Sunday, 25 July 2021

Simoes’ ton helps sink visitors

HURLEY defeated neighbours PINKNEYS GREEN by seven runs in a tense Division 2 encounter at the Pinkneys Drive ground in

HURLEY defeated neighbours PINKNEYS GREEN by seven runs in a tense Division 2 encounter at the Pinkneys Drive ground in a match that saw David Simoes hit a century for the visitors.

Hurley lost the toss and were put into bat. Openers Ridgeway and Simoes progressed to 41 after 10 overs. Dhillon and Elliott joined the bowling attack in search of the first breakthrough, and it came with Dhillon’s first ball as Ridgeway was adjudged out lbw.

Simoes added 54 in 12 overs with Naeem Akhtar for the second wicket to take the visitors’ score to 95. Dhillon and Elliott took two wickets apiece with consecutive balls in a four-over spell to leave Hurley reeling at 101-5. Akhtar was caught at second slip, Varun Sharma received a first-ball straight yorker while Denis Day and Graham Box appeared to be plumb lbw.

Simoes ignored the procession of partners and carried his bat, adding 53 over 14 overs with Mike Cole for the eighth wicket. Jonathan Langlands helped Simoes complete his century in the final over to leave Hurley with a competitive total of 199.

In reply Akhtar found Jade Stemp’s middle stump in his third over during a tight opening spell with Langlands. Cole returned to the Hurley attack for the ninth over and bowled economically.

Chris Heyes and Tim Snapes compiled a partnership of 51 for the second wicket which was broken when the latter called his partner for a sharp single on the off-side.

Dhillon added 84 in 13 overs with Snapes to swing the match in favour of the hosts, scoring five sixes in the process.

Ridgeway brought himself into the attack for the 31st over. The third-wicket partnership was broken when Box held a one-handed catch at mid-on. Two overs later, Dhillon offered Ridgeway a straightforward return catch. Dhillon’s departure left 42 required for victory from the last 10 overs, but it proved to be too much for the hosts. Akhtar and Langlands took a couple of late wickets each and together with Ridgeway completed the victory for Hurley.


P Ridgeway, lbw, b Dhillon 11

D Simoes, not out 100

N Akhtar, c Elliott, b Dhillon 23

V Sharma, b Dhillon 0

D Day, lbw, b Elliott 1

G Box, lbw, b Elliott 0

V Bhagwani, c Elliott, b B Snapes 11

S Raabi, c Peck, b Elliott 0

M Cole, c Heyes, b Hendry 17

J Langlands, not out 12

Extras 24


C Heyes, run out 35

J Stemp, b Akhtar 5

T Snapes, c Box, b Ridgeway 34

J Dhillon, c & b Ridgeway 71

G Chetwood, b Langlands 6

M Elliott, c Langlands, b Akhtar 20

B Snapes, b Langlands 0

J Stokes, c Sharma, b Akhtar 1

M Peck, c Langlands, b Ridgeway 3

T Hendry, b Ridgeway 0

A Wilcox, not out 0

Extras 17


A battling performance by Division 3 basement side HURLEY 2nds earned them a draw against PINKNEYS GREEN 2nds at Shepherds Lane.

The visitors won the toss and opted to bat. Nadeem Asif raced to 35 at better than a run a ball before Taylor got his revenge. Taylor dropped his mid-off back forcing Asif to try and hit over mid-on, only to lose his middle stump in the attempt.

Paul Cary scored 47 when he was the sixth wicket to fall, getting a thick outside edge off Haines to the keeper. Dave Pollitt was rewarded with the wicket of Mahmood. Two wickets from Dave Walton in the 35th over reduced Pinkneys to 134-5.

Pinkneys skipper Imran Tariq lofted Walton down the ground only to find the safe hands of Alan Morgans and two balls later Mehboob Hussain was out lbw. Cary fell 10 runs later before Tayyab Khan came in, hitting two sixes and two fours from his first five deliveries on his way to 42 from 20 balls. He then tried to slog Walton and lost his leg stump. Will Heyes and Sahil Tariq added 27 before Walton had Tariq stumped off a leg-side wide. Saleem Ahmed became Walton’s fifth victim, stepping across his stumps first ball and getting his pad in the way. With four overs having been lost to rain the Pinkneys innings finished on 242-9 after 50 overs.

In reply Ramesh Sistla was the first to go, edging a loose drive to the keeper. Alan Morgans only managed a single before being beaten for pace by Khan.

Mike Walton edged to the keeper off Ahmed while Raj Singh managed a single before being cleaned up by Ahmed to leave Hurley on 18-4.

Scott Taylor and David Morgans faced up to the hostile bowling from the Pinkneys’ attack and added 33 before Taylor was beaten by Asif. Debutant Srinivas showed promise before a mix-up led to him and Morgans ending up at the non-strikers’ end as the ball was thrown in to the keeper.

When Morgans eventually fell in the 34th over Hurley were still 10 runs short of their first batting point with another 11 overs to play.

Nigel Haines and Dave Pollitt showed all their experience to defy everything the bowlers could muster, adding 24 runs in nine overs before a quicker ball from Asif took Pollitt’s leg stump bringing last man, Dave Walton, to the crease with 20 deliveries remaining.

A mistake from Haines presented a difficult chance which Heyes could not hang on to. Walton looked solid in defence and neither Asif nor Tariq could find a way through.

The final delivery of the innings raced away for four byes to bring up a second batting point for the hosts.


N Asif, b Taylor 35

P Cary, c M Walton, b Haines 47

B Mahmood, b Pollitt 21

M Sealy, b Haines 8

I Tariq, c A Morgans, b D Walton 10

M Hussain, lbw, b D Walton 0

W Heyes, not out 39

T Khan, b D Walton 42

S Tariq, st M Walton, b D Walton 14

Saleem Ahmed, lbw, b D Walton 0

Saif Ahmed, not out 1

Extras 25

TOTAL (9 wkts) 242

Best bowling: D Walton 5-50, N Haines 2-77.


M Walton, c Mahmood,

b Saif Ahmed 6

R Sistla, c Mahmood, b Khan 2

A Morgans, b Khan 1

R Singh, b Saif Ahmed 1

Scott Taylor, b Asif 19

D Morgans, b Saif Ahmed 33

Srinivas, run out 11

A Choudhary, b Asif 4

N Haines, not out 17

D Pollitt, b Asif 14

D Walton, not out 0

Extras 17

TOTAL (9 wkts) 125

Best bowling: Saif Ahmed 3-35, T Khan 3-40, N Asif 2-34.

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