Wednesday, 04 August 2021

Langlands and Day guide side to comfortable win

HURLEY secured a four-wicket win against Division 2 basement side WHITE WALTHAM 2nds at Shepherds Lane on Saturday.

HURLEY secured a four-wicket win against Division 2 basement side WHITE WALTHAM 2nds at Shepherds Lane on Saturday.

Hurley captain Ross Brown invited the visitors to bat on the hottest day of the year so far.

Brown opened the bowling with Jonathan Langlands from the Lane End and Akhtar from the Farm End.

Brown and Phil Ridgeway also bowled from the Lane End and Vikram Bhagwani replaced Akhtar after his opening spell.

Akhtar, Brown and Langlands all bowled split spells, but only Langlands changed ends, allowing him to bowl the first and last overs of the White Waltham innings.

Andy Parham proved difficult to dislodge, and 104 runs were scored in 26 overs during his stay at the crease in two 50-run stands for the first and second wickets.

Parham was caught when David Simoes held a skyer at short extra cover off Ridgeway. Gillan-Toon added 88 runs in four stands before being caught by Brown at long on.

Brown took the first wicket and returned to mop up the tail with Langlands. Ridgeway and Akhtar both took two key wickets to restrict the White Waltham scoring.

The visitors lost their last nine wickets during the second half of their innings.

In reply the visitors opened the Hurley innings with the old ball with the double slow-left-arm combination of Mike Salmon and Saraf Saleem. Simoes offered a tame return catch in the third over. Saleem took Ridgeway’s wicket, this time hitting his stumps.

Varun Sharma was caught at square leg and Brown was adjudged to have played an edge to the wicket-keeper after some attacking shots. With both openers and the captain having departed with the score on 38 in the ninth over, it was left to Parvinder Hunjan and Akhtar to steady the Hurley ship with a stand of 51 in 14 overs for the fifth wicket.

Parham and Brooker replaced Salmon and Saleem respectively and two more wickets were taken.

Langlands and Denis Day added 93 in 18 overs in an unbroken stand for the seventh wicket to draw Hurley over the line. Victory was brought up with 27 balls to spare.

WHITE WALTHAM

A Parham, c Simoes, b Ridgeway 38

T Nasir, b Brown 34

H Gillan-Toon, c Brown, b Ridgeway 38

M Chapman, lbw, b Akhtar 5

Z Patel, c & b Akhtar 12

D Griffith, c Simoes, b Langlands 20

S Saleem, lbw, b Langlands 15

J Brooker, b Brown 5

M Salmon, c Day, b Brown 10

W Edwards, b Langlands 0

D Allen, not out 0

Extras 12



TOTAL 189

Best bowling: R Brown 3-33, J Langlands 3-48, N Akhtar 2-35, P Ridgeway 2-40.e_SClBHURLEY

P Ridgeway, b Saleem 7

D Simoes, c & b Salmon 4

P Hunjan, b Parham 30

R Brown, c Griffith, b Salmon 16

V Sharma, c Nasir, b Salmon 0

N Akhtar, lbw, b Brooker 34

D Day, not out 33

J Langlands, not out 47

Extras 21



TOTAL (6 wkts) 192

Best bowling: M Salmon 3-46.



HURLEY 2nds went down to a 108-run defeat in Division 3 away to PINKNEYS GREEN 2nds.

Put into bat, the Pinkneys openers set off at a fast pace with Asif hitting the first ball to the boundary.

Asif continued with a couple of sixes before Pollitt trapped him lbw. Tight bowling by Pollitt and Basharat slowed the run rate to just over three an over, beating the bat on several occasions.

Butt went on the attack, battering the ball to all parts, while Cary played a supporting role. None of the bowlers could contain Butt as he passed 150 before attempting an ambitious second run to David Morgans, whose throw from the boundary was too good for the batsman.

Mo Basharat picked up the wicket of Heyes leading to a declaration on 279-3 after 38 overs.

The Hurley reply got off to a disappointing start losing both openers inside the first half a dozen overs.

The erratic bounce proved difficult to handle with several batsmen falling to the vagaries of the pitch.

A 50-run third wicket partnership between Ramesh Sistla and Clive Williams kept Hurley in the hunt and up with the required rate but the loss of Williams led to a mini collapse as Colin Ainger and Mike Walton both fell cheaply.

When Sistla stepped across his stumps to fall lbw to Asif any real hopes of victory went with him.

Asif took full advantage of the pitch, skittling Basharat with another delivery which kept low to reduce the visitors to 135-9 in the 34th over.

Some spirited defiance from Dave Pollitt and Dave Walton meant that Pinkneys had to wait another 12 overs for their win when Walton chipped Ahmed to mid-wicket where Will Heyes held the catch.

PINKNEYS GREEN 2nds

N Asif, lbw, b Pollitt 22

P Cary, not out 53

T Butt, run out 155

C Heyes, b Basharat 4

Extras 45



TOTAL (3 wkts) 279



HURLEY 2nds

Y Ali, b Khan 7

D Morgans, b Ahmed 1

R Sistla, lbw, b Asif 58

C Williams, b Ahmed 14

C Ainger, b Ahmed 2

M Walton, c Nazir, b Asif 1

Scott Taylor, b Asif 22

A Choudhary, b W Heyes 2

M Basharat, b Asif 2

D Pollitt, not out 12

D Walton, c W Heyes, b Ahmed 20

Extras 30



TOTAL 171

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