Friday, 25 June 2021

Hurley denied second win following batting collapse

HAVING looked poised to build on their first win of the season, HURLEY collapsed from 81-2 chasing 150 to win to 144 all out in their Division 2 match at home to HOLYPORT.

The visitors were asked to bat first on a good wicket and fast outfield, but were rocked by the early loss of three wickets for 39, all to Shoab Kayani as his leg breaks were sliced to gully, point and slip where Phil Ridgeway took a sharp right-handed catch to remove Ian Kane.

Kelvin Baillie attacked the bad ball as he put on 62 to help his side to 129 before he fell to Vikram Bhagwani, the eighth wicket to fall.

Hurley’s Naeem Akhtar bowled aggressively and returned for a second spell to wrap up the innings. With the experience of Phil Ridgeway as the spin option, this ensured only three other batsmen reached double figures as Holyport were dismissed in the 44th over for 149.

In reply opener Bhagwani was dismissed in the second over. Ridgeway and Akhtar added 34 in 10 overs before Jay Walker clipped Ridgeway’s off bail with the score on 38. Kayani joined Akhtar in a partnership of 43 to put Hurley in a good position.

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