HURLEY’S winning sequence of two matches came to an abrupt end with an abandoned match at DENHAM in the seventh
HURLEY’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 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 16 overs, and David Morgans and Dave Walton bowled from the clubhouse end.
Langlands achieved a breakthrough with the score on 15 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 73 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 19th over to the relief of the visitors.
Rai, sporting a bright blue bandanna, then joined Malik, who brought up his 50 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.
Given the weather conditions there was only one man of the match contender and that was the jet stream. The next fixture is White Waltham 2nds.
W Malik, not out 50
J Nicholas, c Williams b. Langlands 5
M Wasim, b Ridgeway 33 B Rai not out 16
TOTAL (2 wickets) 116
P. Ridgeway Did not bat D. Simoes Did not bat C. Williams Did not bat R. Brown Did not bat D. Day Did not bat A. Morgans Did not Bat D. Morgans Did not bat B. Fraser Did not bat J. Langlands Did not bat D. Walton Did not bat H. Mansell Did not bat