Friday, 18 June 2021

Big-hitter Whittaker finishes for hosts

HARPSDEN hit the required runs to see off visitors BUTLER XI on Sunday.

The hosts won the toss and took to the field. The visitors started slowly but didn’t lose a wicket seeing off tight opening spells from T Hancock and T Ham.

As the openers got used to the pace of the pitch, runs started to flow, reaching 130 without a loss of the wicket. Eventually the crucial partnership was broken with a fine piece of fielding by C Whittaker running out H Low. His partner, J Marrion carried on seamlessly but was undone by some clever bowling by I Whittaker whose spell of bowling caused the opposition to collapse. The visitors eventually finished on a competitive 186.

In reply Harpsden reached 50 without loss of a wicket. C Fisher was the first to go after some aggressive opening spells from N Mohammed and A Reynolds. J Bradley hit 22 while Lloyd struggled to his 8.

This brought C Whittaker to finish off proceedings with an 18 ball 45 not out. Opener N Sweet showed good form with a solid 81 not out, batting through the innings with Harpsden reaching the required total to win by seven wickets with six overs to spare.

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