overs remaining.

The introduction of Scott Taylor and Phil Ridgeway swung the match Hurley’s way. Ridgeway was the first to strike, clipping the top of Harris Elahi’s middle stump. Four more wickets fell in the next five overs as the hosts slumped to 193-9.

With 15 required the last pair of Allan and Cullen could only manage another seven runs before Allen edged Ridgeway wide of slip where Fernando leapt to his right to pull off a spectacular one-handed catch and clinch the match.

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