Monday, 14 June 2021

Gr-eight performance by skipper Brown

CAPTAIN Ross Brown produced his side’s best ever league bowling performance as he took eight wickets to help HURLEY to

CAPTAIN Ross Brown produced his side’s best ever league bowling performance as he took eight wickets to help HURLEY to a 71-run victory at CHALFONT ST GILES 2nds in Division 2.

Hurley won the toss and elected to bat first. Cedric Ayres bowled a split spell. Ollie Zala-Webb and Liam Cross bowled from the near end. A change of wicket-keeper at drinks saw Lane replaced by opening bowler Zala-Webb.

The opening partnership between Ridgeway and David Simoes of 27 was broken in the ninth over when the latter was adjudged out lbw. Ridgeway fell shortly afterwards finding Raj Patel at gully.

Sean Burgess came to the crease one wicket down and anchored the Hurley innings until he was sixth out. Naeem Aktar came to the crease in the 30th over with the score on 81 and propelled the score to the final total falling just short of his half-century.

In reply, Brown opened the bowling from the far end and bowled unchanged throughout the Chalfont innings.

The first wicket to fall was of captain Patel, who was caught by Akhtar at gully in Brown’s first over. Patel’s opening partner, Nick Zala-Webb, departed in the fifth over.

After that Will Gibbs and Ollie Zala-Webb rebuilt the Chalfont innings and the hosts were quite well-placed at 61-2 in the 13th over.

Brown then bowled Gibbs, and mobilised a collapse which saw six wickets fall for the addition of just 10 runs. In all Brown took the first eight wickets to fall, five of which were bowled.

Ridgeway closed the match by taking the last two wickets. Denis Day took a catch low down behind the stumps, and Mike Cole and Simoes took catches at second slip and short extra cover respectively.

This was Hurley’s first victory batting first for two years, and was their first away win of the season while Brown’s figures were the best by a Hurley bowler, first or second team, in their 20-season involvement in the Chilterns League, eclipsing Akhtar’s 8-28 at Littlewick Green in 2009.

Brown’s figures were the eight-best overall for Hurley and the best since Kevin Shipway in 1987.

Division 3 basement side HURLEY 2nds lost out at Shepherds Lane by 57 runs against ENGLEFIELD.

Once again Hurley struggled with availability and could only field 10 men against the league leaders.

Mike Walton won the toss and invited the visitors to bat first. The humid atmosphere and slight green tinge to the wicket looked like perfect conditions for seam bowlers but the Hurley attack was composed entirely of slow bowlers.

Dave Pollitt bowled with his usual control, conceding only 32 runs from 10 overs. At the other end, Steve Taylor was unlucky not to pick up a wicket as Samad repeatedly chanced his arm going down the wicket.

With the opening partnership having reached 103 after 20 overs, Nigel Haines replaced Pollitt and immediately made the breakthrough. Hail lofted Haines’ fourth delivery down the ground for a boundary and then lost his off stump trying to repeat the feat.

Englefield skipper Peter Hicks was beaten in the flight by Haines to give Walton an easy stumping. Matt Hicks joined Samad in a partnership of 28 for the third wicket before falling lbw to Haines trying to sweep.

Samad continued to take the attack to the bowlers, reaching 82 before being bowled by Dave Walton via his pads.

Three wickets for 15 runs in three overs, two for Walton and another for Haines, gave Hurley hope of bowling out the visitors for a below par score but an unbeaten partnership of 41 between Cameron McPhail and Nawas allowed Hicks to make a declaration on 231-7 after 40 overs.

A run chase at less than four an over should not have proved too onerous for Hurley but the loss of both openers with only 17 on the board was not the start they needed.

Clive Williams was run out attempting a second from an overthrow and Colin Ainger top edged Peter Hicks to the keeper. Steve Taylor and Ramesh Sistla shared a third wicket stand of 47 to get the innings back on track but the loss of three wickets for two runs ripped the heart out of the middle order.

Sistla was the first to go, lbw playing across the line to McPhail. Steve Taylor followed in the next over, feathering an edge down the leg side to the keeper off Hicks.

Mike Walton fell off the next delivery, lbw, leaving the hosts floundering at 66-5.

Richard Derry and Anush Choudhary showed some spirited resistance but when the seventh wicket fell on 110 in the 39th over the game looked lost.

The pairing of Haines and Pollitt had other ideas, a partnership of 56 in 14 overs frustrated Englefield who tried everything to try and make a breakthrough.

It was Alex Newell who picked up the wicket of Pollitt with seven overs remaining, bringing last man Dave Walton to the middle to join Haines.

With overs running out Newell struck again as Walton top edged to gully to give Englefield a hard earned victory with just 22 deliveries to spare.

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