Tuesday, 22 June 2021

Morgans piles on runs to help put side in semi-finals

HENLEY U13s made it through to the Berkshire Cup semi-finals for the first time in the club’s history after defeating

HENLEY U13s made it through to the Berkshire Cup semi-finals for the first time in the club’s history after defeating MORTIMER WEST END U13s at Shiplake College.

Having lost the toss, Henley were put into bat and proceeded to lose a couple of quick wickets. However, opener Williams and Maskell soon turned the tide in Henley’s favour.

Following a brief wobble in the middle order, calm was restored by Batchelor and a fine innings from Jordan. With a man-of-the-match performance, Jordan scored 30 in quick time, which included seven fours, to help Henley to 140 off their allotted 20 overs. Henley’s two opening bowlers, Pallihawana and Batchelor, each bowled accurately as they ripped into Mortimer’s leading batsmen. They were ably supported by Asghar and Maskell and some clinical fielding, resulting in Mortimer being bowled out for just 28 runs and leaving Henley the victors by an impressive 112.

Henley now face Pangbourne in the semi-final.

HURLEY U13s went down to a nine-wicket defeat against SONNING U13s. Sonning won the toss and asked Hurley to bat, but openers Joe Graham and David Morgans found the going tough against good bowling.

When the change bowlers came on Morgans was able to release the shackles and get to the retirement score of 30, and all subsequent batsmen fell by the wayside trying to push the score on. The innings closed at 69-6.

In reply Sonning only lost one wicket as Henry Graham took a catch off the bowling of Alex Williams. Chris Dawkins bowled well but Sonning reached their target in the 10th over.

HURLEY LIONS U11s continued their 100 per cent league campaign record with victory over BOYNE HILL U11s by seven wickets.

Having lost the toss and being sent into bowl Hurley’s Ewan Ballard made the first inroads, Theo Patrick taking a comfortable catch at mid-off. Soon after Matthew Williams confused Rainford and Blake Dyson took the catch at mid-on.

Boyne Hill hit back scoring 53 off the next five overs. However, the Hurley bowlers restricted Boyne Hill to just seven runs from the last five overs, with a season’s best of only 23 runs conceded and a total of 88 set.

In reply Theo Patrick pulled his first ball for four before his dismissal next ball to a rising delivery.

Blake Dyson joined Ewan Ballard in a busy second-wicket partnership of 36, Ewan hitting three fours in his 13, whilst Blake employed the sweep to great effect to keep Hurley well above the run rate. A Yorker accounted for Ewan before Dyson swept once too often to reduce Hurley to 52-3.

Gabriel Trayte provided stubborn resistance and support for Louis Skelton, who tucked into the Boyne Hill attack, bludgeoning his way to 27 off 25 balls, including six fours to ease Hurley to victory with plenty of overs remaining.

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