HURLEY suffered a five-wicket defeat at home to PEPPARD on Sunday in a game which had four father and son
HURLEY suffered a five-wicket defeat at home to PEPPARD on Sunday in a game which had four father and son combinations playing.
On winning the toss Hurley’s Matt Hampton opted to bat first.
Alan Morgans and his 13-year-old son David opened the innings for Hurley against an accurate spell from Will Legg. Both batsmen survived some early scares as Legg beat the bat on several occasions.
The openers found their touch and moved the total on to 88 in the 19th over before the senior Morgans fell to Chard senior.
At the halfway stage of their innings Hurley were well set for a competitive total but contrived to lose six wickets for seven runs in the space of eight overs.
Chard senior blew away the middle order, following the old adage of bowling straight, as one after another of the Hurley batters tried to hit across the line and paid the price.
At 111-7 after 34 overs, the innings looked likely to subside into oblivion but Mike Walton and Dan Masters added 55 in the last six overs to leave the hosts on 166-8.
In reply Peppard reached 29 after five overs before Bas pulled Simon to mid-wicket, straight into the hands of Masters. Shoaib Kayani accounted for Leach and Legg senior, both chopping onto their stumps trying to heave the off-spinner over mid-wicket.
Will Legg managed to hit a leg side full toss from Scott Taylor straight to Anush Choudhary at backward square. At 70-4 after 16 overs the game was in the balance, but an 80-run partnership in 10 overs between Vine and Ashley Hayden took the game away from Hurley.
Steve Taylor picked up the consolation wicket of Vines, caught by Scott Taylor at long off but by this stage victory was a formality for the visitors who eased home with a dozen overs to spare.