Sunday, 20 June 2021

Wargrave triumph after piling on the runs at Shepherds Lane

HURLEY suffered a heavy defeat at home to WARGRAVE on Sunday at Shepherds Lane.

HURLEY suffered a heavy defeat at home to WARGRAVE on Sunday at Shepherds Lane.

Matt Hampton won the toss and asked the visitors to bat first. Mo Basharat produced a swinging delivery to dismiss Tom Tabrah (2) in the third over.

James Taylor followed with the wicket of Phil Drew (15) and at 59-2 after 13 overs. Scott Walker made the most of a dropped catch by Hampton in the gully to go on and post 92 in a partnership of 133 in 12 overs with Alex Woods (62).

With none of the bowlers able to exert any control over the run rate, Mo Basharat was recalled and immediately made a much needed breakthrough as Woods chipped loosely into the covers where Paul Todd took a simple catch.

In his next over Basharat dismissed Charlie Moss (4), again caught by Todd who pulled off a left-handed catch when the ball was already past him. 197-4 became 204- 5 when Walker fell eight runs short of his century, skying a delivery from Taylor back to the bowler.

Jack Clark survived a couple of early scares to smash an unbeaten 70 from 32 deliveries. Ellie Walker had a harsh introduction to senior cricket, going down the track to her first delivery from Dave Walton only to see the ball drift down the leg side and leave her stranded as Mike Walton whipped off the bails. By the end of the 40 overs, Wargrave had amassed a formidable 310-8.

Opener Paul Todd hit a couple of straight drives and a six over extra cover took him to 24 before being bowled by David Jordan.

James Taylor played an array of strokes to top score with 36 before falling to the leg-spin of Archie Withers.

The loss of Anush Choudhary without scoring left Hurley on 69-5 after 14 overs. Although they were in front of the Wargrave score at the same stage, the lack of batting to come meant victory was all but impossible.

Matt Hampton contributed 20 to a sixth-wicket partnership of 30 and the Walton brothers Mike (30) and Dave (11) added 33 for the eighth wicket, with Huw Thomas (2-9) accounting for both of them.

The game was brought to a conclusion in the 38th over when Walker had Basharat stumped by Alex Woods.

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