Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Hancock in fine form

BOWLERS were on top as GREYS GREEN travelled to HARPSDEN last Saturday.

BOWLERS were on top as GREYS GREEN travelled to HARPSDEN last Saturday.

The game was notable for the discipline and consistency of all the bowlers, on either side, and with the wicket inclined to keep low, scoring was at a premium throughout.

Rooke got Greys off to a good start, dismissing both openers for single figures but, after Jones and Paice effected a recovery, it was Rooke once again, running out Jones with a sliding stop and throw down of the stumps, all in the blink of an eye.

Paice found an ally in Birkett as the total crept up but, when they were dismissed, T Stevens struck some crucial boundaries to lift Harpsden to 146 all out on the stroke of tea.

Bowler dominance continued and Greys soon found themselves at 30—4 with T Hancock (6—22) responsible for all four.

M Shafqat (51), solid from the start, along with Skilleter, seemed to be forging a match winning partnership and it came as a surprise when Skilleter was caught and bowled by W Stevens after a stand of 45.

Shafqat continued his defiance but found it difficult to score with any freedom as Greys fell further behind the required rate and, although for the second successive week, Shafqat carried his bat, Harpsden managed to confine Greys to 128—8 after 40 overs.

GREYS GREEN ran out winners at home to STOKE ROW on Sunday.

Hoggart (52) and Ahmed (101) compiled a second wicket stand of 164 as the hosts reached 216—4 at tea, Beeton having taken 2—35 and Boughton 1—15.

Fairhead bowled a good opening spell but then, Kimber (24) and Boughton (59) took the score past 50.

Three wickets then fell in quick succession before Ashton joined Boughton in a useful stand of 70.

However, from a threatening 133—4, Stoke Row found Shafqat (3—25) and Rooke (2—14) too much of a challenge and the last six wickets fell for 30 runs.

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