Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Mortimer have the edge

HURLEY went down to defeat away to MORTIMER WEST END last Sunday.

HURLEY went down to defeat away to MORTIMER WEST END last Sunday.

The visitors won the toss and elected to bat first where the opening partnership of Mike Walton and Tom Hooper could only manage 18 runs before both fell to catches behind the wicket.

Steve Taylor and Chris Sawtell did not find scoring easy despite the fast outfield, managing 30 in 10 overs before Sawtell was bowled by leg spinner Will Bray.

Hadleigh Priest became Bray’s second victim, smashing a full toss back to the bowler who hung on to the catch. Steve Taylor provided the anchor for the Hurley innings before falling in the 29th over at 94-6. With 11 overs remaining it looked unlikely that the visitors would post a competitive total but Scott Taylor and Dan Masters helped their side to 173-9 from their 40 overs.

The Hurley opening attack of Scott Taylor and Bert Simon failed to make any impression on Stamp and Bray.

Priest put in a heroic effort, despite suffering from a back spasm, to bowl six overs for 28 runs.

With the home side scoring at a run a ball, Dave Walton replaced Taylor and immediately had Stamp caught in the deep by Masters at 68-1.

A further 40 runs were added before Walton struck again, bowling Josh Beale as he advanced down the track.

Steve Taylor dropped a difficult chance in the deep but redeemed himself to bring Bray’s innings to an end and give Walton his third wicket.

Taylor employed his leg spin, producing some unplayable deliveries out of the dusty foot marks and was rewarded with the wicket of Lloyd who was struck on the foot in front of middle by a full toss.

The hosts were cruising to victory requiring just a dozen more runs when Masters gave Hurley some hope. His third delivery found the outside edge of Wise’s bat to give Mike Walton his 400th catch for Hurley.

In his next over Masters beat the left-handed Trott down the leg side and Walton completed the stumping as Trott narrowly failed to get his foot back in the crease. A couple of twos from Prinn brought the scores level and then a boundary finished off the match with a dozen overs to spare.

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