HURLEY slipped to third-from-bottom in Division 2 after going down to a nine-wicket defeat at home to GREAT KINGSHILL last Saturday.
Batting first the Shepherds Lane side were all out for 141 runs. David Simoes top scored with 34.
In reply the visitors eased to victory in just 24 overs as they posted a score of 145-1 with McKenzie Crook top scoring with a knock of 55 not out.
Division 3 basement side HURLEY 2nds, who were only able to field eight players, crashed to defeat away to fellow strugglers WINCHMORE HILL 2nds.
The hosts won the toss and opted to bat first. For the first few overs the score was kept in check, with Dave Pollitt conceding only 27 from his 11 over spell.
Pollitt picked up the wicket of Kieran Draycott stumped by Mike Walton. The scoring rate had only increased to four runs per over when Pollitt took Brian Slade’s leg stump at 68-2. The gaps in the field started to tell, despite good work by Krag and Taylor in the field. Paul Anderson and Dave Pearce put on 190 in 18 overs before Krag beat Pearce’s outside edge to give Walton another stumping.
Two overs later Pearce holed out off Krag to Anush Choudhary on the square-leg boundary and Winchmore declared on 275-4 off 37.4 overs.
With a shortened batting line-up Hurley set out their stall to bat as long as they could and hope for a draw. The first dozen overs were uneventful as Zia Ul-Hassan and Waqas Kyani failed to trouble the batsmen. Ul-Hassan was replaced by leg-spinner Anderson who achieved a breakthrough when Clive Williams got an edge to a leg side delivery into the gloves of Draycott.
Two overs later Choudhary was out lbw to Anderson to leave Hurley on 28-2.
Raj Singh joined Walton and provided some stubborn resistance for 10 overs before Pearce was introduced into the attack, taking the new ball. His pace proved too much for Singh, who was bowled via an inside edge. Will Krag batted sensibly blocking up one end while Walton played out three successive maidens against Pearce to protect his young player.
Off-spinner Colin Massey eventually got through Krag’s defence, finding a faint edge which was snaffled by the keeper.
The loss of Pollitt and Dave Walton in successive overs left Hurley on 76-6 with 19 overs remaining.
Last man Scott Taylor joined his skipper in the middle as Hurley edged closer to safety reaching 100 in the 53rd over. Slade tried all his bowlers in an attempt to take the final wicket and there were less than six overs remaining when Rianne Bakkes brought Walton’s marathon vigil to an end, trapping him lbw.