Wednesday, 23 June 2021

Visitors hold on to deny Hurley

HONOURS were shared in a thrilling finish at Shepherds Lane last Sunday between HURLEY and LOWER EARLEY.

HONOURS were shared in a thrilling finish at Shepherds Lane last Sunday between HURLEY and LOWER EARLEY.

Hurley won the toss and decided to bat first. Skipper Mike Walton and Phil Ridgeway got the innings off to a solid start with a partnership of 43 in 10 overs.

Walton fell to a rising delivery from Hunt which deflected off the batsman’s elbow on to the stumps. Sharma replaced Prakash and struck with his first delivery as a loose drive from Ridgeway was pouched by Jim Khan.

Steve Taylor and Pat Hinnell set about rebuilding the innings and although they struggled to score initially they stuck to their task adding 84 before Taylor skied a delivery from Waldock.

Matt Hampton pushed himself up the order to try and increase the run rate but could only manage seven runs before precipitating a collapse as four wickets fell for only one run.

Waldock proved to be the thorn in the Hurley side, aided and abetted by Steve Maynard. Scott Taylor and Anush Choudhary added 21 before two wickets in consecutive deliveries from Waldock brought last man Howard Mansell to the middle.

Prakash was brought back to bowl the last over before tea and picked up the final wicket as Mansell was caught behind, as Hurley were all out for 167.

After tea, Lower Earley set about chasing down the runs, opening with the two Khans, Yasir and Jim.

Langlands continually beat the bat without finding the edge as Yasir drove at anything remotely full.

Ridgeway made the initial breakthrough, bowling Yasir behind his legs with an arm ball. Langlands got his reward when Akis Khan edged to slip where Ridgeway made no mistake.

Olive Neal was then out lbw to Ridgeway to leave the visitors on 75-3 after 17 overs.

Two wickets for Scott Taylor left the visitors requiring 85 from the last 20 overs. Two more wickets for the addition of only one run from Ridgeway turned the game in Hurley’s favour but a partnership of 57 between Prakash and Maynard put the game back in the balance.

Langlands replaced Taylor to pick up the wicket of Prakash, finding the inside edge on the way to the keeper.

A smart piece of fielding by Hampton to run out Harwood left the visitors requiring another 25 runs with only one wicket and five overs remaining.


P Ridgeway, c J Khan, b Sharma 25

M Walton, b Hunt 11

Steve Taylor, c Y Khan, b Waldock 40

P Hinnell, b Waldock 40

M Hampton, c Raj, b Waldock 7

J Dawson, b Maynard 0

J Langlands, b Maynard 0

Scott Taylor, lbw, b Waldock 5

A Choudhary, not out 13

D Walton, c Neal, b Waldock 0

H Mansell, c Neal, b Prakash 0

Extras 26


Best bowling: Waldock 5-22.


Y Khan, b Ridgeway 13

J Khan, c Hinnell, b Scott Taylor 37

A Khan, c Ridgeway, b Langlands 8

O Neal, lbw, b Ridgeway 14

A Sharma, c Scott Taylor,

b Ridgeway 0

Raj, b Scott Taylor 4

S Maynard, not out 35

G Hunt, b Ridgeway 0

O Prakash, c M Walton, b Langlands 27

R Harwood, run out 1

K Waldock, not out 5

Extras 6

TOTAL (9 wkts) 150

Best bowling: P Ridgeway 4-47, Scott Taylor 2-30, J Langlands 2-55.

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