Tuesday, 15 June 2021

Wayfarers too strong for Hurley

VISITORS HARROW WAYFARERS ran out winners in a closely fought encounter at HURLEY’S Shepherds Lane last Sunday.

VISITORS HARROW WAYFARERS ran out winners in a closely fought encounter at HURLEY’S Shepherds Lane last Sunday.

Hurley won the toss and opted to bat first on a hard, dry wicket.

The first four overs saw neither of the opening pair of Alan Morgans and Mike Walton troubled by the bowling, but with the score on 11 in the fifth over, Hallam found Walton’s outside edge and the catch was easily taken by Jerry Laxton behind the stumps.

Ramesh Sistla was out to a Yorker by Hallam and when Morgans edged to the keeper off Michael Ball, Hurley slumped to 45-3.

Paul Todd, Anush Choudhary and Parvinder Hunjan all made starts but none of them were able to make a telling score as the hosts slumped to 109-7 after 27 overs.

Any hopes of a decent total were soon dashed as the last three wickets all fell to run outs as Hurley closed on 121 all out.

In reply two wickets from consecutive deliveries by Hunjan reduced Wayfarers to 11-2 in the fourth over. Pollard got a leading edge which was well caught by the bowler over his head and Hunjan’s next delivery swung past the outside edge of Davies’ bat to graze the off stump.

The Hurley bowlers and fielders kept a tight rein on the runs, restricting the visitors to only two an over.

The pressure eventually told, with Croft going down the wicket to Dave Walton and finding himself stranded as the ball drifted down the leg side, allowing Mike Walton to complete an easy stumping.

Johnny Laxton was next out to a swinging delivery from Scott Taylor, trapping him plumb in front.

At 56-4 the game was delicately balanced but two wickets in an over from Walton swung the match in Hurley’s favour and as the last hour started the visitors still required 42 to win with four wickets remaining.

Hunjan replaced Taylor and immediately picked up the wicket of Shave, Taylor taking a good catch at mid-on.

The loss of Wayfarers skipper Jerry Laxton, who top edged a Walton delivery to mid-wicket where Ramesh Sistla made no mistake, left his side needing another 27 for victory.

Michael Ball and Hallam saw the Wayfarers home to win by two wickets.

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