Saturday, 12 June 2021

Todd shines with the ball as Hurley ease to derby triumph

PAUL TODD took career best bowling figures of 4-10 to help hosts HURLEY beat SONNING on Sunday at Shepherds Lane.

PAUL TODD took career best bowling figures of 4-10 to help hosts HURLEY beat SONNING on Sunday at Shepherds Lane.

The hosts won the toss and elected to bat first. Mike Walton opened with Pat Hinnell and made reasonable progress against Anderson and Gadd, seeing off the opening attack with a partnership of 45 in 13 overs by the first drinks break.

The introduction of Wilton achieved the breakthrough Sonning needed as Hinnell was adjudged lbw.

Steve Taylor joined Walton and the pair added 42 in nine overs. Four more runs were added before Walton fell to Wilton, caught at mid-wicket. Two more quick wickets reduced the hosts to 106-5 after 28 overs. Jono Patrick, who ended with an undefeated half century, Paul Todd and Ben Fraser added a further 91 runs in the last dozen overs to take Hurley to 197-8 at tea.

In reply Dan Anderson took eight runs off the first overs before slapping a long-hop from Bert Simon to Todd in the gully.

James Travis and Jamil Ahmed kept up the assault at seven to eight runs an over to take the score to 65 in the ninth when Scott Taylor found the outside edge of Travis’ bat on the way through to the keeper.

Ahmed chopped on to his stumps and Kennealy skied back to the bowler who had a couple of juggles before hanging on to the catch giving Taylor a return of 3-47 and leaving the visitors on 94-4 at the first drinks break. Jono Patrick replaced Fraser and his first delivery top edged to the keeper by Sharma for a duck.

With 103 needed from 26 overs, the run rate was never going to be a problem for Sonning.

A 43-run partnership between Gadd and Sahota was ended when Gadd tried one big shot too many and lost his middle stump to Steve Taylor.

Todd replaced Patrick and dismissed Sahota, caught by Patrick. He followed this a few balls later with a slow bouncer which Travers gloved to the keeper.

With 55 runs still needed and only two wickets remaining, Hurley were now favourites. Two deliveries from Todd to bowl Wilton and Bownall secured victory.e_SClBHURLEY

P Hinnell, lbw, b Wilton 15

M Walton, c Sharma, b Wilton 47

Steve Taylor, b Kennealy 15

J Simon, run out 5

A Morgans, b Wilton 12

J Patrick, not out 50

P Todd, c Gadd, b Sahota 16

B Fraser, c Zagorski, b Ahmed 17

Scott Taylor, run out 2

R Simon, not out 1

Extras 17

TOTAL (8 wkts) 197


J Travis, c Walton, b Scott Taylor 37

D Anderson, c Todd, b R Simon 8

J Ahmed, b Scott Taylor 24

J Kennealy, c & b Scott Taylor 15

E Gadd, b Steve Taylor 21

V Sharma, c Walton, Patrick 0

I Sahota, c Patrick b, Todd 18

B Travers, c Walton, b Todd 4

G Wilton, b Todd 3

B Zagorski, not out 6

S Bownall, b Todd 4

Extras 18


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