A GRITTY fight by HURLEY’S beleaguered ranks finally saw them fall to a four wicket defeat at COLESHILL in Division 2.
The miserable start to the season whereby three out of the first four matches have been washed out, continued as they lost the toss and were asked to bat shorn of vital first team resources.
Things could hardly have got worse as they then slumped to 17-4 inside 11 overs as the early batsmen failed to get a grip with the slow wicket.
The visitors rallied thanks to a 70 run fifth-wicket stand between a brilliant Yassir Ali (87) and wily Steve Taylor (27). Taylor advanced on Charlie Edwards (1-31) and was stumped with the score on 87, Ali having completed a fine half century.
Ross Brown (26) and an ever-entertaining knock of 21 from Jonathan Langlands launched Hurley towards a fourth batting point, but after Langlands lofted Taylor (1-43) to extra cover Hurley stuttered to a somewhat less than replete 183 all out in 51 overs.