Monday, 14 June 2021

Balchin and Taylor steady ship before rain stops play

THE weather had the final say as 10-man HURLEY’S Division 2 match at LITTLE MARLOW was abandoned.

THE weather had the final say as 10-man HURLEY’S Division 2 match at LITTLE MARLOW was abandoned.

Hurley skipper Ross Brown (4-31) won the toss and put Little Marlow into bat. Brown struck with the second ball of the innings, Mahmood top edging to Steve Taylor at gully who took a high catch.

The Hurley opening bowlers kept the runs down with good bowling beating the bat regularly. The next breakthrough came when stand-in keeper David Simoes took a high catch to dismiss Rashid.

Shoaib Kayani tempted Yaqoob into skying a catch to Colin Ainger in the covers. Potter joined Sharif at the crease and these two shared a partnership in excess of 50 for the fourth wicket.

Vikram Bhagwani accounted for Potter thanks to a stumping from Simoes. This sparked a collapse, with the Simoes-Bhagwani partnership also responsible for the dismissal of Hassan.

Skipper Ross Brown returned and had Gill caught by Varun Sharma before Bhagwani bowled Hussain. The innings was wrapped up in the next over with St Maur skying to Balchin at point and Vikram Bhagwani running out Ali before he could face a ball.

In reply Hurley lost Phil Ridgeway attempting to pull a short delivery from Gill in the third over, before Simoes was caught behind in the next over. Sharma and Steve Taylor looked to steady the ship, adding 34 for the third wicket before Sharma slapped a short delivery to Potter at point. Kayani fell in the next over, feathering a catch behind. Brown (45) joined Taylor at the crease and they set about building a partnership of 71.

The rain became a frequent player in the game, and a 15 minute break, failed to halt Hurley’s progress, with Brown looking to up the rate hitting Yaqoob for a straight six.

The rain interrupted again, and with Hurley needing 60 in 12 overs Taylor and Brown came out after a 50-minute delay. Brown was then bowled for 45. Balchin and Taylor saw out the remaining overs until the rain brought the game to its conclusion.

HURLEY 2nds are still looking for their first Division 3 win of the season after losing by nine wickets to DENHAM 2nds at Shepherds Lane.

Denham won the toss and put the hosts into bat first in a game reduced to 98 overs by the inclement weather.

Openers Mike Walton and Clive Williams found life difficult against the accuracy of Andy Kirby. Consequently it took 20 overs to post an opening partnership of 51, ended when Williams lofted Ambrose Treacy to deep extra cover where Singh made no mistake.

A further dozen runs were added for the loss of Alan Morgans who missed an arm ball from left arm spinner Phil Ashworth.

This brought James Taylor to the middle for his first game in nearly two years. Taylor and Walton shared in a partnership of 78 for the third wicket with Walton happy to play the anchor role while Taylor hit seven boundaries and four maximums. Walton lost his wicket playing on to Simpson at 141-3 in the 45th over. David Morgans helped Taylor add 33 for the fifth wicket and secure a fourth batting point for the hosts who finished on 176-6 after 51 overs.

The Denham openers Simpson and Tobin started in positive fashion. Simpson kept the keeper and slips interested, driving at anything in his half but his luck held as he played and missed repeatedly without finding the edge.

The 100 partnership came up in the 20h over as Hurley’s bowlers failed to break through.

After trying all the bowling options, Dave Pollitt was brought back from the Shepherds Lane end and struck with his first delivery as Simpson chipped the ball into the covers and the safe hands of Scott Taylor.

With only a dozen runs required for victory, a few drops of rain started to fall, giving the home side some faint hope of salvaging a draw, but it was not to be as Tobin and Treacy saw their side home just in time before the downpour arrived.

HURLEY 2nds

M Walton, b Simpson 43

C Williams, c Singh, b Treacy 27

A Morgans, b Ashworth 2

J Taylor, b Simpson 75

A Choudhary, c Mehta, b Ashworth 0

D Morgans, not out 12

D Pollitt, c Schembri, b Simpson 0

Extras 17



TOTAL (6 wkts) 176



DENHAM 2nds

J Simpson, c S Taylor, b Pollitt 64

C Tobin, not out 69

A Treacy, not out 9

Extras 36



TOTAL (1 wkt) 178

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