Tuesday, 15 June 2021

Holyport too strong in opening encounter

HURLEY’S season started with a resounding defeat at HOLYPORT on Saturday.

HURLEY’S season started with a resounding defeat at HOLYPORT on Saturday.

The home side were asked to bat first on a typical early season wicket with very little bounce.

Ross Brown bowled a good opening spell conceding only four runs in his first four overs. Unfortunately none of the other bowlers were able to match Brown’s control. With Scott Taylor struggling to find any consistency, David Morgans was brought into the attack and started well, giving away nine runs in his first three overs.

Mark Fowler and Mark Francis played warily at first before getting the feel of the wicket which was not easy to bat on. Fowler made the most of some profligate fielding by the visitors, with four chances going down. It was the leg-spin of Steve Taylor that achieved the breakthrough, Francis playing across a straight delivery which kept low and paying the price.

Dave Walton was involved in two quick wickets, having Bailley well caught by Alan Morgans and then running out Ollie Bielby at 103—3.

A mix-up led to the run out of Fowler by David Morgans leaving the hosts on 159—4 with 10 overs remaining. Two wickets for Morgans was not enough to prevent Holyport progressing to 229—7, Will Sennett chipping in with a well worked half century.

Hurley got off to a bad start with opener Mike Walton getting a leading edge to the first ball of the innings from Des Varney which ballooned to second slip where Fowler held the catch.

Steve Taylor and Alan Morgans struggled to score against the accuracy of Varney and Lappin with Morgans taking 35 balls to get off the mark. The total had reached 50 in the 21st over when Tim Hayes struck to dismiss Taylor, following up with the wicket of Paul Todd who drove his first delivery firmly to extra cover where Tristan Head held a one-handed catch.

This brought Anush Choudhary in to face the hat-trick on his debut for Hurley and although he survived his first delivery, he never looked comfortable, playing and missing on several occasions before Hayes found a straight one to send him back for five runs.

Hayes produced a massive off-break to send Ross Brown back leaving Scott Taylor to face the second hat-trick ball of the day. This time Hayes was successful, Taylor prodding forward but unable to counteract another turning delivery, sending the Holyport players into raptures of delight. David Morgans and Denis Day provided stubborn resistance but only delayed the inevitable as Hurley collapsed to 73 all out.

HOLYPORT

M Fowler, run out 76

M Francis, b Steve Taylor 20

K Bailley, c A Morgans, b D Walton 15

O Bielby, run out 0

W Sennett, retired 50

M Taylor, b D Morgans 0

T Head, b D Morgans 10

T Hayes, not out 24

M Lappin, not out 3

Extras 31



TOTAL (7 wkts) 229

Best bowling: D Morgans 2—45.



HURLEY

M Walton, c Fowler, b Varney 0

A Morgans, b Lappin 8

Steve Taylor, b Hayes 27

P Todd, c Head, b Hayes 0

A Choudhary, b Hayes 5

D Day, lbw, b Varney 8

R Brown, b Hayes 0

Scott Taylor, b Hayes 0

D Morgans, b Bielby 5

D Walton, not out 1

H Mansell, run out 0

Extras 19



TOTAL 73

Best bowling: T Hayes 5—7.

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