HURLEY made the journey across the Thames into rural Oxfordshire to take on HAMBLEDEN in the first ever meeting between
HURLEY made the journey across the Thames into rural Oxfordshire to take on HAMBLEDEN in the first ever meeting between the teams.
Skipper for the day, Bert Simon, called correctly and opted to bat first on a wicket that proved rather tricky due to variable bounce.
The opening pair of Phil Ridgeway and Pat Hinnell found runs hard to come by with run rate hovering around two per over for the first 10.
The opening attack of Will Ottoway (0-26) and Stu Mattingly (0-26) was let down by some shoddy fielding as no chances went begging.
Ridgeway reached 49 by the drinks break, but was unable to add to his score, falling to Nick Arnold in the 22nd over with the score on 79.
Two wickets in consecutive deliveries by Arnold accounted for Hinnell (25) and Alan Morgans to reduce the visitors to 86 for 3 in the 26th over.
Shoaib Kayani joined Mike Walton in the middle and the pair brought up the 100 in the 30th over before looking to press on.
Off-spinner Phil Rosier came in for some punishment from Kayani who took full advantage as the bowler lost his length hitting the short deliveries for two sixes and half a dozen boundaries as Rosier conceded 31 from his last three overs.
Walton (20) fell in the last over, caught and bowled by Miller and Hurley finished on a competitive 169-4 with Kayani unbeaten on 58.
The Hambleden openers, Rosier (31) and Mark Murton (12) reached 29 in the seventh over before Mo Basharat brought one back down the slope to take Murton’s off stump.
Two overs later Basharat bowled Chris Sanders (1) with an identical delivery.
Howard Mansell was brought on to replace the skipper and in between a plethora of wides picked up the valuable wicket of Andy Miller (5) who found Dan Masters on the mid-wicket boundary with unerring accuracy.
A partnership of 55 between Rosier and Ravden threatened to take the game away from Hurley.
But the introduction of Ridgeway from the pavilion end proved to be the turning point.
He broke the partnership when Rosier top edged a pull to short extra which was claimed by the keeper. Ravden inexplicably attempted to loft Masters down the ground but could only find Kayani who made no mistake with the catch.
Ridgeway picked up the last four wickets to dismiss Hambleden in the 36th over, 27 runs short and give Hurley a first Sunday victory.
P. Hinnell, b Arnold 25
P. Ridgeway, b Arnold 49
M. Walton, c & b Miller 20
A. Morgans, b Arnold 0
S. Kayani, not out 58
D. Masters, not out 3
TOTAL (4 wickets) 169
P Rosier, c Walton, b Ridgeway 31
M Murton, b Basharat 12
A Miller, c Masters, b Mansell 5
C Sanders, b Basharat 1
M Ravden, c Kayani, b Masters 36
W Ottoway, b Ridgeway 9
N Arnold, not out 18
P Unwin, c Walton, b Ridgeway 0
S Mattingly, b Ridgeway 5
P Richards, b Ridgeway 5
TOTAL (9 wickets) 142
Best bowling P Ridgeway 5-17
Hurley 1st XI’s winning sequence of two matches came to an abrupt end with an abandoned match at Denham in the seventh round of fixtures. This was a clash of mid-table teams, and Denham were coming off a high-scoring losing draw at Great Kingshill. Denham are one of the two surviving founding clubs of the League, and spent four seasons in Division 1 from 2006-09. The trend towards poor availability for Hurley matches staged north of the M40 returned, and thus the team fielded was without several key luminaries.
Hurley captain Ross Brown invited the hosts to bat on a windy day with a problematic weather forecast. Brown opened the bowling from the far end in tandem with Jonathan Langlands from the clubhouse end. Phil Ridgeway replaced Brown after sixteen overs, and David Morgans and Dave Walton bowled from the clubhouse end. Langlands achieved a breakthrough with the score on fifteen as Williams caught Nicholas low down at gully after a fumble. Brown was unlucky not to take the wicket of left-handed Wasim when an apparent caught behind chance was not given out. Wasim and opener Waqas Malik put on seventy-three for the second wicket, with the former favouring the lofted pull on the leg side and Malik scoring cover drives to the boundary with minimal follow-through. Ridgeway bowled Wasim in the nineteenth over to the relief of the visitors. Rai, sporting a bright blue bandanna, then joined Malik, who brought up his fifty in the final over of play possible.
There were two brief shower breaks after an hour of play, but a heavy shower developed shortly after the break for drinks. The rain left the outfield saturated, and the conditions failed to improve after an early tea leaving possible only one course of action. This was the first rain-affected match since a bid for likely victory at Little Marlow was thwarted during the second round of matches. The next fixture is White Waltham 2nds, opposite the Beehive public house.
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