Monday, 14 June 2021

Lawyers in control

ANOTHER woeful batting performance by the Hurley Sunday XI saw them lose by seven wickets to Reading Lawyers.

ANOTHER woeful batting performance by the Hurley Sunday XI saw them lose by seven wickets to Reading Lawyers.

Shoaib Kayani and Alan Morgans opened for hosts Hurley but neither troubled the scorers.

Kayani only lasted three deliveries, playing a loose shot to mid-wicket where Baker juggled the ball taking three attempts to grasp a simple chance.

Morgans only lasted one more ball than his partner, a full toss from Ajmal trapping him lbw, his son David showing no mercy in raising the dreaded finger to send Dad back to the pavilion.

The score had crept along to 14 in the 10th over and Hurley were eventually all out for for a paltry 74.

Hurley needed early wickets to have any chance of an unlikely victory and a brilliant piece of fielding by Alan Morgans to run out Baker (2) gave them a perfect start.

But it wasn’t to be Nassau-Lake hitting a boundary to finish off a comfortable victory for the Lawyers.

Result: Reading Lawyers won by 7 wickets.

Another woeful batting performance by the Hurley Sunday XI saw them lose by seven wickets to Reading Lawyers. The hosts were inserted on a sunny afternoon, with Shoaib Kayani and Alan Morgans opening the innings. Neither opener troubled the scorers, Kayani only lasted three deliveries, playing a loose shot to mid-wicket where Baker juggled the ball taking three attempts to grasp a simple chance. Morgans only lasted one more ball than his partner, a full toss from Ajmal trapping him LBW, his son David showing no mercy in raising the dreaded finger to send dad back to the pavilion. When Ramesh Sistla was adjudged leg before to Ajmal two overs later, despite an inside edge, the runs scored still hadn’t passed the wickets lost. At 2 for 3 a rebuilding exercise was called for and in Jo Simon and Mike Walton, Hurley had just the men for the job. The two stoic batsmen dropped anchor and temporarily stemmed the haemorrhaging of wickets. The score had crept along to fourteen in the tenth over when Simon (4) played an uncharacteristic aerial drive off Ajmal to mid-off where Nassau-Lake took the catch. The loss of Simon precipitated another collapse. Dave Walton (0) and Robert Simon (0) both paid the penalty for not playing straight, undone by the pace of Ajmal. 18 for 6 became 24 for 7 when David Morgans (1) was bowled by Meyer. The only bright spot of the Hurley innings was a partnership of forty-one for the eighth wicket between Walton (16) and Matt Hampton (36). After taking a few deliveries to get his eye in, Hampton went on the attack, playing an array of shots to post six boundaries and a huge six over square leg. Walton’s long vigil was ended by Nassau-Lake, tempting the batsman into a drive which he edged to slip where Le Roux held a good catch. Hampton managed to add a further nine runs before missing a straight delivery from Le Roux bringing the innings to a close for a paltry 74 all out.

Hurley needed early wickets to have any chance of an unlikely victory and a brilliant piece of fielding by Alan Morgans to run out Baker (2) gave them a perfect start. Le Roux hit the ball to mid-wicket and called his partner for a sharp single, Morgans’ throw to the keeper’s end deflected off Bakers bat onto the stumps, leaving the unlucky batsman just short of his ground. Kayani and Basharat were both unlucky to have confident appeals for LBW turned down against the two South African batsmen, Le Roux and De Wet. By the time a Bert Simon slower ball bamboozled Le Roux, leaving the umpire no option but to uphold Simon’s vociferous appeal and send the unhappy batsman muttering to himself back to the pavilion, the game was all but over with only fifteen more runs needed for victory. Dave Walton picked up the wicket of Adnam Khaliq, caught at mid-off by Taylor, but Nassau-Lake made no mistake, hitting a boundary to finish off a comfortable victory for the Lawyers.

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