Friday, 25 June 2021

Akhtar’s knock not enough for Hurley

HURLEY subsided to a seven-wicket defeat to Division 2 league leaders WINCHMORE HILL at Shepherds Lane last Saturday.

HURLEY subsided to a seven-wicket defeat to Division 2 league leaders WINCHMORE HILL at Shepherds Lane last Saturday.

The game featured a fine individual batting performance by each team, but the details of the match were overshadowed by an injury to the Hurley captain Ross Brown while fielding.

Brown opted to bat on a hot and humid day, on which play was forecast to be curtailed by heavy evening rain.

Winchmore opened the bowling from the Lane end with Mohammed Kamran. Dave Reading bowled in three spells and changed ends twice. The visitors kept things tight in the opening exchanges.

In the fifth over Phil Ridgeway played a fierce cover drive but was caught at mid-off with the next ball.

David Simoes made a cautious start but steadily grew in confidence until caught on the leg side in Bilal Hussain’s first over from the Farm end.

Hussain had replaced Shakeel Iqbal and bowled unchanged for the bulk of the second half of the Hurley innings.

Naeem Akhtar came to the crease with the score on eight and initially played a supporting role to Simoes, but he looked to increase the rate of scoring once Simoes departed. The stand of 47 in 13 overs for the second wicket was the highest of the Hurley innings. Akhtar batted in all for 43 overs, and built useful stands with all of his partners until he was sixth out to a steepling catch by Reading with the score on 174.

Vikram Bhagwani and Paul Todd gained useful runs at the end of the hosts’ innings.

In reply, Brown opened the bowling from the Lane end. Brown took an early wicket when Akhtar held a catch at gully, but unexpectedly left the match in the 12th over due to injury.

Brown went to ground while fielding in the deep and suffered a dislocated knee. An ambulance was called and after half-an-hour Brown was taken to hospital.

Bhagwani replaced Brown, and Parvinder Hunjan and then Ridgeway replaced Akhtar at the Farm end.

Stuart Banham made progress, but was caught at short extra cover by Simoes in the 22nd over after two breaks in play.

Adnan Shazad was dropped twice, but in leading the charge to victory took advantage of Hurley’s depleted attack and deteriorating conditions in the field to wrap up the match for the visitors. e_SClBHURLEY

P Ridgeway, c Hussain, b Kamran 6

D Simoes, c M Saghir, b Hussain 36

N Akhtar, c & b Reading 88

P Hunjan, lbw, b Hussain 14

R Brown, c Adnan, b Hussain 9

T Balchin, lbw, b Kamran 0

V Bhagwani, not out 32

P Todd, not out 9

Extras 14



TOTAL (6 wkts) 208

Best bowling: B Hussain 3-46, M Kamran 2-53.



WINCHMORE HILL

S Banham, c Simoes, b Ridgeway 29

S Khan, c Akhtar, b Brown 0

A Shazad, not out 117

S Ahmed, c & b Akhtar 27

A Iqbal, not out 7

Extras 32



TOTAL (3 wkts) 211



HURLEY 2nds’ disappointing season continued as they went down to an eight-wicket defeat away to Division 3 promotion chasing PENN AND TYLERS GREEN 2nds.

The visitors batted first and both openers were back in the pavilion with only 10 runs on the board.

Mike Walton fell to a swinging delivery from left arm paceman Danny Graham while Colin Ainger chipped a Jeff Morris delivery to Shaw at mid-on.

Steve Taylor showed promise with three boundaries but misjudged a leave to become Graham’s second victim at 23-3. Ramesh Sistla was also caught by Shaw, on the long off boundary off the bowling of Graham.

A mix-up between Richard Derry and Alan Morgans saw the latter run out without scoring to leave the visitors looking down the barrel at 38-5. Derry and Scott Taylor added 51 for the sixth wicket but when Derry lofted Elliot Scott to Graham in the 28th over Hurley were still 11 points short of their first batting point. Taylor continued to bat well, hitting anything loose to the boundary and ensuring his side reached treble figures. Jeff Morris was reintroduced and proceeded to wrap up the innings with four wickets for six runs in 12 deliveries. A dozen runs from Dave Pollitt helped take the score to 125 and a batting point for Hurley before being caught at slip by Scott.

The only threat to a Penn and Tylers victory looked to be the forecast of torrential rain. With this in mind, Royce and Lewis went on the attack from the start, scoring at close to eight runs an over.

None of the bowlers could exert any control as the 100 partnership came up in the 14th over.

With only 12 more runs required, David Morgans picked up the wicket of Royce, caught by Ainger. Dave Walton followed up with the dismissal of Lewis to gain Hurley a solitary bowling point but Shaw and Smith saw their side home with time to spare before the downpour arrived.

HURLEY 2nds

M Walton, b Graham 2

C Ainger, c Shaw, b Morris 4

Steve Taylor, b Graham 13

R Sistla, c Shaw, b Graham 5

R Derry, c Graham, b Scott 30

A Morgans, run out 0

Scott Taylor, st Royce, b Morris 27

R Singh, c Bentley, b Morris 8

D Morgans, c Royce, b Morris 0

D Pollitt, Scott, b Morris 12

D Walton, not out 4

Extras 20



TOTAL 125

Best bowling: J Morris 5-22, D Graham 3-48.



PENN AND TYLERS GREEN 2nds

R Royce, c Ainger, b D Morgans 41

D Lewis, c D Morgans, b D Walton 79

J Shaw, not out 1

J Smith, not out 2

Extras 3



TOTAL (2 wkts) 126

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