Tuesday, 22 June 2021

Tailenders hold out to claim share of spoils

HURLEY’S Sunday side extended their unbeaten record to four matches at Shepherds Lane in a tense encounter which finished in a draw against MARLOW VETERANS.

Matt Hampton won the toss and invited the visitors to bat first. David Hillier and ex Hurley player Lee Slater got their side off to a solid start with an opening partnership of 73 in 13 overs.

While Hillier struggled to find his form, Slater played an array of aggressive shots and this proved to be his downfall, edging Balchin to slip where Steve Taylor held a low catch.

It was Taylor’s hands in the next over that sent Hillier back to the pavilion having driven Dave Walton aerially to long off. Walton also picked up the wickets of Nicholson and Smith, both caught behind, to reduce the visitors to 97-4.

A solid 52 from Pete Dickinson in partnership with Andy Nash staged a recovery for Marlow before the introduction of Ben Fraser whose first delivery was deposited on to the pavilion roof by Dickinson. Undeterred the bowler’s third delivery got through the defences of Nash. Two more off-cutters from Fraser accounted for Dickinson and Marks.

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