Sunday, 13 June 2021

Walton bags five wickets as Hurley put The Hetairoi to the sword

HURLEY fielded their strongest Sunday side of the season but still made hard work of beating THE HETAIROI at Shepherds

HURLEY fielded their strongest Sunday side of the season but still made hard work of beating THE HETAIROI at Shepherds Lane.

The visitors won the toss and opted to bat first on another scorching day. The Hurley attack of Naeem Akhtar and Jonathan Langlands proved difficult to handle by the opening batsmen and Akhtar gained an early breakthrough when John Ball shouldered arms only to see his off stump knocked out of the ground.

The first eight overs only yielded 16 runs, mostly edges through or over the slips.

With Akhtar bowling to three slips and three gullies Price chipped up an easy catch to Langlands at short mid-wicket. Langlands toiled away at the Shepherds Lane end without success until his ninth over; Mike Kay pulled a short delivery straight into the waiting hands of David Morgans at square-leg. Soon after 50-3 became 57-7, Dave Walton striking in his first over to send Denning back thanks to a juggled catch on the square boundary by Paul Todd and David Morgans hitting the top of Wilson’s off stump.

Akalesh blasted 20 from 16 balls before hitting a long-hop straight to Scott Taylor at mid-off. The one steadying influence for the visitors was the innings of their skipper, Mike Penington, who batted patiently for 49 before becoming Walton’s third victim thanks to a catch at backward square by Akhtar.

The visitors lost their last three wickets on 132; Geoff Penington caught by Langlands off Walton, Wilcock bowled by Taylor and Roberts lbw to Walton.

A target of 133 to win on a good batting track didn’t look a particularly arduous one but Hurley didn’t get off to a good start, losing Alan Morgans, popping up a simple return catch to Price and then Trevor Balchin leg glancing Price on to his leg stump via his foot.

A partnership of 30 between Steve and Scott Taylor helped get the innings back on track but the loss of Steve Taylor and Akhtar left the hosts precariously placed at 57-4.

Mike Walton and Scott Taylor added a further 27 runs before both departed with the score on 80 and The Hetairoi sensing a chance of victory.

An unbeaten partnership of 54 between Todd and Langlands saw their side home with four wickets and eight overs to spare, giving Hurley their second successive victory.

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