Saturday, 19 June 2021

Costly batting collapse for Hurley

HURLEY slipped to their sixth successive Division 2 defeat away to PINKNEYS GREEN on Saturday.

The visitors lost the toss and were asked to bat. Shoab Kayani fell early but Phil Ridgeway and Naeem Akhtar added 20 before Ridgeway was bowled to the first ball of Asif’s opening over.

In ideal batting conditions Akhtar and Steve Taylor cruised along to 52 before Taylor offered a feint edge behind. From a position of 86-2 and looking like posting a competitive score, Hurley’s innings collapsed to 96-7.

Varun Sharma applied a counteroffensive with Denis Day and Raj Singh as these two added 32 for the final wicket as Hurley were all out for 160 in 50 overs.

Ridgeway and Akhtar opened the bowling with the old ball. Pinkneys Green were pegged back to scoring 14 from their opening 16 overs. A change of bowling released the shackles until Akhtar returned to uproot Ben Purchase and then Steve Curlewis to leave the home side 93-2.

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